Fri, Jan 20, 2012
University of Florida Tech-enabled Wall of Civility
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida has launched a new tech installation called the Civil Debate Wall that provides students with the opportunity to weigh in on different debatable topics and join in a discussion that is framed in a civil way. After registering their opinions on the current debate topic or in response to another prior student post, students have their picture taken by a wall mounted camera and their comments appear on one of 5 touchscreen monitors and on the project webpage found at http://www.civildebatewall.com . Comments can also be entered via the webpage but the photo option is not yet available via the web interface. The project was funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation. More details on the project are available in this story from Inside Higher Education.
Sun, Jan 15, 2012
Handbook on the Applicability of Restorative Justice and Mediation in Prisons
The Hungarian Institute of Criminology and the Foresee Research Group have released a new document that provides a training design for restorative practices in prison settings as well as offering a series of case studies detailing the use of mediation and RJ processes like group conferencing within the prison system. The 100-page report is entitled the Handbook on the Applicability of Mediation and Restorative Justice in Prisons. It is a product of the EU-funded MEREPS initiative involving 7 organizations from 4 different countries. Other publications from the project are available on the MEREPS website.
Mon, Jan 09, 2012
Conflict Coaching Session Video example
MACRO (the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office of Maryland) has posted a short video (12 minutes) providing a sample conflict coaching session produced for a professional development webinar held this past June. It demonstrates an informal and unscripted approach. You can view the session via this link - Conflict Coaching Demonstration (.wmv format). The related webinar is archived at this location (my mac wouldn’t play the webinar video for some reason, but only the audio).
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