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Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Common Ground for Action online forums

The well established National Issues Forums sponsored by the Kettering Foundation are adding an exciting new online component. The new platform, called Common Ground for Action forums, has been in the works for a couple years as experienced NIF facilitators worked with NIF and the Kettering Foundation to build a user-friendly online space for issues deliberation. The new platform looks great and a broad range of issues are available for deliberation.

This video provides a look at the platform in action:

Available Deliberation Topics
America’s Energy Future: How Can We Take Charge?
America’s Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?
Bullying: How Do We Prevent It?
The Changing World of Work: What Should We Ask of Higher Education?
The Future of Work: How Should We Prepare for the New Economy?
Health Care: How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need?
How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities? (Issue Advisory)
Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis?
Medicare and Medicaid: How Can We Afford Them?
Mentall Illness in America: How Do We Address a Growing Problem?
Political Fix: How Do We Get American Politics Back on Track?
Social Security: How Can We Afford It?


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2015 07 12 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Tech News  

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Mon, Jul 06, 2015

Conflict Perspectives - new online journal from IMTD

The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy has launched in a new online publication called Conflict Perspectives. As explained by the sponsors,

“The journal publishes articles submitted by people from all walks of life who live, work or visit conflict zones. We encourage contributors to tell stories of what they witness or experience, their perspectives on the conflict and to apply their insights on how peacebuilding can be promoted in conflicts. By calling for contributions from different points of view and current stories on the ground, Conflict Perspectives seeks to promote the multi-track approach to peacebuilding.”


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2015 07 06 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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2015 Conflict Resolution Day Poetry Contest

I’m pleased to report that the Conflict Resolution Day national committee is going to again sponsor our youth poetry contest. Conflict Resolution Day is October 15 this year (2015) and the contest will run throughout the month of October.

Students are invited to submit a poem on the theme of Building Peace. Poems can address the following topics:
- What is peace?
- Where is peace?
- How can I inspire peace?
- How can I build peace through conflict resolution?

Cash Prizes!!!
Poems will be judged and Prizes awarded in three Grade Categories: 3-5th; 6-8th; and 9-12th
- 1st Place in each category wins $100
- 2nd Place in each category wins $75
All Poems must be submitted in English Maximum of 20 Lines

See full poetry contest rules here.
Share the 2015 Poetry contest flyer (in color). Grayscale version of flyer also available here.

Go to Poem Submission Form for full details.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2015 07 06 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Thu, Jul 02, 2015

The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX)

The Humanitarian Data Exchange is a relatively new project from the UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) seeking to improve the access and quality of humanitarian data available to peacebuilders. The project is addressing three elements that when combined should greatly improve the tools available to conflict intervention and prevention specialists. The first element is an open access repository where data providers can upload their raw data sets; the second element, dubbed HDX Analytics, involves the development of a refined database of high-value data that can be compared across countries and crisis. Finally, the group is working to create a set of shared standards for humanitarian data formatting known as the Humanitarian Exchange Language. As of the time of this post, 1,885 Datasets covering 244 locations from 286 different sources are available, many with useful visualizations already provided.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2015 07 02 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Research Tools  

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