Shamil Fattakhov is the founder of the ACME (Association for Creative Moral Education) non-profit organization based in Kazan, Russian Federation, and author of the ZIPoPo – methodology promoting facilitated discussions about constructive problem-solving strategies that can be owned and applied by the participants in their day-to-day lives.
- Enriched with the elements of talk-show and drama, ZIPoPo method helps to investigate conflicts as well as ethical/moral issues in a captivating and entertaining way, in order to then compile ethically-based approaches of conflict resolution together with the audience.
- ZIPoPo aims to develop consultation in the search for positive solutions, while encouraging dialogue, positive behavior and moral responsibility in every individual. A driving objective is to create a safe environmentthat encourages participants to analyze assumptions about right and wrong and develop the courage to think independently.
- Officially introduced at the World Congress on Women in Beijing in 1995, ZIPoPo method was used at the Training for Human Rights and Peace Education (‘Building a Culture of Peace’) study session sponsored by the Council for Europe in Strasbourg in 1999.
- In 1998, a series of ZIPoPo training seminars were held in the Balkan region as part of the ‘Royaumont Process’, an initiative of the European Community which aims at strengthening stability and good neighborly relations amongst Southeastern European countries through the civil society.
- In 2001, Shamil received GLOBArt International award (Pernegg, Austria) for peacemaking activities in Southeastern Europe, after he conducted a series of seminars titled «Promoting Positive Messages through the Media» held in 1998-2001 with the objective of promoting stability and good neighborliness in Southeastern Europe. GLOBArt in past years has presented awards to Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Hans Kung and Fariborz Sahba.
- In 2002, with the support of UNICEF, IOM, UNMIK, GTZ and NATO, a multi-ethnic seminar was held to train youth leaders in Kosovo.
- Since 2002, Shamil works closely with Trip Barthel, who helped him to realize that ZIPoPo is actually a form of consultative process, adapted for youth. One of the numerous results of their creative collaboration was “The Golden Choices” project – a DVD with 22 short videos encouraging junior youth and youth to consult on important issues. Trip helped Shamil to step in the field of Conflict Resolution that significantly enriched his understanding of consultation and helped to improve the ZIPoPo method.
- In 2008 Shamil received the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) International Development Committee 2008 Outstanding Leadership Award (Austin, USA), presented by former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton.
- ZIPoPo has been delivered worldwide and over 2000 “community” facilitators (hosts) have been trained in 65 countries in Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa.
- In 2012, under the auspices of UNICEF, training was held in North Sudan for teachers and theatre actors in South Darfur, West Darfur and Kassala provinces, resulting in 500 shows for 33,000 youth.