Flavio Mesquita da Silva, Ph.D.
Dr. Mesquita da Silva is a World Café international practitioner and a peace activist and researcher. He has been presenting, consulting, training, counseling and coaching since 1978 in the areas of Human, Social, Environmental, Educational, and Organizational Development for not-for-profit organizations, universities, communities, governments and corporate businesses, and the United Nations.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Human Resources and Organizational Development, and Education, as well as his Master of Arts in Whole Systems Design, concentration / project entitled “A Holistic Systemic Approach to Peace: a Case for Design, from Antioch University Seattle. In addition, Flavio earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, in Human and Organizational Systems. His dissertation, “Generation of Peace Dialogues: How the World Café Approach to Community Understanding Led to Cultures of Peace”, focused on a long-term, statewide project, “Generation of Peace”, an international cooperation between the Brazilian Government and UNESCO, which Flavio designed and coordinated for more than 5 years. The “Generation of Peace” encompassed almost 700 high schools in 26 school districts, including over 16,000 teachers and 400,000 students in the state of Ceara.
For these accomplishments, he received the Research Scholarship Award (studies and research on the World Café), from the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University, California. The Education Commission of the Federal Chamber of Deputies, Brasilia, Brazil, also honored him with the merit honor for relevant work in the Service of Peace. Flavio’s MFC initial project focused on fostering research on the application of the World Café in large-scale and or long-term experiences such as the Generation of Peace project. As part of his professional praxis in the realm of social justice and social change, he has used the World Café in strengthening the schools as a space for inclusion, respect for diversity, and the promotion of cultures of dialogue and peace.