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Holiday Shopping List: Conflict Resolution Style!

Holiday Gift Guide 2The holiday season is quickly approaching. Do you know what to get that special someone in your life? No fret. Let this Holiday Shopping List be your guide to the perfect holiday gift for the peace solver in your life. “As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”     – Donald E. Westlake.

Leave the aggravation behind and give a gift conflict resolution style.

Holiday Shopping List
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BOOKS:

Minibuk Stop the Dreaded Drama: 55 Tips to Ending Destructive Conflict
Author:  Pattie Porter

Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method
for Leading, Living and Lasting Change

Author:  Erica Ariel Fox

I am Malala
Author:  Malala Yousafz

Twenty Twinkling Stars
Author:  Laurie Schloff

The Big Book of Conflict Resolution Games
Author: Mary Scannell

Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree:
61 Stories Of Creative & Compassionate Ways Out of Conflict
Author:  Mark Andreas

GAMES:

Friendship Island

Conflict Resolution Thumball

Non-Violent Video Games

PHOTOGRAPHY:

The Bentwood Collection

MERCHANDISE:

Peace is Sexy Swag

MOVIES:

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding
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tarring: Catherine Keener, Joseph Dunn

Pay It Forward
Starring:Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment

MUSIC:

Voices from Around the World: Original Songs of Love for Newtown
Various Artists

Peacetones Fair Music Trade
Various Artists

Music & Conflict
Artist:  John Morgan O’Connell

Toumani and Sidiki
Artists: Toumani & Sidiki

OTHER:

World Peace Game Foundation

Happy shopping and have a safe holiday season!

By Yvette Watson Jenkins

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

 

 

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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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Dealing with Intractable Conflict – Knowledge and Skills for Constructive Conversations

guy-heidizena ZumetaThe Conflict Information Consortium has a primary focus on complex, society-wide intractable conflict.  It has pioneered efforts to use information technologies to provide people from all walks of life with the information that they need in order to deal with these incredibly difficult conflicts more constructively. The Consortium sees such efforts to enhance and mobilize the skills of the general population as critical to efforts to deal with these complex, society-wide conflicts.

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Lowballing the Public: Mediators serving without a binding ethics code on 40 hours of training

Dr. Jack R. GoetzPattie-fade.jpg (2)Bio PictureThe practice of mediation is largely unregulated throughout the United States.  In contrast to more formalized professions, such as nursing, social work, law, medicine or accounting, mediators generally have a fraction of the training, have no required ethics code, and no minimum quality testing.  Dr. Goetz will chronicle current efforts in voluntary mediator certification underway in California to raise the level of mediator education and training and require a binding ethics code to serve the public.

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Narrative Mediation: Loosening The Grip Of Conflict

 

Gerald MonkNarrative mediation is a culturally focused practice that is based upon the notion that our lives are shaped by the stories that people tell about us and by the stories that we tell ourselves. The goal of the narrative mediator is to co-author stories that highlight strengths and competencies, rather than conflict. It helps people separate themselves from conflict-saturated stories and gives them the opportunity to re-author relationships in more peaceful, cooperative, and respectful ways. From this alternative position, the resolution of conflict can often happen much more smoothly and effectively than in traditional problem-solving approaches.

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Beyond the Click – How Social Media is Being Used to Build Peace

 

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In this digitally connected age, social media has become a powerful tool to advance peace.  Join Dr. Craig Zelizer as we discuss how to move beyond the click and utilize these powerful tools to promote peace.  Listen in on October 7th  and meet us at this intersection of technology and peace.

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Transforming Our Inner Conflict

 

Milagros PhillipsWhether we are aware of it or not we live in a racial world, which proposes equality, but is firmly set on hierarchy, inequality, and separation.  patterns of racial dysfunction have been handed down from generation to generation.  How do we transform these patterns and begin to live the connection that is part of our natural human existence?

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Conflict and Miscommunication Across Cultures – Practical Skills for Creating Better Understanding and Better Relationships

Nina MeierdingNina has worked with many cultures in her decades of mediation work. She will share concepts such as the different ways of looking at fairness, how cultures respond to conflict and why they have dissimilar desires as to their goals and outcomes, how people express the same emotion in a variety of ways, and why it is a common mistake to “pretend to be in someone else’s shoes”.  This very practical 30 minutes will help you understand some of the diversity across cultures that can create problems and explore positive steps in working through the conflict.

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Managing Conflicts Among People of Different Cultures

 

CraigRundeConflict is inevitable in life. Our responses to it are affected by both our human nature and our cultural backgrounds. Cultural differences can be the cause of conflict and can complicate our efforts to resolve it. In this program, we will explore ways of addressing conflicts involving people from different cultures.

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Working with and Learning from Conflict in Higher Education

 

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Bill Warters, an expert on conflict resolution in higher education, will describe the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution program based in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University in Detroit.  He will review dispute resolution in Higher Education generally and explore some current trends in the field. He will also describe a new community conflict resolution outreach initiative into the East Side of Detroit.  Finally, Bill will introduce listeners to some very useful resources he maintains for educators interested in conflict resolution (see CREducation.org).

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