Mon, Jul 31, 2006
Higher Ed Cartoons from MatthewHenryHall.com
If you’re looking for a break and some humor, check out these Higher-Ed cartoons from Matthew Henry Hall. There are some real funny ones. For instance, “Publish or Paris” made me laugh. What tickles your funny bone?
Intergroup conflicts between nations: Students and Professors Responding to the Violence in the Midd
Students and professors from over 25 countries in 5 continents across the world who are affiliated with the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU) have released a statement addressing the current escalating conflict in the Middle East.
Sun, Jul 30, 2006
Human Rights Tools website
The new Human Rights Tools website has been developed by Daniel D’Esposito with help from Marco Kirschbaum (both co-founders of NGO Manager ). The site aims to provide human rights professionals with easy access to the best available online resources, with more than 300 annotated resource links at the time of this post. Students interested in this area of work will appreciate the “Your career” section. People looking for a quick scan of the human rights headlines will want to check out their RSS news aggregator page.
Topical areas within the library include:
1. Investigating Country Conditions
A special page of resources for country analysis: human rights situation, political analysis, economics and more.
2. Monitoring - Documentation - Advocacy
Monitoring and fact-finding; Documentation and data analysis; Advocacy and reporting.
3. Using the Law
Human rights law, International humanitarian law, Refugee law, Courts and jurisprudence.
4. Specific Issues and Population Groups
Detention and justice, Human rights defenders, Missing persons, Monitoring elections, Children, Women, Sexual violence, Economic, social and cultural rights, Business and human rights, National human rights institutions, Sexual orientation.
5. Tech for Human Rights
Websites made easy, Online collaboration, Using email for advocacy, Security.
6 Humanitarian protection
Key manuals, Critique and debate, IDPs, Refugees, Child soldiers.
7 Planning and fundraising
Program planning; Ethics in human rights work; Fundraising tips and tools.
8. Your career
Jobs and vacancies; Training and education; Mailing lists.
Thu, Jul 27, 2006
Standpoint and Standpedia - clarifying beliefs and diagramming controversies online
Standpedia is wiki-style encyclopedia and visual mapping tool of controversy. It’s a place where tough questions can be answered from a variety of perspectives, instead of a single “neutral point of view”. Standpedia users work together (more or less collaboratively…) to build maps of controversial issues that hopefully everyone can agree on—not because the map offers one “right answer” but because all the perspectives are well-represented within the map.
Standpedia is part of Standpoint, a broader on-going online experiment in social belief exposition and management developed by Justin Smith and Gentry Underwood. Both sites employ user tagging and various AJAX technologies in the grand Web 2.0 spirit.
Tue, Jul 25, 2006
Check Your Knowledge of Conflict
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has an office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Prevention. One service they provide is a set of online materials helping to explain ADR and other conflict processes. The materials are located in a collection called Check Your Knowledge of Conflict. Short questions, most often multiple choice in format, get you thinking about conflict resolution, with links to the correct answers helping to firm up your understanding of key ideas. The materials cover the following topic areas:
What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Check Your Knowledge of Conflict
Conflict Checklist (a pdf)
Listening Self Inventory
Role of the Mediator
New Resources from the USIP - Online Training, Podcasts and More
The United States Institute for Peace has been engaged in a transformation of their structure and goals, and part of this shift is reflected in the variety of new resources and tools being offered online. Of particular interest is the professional trainings now offered via distance learning. See for example, their Certificate Course in Conflict Analysis which across about 65 pages of content incorporates audio clips from experts as you explore Lund’s Curve of Conflict and other conflict analysis concepts. This course and others like it which will follow are are offered at no cost to the general public.
Workplace Mediation Video (with Transcript) from ACAS
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) serving England, Scotland and Wales has developed a nicely done video introducing workplace mediation. The full version of the 24-minute film gives an idea of what mediation can look and feel like. While they acknowledge that every mediation is different, this film is based on a real-life case using one of Acas’ own mediators and with professional actors in the other roles. The video is available in windows media and real player formats, optimized for either dial-up or broadband connections. You can also watch the mediation movie as 12 individual clips or see parts of it interwoven with the mediation FAQs. The full script of the film is available as a word document, and is presented alongside the clips as you watch them. A nice resource.
Thu, Jul 13, 2006
Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution - Webcasts from the Ohio State Moritz College of Law
The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 as a result of the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz Jr. ‘47 and the Schwartz family. The last three lectures have been webcast and are available online for viewing (see links below). Each lecture is also published in the interdisciplinary Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, in keeping with Mr. Schwartz’s interest in the promotion of scholarly publication in the area of dispute resolution.
The topics covered so far have included the following:
2005-06: “Developing the MRI (Mediation Receptivity Index),” Frank E.A. Sander, Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard College
2004-05: “Mercy, Clemency, and Capital Punishment: Two Accounts,” Austin Sarat, Professor of Law at Amherst College
2004-05: “Psychological Impediments to Mediation Success: A Theoretical Look at Practical Problems,” Russell Korobkin, Professor of Law at UCLA
2003-04: - “Strategic Mediation,” Francis McGovern, Professor of Law at Duke University
2002-03: “Gender, Human Rights, and Peace Agreements,” Christine Chinkin, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics
From Warriors to Resisters: U.S. Veterans on Terrorism
From Warriors to Resisters is a 95-page book, available as a PDF (10.3 Mb), that examines military recruitment practices and the activities of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) and presents 15 first-person narratives telling difficult, lonely stories about the process of realizing just how deeply flawed U.S. policy can be. Some of the featured U.S. veterans came to this realization after having completed their service. Others—five Iraq War vets—had their awakenings while still in the service; they refused further participation at a price. From Warriors to Resisters: U.S. Veterans on Terrorism was edited by Margaret Knapke from Dayton Pledge of Resistance and is in its second edition (July 2005).
Tue, Jul 11, 2006
A Force More Powerful (Nonviolence Strategy Game) now available
The long awaited A Force More Powerful - The Game of Nonviolent Strategy - is now available for purchase on CD-ROM for PC users at the price of $19.95 plus shipping and handling. No Mac version of the game is available at this time. AFMP is a simulation game (see a review by a gamer) that teaches the strategy of nonviolent conflict. A dozen scenarios, inspired by recent history, include conflicts against dictators, occupiers, colonizers and corrupt regimes, as well as struggles to secure the political and human rights of ethnic and racial minorities and women. Discounts are available for educational institutions and for groups struggling to promote social change. A players guide is available as a pdf (3.3 MB) online at the game’s companion site. Developers may be interested to know that the Lua scripting language can be used in scenarios to add unique situations, events, victory conditions, etc.
AFMP requires a PC platform with the following minimum specifications:
- Pentium III CPU, 600 MHz (1.2 GHz recommended)
- Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
- 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
- Video card with 32 MB of RAM and Hardware TnL (GeForce 2 or equivalent)
- 800 MB of free disk space
- DirectX 9.0c or newer
Sat, Jul 08, 2006
Conflict Resolution Trainers’ Manual from the Conflict Resolution Network (Australia)
For a long time, the Conflict Resolution Network has provided online materials explaining key concepts in conflict resolution in what they call their Conflict Resolution Kit. Now a full copy of the more detailed, trainer-focused C.R.N. Trainers’ Manual has been made available for download at no cost. There are 18 PDF files in total (some rather large in terms of file size), covering each of the main content areas. Clear guidelines are included to help you construct training slots of different lengths. Lots of new material should help keep your teaching fresh and inspired. 50+ hours of instruction.
The material is organized as follows:
I. Running CR Courses
II. Icebreakers and Energisers
III. Understanding Conflict
The Twelve Skills of Conflict Resolution
1. The Win/Win Approach
2. Creative Response
4. Appropriate Assertiveness
5. Co-operative Power
6. Managing Emotions
7. Willingness to Resolve
8. Mapping the Conflict
9. Designing Options
12. Broadening Perspectives
Additional Skills and Applications
Wed, Jul 05, 2006
Cool Online Drawing Tools - Gliffy (for diagrams) and Mikons (for icons)
As the online application “boom” continues more and more interesting tools are available via your web browser. And as conflict resolvers know, a lot of useful clarifying information can be communicated using diagrams or illustrative drawings. Two free new tools useful for this task are Gliffy (an online diagramming platform) and the Mikons site dedicated to creating “personal icons”.
Gliffy provides a platform where you can draw and share and collaborate on diagrams visible on the web. Specifically, Gliffy provides:
- Diagramming in your web browser without downloading additional software
- Similar to Visio, yet in your web browser
- Desktop application feel in a web-based diagramming solution
- Add collaborators to your work and watch it grow
- Link to published Gliffy drawings from your blog or wiki
- Create many types of diagrams:
- UI wireframes
- Floor plans
- Network diagrams
- Any simple drawing or diagram
Mikons, on the other hand, offers an easy-to-use vector-based (ie no jaggy lines) icon creation tool stocked with a wide variety of starter images. It requires the shockwave plugin. As explained on their home site, Mikons offers “a new form of self-expression that connects people through visual symbols (personal tags). Our mission is to give you a fun and easy way to create these symbols that tell your story, let you decide how you want to share them, and use them to connect with people anywhere in the world.”
Now I wonder if you could combine the two services somehow… hmmm…
Sun, Jul 02, 2006
FactCheck.org - Political Fact Checking Site
FactCheck is billed as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. The service (developed during the 2004 elections) monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Very interesting to see how much wrong information is disseminated by politicians and their staff…
FactCheck.org is planning a companion site designed for classroom use, primarily at the high-school junior and senior level and are soliciting input (as of June 29, 2006) from teachers to help design the service.
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