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Mon, Sep 05, 2011

International Council on Human Rights Policy working papers

The International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP) is a “forum for applied research, reflection and forward thinking, grappling with the challenge of translating universal human rights principles into policy realities.” Human Rights is at the root of much social conflict and thinking about and developing principles that can apply across a number of different settings makes good sense. Along these line, a number of ICHRP reports address issues that conflict resolution practitioners may be interested in.

The papers that caught my attention include:


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2011 09 05 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Learning Objects  Research Tools  

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Mon, Jun 06, 2011

Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide

The NIH Center for Cooperative Resolution (their ombuds office) has partnered with the NHLBI to create a plain language field guide for folks involved in Team Science. The Team Science Field Guide is designed to help researchers participate in, develop, and lead successful scientific collaborations. The 79-page full-text pdf is available here.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2011 06 06 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  Research Tools  

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Tue, Feb 01, 2011

Court ADR Across the U.S. - new research tool from RSI

Court ADR Across the US is a new, comprehensive national guide to court-affiliated Alternative Dispute Resolution. The searchable guide features thousands of state-specific resources, and offers visitors a unique, state-by-state view of court ADR systems including local statutes and rules. The guide is a project of Resolution Systems Inc (RSI), (formerly known as the Center for Analysis of Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems - CAADRS) which is affiliated with Chicago’s Center for Conflict Resolution.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2011 02 01 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Mon, Jan 31, 2011

USIP Glossary of Terms for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

The United States Institute for Peace has really been ramping up their educational programs and one nice side benefit of the course development work is a new searchable online Glossary of Terms for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. It was compiled by Dan Snodderly, USIP?s director of publications from 1993 to 2002. He drew on a pretty wide range of publications to create this common set of terms that can be referenced in USIP courses at the new Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, the education and training arm of the Institute.

USIP Glossary


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2011 01 31 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Sat, Dec 04, 2010

Bullying explored in the latest Journal of the International Ombudsman Association

The latest issue (Vol 3, No. 2) of the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association features a great set of articles addressing bullying and incivility in higher education and other organizational workplaces. The journal is available online as a pdf.

IOA Journal cover Here’s the table of contents.

Editorial: Bullying—What Can Ombudsmen Do? by David Miller

Some Things You Need to Know but May Have Been Afraid to Ask: A Researcher Speaks to Ombudsmen about Workplace Bullying by Loraleigh Keashly

Cases Involving Allegations of Workplace Bullying: Threats to Ombuds Neutrality and Other Challenges by Tom Sebok and Mary Chavez Rudolph

Tackling Systemic Incivility Problems: The Ombudsman as Change Agent by Jan Morse

Dealing with Bullying Behaviours in the Workplace: What Works—A Practitioner?s View by Barbara McCulloch

Bullying: A View from the Corporate World by Mim Gaetano

Experience From Japan by Noriko Tada

The Several Purposes of the OO Crystal Ball by Mary Rowe

The Importance of Relationships for Ombudpersons by Tim Griffin

The Organizational Ombudsman as Change Agent for Organizational and Social Capital by Brian Bloch And Nancy Erbe

I Was Just Thinking: Some Thoughts on Bullying in International Organizations by James Lee

Some Considerations for Ombuds Dealing with Allegations of Bullying by Marsha L. Wagner

Recent Developments: A Legal Perspective by Tom A. Kosakowski


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Wed, Nov 17, 2010

Spezify - a fascinating web search and browse tool

Spezify is a new research tool that leverages the many forms of media and communication that people use today. You enter a search term and Spezify queries a wide range of sources that includes images, web pages, video, real-time tweets, comments, blog posts, etc. and then displays them in an interactive montage that you can view and click on for more information. Here’s a link to a quick search on the term conflict. See screenshot below. Warning - you may get distracted from other tasks at hand as you explore the results.



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Sun, Dec 06, 2009 Bill Tracking Tools and Widgets is a website developed by the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation to help people connect with what is happening in Congress. As they explain, “OpenCongress brings together official government data with news and blog coverage, social networking, public participation tools, and more to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress.” Read about the impressive set of features in the About OpenCongress section.
I got interested in using as a way to track a newly introduced House Bill that would promote conflict resolution and mediation in educational settings. You can keep up with this bill via this link: H.R.4000 - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Act of 2009 or via a widget that tracks a given bill’s progress.

Of special interest to readers of this blog is the fact that you can track specific issues, including one labeled “Alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration” and create a widget on this issue to embed in a blog or website. Here’s the ADR issue widget output. has a robust open api for developers. Learn more here.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 12 06 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Fri, Nov 13, 2009

Back Issues of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Rotarian online via Google Books

The scanning elves at google books have continued to work hard to provide us with full-text goodies, including a growing collection of full color back issues of magazines.

A couple of the currently available publications may be of special interest to readers of this blog due to their special concerns for peace and conflict resolution. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (in publication since the 1940s) and The Rotarian (in publication since 1912) are available for searching and online reading.

You can browse back issues, and even embed a given issue in your website or course management system using the link link in the upper right when viewing an issue. See two examples of the embedded view below.

This one embeds a specific issue of The Rotarian that reviews their work on peace:

This example links to a specific story on the history of the Pugwash movement in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists:


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 11 13 | Filed under Research Tools  

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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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Wed, Jul 29, 2009

SALTO Youth Toolbox for Training Activities

The European Union promotes intercultural understanding as a key message for youth. The SALTO-Youth (Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities) project is one important manifestation of this. A network of 8 Resource Centers provide training and support materials for youth workers across Europe. To promote sharing, they host a resource website called the Toolbox for Training & Youth Work that provides details on close to a 1000 activities and resources of special interest to trainers. A search for activities related to conflict turned up 49 entries, many of which include downloadable guides or powerpoints in addition to the online description. Worth checking out!



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 07 29 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Fri, Jul 17, 2009

Conflict War and Peace Encyclopedia Entries

The online document service Scribd provides a platform for uploading documents and viewing them in a lightweight flash viewer. They think of themselves as the YouTube of documents. Recently I did a search on conflict and discovered that an enterprising student (apparently) has posted 63 scanned entries from an Encyclopedia on Conflict, War and Peace.  Like YouTube, keeping track of the copyright on uploaded documents is a challenge, so who knows how long these entries will stay available for viewing.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 07 17 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Mon, Jul 13, 2009

Stay updated on recent journal articles using ticTOC and

As folks who have followed my coding experiments know, I’ve been interested for some time in tools to help busy “pracademics” stay in touch with new developments in their fields. The UK-based ticTOC project and the related jOPML tool provide a powerful way to track recently published articles in the key journals in your field.

The ticTOC project was developed using funds from JISC, a higher education technology consortium in the U.K., and it is provided free of charge. If you want to save a list of favorite journals on the site you need to create an account, but it is not required in order to use the service. The online tool provides a three-pane interface that lets you do the following core tasks.

* Find journal Table of Contents (TOCs) for more than 12,500 scholarly journals by subject, title or publisher.
* View the latest TOC for each journal.
* Link to the full text of articles (where institutional or personal subscription allows).
* Export article citations to RefWorks (subscription required)
* Select and save key journals to view future TOCs.
* Export TOC news feeds to popular feedreaders to monitor on your own

The service developed by Scott Wilson uses the ticTOC database to provide a quick access way to search and then export a collection of journal TOCs news feeds as an OPML file for import into Google Reader, Bloglines, Newsgator or other popular feed readers. An OPML file is a pre-packaged list of feeds. Subscribing to all the feeds in an OPML is as simple as importing the OPML file. ticTOC provides OPML export services as well (see lower right corner of the interface) based on your saved favorites. Sometimes the ticTOC tool seems slow to respond to user clicks (for instance when expanding a TOC to view article abstracts), but overall the platform seems stable and works well.

Note: People interested in in TOC services may also want to check out the services provided by CiteULike, a bibliographic tool I have been using for years.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 07 13 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Fri, Jul 03, 2009

Dispute Finder - A tool from the Confrontational Computing Project at Intel

The Confrontational Computing Project is a collaboration between Intel Research and the University of California at Berkeley. The project grows from the assumption that much of the web is built around opinions, arguments and beliefs presented in blogs, wikis, discussion forums, news articles and other forums.

The project is interested in the following kinds of questions:
How do people use the web to help them form beliefs about the world? How do people promote their own opinions to others online? Can we build tools that make it easier for people to understand when and why other people hold opinions different to those that they read? Can we make it easier for people to assemble and promote arguments? Can we create a personalized web that understands what you know or believe already, and tailors the way information is presented accordingly?


The project has produced two tools, first Think Link and now its simpler-to-use but somewhat less powerful successor Dispute Finder. The Dispute Finder provides a browser-based tool (a Firefox Extension) that shows you when information you read is disputed, and helps you find and mark evidence for alternative points of view. Arguments, pro and con, may be voted on to help move certain saved snippets toward the top of the found items list.

Perhaps the easiest way to understand what it does is to watch the demonstration video.

Both tools are constructed with two general users in mind:
? Activists who care strongly about a particular issue and combine the tools with a search engine to find and mark snippets that make claims that they disagree with
? Sceptical Readers who install the tools as a browser extension to see when statements they read are disputed and find other sources that present alternative viewpoints.

It is interesting to consider the potential impact of these kind of tools on conflict processes. Will it encourage further polarization or will it enable more considered and reasoned arguments built around strong evidence instead of bluster or misdirection?

The code for the project is open source and an API is available so that the tools can be integrated with other applications in the future. More on the working details of the initiative can be found in this academic paper.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 07 03 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Thu, May 28, 2009

Topical Video Archives from Conversations with History

I’ve mentioned the Conversations with History video series from the University of California at Berkeley before, but I wanted to note that the curators have been busy developing topical archives, many of which now point to YouTube videos of the interviews which could be used as supplemental materials in courses. The full collection includes more than 450 interviews with a diverse group of “diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists.”

Three topic areas that may be of particular interest include:
The Peace Movement and the Nuclear Arms Race
Peacekeeping, Humanitarian Intervention, and Nation Building
The Search for Peace in the Middle East



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 05 28 | Filed under Research Tools  

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Thu, May 21, 2009

Intercultural and Interdenominational MEETING POINTS: A proposition and 80 prayers and texts for pea

Baketik, a peace centre established in 2006 in the Basque Country, is working on the “ethical management of conflicts”. One of the interesting products of their work is a guidebook entitled Intercultural and Interdenominational MEETING POINTS: A proposition and 80 prayers and texts for peace that provides examples from across the spectrum of world religions that support nonviolence and conflict resolution.
document cover
Included are religious prayers for peace from the following faith groups:
Traditional African Religions
American Indian Religions

Also provided are a variety of short texts promoting peace that have been organized in the following categories:
Peace as a demand and a desire.
Reasons for Peace
The Absurdity of Violence
Peace as a Process…which begins from the inside
Peace and Action
Peace and Ethics
Peace and Justice
Peace and Love


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 05 21 | Filed under Research Tools  

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