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Wed, Jan 30, 2008

Make Talk Work International Video Competition

image The City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium (CUNY DRC) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY, has just announced an international competition for short videos of up to 60 seconds using any of the themes in the 24 Make Talk Work bookmarks they have developed. This video project, which is funded by the JAMS Foundation, seeks to increase public awareness about dispute resolution. The bookmarks, also funded by the JAMS Foundation, were created by the CUNY DRC and dispute resolvers in New York City with images designed by Susan Spivack.

The videos must demonstrate how universal messages about handling conflicts can be shared with people from all walks of life. Each of the 24 bookmarks, which must be used as the basis for this video competition, contains a message that can be visually illustrated through video.

The bookmarks can be viewed at the CUNY DRC website at

Prizes ranging from $100 to $2,000 will be awarded for the winning videos. The winning videos will be premiered at a film festival and award reception at John Jay College near Lincoln Center in New York City . The winning videos will be posted on YouTube and the CUNY DRC’s websites and will be made available for workshops, conferences and public events.  Entries are due by April 1, 2008. See the full submission guidelines for more information.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 30 | Filed under Tech News  

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Sun, Jan 27, 2008

Working with Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions

Working with Integrity: A Guidebook for Peacebuilders Asking Ethical Questions was developed in 2001 by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University using a seed grant from the United States Institute for Peace. As author Cynthia Cohen explains in the introduction, the guidebook is “designed to assist practitioners in reflecting on the ethical dimensions of their work. It addresses the complexities of working to improve relations in historically divided communities: the tensions, uncertainties, qualms and dilemmas that seem almost inevitably to arise in efforts toward coexistence and reconciliation.”

The guidebook was structured for use in seminars and institutes where a group of practitioners work through the ethical questions with the support of a facilitator or discussion leader but it can also serve in the classroom. The typical process of exploring a case narrative involves a series of steps:

- Identifying an ethical issue
- Identifying ethical possibilities and risks
- Exploring concepts
- Examining assumptions
- Integrating values by exploring what is RIGHT about opposing views
- Integrating values by imagining feasible alternatives

The worksheets and narratives included in each chapter are designed to be easily photocopied and at the end of each chapter you’ll find suggestions for activities and exercises.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 27 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Tue, Jan 22, 2008

Waldenville Labor Negotiation and Mediation Video series

negotiation table UCLA School of Management Professor Daniel Mitchell has been very busy posting lots of good learning content on YouTube. Of particular interest is the Waldenville Series of video clips from Department of Labor training film on labor conflict in the public sector. The 14 clips in the Waldenville playlist include a series on Negotiations, which eventually stall, then Mediation, and finally Grievance Arbitration.  In 2007, Prof. Mitchell received the Excellence in Education Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. This PDF of the videos used in his Labor Relations course will help you understand why.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 22 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Peace Negotiation Simulation Exercises collection

This collection of Negotiation Simulation Exercises is maintained by Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). It provides free access (for teaching purposes) to a growing collection of peace simulation exercises which are based on the methodology used by the U.S. Department of State’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center to train American diplomats. They are used to enact and test out diplomatic solutions to world conflicts. These have included: Iraq, Sudan (Darfur), Kosovo and the Balkans conflict, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal and Kashmir. Each simulation contains briefing notes, role plays and reports. The site also includes a Peace Agreement Drafter’s Handbook and a collection of sample documents from peace negotiations and post-conflict constitutions.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 22 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Sat, Jan 19, 2008

Family Conflict Management advice on Monkeysee

The Monkeysee expertise sharing video site is starting to increase the size of its catalog as more experts sign up and produce videos. I noticed that now there are numerous family conflict videos with expert John Spiegel discussing divorce mediation issues. The site search still provides a mixed bag when you search on the term conflict within the Love and Relationships category, but the overall number of results has increased. Might be a site worth watching…



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 19 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, Jan 07, 2008

Core Competencies for Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict Work

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has recently released a document authored by Mari Fitzduff, Director of the MA program on Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University. The document, entitled Core Competencies for Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict Work lays out a proposed set of knowledge and skills that may be central to success in peace and conflict resolution work. The hope is that the document will stimulate discussion around a shared set of competencies for CR work both academic and practice-oriented.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 07 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Sat, Jan 05, 2008

NFB Animated ShowPeace Videos available online

ShowPeace logo The National Film Board of Canada continues to release full-length versions of content from their catalog for web playback. The Animation collection, called Play Films offers up seventy NFB animated shorts, including several animation classics like The Cat Came Back. You can search them by title, director and year of production.  Of particular interest to our readers, however, are the videos from the ShowPeace collection. As explained on the ShowPeace collection website:
“Lively, humorous and poignant, the award-winning ShowPeace animated film series is one of the most flexible conflict resolution tools available in the world. Because the animated characters in the films do not speak, there are no language barriers. Because they are “non-human,” they are ageless and genderless. Everyone can enjoy the pithy (and quirky!) commentary on conflict that these films offer. Each film in the series also draws out an important and distinct conflict resolution lesson.”

The videos that are fully available online at the Play Films site include these (topic noted first, then a link to the online version of the video):
Managing Anger ? When the Dust Settles
Bullying ? Bully Dance
Conflict Styles and Negotiation ? Elbow Room
Mediation ? Dinner for Two

Teaching Guides are also available.
Conflict Resolution and the ShowPeace Series: An Overview
ShowPeace Series-Parent’s Guide
Bully Dance
Dinner for Two
Elbow Room
When the Dust Settles


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 05 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Fri, Jan 04, 2008

The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Educational Simulation Pack

Conciliation Resources, publishers of Accord: an International Review of Peace Initiatives has made available a detailed set educational materials based on the peace process in Northern Ireland. The free online Education Pack includes resources for group discussion and interactive learning, including a role play simulation exercise (requiring at least 13 people) that puts participants into the shoes of the main people involved in the Northern Ireland peace process. These materials can also be used independently to stimulate learning about conflicts and peace processes.

Accord Northern Ireland cover The background and discussion materials cover the following topics:
- Predisposing conditions for negotiations
- Challenging existing assumptions
- Building confidence
- Establishing acceptable negotiation arrangements
- The practice of negotiations - overcoming blocks and obstacles
- Requirements for a balanced agreement
- Testing the agreement in practice
- Managing the process of implementation
- Armed groups and the transition to conventional politics
- Role of individuals in bringing about change
- Role of governments
- The value of an inclusive process
- The relevance of popular consent and the contribution of civil society
- Dealing with the past
- Taking stock for the future

All of Accord’s educational materials are designed to:
- challenge current thinking on the conflict in question
- increase awareness and understanding of the main issues in the peace process
- give insight into attempts to deal with the conflict


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 01 04 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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