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Fri, May 21, 2010

Together for Transformation - Men, Masculinities and Peacebuilding

A good looking new publication has been released focused on the role of masculinity in peacebuilding. Published by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) for the celebration of the International Womenx92s Day for Peace and Disarmament (May 24),  Together for Transformation - Men, Masculinities and Peacebuilding seeks to contribute towards further understanding of masculinities and the inclusion of a gender perspective within the peace and security agenda.

cover imageFrom the announcement:
“It shares some of our (IFOR’s) own experiences with our Training of Trainers program with male peacebuilders. It features the story of a male ally who looks back at the days when he was not yet on board in terms of the 1325 agenda, introduces you to gender theory of war in an article by Cynthia Cockburn reflects on the link between militarization, masculinities and guns and focuses on how gender can work against men as well. You will be able to read about the inspiring work being done by men and women who are bravely challenging the patriarchal conditioning of their respective societies. The Pack will provide you with a number of recommendations in terms of working together with male allies. Lastly, it includes suggestions for funders, resources as well as actions, and includes a directory of organizations working for peace and gender justice.”

Spotted thanks to an announcement by John Schot on the Peace and Collaborative Development Network site.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 05 21 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Sun, May 16, 2010

Models of Campus Mediation as a Mindmap

In preparation for my chapter in the recently released book Reframing Campus Conflict I developed an outline depicting the different models of mediation being used on college campuses. I’ve put the outline into mindmap format so that it can be browsed online. Visit the link to Models of Campus Mediation Mindmap and then try hovering over the little gray circles at the top of the page for more options when viewing. Clicking on a “node” will expand or contract it, clicking and dragging on the screen will move the whole map. You can search for some text by hovering over the little square in the upper left to have the model expanded to highlight your search term in the outline.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 05 16 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, May 10, 2010

FlatworldKnowledge Textbooks - Sample chapter on Conflict and Negotiations

One of the exciting new publishers in higher education is They bring a Web 2.0 and open source sensibility to textbook publishing. The books are readable online at no cost, and available in print versions (print on demand) for a reasonable cost. Faculty who adopt texts can modify/customize their versions prior to releasing them to students, providing for some much-needed flexibility in the textbook market.

As an example of the textbooks available in the current catalog that might interest readers of this blog, I point you to the Organizational Behavior text by Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan. In particular, check out the chapter on Conflict and Negotiations.


Also of interest is the related graphic novel that Bauer and her colleagues have developed to teach organizational behavior concepts in an accessible and interesting way. While you’ll have to purchase the book to get the chapter on conflict, you can view the chapter on Effective Communication for free online. See it embedded below.

Chapter 6: Effective Communication - Can you hear me?


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 05 10 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Fri, May 07, 2010

Video Introduction to the World Cafe Process

One quite useful group process tool for “harvesting the wisdom of a group” is called the World Cafe. This 5-minute video entitled World Cafe Guidelines and Principles introduces the philosophy of World Cafe and walks through the basic elements. It was originally made to introduce faculty at Florida State College at Jacksonville to the underlying principles of the cafe process.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 05 07 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Sat, May 01, 2010

Videos from Maryland’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)

MACRO Logo  MACRO (Maryland’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office) has made three very interesting conflict resolution-related videos available on their website. 

Resolutionary People: A portrait of five mediators in different contexts (.wmv)
This video looks at mediation occuring in school, business, workplace, family and community contexts. One unique aspect of the video is that real mediations are included in video, rather than clips from staged simulations. It makes for interesting viewing.
clip from school mediation case

Connections: A high school culture change program (.wmv)
This video explores a diversity and community building initiative undertaken in a Maryland High School, following the school as they work toward a more inclusive and supportive climate.

How Shall We Mediate Thee: Several mediators handling the same dispute (.wmv)
This video was made by videotaping a wide range of mediators who all mediate the same staged dispute using trained actors as the disputants. You get to see different approaches to agenda setting, issue framing, etc. as the case progresses.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 05 01 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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