Wed, Nov 29, 2006
UN Peacemaker Website
UN Peacemaker is a newly updated online mediation support tool for international peacemaking professionals. A free registration is required to access the site. The resource is part of the overall effort of the United Nationsâ?? Department of Political Affairs (DPA) to provide advice and support to the UN Secretary-General and his Representatives in their efforts to resolve international disputes and internal conflicts.
The site is primarily geared to serve UN peacemakers and their staff as they prepare for negotiations to achieve peace agreements that will provide a basis for sustainable peace. It is also intended to be useful to UN partners actively engaged in peacemaking efforts around the world, including Member States, regional organisations, civil society and non-governmental organisations.
The site content includes a database of more than 750 Peace Agreements, a library of key guidance documents on mediation and selected literature on key mediation issues (e.g. power-sharing, wealth-sharing, constitutional issues, mediation processes and strategies etc.). It also offers video interviews with mediation experts discussing strategies and tactics on how to manage mediation processes and providing guidance on specific themes. A mobile app containing key guidance documents on mediation is also available from the website.
Lots of good content here for people interested in international conflict prevention and resolution.
Mon, Nov 27, 2006
Open Source WebQuest Templates Collection
Here you will find a variety of webquest templates (all valid XHTML and CSS) provided by Dan Schellenberg via the Canadian Educational Technology site. The collection is sorted into the categories of top navigation, left navigation and right navigation. Nice to have if you are developing WebQuests as a teaching tool.
Thu, Nov 23, 2006
Legal Blogs Search Engine - BlawgSearch
Justia.com is offering a search portal focused solely on legal blogs, or “blawgs” as they are now commonly referred to. A simple keyword search can be conducted across the more than 600 blogs currently indexed by the Justia Blawg Search. The front page of the portal provides tag clouds of both post tags and recent search terms (if you hover over a post tag, it indicates how many posts were tagged with this term), as well as a list of the most popular blogs and a directory of blogs sorted into categories. As yet there is no specific category for alternative dispute resolution or mediation-related blogs. A list at the bottom of the page shows the most recent posts that have been indexed. One nice feature is the ability to search on a keyword and then grab an RSS feed on that term so that you can monitor results in your newsreader. As an example, here’s the link to an RSS feed of the 20 most recent law blog posts on mediation.
Video Clip on Peer Mediators Handling Playground Disputes
The National Education Association produced a 2-minute video clip of 5th and 6th graders training to mediate playground conflicts. The streaming windows media format file is available sized for dial-up or broadband speeds. While rather short, the production quality is good. You can find other related content about Conflict Resolution and Classroom Management on their site in a section entitled “Do the Right Thing”.
Wed, Nov 22, 2006
The St. Thomas University School of Law Diplomacy Monitor tracks the document output of official government web sites in near real time. The system is set up to track hundreds of diplomacy-related web sites such as those of heads of state, foreign ministries, embassies, missions and consulates. Newly issued communiques, official statements, press briefings, position papers and news releases related to diplomacy or international trade are identified and then reviewed by the site’s editorial staff. The staff reviews, annotates and categorizes identified documents several times throughout the United Nations (New York) business day. There is a variety of ways to browse the content, by active issues, recently released major documents, or by nation or region. You can also do full-text searchs for documents that have been added within the last 90 days.
Sat, Nov 18, 2006
Presentation on Conflict Management in Libraries
In July of 2006 the SirsiDynix Institute hosted a 1 hour online workshop by Pat Wagner on managing conflicts in libraries. A video archive (windows media format) and hand-out (pdf) of the session Library Conflict Management for Consenting Adults Turning Enemies into Allies is available online. Here’s an excerpt from the description of the session:
Conflict issues among staff and library users eat up time and budget, besides hurting staff morale and the effectiveness of the library in its larger community or institution. However, many library managers and personnel are conflict-avoidant for good reason. You don’t want to play library therapist, mom or cop. You don’t want to fall into a bottomless pit of “She said, he said, they said,” because you know you will never know the whole truth behind the conflagration. And, you suspect that at least some of the participants are vying for attention, rather than trying to resolve some problem. Fortunately, there are some simple, tested methods for managing library conflicts (both internal and external), which can reduce the time needed to keep people and projects moving forward, even as you take complaints seriously…
The SirsiDynix Institute archives from previous library-related workshops are available as well.
Fri, Nov 10, 2006
GapMinder - Flash Presentations on the Status of World Development
Gapminder is a non-profit venture for the development and provision of free software that helps us visualise human development. The highly interactive presentations make statistics exciting to explore. They are developed in collaboration with universities, UN organisations, public agencies and non-governmental organisations. For a good example, check out the currently featured interactive presentation of the “Human Development Report 2005” by UNDP.
Tue, Nov 07, 2006
Prisoners of War Game - Understanding the Geneva Convention
The NobelPrize.org site has launched a new game highlighting the work of the Red Cross in supporting the Geneva Convention and the treatment of prisoners of war. The Prisoners of War Game is a flash-based game that takes about 10 minutes to play and provides a good overview of the Geneva Convention all the while emersing the user in sounds and sights that help anchor the experience.
Mon, Nov 06, 2006
Guide to Making Good Blog Comments
The Cool Cat Teacher Blog has produced a very helpful guide to using the comment feature found on most blogs. As conflict resolvers, the skill of commenting effectively, and without engendering conflict is an important thing to learn how to do. Check out the post How to Comment Like a King or Queen for the full story.
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Sun, Nov 05, 2006
Campus Reader - AJAX-enhanced College Newspaper Reader
People who follow the news of campus life might really like a new entry into the news aggregator field called Campus Reader. The modern, AJAX-enhanced news reader was developed by 3 Michigan natives, namely Adam Long, Steve Richert and Carl Paulus. You can browse by topic, read popular stories or check into news from your region of the country. As you read individual stories, you can see where the school they came from is on a USA map, browse similar articles, and more. RSS news feeds are available for searches that work well for you. For instance, check out this search for stories on “Conflict” and then note the “This search in RSS” icon in the upper left of the page. Nicely done.
Peace Corps 45th Anniversary Video
To celebrate 45 years of service at home and abroad, Peace Corps has assembled an eight and a half minute video highlighting Peace Corps history and achievements. You can watch it online via Google video.
Fri, Nov 03, 2006
Teaching Multiparty Negotiation - Resources from a Harvard Program on Negotiation Seminar
Instructors may be interested in a full workbook exploring Teaching Multiparty Negotiation (pdf) now available at no cost from the Program on Negotiation. The 171-page workbook summarizes the design, content, and pedagogy of the Multiparty Negotiation Workshop taught at Harvard Law School in 2002 and 2003. Written by the course instructors (Harvard Law School Professor Robert Mnookin and MIT Professor Lawrence Susskind) and their teaching assistants (Boyd Fuller and Lukasz Rozdeiczer), the workbook describes what was taught, how it was taught, the instructors’ reflections on the course, and continuing quandaries regarding the teaching of multiparty negotiation.
A comprehensive set of appendices includes:
- a list of key lesson points and readings for the course’s theoretical framework;
- descriptions of the role simulations used in the course;
- descriptions of the various legal, international, and public policy multiparty negotiation contexts studied in the course;
- copies of the course presentation materials;
- sample student essays;
- sample student group projects; and
- a copy of the final exam.
Also of interest is a related seminar report that provides a summary of a two-day PON-sponsored educators’ conference held in May of 2003 on teaching multiparty negotiation. Topics included (1) What should be taught? (2) How should it be taught?; (3) How should students and instructors be evaluated?; and (4) How can a discussion about multiparty negotiation instruction be sustained? See Teaching Multiparty Negotiation Conference Summary May 30-31, 2003 for more information and the download link.
Wed, Nov 01, 2006
A Brave and Startling Truth (poem by Maya Angelou)
This poem, A Brave and Startling Truth, was written and delivered by Maya Angelou in honor of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.
Hip Hop Conflict Resolution Beatbox video from Dream Dance Company
The DREAM Dance Company is sharing a short video (8.5 mb quicktime mov) of a conflict resolution oriented dance performance entitled Conflict Resolution Beatbox. Check out a mediator with some REAL moves. As their website explains, “DREAM Dance Company brings innovative urban folk art and culture to the stage to tell personal and collective stories of struggle, transformation and inspiration. Their electrifying pieces fuse an incredible breadth of African diasporic movement (including Hip-Hop, House, Jazz and Afro-Caribbean dance) with rap, poetry, beatbox and live music.” DREAM stands for Destiny Redefining Education through Art and Movement. See them in action here.
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