CMM Learning Exchange Fellowship

2018 CMM Learning Exchange
October 27-28, 2018 | Oracle, Arizona

“The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) framework does not only offer a new theoretical approach to understanding communication. It can help us understand how communication can be important for social and political emancipation.”

-Wilfried Zoungrana, 2016 Fellow

Meet the 2018 AC4-CMM Fellows who attended and participated at the Learning Exchange in October.

The CMM Learning Exchange is an annual forum that brings together a diverse community of individuals and groups to focus on and advance individual and collective understanding on communication, as put forth by the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). AC4 supports CMM as a theoretical framework and methodology for addressing issues of violence and conflict, and for fostering peace and sustainability.

“CMM is the acronym for “Coordinated Management of Meaning,” a phrase that describes what we do when we communicate with each other. … Individual scholars and practitioners, educators and thought leaders, and institutional advocates comprise the core of the [CMM] Institute’s supporters, however, the Institute’s programs and events are open to everyone.”

The 2018 CMM Learning Exchange hosted by the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, in partnership with Columbia University included scholars and practitioners, educators, students and thought leaders, comprising a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Fostering interdisciplinary approaches to constructive conflict resolution and peacebuilding, AC4 offers fellowship awards to the learning exchange for current graduate students and emerging scholar-practitioners as a way to offset travel expenses and add diversity at the CMM Learning Exchange.

Through this fellowship, graduate students and emerging scholars are supported to travel to and participate in the CMM Learning Exchange and become an associate of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution.


  • Application for the fellowship is not currently open.
  • In 2017, AC4 selected three fellows; each using CMM in their research or practice in the field of conflict resolution or peacebuilding.
  • Current graduate students or alumni of conflict resolution and peace building from universities around the globe are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows may use their financial award to cover transportation to and from the Learning Exchange, accommodation for up to 3 nights, registration, and CMM membership.


  • The fellowship is open to current master’s and doctoral students from all disciplines and schools with focus on conflict resolution, as well as alumni of graduate conflict resolution programs from Columbia University or any other university around the globe.
  • First time recipients of the AC4 fellowship and current students are given priority.

Application Process

The following information is required via the online application:

  1. A proposal of no more than 3 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) describing your study or project, its scope and focus, how it relates to CMM, and its projected (or actual) impact and/or professional significance. Proposals can be focused on research, practice or applied research;
  2. Estimated budget with itemized costs for travel and accommodations;
  3. A letter of recommendation signed and on institutional letterhead. The letter should be tailored to the applicant’s research or project;
  4. Brief Resume or CV (up to 3 pages);
  5. Proof of Student Status demonstrated with unofficial transcript from current university, a copy of university transcript, or a copy of Student ID.

All materials should be submitted using the online application form.

2018 CMM Learning Exchange Information

The 2018 CMM Learning Exchange took place in Oracle, Arizona during October 27-28, 2018. The overall theme was: “making better social worlds” in a way that addresses patterns of inequality, and that fosters inclusion.

Please visit the CMM Institute website for contact and more details.

If you have any questions regarding the AC4 Fellowship for the CMM Learning Exchange, please contact Meredith Smith at

Application Timeline:

  • Online application opens April 20
  • Application Deadline: Monday, June 11
  • Selection Committee Review: June 12 – June 22
  • Decision Notifications: late June
  • CMM Learning Exchange: October 27-28, in Arizona, U.S.A.

CMM Resources

An introduction to CMM: “A Brief Introduction to ‘The Coordinated Management of Meaning’ (‘CMM’)” by W. Barnett Pearce (2002)

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