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Tue, Oct 27, 2009

New Book - Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens

I was excited to receive my copy of a new edited volume that explores conflict resolution on college campuses using a spectrum model of intervention tools. The book is titled Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens and is edited by Jennifer Meyer Schrage and Nancy Geist Giacomini from the Association of Student Conduct Administration. The volume is comprised of 17 chapters written by a diverse and experienced group of higher education practitioners. I’ve got a chapter (Chap 8) in it explaining the predominant models of mediation (Problem-Solving, Transformative, Narrative, Social Justice, and Insight models). The book as a whole represents a significant shift that is occurring within student judicial affairs practice, away from the creeping legalism that was predominant and toward a more integrative approach that includes restorative practices and an awareness of social justice issues. Another indicator of this shift is the recent change in name of the Association of Student Judicial Affairs to the Association of Student Conduct Administration.

The volume is divided into three parts. Part I provides a framework for transforming student conduct administration using conflict resolution methods and social and restorative justice practices. Part II, devotes a chapter to explaining each of the seven x93Spectrum Model Pathwaysx94 to conflict resolution that form the core of this book: Dialogue, Conflict Coaching, Facilitated Dialogue, Mediation, Restorative Justice Practices, Shuttle Diplomacy, and traditional formal student conduct processes informed by social justice theory. Part III provides practical application tools for the ideas presented in the text, including discussion of change management and assessment, and concludes with an overview of programs from across the country using inclusive conflict resolution methods in student conduct work.

You can hear an interview with the editors on Patti Porter’s Texas Conflict Coach program. Folks working in the campus mediation field should definitely take a look at this volume to stay in touch with some of the important trends in practice and thinking.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 27 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Thu, Oct 22, 2009

University for Peace Teaching Model: Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict

The UN-sponsored University for Peace provides education in many forms, including by providing resource materials for instructors and trainers. Readers may be particularly interested in a series edited by Mary King that focuses on methods for teaching nonviolent struggle against oppression. The basic document provides a 12-session design for teaching core concepts and it is extended by a series of related documents for different audiences. All of the guides are available as a pdf for download (see the publications page), or can be acquired in hard copy by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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Teaching Model: Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict
Editors: Mary E. King and Christopher A. Miller
Description: Nonviolent action can be effective even in acute conflicts. Teaching Model: Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict presents a framework for use by instructors in teaching students the basic theoretical and historical background of nonviolent action and successful practice of it. The model assumes a twelve-week term for teaching one topic, or module, per week for final-year undergraduates, but it can also be adapted for graduate work. Each module contains a note to lecturers discussing crucial background needed to lead a class on the topic, expected outcomes in student learning, concepts relevant to that particular module, suggested class activities and exercises, and recommended readings on each topic. The framework allows instructors to add resources from their own country and to encourage students to write case studies about local nonviolent campaigns and document breakthroughs by area non-governmental organisations.
139 pp. ISBN 9977-925-45-3.
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Strategic Nonviolent Struggle: A Training Manual
Editor: Christopher A. Miller
Description: Reaching the stage of negotiations or other steps in conflict resolution sometimes first requires cooperative action. Strategic Nonviolent Struggle: A Training Manual is a tool for civil society leaders-in youth movements and programmes, churches, athletics, and other areas-who are interested in creating workshops or training programmes on realistic alternatives to armed struggle. It presents an overview of the effectiveness of nonviolent struggle and can complement the more theoretical Teaching Model: Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict. 141 pp. ISBN 9977-925-49-6.
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“Bite Not One Another”: Selected Accounts of Nonviolent Struggle in Africa
Editor: Desmond George-Williams
Description: “Bi Nka Bi” (bite not one another), the adinkra symbol for harmony and an emblem of peace, is signified by an image of two fish biting each other’s tails. “Bite Not One Another”: Selected Accounts of Nonviolent Struggle in Africa chronicles events and activities from sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting colonial era nonviolent struggles that resulted in independence and contemporary collective action to secure human rights and social justice. Written by a young lecturer from Sierra Leone, it also features examples of African womenxE2x80x99s ongoing nonviolent activism. 123 pp. ISBN 9977-925-47-X.
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Only Young Once: An Introduction to Nonviolent Struggle for Youths
Editor: Christopher A. Miller
Description: Youths have played crucial roles in numerous nonviolent struggles, which require, among other things, well-formed strategies. Only Young Once: An Introduction to Nonviolent Struggle for Youths is a practical guide geared alike towards university or secondary school students, young soldiers, young professionals, civil society leaders, and youthful parliamentarians. It challenges the blind faith in violence so often found where there is conflict while also explaining the basic ideas and principles of nonviolent action. In the classroom, it can be used to supplement Teaching Model: Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict. It also complements “Bite Not One Another”: Selected Accounts of Nonviolent Struggle in Africa. 88 pp. ISBN 9977-925-46-1.
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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 22 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Sun, Oct 18, 2009

SFCG Facilitator’s Guide - A Conversation about Conflict

Search for Common Ground promotes dialogue to help change the way people experience and interact in conflict. Back in 2003 they launched a series of conversations entitled A Conversation About Conflict around the general topic of our relationship to conflict. The facilitator’s guide is available online. As explained in the guide, “A Conversation About Conflict is intended to create a new awareness about conflict in our lives. Through exploring our experiences of conflict in a small, informal group setting, we discover the causes of conflict, the costs of conflict and alternate approaches to respond positively to conflict.”
Conversation About Conflict
The Conversation is divided into four sections:
- The Introduction Unit, requiring approximately ten minutes, provides a brief overview of the Conversation history, format and purpose.
- The Conflict Questionnaire Unit, requiring approximately twenty to thirty minutes, helps participants relate to the issue by examining how they deal with conflict in their daily lives.
- The Exploring Conflict Unit, requiring approximately forty to sixty minutes, broadens the discussion by providing five leading questions on the nature of conflict and different ways to deal with it.
- The Conclusion Unit, requiring approximately fifteen minutes, brings the conversation to a close, encourages the completion of the feedback form and invites interested participants to become involved.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 18 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Sat, Oct 17, 2009

Online Peace Psychology Text - Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century

cover of book Instructors may be quite interested to know that a full textbook exploring Peace Psychology is available for download as a series of pdfs from the website of one of the editors (Daniel Christie). The details are provided below:

Christie, D. J., Wagner, R. V., & Winter, D. A. (Eds.). (2001). Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
Note: Copyright reverted to editors (2007). Permission is granted for downloading and copying.


Introduction to Peace Psychology
Daniel J. Christie, Richard V. Wagner, and Deborah Du Nann Winter

1 Intimate Violence - by Naomi Abrahams
2 Anti-Gay/Lesbian Violence in the United States by Bianca Cody Murphy
3 Intrastate Violence by Ulrike Niens and Ed Cairns
4 Nationalism and War: A Social-Psychological Perspective by Daniel Druckman
5 Integrative Complexity & Political Decisions that Lead to War or Peace by Lucian Gideon Conway III, Peter Suedfeld, and Philip E. Tetlock
6 Genocide and Mass Killing: Their Roots and Prevention by Ervin Staub
7 Weapons of Mass Descruction by Michael Britton

8 Social Injustice by Susan Opotow
9 The War Close to Home: Children and Violence in the United States by Kathleen Kostelny and James Garbarino
10 Children and Structural Violence by Milton Schwebel and Daniel J. Christie
11 Women, Girls, and Structural Violence: A Global Analysis by Dyan Mazurana and Susan McKay
12 Understanding Militarism: Money, Masculinity, and the Search for the Mystical by Deborah Du Nann Winter, Marc Pilisuk, Sara Houck, and Matthew Lee
13 Globalism and Structural Violence by Marc Pilisuk
14 Human Rights Violations as Structural Violence by M. Brinton Lykes

15 U.N. Peacekeeping: Confronting the Psychological Environment of War in the Twenty-first Century by Harvey J. Langholtz and Peter Leentjes
16 The Cultural Context of Peacemaking by Paul B. Pedersen
17 Conflict Resolution: Theoretical and Practical Issues by Ann Sanson and Di Bretherton
18 Crafting Peace: Psychology of the TRANSCEND Approach by Johan Galtung and Finn Tschudi
19 Introducing Cooperation and Conflict Resolution into Schools: A Systems Approach by Peter Coleman and Morton Deutsch
20 Reducing Trauma During Ethno-Political Conflict: A Personal Account of Psycho-social Work under War Conditions in Bosnia by Inger Agger
21 Reconciliation in Divided Societies by Cheryl de la Rey
22 Psychosocial Interventions and Post-War Reconstruction in Angola: Interweaving Western and Traditional Approaches by Michael Wessells and Carlinda Monteiro

23 Toward a Psychology of Structural Peacebuilding by Cristina Jayme Montiel
24 Psychologies for Liberation: Views from Elsewhere by Andy Dawes
25 Gandhi as Peacebuilder: The Social Psychology of Satyagraha by Daniel M. Mayton II
26 Peacebuilding and Nonviolence: Gandhis Perspective on Power by Manfred B. Steger
27 Giving Voice to Childrens Perspectives on Peace by Ilse Hakvoort and Solveig Hgglund
28 Redressing Structural Violence against Children: Empowerment-based Interventions and Research by Linda Webster and Douglas B. Perkins
29 Gendering Peacebuilding by Susan McKay and Dyan Mazurana
30 Psychologists Making a Difference in the Public Arena: Building Cultures of Peace by Michael Wessells, Milton Schwebel, and Anne Anderson

Conclusion: Peace Psychology for the Twenty-first Century by Deborah Du Nann Winter, Daniel J. Christie, Richard V. Wagner, and Laura B. Boston


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 17 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Sun, Oct 11, 2009

Collection of Political Cartoons on Obama’s Receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize

Here’s a fascinating (and sometimes funny or a bit painful) collection of the political cartoons reacting to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama. It was pulled together by Daryl Cagle’s Political Cartoonist Index site.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 11 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Sat, Oct 03, 2009

Mediation Case Law Database (downloadable spreadsheet)

James Coben and Peter Thompson at Hamline University did a comprehensive review of law suits related to the practice of mediation from 1999-2005 and they present it all for our use in the Mediation Case Law Database, available for download as an excel file. The collection includes data on 2219 cases divided into the following categories:

Personal Injury/Tort
Family Law
Employment (including harassment and discrimination claims)
IDEA Claims

The collection nice categorizes more than 1,000 court opinions on law suits arising from mediation, e.g., suit for enforcement of an alleged mediation agreement, mediation sanctions, duty to mediate, mediation confidentiality, mediation ethics or malpractice in the conduct of the mediation, mediation/arbitration issues, fees, or other issue.

Perhaps that ADR malpractice insurance is worth keeping up-to-date after all…


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 03 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Thu, Oct 01, 2009

CR Day Drawing to Win Free Conflict Resolution Education Games

As part of the International Conflict Resolution Day festivities, the Conflict Resolution Education Connection that I run is hosting a giveaway of conflict resolution educational games. If you are over 18 years old and are affiliated with either a K-12 school or a college or university you can enter to win.

Harmony Island CaseThe Grand Prize winner will get copies of both Harmony Island: A Conflict Resolution Tropical Adventure (appropriate for grades 6-12) and a Cool School: Where Peace Rules! USB flash drive package with great educational resources preloaded (appropriate for grades K-3), and a special Teachers Calendar providing lots of Conflict Resolution tools and tips. 

flashdrive packageWe will be giving away 4 additional copies of each game (in addition to the Grand Prize pair). When you complete the entry form (link is located in our CR Interactives collection of games pages) you’ll need to let us know which of the two games you prefer. (Get more info on Harmony Island or Cool School on that page).

Winners will be chosen at noon (Eastern Time) on International Conflict Resolution Day and alerted via email. Good luck!

Cool School Characters


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 10 01 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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