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It’s a Celebration: Conflict Resolution Day!

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In 2005 the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) established a worldwide initiative- Conflict Resolution Day, which occurs every third Thursday in October. The purpose of this day is for dispute resolution practitioners to celebrate and raise awareness about conflict resolution methods such as mediation, arbitration, conciliation, etc. The logo designed for this event is a tree rooted in the ground with leaves that depict the avenues in which an individual can resolve conflict: mediation, conciliation, facilitation, arbitration, negation. Our logo of the tree was designed as a symbol to celebrate growth in Conflict Resolution. The first year, start small, but just like the tree the seeds you plant one year, will continue to grow and blossom each year (ACR.com). As an annual occasion, many organizations have established numerous events/programs in honor of Conflict Resolution Day. This year on October 16th the following programs/events are being held (please note this is only a partial list):

Conflict Resolution Day Activity Suggestions:

  • Create conflict resolution promotional material and distribute it to the public on Conflict Resolution Day
  • Hold a conflict resolution workshop at a local college or university
  • Recognize conflict resolution leaders and or volunteers in your community
  • Produce t-shirts, mugs or other items supporting conflict resolution
  • Propose story ideas to print and broadcast media

What will you do to celebrate Conflict Resolution Day?

To learn more about Conflict Resolution Day visit the ACRnet.org click on the home page/education & training/conflict resolution day.

By Yvette Watson Jenkins

Graduate Student, University of Baltimore – Negotiation and Conflict Management Program

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