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Tue, Feb 28, 2006

Win Squared Negotiation E-learning Course

The February 2005 issue of Negotiator Magazine, a web outlet for negotiation information of various sorts, featured an online Negotiation Tutorial that uses a slick flash-based learning platform to explore the activities of negotiation. The five module series explores basic techniques for making proposals, communicating persuasively, and reaching satisfying agreements. The first of the five modules alone contains 44 screens of content along with audio narration, with the full tutorial providing lots of content for your consideration. You can take a quiz at the end to solidify your learning. Not surprisingly, it also invites you to look further into the Win Squared ODR platform hosted by the developers of the tutorial course.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 28 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Mon, Feb 27, 2006

Self-Help Network Facilitation and Leadership Tools Library

The Self-Help Network Center for Community Support and Research located within Wichita State University’s psychology department, works to strengthen individuals, communities, and organizations. One area they specialize in is supporting self-help groups of various types. To that end, the Center provides a nice online collection of resource documents in their Facilitation and Leadership Tools Library. To see it within it’s intended frame, click on the link to the Tools library found on the leftsidebar of the opening page. Most of the documents are provided as Microsoft word .doc files, so be aware that you will most often be downloading rather than viewing online when you click on a link not clearly marked as a pdf file.


CONFLICT RESOLUTION materials from the collection include the following documents:
Conflict Resolution Facilitation Guide
Circle of Conflict
Definition of Terms
The Four Agreements
The Four Agreements PowerPoint Presentation
Good vs. Bad Conflict
Ideas for dealing with difficult people and situations
Peer Mediation
Readings and resources for conflict resolution

Other similar collections of practical content cover these areas:


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 27 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Tue, Feb 14, 2006

Dance Instructor Michelle Ellsworth Riffing on Handling Interpersonal Conflict with a Friend

imageMichelle Ellsworth is on the faculty of the department of Theater and Dance at the University of Colorado. Ellsworth is known for her witty and innovative solo performance work, and you can see her in action in an ipod-sized video clip (quicktime .mov) on handling interpersonal conflict. Might be nice to have on your video ipod for encouragement when the going gets rough! It’s just over three minutes in length. You can more or less randomly sample other pieces of her video work at her portfolio site. FYI, the interpersonal conflict clip is #59.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 14 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Thu, Feb 09, 2006

ConflictAware Vertical Search Tool

As search engine providers like Google and Yahoo continue to develop and refine wide searches covering the whole of the internet, competitors are working to create specialized niches, known in the jargon as vertical markets that go deeply into just one segment of the information space. While specialized search portals are nothing new (see for instance my Campus Mediation search portal built using the free PicoSearch service), the technology is getting more advanced and the indexes are getting bigger.

image An active player in the field since 2004 is called DeepVertical. Of special interest here is news that they have just released a new search portal known as ConflictAware. The portal searches a collection of links specializing in conflict topics (most noteable are the numerous results from as well as the broader web and news services, and then clusters the results (using Vivisimo search clustering technology) in various ways to help you browse more easily and more specifically. DeepVertical apparently partnered with the Alliance for Conflict Transformation to develop the initial set of specialized conflict-related links as well as adding their own collection based on refining of prior search results.  (Note that Mac users may experience problems using the Safari browser. Try Firefox instead.)

In addition to the specific targetted links, broad WEB sources searched live include the indexes from Looksmart, Lycos, MSN, Overture and Wisenut, while NEWS sources searched include the BBC News, CNN, New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, the Washington Post and Yahoo News.

In addition to ConflictAware, readers might be interested in several other vertical searches hosted by DeepVertical. These include RightsAware (focusing on human rights info), LawSuitBot (focusing on law suit information with the regrettable slogan “Sue the pants off your Adversaries”), and SpecialEdAware (focusing on Special Education information).


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 09 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Wed, Feb 08, 2006

Peer Mediation in the UK: A Guide for Schools

Peer mediation in the UK: a Guide for Schools, supported by the UK pages of the website, is intended to give those who work in and with schools a sense of what peer mediation is, what it sets out to achieve, and the issues that need to be considered if it is to be introduced into a school. It looks primarily at literature produced in and for the UK. The 33-page guide is available as a pdf.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 08 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Young Mediators Network - UK

image The Young Mediators Network is an exciting project for young people in the United Kingdom. As their mission statement explains, “The Young Mediators’ Network is a national youth-led project that provides support to young people trained in mediation or conflict resolution . . .” image At their website you can learn more about projects happening all across the UK and can find information on becoming part of the leadership team. The network is led by a group of young volunteers from all over the country, and Leap Confronting Conflict ? the organisation that set up the network - employs a coordinator to support the work of the Steering Group. The network, set up in 2000 and “webified” in 2004, just recently received new funding from the Big Lottery Fund, so their future looks good for now. For a closer look, check out the Young Mediators Network as featured in Young People Now Magazine.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 08 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, Feb 06, 2006

Rethinking the Future Nature of Competition and Conflict Seminar Series from the DOD and Navy

The Department of Defense’s Office of Force Transformation and the Office of the Secretary of the Navy are hosting a 10-month seminar series entitled Rethinking the Future Nature of Competition and Conflict to explore some of the causes of conflict and war as part of a follow-up to their series on the Principals of War. The proceeding are being archived as videos and as a podcast. Up next is Dr. Amory Lovins, Author of Winning the Oil Endgame and Natural Capitalism, on February 23, 2006.

Speakers already available via the archive include the following:

January 25, 2006
Speaker: Nathanial Fick, USMC Captain and Author One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Corps Officer, on training to become a Marine Recon Officer, his recent experiences in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the efficacy of his training, and training needs for future conflicts and stabilization efforts.

December 19, 2005
Speaker: Theresa Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs, on Africa’s Ungoverned Space - A New Threat Paradigm

November 29, 2005
Speaker: BG Victor Corpus, Armed Forces of the Philippines (ret?d) on American Crossroads: options that the US has available in its efforts to remain the world’s only superpower.

November 02, 2005
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Barnett, Author, The Pentagon’s New Map and Blueprint for Action, on Developing a global perspective integrating political, economic, and military elements in a model for the post-September 11th world.

October 13, 2005
Speaker: Robert Kaplan, Correspondent Atlantic Monthly, on How competition and conflict are changing.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 06 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Thu, Feb 02, 2006

Symposium Webcast - Listening to the World: New Ideas for Resolving Identity-Based Conflict

image On January 26, 2006 The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law hosted an all-day Symposium entitled Listening to the World: New Ideas for Resolving Identity-Based Conflict. The event was video-taped and is available for viewing as a webcast. The first portion of the symposium provides an overview of the techniques, goals, and social effects of comparative dispute system design and a sketch of police-community relations in the United States. During the second portion, an interdisciplinary panel discusses how conflict resolution mechanisms might address conflict that arises in the context of domestic police community relations. In the third portion, scholars from South Africa, Israel, and Northern Ireland share insights and innovations based on experiences in their home countries. The symposium concludes with Dean Nancy Hardin Rogers moderating a discussion between dispute resolution experts and the domestic and international community panelists. All the symposium papers will be published in Volume 22, Issue 1, of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2006.

The agenda of the program and it’s impressive group of speakers is as follows:

by Dean Nancy Hardin Rogers

Overview of Comparative Dispute System Design and Police Community Relations
Moderated by Sarah Rudolph Cole
Panelists include: Michelle Alexander, Amy J. Cohen, and Ellen E. Deason

Community-Policing within the United States
Moderated by john a. powell
Panelists include: Sandra Cheldelin, Jay Rothman, Raymond W. Patterson, and Najeeba Syeed-Miller

Community-Policing Abroad
Moderated by Richard Herrmann
Panelists include: Dominic Bryan, Michael Hamilton, Hagit Lernau, Gareth Newham, Ntsiki Sandi, and David Weisburd

New Ideas for Institution Building Roundtable Discussion
Moderated by Dean Nancy H. Rogers.
Panelists include domestic and international speakers on police-community relations and domestic dispute system experts, including: Cathy Costantino, Melanie Greenberg, and Jacqueline Nolan-Haley.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 02 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Wed, Feb 01, 2006

Bonner Civic Engagement Training Modules

The Bonner Foundation, first activated in 1989, has become one of the nation’s largest privately-funded service learning scholarship programs. The Bonner Scholars Program, a large scale community service scholarship program, is currently operating at 27 colleges and universities. These Civic Engagement Training Modules are pdf files that follow a standardized format designed to support the training of students engaged in service learning. The modules provide an overview, category, suggested sequencing, necessary materials, suggested timed agenda and a step-by-step guide to the content to be covered.

More than 60 modules are currently available for download covering the following categories of “Bonner Skills”:
Active Listening
Civic Engagement/Policy
Conflict Resolution
Critical Thinking
Decision Making
Marketing/Public Relations
Public Education/Advocacy
Public Speaking
Running a Meeting
Time Management
Volunteer Management
Working with Diverse Groups


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 02 01 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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