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Wed, Feb 28, 2007

Virginia is for Peacemakers - New Peace License Plate for Virginia

sample license plate The American University International Peace and Conflict Resolution blog reports that
The Virginia General Assembly has approved the production of a new specialty license plate that will promote community peacebuilding and contribute to the financial support of community conflict resolution centers across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia ?Peace Plate,? was designed by Roanoker Liz Frankl.

Before DMV can begin to manufacture the plates, 350 vehicle owners need to agree in advance to purchase the plates. Application forms are available at (see or can be obtained by sending a self-addressed and stamped envelope to VACCR Plate, c/o Conflict Resolution Center, P.O. Box 1185, Roanoke, VA 24006.

The tagline is “Community Peacebuilding”. Great idea!


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 28 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Sat, Feb 24, 2007

Implementing Commercial Mediation: Alternative Dispute Resolution Toolkit from the World Bank

handshake The Alternative Dispute Resolution Manual: Implementing Commercial Mediation was prepared by the World Bank Group’s Small and Medium Enterprise Department in 2006. Using case studies, diagnostic and assessment tools, and stakeholder-specific marketing approaches, this manual provides strategies to overcome the challenges of building alternative dispute resolution programs in different national settings.  The Task Manager was Alejandro Alvarez de la Campa. You can download the entire toolkit (PDF, 3.4MB), or choose one of its six chapters as noted below:

Introduction: the manual, meant for development professionals, starts with a description of its contents, applications, and limitations of ADR. (PDF, 60KB)

Chapter 1: defines individual ADR processes with attention to the features that distinguish them from conventional dispute resolution. (PDF, 103KB)

Chapter 2: provides a framework for assessing the feasibility of beginning ADR projects, using country and project-specific criteria. (PDF, 118KB)

Chapter 3: offers guidelines for designing ADR projects, centers and assessment tools, and building local partnerships. (PDF, 153KB)

Chapter 4: addresses implementation, with guidance on creating ADR-friendly environments, working within local legal contexts, and selecting cases for mediation. (PDF, 811KB)

Chapter 5: discusses why, when, and how to perform assessments that take into account resources used and outcomes achieved. (PDF, 674KB)

Chapter 6: presents lessons learned in developing ADR projects, highlighting the challenges of creating demand and sustainability. (PDF, 325KB)

The annexes: contain resources to assist program designers and managers, with descriptions of ADR procedures, case studies of projects in various country contexts, sample contract language and agreements, model codes of ethics for mediators, and a list of additional Web resources. (PDF, 3.4MB)


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 24 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Fri, Feb 23, 2007

Postcards for Peace blog

The A Postcard for World Peace Blog is collecting postcards from around the world supporting peace. The author in Estonia will scan both sides of your postcard and post it online and add your location to a world map of contributors. The current collection of 39 cards is a nice and interesting start.  Send your contribution to
A Postcard for World Peace
Aedvilja 4 - 7 Tallinn 10120 Estonia

Card from Guatemala


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 23 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Tue, Feb 20, 2007

Open Educational Resources Commons content aggregator

OER Commons Logo  The new Open Educational Resources Commons (OER Commons) is a content aggregation network for the use and reuse of Open Educational Resources The site was produced by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), and supported by the Hewlett Foundation’s Open Content Initiative. With metadata and pointers gathered from OER items worldwide, the site builds a knowledge base across institutions with features including: user tagging, rating, reviewing, and annotating of OER items, as well as providing forums for discussion and exploration on emerging topics related to OER issues.

OER Commons is an effort to bring together K-12, Higher Education, Training, and OER-related resources to make them more useful for students, instructors, and self-learners through collaborative engagement, quality vetting, and sharing. Content topics are diverse and include: climate change, all of the various arts and sciences at all grade levels, mathematics education, music theory, global development, digital signal processing, and copyright issues.

Here’s an example search on the term “conflict resolution” which produces some interesting results including lectures, training materials and more.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 20 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Mon, Feb 19, 2007

Teachnology Conflict Resolution Lesson Plans collection

A nice collection of 24 Conflict Resolution Lesson Plans has been compiled by the online teacher resource known as Just be aware that you’ll be forced to view pop-up ads along the way, and that only 9 items are free before you are required to subscribe for full access.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 19 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Sat, Feb 10, 2007

Using Videos to Teach ADR - selected resources

Dwight Golann, a mediator and professor at Sufffolk University Law School has produced a special webpage with links to articles and other resources related to teaching negotiation and mediation using video. Golann’s site is related to an article he contributed to the recent Winter 2007 edition of Dispute Resolution Magazine focusing on ADR in film.

(found via Tom Kosakowski’s Ombuds Blog)


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 10 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Thu, Feb 08, 2007

Graphic Visualization Techniques - Interactive Periodic Table of Methods

The Visual Literacy group in Switzerland has put together a facinating Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. It provides a description of “all” (lots, anyway) of the tools and methods out there for making ideas visual. Included are everything from cartoons to flow diagrams and strategy maps. The online map allows the user to get a visual image of each method upon rollover with the mouse. A short article explaining the development of the chart and the conventions used in it (and includes a small version of the chart) is also available.  The project is developing an e-learning course that will be used as an online leveling course as well as a blended skill-building course for students of fourteen different university courses in four universities (for more than 500 students) so you may want to check back.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 08 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Thu, Feb 01, 2007

Maplecroft Maps of World Issues

Maplecroft Maps depict social, economic, environmental, and political issues on a global scale using interactive flash, color-coding, information markers and links to country data and profiles. Readers might be particularly interested in the Conflict Risk map, among the more than 30 currently publicly available maps.
maplecroft maps homepage screenshot
Here’s the list of available topics:
Avian influenza risk
Carbon resources
Child labour
Child rights risk
Climate change
Conflict risk
Corporate governance
Corruption & transparency
Digital inclusion
Energy security risk
Financial inclusion
Financial market risk
Fiscal risk
Geological disasters
Greenhouse gas emissions
Growth competitiveness
Health and safety
Human rights risk
Hydro-meteorological disasters
Landmine risk
Military expenditure
Natural disaster economic losses
Natural disasters
Political risk
Renewable energy use
World map


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2007 02 01 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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