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Wed, Aug 30, 2006

International news show WIDE ANGLE now viewable online

WIDE ANGLE was created in 2001 for PBS as a response to the lack of in-depth international news coverage in the United States. For each broadcast, producers and journalists from around the globe report on an event, issue or trend through the eyes of the people who are living it day to day. In its first four seasons, WIDE ANGLE traveled to 44 countries to explore the forces that are shaping the world today, presenting global stories on a human scale and offering Americans uncommon and invaluable insight into today’s interconnected world.

Wide Angle - The World is Changing WIDE ANGLE is anchored by former CNN International, ITN and BBC journalist Daljit Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal introduces the featured documentary by putting it in the context of the news of the day, and follows up with a hard-hitting one-on-one interview with a foreign policy expert, administration official, legislative leader, author or journalist who provides context and critical perspective on how global issues connect to American concerns and U.S. foreign policy.

Shows are now available for viewing via Real Media or Windows Media streaming formats. Our readers may be particularly interested in these Conflict and Conflict Resolution related shows:

18 With a Bullet - El Salvador
Beslan: Siege of School No. 1 - Russia (re Chechnya)
Greetings from Grozny - Chechnya
Hell of a Nation - Afghanistan
Ransom City - Brazil
The Rock Star and the Mullahs - Pakistan
Saddam’s Ultimate Solution - Iraq
Sahara Marathon - Sahrawi people of Western Sahara
Soul of India - anti-Muslim riots in India
Suicide Bombers


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Mon, Aug 28, 2006

Conscience Speaks - Flash presentation of portion of MLK speech “Beyond Vietnam”

Digital designer Sharif Ezzat produced this Flash presentation entitled Conscience Speaks, a rendition of Martin Luther King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam” in October of 2005. It sounds strikingly contemporary for a speech given back in April of 1967.



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Training Materials from the Collaborative for Conflict Management in Mental Health

The Collaborative for Conflict Management in Mental Health was started in 2000 with funds from the Hewlett Foundation. Based at the University of South Florida, their focus has been on promoting the use of conflict management techniques in mental health and social services.

image CCMMH has offered training in conflict management:
- For staff at psychiatric hospitals or residential programs
- For peer specialists and other consumer-run programs
- For case managers and other direct service providers in both adult and children?s mental health programs
- For mediators wanting to learn more about mental health issues.

One useful product of this work are the various curriculum materials now available online which include the following (many with accompanying powerpoints):

- Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Training Program for Mental Health Managers and Administrators
- Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Training Program for Mental Health Teams and Direct Service Providers
- Mediating with People with Psychiatric Diagnoses: A Training Program for Alternative Dispute Resolution Professionals
- Designing Mental Health Dispute Resolution Systems: A Program for Organizational Development
- An Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution for People with Psychiatric Disabilities


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 08 28 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Tue, Aug 22, 2006

Interactive Johari/Nohari Windows

The Johari Window idea, developed by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham as a model for mapping personality awareness, has become a useful method for talking about differences in perception. This interactive rendition of the Johari Window, produced by UK web developer Kevan, invites you to enter some information about how you perceive yourself and then invite friends or family to also evaluate you using the same form. The Nohari Window, similar in format, looks at negative traits and weaknesses, rather than more positive attributes.
Johari Window


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 08 22 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Thu, Aug 17, 2006

The ART of Complex Problem Solving

Check out this interesting well-illustrated example of the issues involved in solving complex problems. Produced by Marshall Clemens at
complex problems


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Wed, Aug 16, 2006

CPR Compendium of Operational Tools for Peacebuilding

The Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (CPR) Peacebuilding Network (established in 1997) sponsored a working group focused on consolidating the analytical frameworks and operational tools developed by CPR donors for responding to conflict situations. The CPR Network makes these available online in their Compendium of Operational Tools for Peacebuilding. At present the Tools Compendium stores about 113 documents, dating from 1998 to today.
CPR network logo
The materials are categorized into the following groupings:
Children Affected by War
Conflict Prevention: Diagnostic
Conflict Prevention: Impact Ass.
Conflict Prevention: Overview
Conflict Prevention: Risk Ass.
Donor Roles
Gender & Conflict
Governance & Democrat.
Hum. Ass. & Dev. Coop.
Measuring Results
Natural Res. & Conflict
PostConflict Stab. & Reconstr.
Security: Disarmament
Security: Policing
Security: Reform
Security: Small Arms

Also available is a Resource Library of 87 items searchable by Region/Country, Type of Document, and Themes Addressed. While there is only one item of the Training Materials type in the current collection, it is quite informative in terms of conflict theories and their application. It is entitled CAPACITY FOR CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND EARLY RESPONSE: A Training Manual (1128Kb Word Document). Certainly worth a look.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 08 16 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Tue, Aug 01, 2006

BCS Online Learning Center (re Conflict Resolution Info)

Back in 2004 a group in Virginia named Building Collaborative Solutions (BCS) got a small grant from the CRInfo initiative to build an online learning module about conflict. As a CRInfo advisory board member I heard about this project, but never went looking for the results. Here they are… The Online Learning Center provides a nice collection of information links and some interactive quizes covering these broad topics:
Conflict Management

Online Learning Center


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 08 01 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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