Mon, Sep 22, 2008
A Introduction to Conflict - Video by Rick Olshak
Rick Olshak, the author of Mastering Mediation: A Guide for Training Mediators in a College and University Setting, has posted a video he produced introducing college students to various conflict management approaches. The video is approximately 22 minutes in length and it is available for non-commercial educational use.
One interesting aspect of the video is that in it students discuss and work to resolve a couple conflicts of that involve the use of drugs and/or drinking and in one case campus mediators help them address their concerns without making an issue out of the illegal activity. The direct link to the Google Video version of An Introduction to Conflict is here. You can embed it in a website or download an ipod/PSP friendly version.
Thu, Sep 18, 2008
Make Your Peace website
Peace Direct has developed an intriguing website entitled Make Your Peace designed to encourage and support people to reconcile with others they may have hurt in some way. Here’s the site description:
“We all experience conflict - at work, in the family, the playground, our relationships. We’ve all over-reacted, or behaved in a way we later regretted and wished we could make redress for. Make Your Peace is your chance to do just that. It’s a special campaign from Peace Direct marking the UN’s International Day of Peace, 21 September, to help you do something positive and practical about conflict in your life.”
The site provides inspirational examples of people making peace, coupled with advice on how you can take similar action in your life. The Peacebuilders Toolkit includes the following examples:
? Peace Starts Within
? Be Courageous
? Be Creative
? Take Risks
? Be Inclusive
? Inspire Others
You can also send an e-card, post a tribute to someone or give a gift of peace.
Sat, Sep 13, 2008
Issue Discussion Guides Exchange from Everyday Democracy
The Everyday Democracy project (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center) has set up an online service called the Issue Guide Exchange that features downloadable dialogue-to-action guides on a wide range of topics. There is also a structured tool to help you create your own discussion guide.
Papers from the International Peace Research Association 2008 Conference
If you are interested in what has been happening in the peace research field, you’ll want to have a look at the papers presented at the International Peace Research Association conference held in July of 2008 in Belgium. A good way to sort them is by the commission that the paper was presented under. See list below.
Papers Sorted by IPRA Commission
Art and Peace Commission
Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building Commission
Eastern Europe Commission
Ecology and Peace Commission
Forced Migration Commission
Gender and Peace Commission
Global Political Economy Commission
Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Commission
Internal Conflicts Commission
International Human Rights Commission
Peace Culture and Communications Commission
Peace Education Commission
Peace History Commission
Peace Journalism Commission
Peace Movements Commission
Peace Theories Commission
Religion and Peace Commission
Security and Disarmament Commission
Youth and Peace Commission
Tue, Sep 02, 2008
BBC Primer on Georgia-Russia Conflict
The BBC News has prepared an overview of the Georgia-Russia Conflict that provides current news as well as background information on the dispute. See for instance Q&A: Conflict in Georgia and “Who Started It?” for some recent history.
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