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Wed, Jan 31, 2007

Peace and World Security Studies Conflict Topic Guides

PAWSS logo The Five College Program on Peace and World Security Studies has posted a useful set of information summaries on conflict topics including child soldiers, conflict diamonds, refugees, resource conflicts, oil conflict, water conflict, small arms, violence against women, and weapons of mass destruction.  This complements their already well-established syllabi collection (see faculty section) offering over fifty peace and conflict syllabi across thirteen different subject areas.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 01 31 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Mon, Jan 29, 2007

35 Exercises for Teaching Conflict Management - CNCR Swap Meet Sourcebook

image  The Consortium for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution based at Georgia State University has recently released a very nice compilation of exercises for teaching conflict management concepts. The exercises were gathered at a series of events (swap meets) hosted by CNCR that invited conflict resolution teachers and trainers to share an exercise or two that they liked and used frequently. The full collection is now available as a pdf entitled The CNCR Swap Meet Sourcebook: 35 Exercises for Teaching Conflict Management (Lin Inlow, Editor). Some videos of these tools being demonstrated are also online in quicktime or real player format.

Here’s the table of presenters and their exercise titles to whet your appetite. Lots of good ideas here, including one provided by this blog’s author, Bill Warters.  Thanks CNCR!

Swap Meet Sourcebook Table of Contents
Ansley Barton, Kennesaw State University
Teaching from Experience p. 1-2

Michael Elliott, Georgia Institute of Technology
Teaching Conflict Assessment and Frame Analysis Through
Interactive Web-Based Simulations p. 3-25

Tom Fiutak, University of Minnesota
Primal Bargaining Simulation p. 26-27

Kenneth K. Frank, Brenau University
An Introduction to Conflict Resolution p. 28
Bringing Creative Thinking to Conflict Resolution p. 29

Jennifer Lynch, Ottawa Canada
Designing & Mapping Integrated Conflict Management Systems p. 30

Carol Orme-Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Incorporating Multicultural Issues into Basic Training in Mediation &
Techniques for Mediators p. 31

Beverly Schaffer, Emory University
“Gibson v. Kelly Company” p. 32-36
A Cross Cultural Exercise: “The Dilemma” p. 37-40

Jennifer L. Schulz, Osgoode Hall Law School
The Line Game p. 41-42
The Win as Much as You Can Game p. 43-45

Peter Shedd, University of Georgia
The Exit: Or Ending Class on a High Note p. 46
Van Exercise p. 47-49

Bob Stains, Public Conversations Project
Questions As A Service to the Self p. 50-54

Susan Trageser, North Carolina State University
Conflict and Mediation p. 55-56

Bill Warters, Wayne State University
Making Theory Real: A Structured Controversy and Mediation of the Oka Standoff p. 57-71

Ellen Zweibel, University of Ottawa
The Shakespearean Demo: Raising Conflict Productively p. 72-74

John Barkai, University of Hawaii School of Law
Teaching ADR with Non-traditional Methods p. 75

Bruce Barnes, University of Hawaii
The Island p. 76-79
Talking Circle p. 80-87

Ben Carroll, University of Hawaii
Negotiating a Learning Contract p. 88-92
MUGS p. 93-97
MESSES (Negotiation Situations); “Just-in-Cases” (just in case I need them) p. 98-100

David Chandler, University of Hawaii
Adaptive Consensus Exercise p. 101-106

Betty A. Ching, Hawaii
The “I” in the Storm p. 107-112

Donna R. Ching, Hawaii
Learning to Use Conflict Strategies Appropriately p. 113-120

Karen Cross, University of Hawaii
Facilitating in Pacific Ways - Working with Host Culture Partners to Develop Value-Based Guidelines for Working Together (Ground Rules) in Multicultural Group Work p. 121-126
Building Group Trust Agreements p. 127-131

Kaleo Patterson, Ha’aheo Guanson, Native Hawaiian Coalition
Building a Nation-Dotting for Sovereignty p. 132

Kem Lowry, University of Hawaii
Negotiation Quiz p. 133-134
Critical Habitat Facilitation Design p. 135

Jean DeCosta, California State Polytechnic Institute
Mapping the Conflict p. 136

Carmen McKines, University of California, Berkley
Recognizing the Nature and Sources of Conflict: Conflict Styles p. 137

Mary Chavez Rudolph, University of Colorado, Denver
Conflict Related Roles p. 138-143

Tom Sebok, University of Colorado, Boulder
Making Conflict More Difficult to Resolve (or Learning from Common Mistakes) p. 144


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 01 29 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, Jan 22, 2007

Peace and Conflict Curriculum Development Guide for Undergraduate Colleges and Universities

USIP logo  The United States Institute for Peace has just released (Jan 2007) a new guidebook, available online, to support the development of curriculum at undergraduate institutions. The guide, entitled Building Global Peace, Conflict, and Security Curricula at Undergraduate Institutions: A Curriculum Development Guide for Colleges and Universities can be found via the USIP Education homepage or directly via this link to the pdf.

The 27-page guide is described on the USIP site as follows:

“In response to increasing requests by colleges and universities on how to develop programs focusing on global peace, conflict, and security, the Education program has developed this guide to undergraduate programmatic development. It includes not only models , but also advice on strategies that can be used in the planning stage.”


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 01 22 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Sat, Jan 20, 2007

Teachers.TV Videos on Restorative Justice and Mediation in Schools

Teachers TV logo is a service out of the United Kingdom that provides a variety of helpful resources for teachers. Our readers might be particularly interested in the two part series that explores Restorative Justice issues in schools. You can start with Restorative Justice in Action 1 and find the link to the second part of the series in the “related videos” section. As described, the first RJ video looks at:
- The impact restorative justice can have in the classroom environment
- Focusing less on instant punishment and more on encouraging children to think through the consequences of their behaviour
- The use of restorative justice in a series of incidents involving bad behaviour

Also of interest is a video looking at the implementation of a peer mediation program in a school. The 15-minute program looks at a mediation program that has been running for a while, checking in on some refresher training and watching students in action. It gives a sense of what running a program actually feels like in a school.

If you find that you like, you can subscribe to their video podcast feed.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 01 20 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Sat, Jan 13, 2007

See Current Newspaper Front Pages from Around the World Using Newseum

The Newseum project, which describes itself as an interactive museum of news, provides full-color copies of the front pages of more than 440 papers from around the world daily. While there are a number of different ways to find a paper such as by the name of paper or the state/country of interest, my favorite interface is the one built in flash, permitting you to zoom into a particular region of the world and click on a dot indicating a paper from that area. You can check it out here. Each cover is visible in several sizes, with the large pdf version being quite readable.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 01 13 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Wed, Jan 10, 2007

Splashr - A Wonderful Flickr Slideshow Maker

image Readers might really enjoy trying out Splashr, a multifaceted slideshow builder that draws on the Flickr photo service. I’m assisting a faculty member here at our University who is teaching an honors course involving Art, Community and Social Change. Students will be doing service learning with the Heidelberg Project, a rather well known urban art installation here in Detroit. We wanted to help bring some of the visual interest of the project into her course site, and Splashr fit the bill quite nicely. As an example, here is a Splashr slide show of images tagged “Heidelbergproject” using the Reflector Slide Show format.  Another nice example is one for photos tagged “harmony” displayed in the Wild Daisy format. You can hide or show photo information by clicking on the “i” button, and have it play in a timed slideshow by clicking the play button, or you can advance the pictures on your own using the forward and back buttons or by clicking on a thumbnail of the photo. Splashr makes it easy to present the results in a variety of ways. The possibilities are endless…if you can think of the right tags to search on, or you can post photos to your own account on Flickr and display them.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 01 10 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Sat, Jan 06, 2007

ForaTV - interactive educational videos on current affairs

ForaTV logo A very nice new entry into the online video domain is ForaTV, a site designed to enable viewers to more fully engage with video presentations on a broad range of social issues. The site takes streaming and archived video of presenters talking about a contemporary topic and adds lots of features like summary descriptions of the event, background information about the speaker, links to related content (including user-generated links), scrolling transcripts of the talk as it unfolds, a linked discussion forum (registration required), and in some cases, chapter markers that make it possible to skip ahead to specific topics in the session. Many of the sessions are also available for download in formats suitable for video ipods, play station portables, and mp3 players. The interface is nicely designed and reasonably intuitive in use. To learn more about the interface, check out the “how it works” section and click on the various gray tabs for more information.

Here’s an example of a recent program - David Bacon presents Communities Without Borders

Given the quality of the presentations, it really would be interesting to try integrating this into a university course.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 01 06 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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