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Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Conflict Resolution and Classroom Teaching Module from Pan Africa Collection

The OpenLearnWorks project in the UK hosts a wide variety of open educational resources and supports groups that want to build new content or remix older materials. I was interested to see a learning module within the Life Skills category on “Ways to Manage Conflict” developed by TESSA, a Pan-African working group. This module seeks to address “How can you manage conflict in your classroom and help pupils to manage disagreements?” and it is available for download and reuse in a really wide range of formats.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2016 09 13 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Thu, Aug 13, 2015

School Tools Conflict Resolution Education site

California’s Western Justice Center (WJC) has released a great new resource for conflict resolution educators. The project is called Haven School Tools and it is available online at no charge at http://www.schooltools.info. The site, developed in partnership with the skilled actors of Encompass, is an extension of the ground-breaking Haven Social Network WJC developed for high school students working on making their schools safe and comfortable places to be and learn.

Here’s the description of the School Tools conflict resolution curriculum provided:

Haven School Tools is a resource website for educators interested in accessing quality materials on conflict resolution in order to enrich their students’, as well as their own, knowledge and skill base. The tools presented are useful for resolving conflicts in the school setting, as well as throughout people’s daily lives. Teachers can access full conflict resolution lessons for their classes/clubs and also find first-rate resources on a variety of topics, including effectiveness of conflict resolution education, building support in their schools, and implementation of programs. The site content is enhanced with original videos created by and for Haven for a more rich and interactive learning experience.

The curriculum is organized into eight levels and appears to be most appropriate for middle and high school classrooms. The individual levels are meant to be presented in order but can be taken à la carte with the teacher’s discretion. Instructions include printable PDF handouts and worksheets to distribute to students. The levels are as follows:

Level I: Analyzing Conflict
Level II: Self Awareness
Level III: Underlying Needs
Level IV: Emotions, Regulation Strategies
Level V: Approaches to Conflict
Level VI: Communication Skills
Level VII: Negotiation
Level VIII: Power

It is really great to see such generous sharing of quality educational resources dedicated to conflict resolution. Way to go, WJC!

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2015 08 13 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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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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Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Open Access Textbook on Peace Psychology

I was very pleased to see that the edited volume Peace, Conflict and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century has been released as an open access textbook. Kudos to Ohio State Professor of Psychology (Emeritus) Dan Christie, one of the editors of the volume, for making the book available.

The book is divided into sections addressing Direct Violence, Structural Violence, Peacemaking and Peacebuilding. Here’s the table of contents.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2015 06 17 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Wed, Nov 05, 2014

Recent Presentations by Bill Warters

As may be obvious, I’ve been neglecting this blog for some time. For folks who are interested in keeping up with my work and current interests, I’d suggest following me on twitter at @bwarters and checking out my various presentation slides posted on slideshare.com.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2014 11 05 | Filed under Learning Objects  Tech News  

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Mon, Jun 02, 2014

Softskills video training series for Michigan workers includes nice conflict resolution module

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments; its partner organization, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC); and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation have recently announced the release of 14 videos that provide training on soft skills for the Michigan workforce.

The videos bring to life the SEMCOG/MAC report from 2012, Lifelong Soft Skills Framework: Creating a Workforce that Works. They are intended to raise awareness about essential skills needed for workplace success. They can be used by educators, employers, and for self improvement.

These 15-minute videos focus on 14 essential soft skills – humility, communication, (managing) conflict, ethical character, personal judgment, problem solving, time management, diversity and inclusion, self-confidence, teamwork, positive attitude, initiative, flexibility, and work ethic. They define, assess, and provide strategies for developing the skills in a fun, accessible way.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2014 06 02 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Mon, Jan 06, 2014

Say Peace - Islamic Perspectives on Conflict Resolution Manual for Muslim Communities

The Salam Institute for Peace and Justice based in Washington D.C. has released a new resource that looks really interesting. The 150+ page training manual is entitled “Say Peace…” Islamic Perspectives on Conflict Resolution Manual for Muslim Communities.

The “…Say Peace” manual was developed specifically to help Muslim communities translate their understanding of Islam as peace into practical knowledge and skills that can help them transform how they operate within conflict and help others around them in transforming conflict situations. Grounded in an Islamic worldview, and with an understanding of the diversity of Muslim communities, the manual brings together Islamic sources of peacebuilding and conflict resolution with experience and methods from the larger multidisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution into a training resource that strives to be relevant to daily life.

As the Institute website page for the resource explains, the “…Say Peace” manual developed gradually over a period of years through the interaction of graduate students and faculty, under the leadership of Salam’s Dr. Amr Abdallah.  The project was originally developed within the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences.  Since its production, the manual has been used in trainings for Muslim communities internationally, as well as for participants of other backgrounds working within Muslim communities or who had an interfaith interest in understanding more about Islamic approaches to peacemaking.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2014 01 06 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Wed, Nov 20, 2013

GATHER Guidebook for Convenors

Earlier this year, Rockefeller Foundation and Monitor Institute released GATHER as a free hands-on guidebook for all convening designers and social change leaders who want to tap into a group’s collective intelligence and make substantial progress on a shared challenge.

GATHER provides simple frameworks for the questions that are often ignored: whether convening is the right tool to use to advance a strategic agenda, and how a convening can be used to achieve a specific purpose. It then helps you understand how to customize the design to fit that purpose, laying out a clear series of steps for what is a naturally chaotic workflow. It then offers principles to use for each of the many tactical choices involved. GATHER and its accompanying workshop materials are designed for you to use in your own work, with a team, and with larger groups both inside and outside an organization.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 11 20 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Mon, Nov 04, 2013

Presentations from the ACR 2013 Conference in Minnesota

This year the Association for Conflict Resolution has made available many of the presentations shared at the annual conference using SlideShare. You can review 22 different presentations and catch up on what you may have missed.

Get the slides here.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 11 04 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Conflict Analysis Tools and Models WebQuest

Recently Carolyna Smiley-Marquez shared some work she has been doing for the United States Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution program, including an online webquest-style learning module on doing conflict analysis. The module introduces some core concepts and encourages you to click on various resource links to expand or deepen your awareness of conflict assessment tools and frameworks. A quiz at the end helps you check your knowledge. You can take it for a spin here.

The image below shows a page where you can review a variety of different models that have been used to understand conflict dynamics in more detail.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 11 04 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Wed, Sep 11, 2013

Quandry, a Free Online Game, Teaches Perspective Taking and Conflict Resolution

A conflict resolution game has been named game of the year at the 2013 Games for Change Festival in New York! The game, entitled Quandry, is aimed at upper elementary and middle school students. The premise is that you, as the player, are serving as the captain of a space colony. Part of your job responsibilities are to step in and assist the other colonists when disputes arise. You have to learn the various dimensions of the dispute by talking to interested parties to get their perspectives, while sorting facts from possible solutions from more general opinions or preferences. For the tough cases, you must eventually propose your solution, one that seems best based on your interviews, to a council of elders on Earth who will make the final decision. You get maximum points by listening to all the game characters, and accurately predicting how they will respond to the eventual solution, something that is only possible if you’ve come to understand each character’s point of view.

Check out the game’s trailer video here: http://www.quandarygame.org/contest

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 09 11 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Fun Stuff  Learning Objects  

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Fri, Jun 21, 2013

Slides from ODR 2013 Presentation Exploring Peer Mediation on Twitter

Below are the slides I presented at the ODR 2013 Forum in Montreal, made available via Slideshare. Thanks to Karim Beyekhlef, Karine Gentelet and their staff at the University of Montreal and to Fabien Gelinas of McGill University for jointly hosting the 12th International ODR Forum (and for including me on the program).

Networked Individualism and ADR/ODR Process: Reflections Through the Lens of "Peer Mediation" on Twitter from Bill Warters

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 06 21 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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Tue, May 28, 2013

Training Modules for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

The Learning Portal for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding is a web resource promoting good practice among peacebuilding professionals by sharing resources and creating a community of practice. The website currently hosts close to 500 resources openly shared with the broader community.

A key resource on the site is a set of learning modules developed by Search for Common Ground on the basic processes involved in the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives. This collection is presented as a series of 26 downloadable pdfs. Here’s the description from the portal listing:

This self-guided modular curriculum breaks the project cycle down into easily manageable stages as they relate to the design, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding projects and programs. The modules are meant to enable peacebuilders to learn simple, practical, and effective tools to design high quality programs and follow them up with rigorous monitoring and evaluation. It is primarily intended for program staff and M&E specialists working in peacebuilding and conflict transformation programming.

Developed by Search for Common Ground, the curriculum is based off SFCGâ??s Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation into Conflict Transformation Programming, authored by Cheyanne Church and Mark Rogers. The modules synthesize key messages of Designing for Results, and expands on the original publication by providing real-life examples, tips and practice exercises to deepen your understanding and comprehension of this crucial knowledge for effective peacebuilding.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 05 28 | Filed under Learning Objects  Research Tools  

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Tue, May 07, 2013

Democracy is Us website launched

As a creative project developed in response to the Looking at Democracy Challenge, I recently launched a new website at http://democracyis.us/active. If you like the project, I would appreciate your vote of encouragement. Voting for the Popular Choice Award runs from May 6-16, 2013. 

The project seeks to promote conflict resolution in education as a core foundation for democratic living. I had some fun with the design, developing a “parallax” side scrolling scene where a biker rides along the “pathway to democracy” passing various reminders of good practice. You can even swap bikes if you prefer a different ride than the initial high wheel bike. Also included is a timeline of examples of people-powered nonviolent actions for change and a calendar that lists information on world holidays, peacemaker birthdays and more. At the center of the site, however, are the videos showing a selection of good examples of conflict resolution education (broadly defined) being enacted in schools and communities. Also provided are some core resources should the viewer decide to try and implement some of these ideas where they are.

Here’s the entry description:

Democracy works best with an educated citizenry who have developed skills of conflict resolution, public engagement, and civility as part of their schooling experience. This proposal harkens back to the philosophy of education espoused by pragmatist John Dewey in his 1916 book Democracy in Education, while looking forward at the positive strides being made in conflict resolution skills development in education. Democracy can get us where we need to go, but it is human-powered. Making it work requires a proper education and the ability to work with others often unlike ourselves. However, by getting involved and engaging with others we can all look forward to an interesting and productive journey. Democracy is us! Ride on!

Also, please check out the prezi, embedded below, that I developed to explain the project’s focus.



I was hoping to include a bike riding game on the site, wherein the biker has to navigate some tricky terrain and avoid various obstacles to democratic practice, but I ran out of time, so I guess it will have to wait till after the contest wraps up in June when I’ll be free to make additional changes to the site. In any case, I do hope you like it and share the site with others. Ride on!

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 05 07 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Fun Stuff  Learning Objects  Tech News  

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Thu, May 02, 2013

Careers in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Webinar archive

In April of 2013 the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the U.S. Institute for Peace hosted a webinar with Professor George Lopez, Chair in Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The session focused on Careers in the Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Field. The webinar is archived and available for viewing online. Professor Lopez has been active in the field of peace studies for a very long time, serving for instance as Chair of the Peace and Global Studies Program at Earlham College in the late 1970s,  so this was a great opportunity. He also happens to be an alumni, like myself, of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, from whence great things often come.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2013 05 02 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  

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