Mon, Oct 29, 2007
Introduction to Nonviolence - UC Berkeley Course on YouTube Video
YouTube has begun partnering with some universities to provide video of course lectures. UC Berkeley is an early adopter here, and a good example is the 27-session course Introduction to Nonviolence taught by Michael Nagler. (As an aside, I used Nagler’s book America Without Violence as one of the texts in 1984 in the first college course I ever taught, Conflict Resolution and Peaceful Progressive Change.)
Here’s the YouTube course description:
Introduction to Nonviolence - Spring 2007.
An introduction to the science of nonviolence, mainly as seen through the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. Historical overview of nonviolence East and the West up to the American Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr., with emphasis on the ideal of principled nonviolence and the reality of mixed or strategic nonviolence in practice, especially as applied to problems of social justice and defense.
Sun, Oct 28, 2007
A Catalog of War-time Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss
Many people are not aware of the fact that Dr. Suess, the beloved illustrator of many children’s books, was also a political cartoonist. He drew over 400 cartoons between 1941-43 for a New York newspaper called PM. The Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California at San Diego has now put this collection online as Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalog of Political Cartoons by Dr. Seuss. The cartoons are arranged in chronological order, by year, by month, by day. The images are also browsable by subject terms such as; people, region, domestic issue (eg racism for instance) or battle. Unfortunately, the site relies on frames, so it is hard to link directly to subsections of the site without causing the visitor to lose their access to navigation.
Fri, Oct 19, 2007
“Make Talk Work” Videos and bookmarks
The City University of New York (CUNY) Consortium on Dispute Resolution continues to display creativity in their efforts to promote and support conflict resolution. This two-part YouTube video highlights their “Make Talk Work” project.
You can see the collection of conflict resolution bookmarks referred to in the video (and which are available for ordering) here. Good stuff.
Tue, Oct 16, 2007
Second Life E-Justice Centre Video
In late July of 2007 the Portuguese Ministry of Justice launched a new E-Justice Centre in Second Life, the virtual online world now inhabited by some 8 million avatars. The Ministry of Justice developed the project in cooperation with the University of Aveiro and the Faculty of Law of the Lisbon New University. The centre provides mediation and arbitration services for avatars resident in Second Life, focusing on conflicts deriving from consumer relations and contracts signed between parties. Users of the centre can opt to resolve submitted disputes through the application of Portuguese law or through the use of specified impartiality criteria (pdf).
E-justice Centre island (here’s the Second Life location info) was created specifically for the E-Justice Centre, and the building (inspired by the Torre de Belém in Lisbon) was designed and created as a futuristic interpretation by the University of Aveiro’s Department of Communication and Art which already has a significant presence in Second Life.
For a closer look, check out this 9-minute YouTube video that provides a tour (signage is in Portuguese) of the impressive new online facility.
Thu, Oct 11, 2007
New List of Journals in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
The Peace and Justice Studies Association, with help from David Leeper, has recently posted a comprehensive listing of journals in peace studies and conflict resolution with links to the homepages for each publication. They are soliciting brief reviews of the more than 80 listed journals, and welcome suggestions for additions to the list via the PJSA Contact Us page.
Sun, Oct 07, 2007
Podcast: Conflict Studies Alumni Discuss 20 Years of Conflict Theory, Research and Action
In this podcast, Campus-adr Tech Blog host Bill Warters interviews his colleagues affiliated with the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts at Syracuse University?s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The group assembled in Syracuse September 27-28, 2007 for a conference and celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the PARC Program. Interviewees discuss their early focus at PARC, what they have done since, and they offer advice for new graduate students entering the field of conflict studies. People interviewed (in order of appearance) include:
Tue, Oct 02, 2007
Workplace Mediation Clips (8 Episodes) from UK Mediation
The folks at UK Mediation have posted some Mediation Video Clips from their training DVD “Train to Mediate” to the web as Flash movies. These illustrate some key points in the workplace mediation process. Here’s a quick overview of the case, which involves a conflict between an older student (male) who has returned to the workplace and a coworker (female) who has worked her way up through the organization.
Episode 1: The Spark
Many workplace disputes come to a head with an angry exchange or ?spark? between the parties. Here, Andy & Letitia meet in the tea room, where they discuss their joint report.
Episode 2: The Manager’s Input
Mediation skills aren?t just used by mediators! Here, the manager, Jackie, tries to resolve the situation using some key skills.
Episode 3: Meeting the mediators
Jackie has realised that she can’t be impartial this time, and so has suggested the parties contact the mediators. They attend in turn for a private session.
Episode 4: The joint mediation session begins
The joint mediation session begins with some rule-setting, and then each of them takes some time to say their piece.
Episode 5: Making an agenda
The mediators get the parties to agree on the key issues.
Episode 6: Negotiating the issues
Once the issues are clear, the mediators encourage a more direct exchange between the two, while carefully managing the conversation.
Episode 7: Making an agreement
The parties’ improved understanding is summarised in writing.
Episode 8: Andy and Letitia return to the department
The interpersonal problems resolved for now, the two colleagues are able to pick up the report again with the manager’s support.
Note: These clips are also available in other formats via BlipTV.
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