What's Happening in Conflict Resolution" is a weekly roundup of the all the ADR news, jobs, events and more. Check it out each week and view past versions [HERE].

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Conflict Engagement and ADR in the News

Schools teach conflict resolution skills to prevent bullying

Author not listed (10/31/16.Livingston County News. Photo from Pixaboy).

October is Bullying Prevention Month and schools across Livingston County raise awareness and teach kids skills in anti-bullying.

Most schools in the county use Social-Emotional Learning programs as a tool to teach kids about skills for learning, empathy, problem solving and emotion management. Learn more about the program and how the some schools are using conflict resolution practices HERE.

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Create space for women to contribute to peace building

By Yusuf Ibrahim(10/31/16. Ghana News Agency)

The media has been asked to do more to create space for women to contribute to the nation’s peace building effort as the December 07 polls draws near.

Ms. Barbara Sangare, International Coordinator of Women’s Situation Room (WSR) - a women’s peace building mechanism to prevent election-related conflicts in Africa, said they had significant role to play to keep the nation calm.

It was important to tap their expertise to safeguard the peace before, during and after the presidential and parliamentary elections... Learn more about how the Ghanaian media can provide space for women HERE.

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This Food Truck Wants to Serve Up Dinner and Social Justice

By No author (10/28/16. TakePart.com/Yahoo Sports Image from Pixabay)

When Carolina Abolio was developing a menu for her restaurant, she knew she wanted to cook and serve something from Venezuela, where she grew up, that was healthy, that was affordable, that kids would like. Today, many of her fans know her as Miss Arepita, the name both she and her food cart have taken from the arepas—thick, griddle-browned corn cakes that are a Venezuelan staple—the menu is built around. Whether they’re stuffed with pabellón—black beans and beef braised in tomato sauce—or reina pepiada—chicken with avocadothe arepas are all loaded with veggies from Phat Beets Produce, a nonprofit food justice collective based in North Oakland, California.  Learn more about this innovative project HERE.

Good Reads: Blogs, Books, and More!

Conflict Avoidance and Conflict Resolution Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture Part I

By Ogletree Dearkins (10/27/16. Lexicology. Image from Pixabay)

I dedicate a fair portion of my professional life to resolving workplace conflict. While I enjoy helping companies once a crisis has occurred, my preference is to help companies avoid crises in the first place. Whether your role is in risk assessment and/or management, legal services, human resources, or employee relations, it is important to hone your skills in both proactive crisis-avoidance and creative problem-solving.

In this blog series, I will highlight some of the most common traps I’ve seen companies fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving conflict... Learn more about the traps and how to avoid them HERE

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Resolution 2250 and the Role of Young People in Building Global Peace and Security

By Anam Ahmed (10/31/16;  Wilson Center: New Security Beat)

Since its adoption in December 2015, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace, and security has been hailed as the first of its kind to recognize young people as meaningful drivers of change through its explicit encouragement of youth leadership at all levels of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. “It’s a testament to the fact that global youth today can have a real meaningful impact on the big issues of today, in the big arenas where discussions are happening,” said Andy Rabens, a special advisor on global youth issues for the U.S. Department of State, at the Wilson Center on October 6.

“Many governments saw young people through a lens of fear and insecurity,” Rabens said. “There was a narrative of youth as drivers of conflict and creators of instability as opposed to partners of peace.” The resolution is changing that, but he noted “it’s just ink on paper…How do you turn that ink into action? How do you actually make it come alive?”  Click HERE to find out the answers to these questions and more!

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Frightened of difficult conversations?

By The Olive Branch (10/31/16. Image from Pixabay)
[D]ifficult conversations. What’s so frightening about them?

Often a lot is at stake or we feel that things really aren’t fixable.

We would rather get a root canal done rather than figure out a way to “confront” the other person.

We don’t want to hurt someone or possibly be hurt ourselves. And most of us haven’t been taught this basic skill set to even figure out how to go about it.

Learn more about some common mistakes we make while having difficult conversations HERE.

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Restorative justice can lead to healthier communities

By Chris West (10/28/16.  The Seattle Times)

I WAS living alone in South Seattle in December 2015 when my home was burglarized. Two young men, armed with a gun, broke in through the back window, climbed over shards of broken glass and stole my external hard drive and Canon EOS camera. Fortunately, the security alarm activated and the police caught both men.

My home had been my place of refuge, but after the break in, I no longer felt safe. The police broke down the back door when they responded to the security alarm. The broken window let out all the heat and the door was unsecured for days.

I panicked every time I heard a noise at night. My mind raced with questions. Had they brought a gun with the intention of using it? If I had been home, would I still be alive? Were they from my neighborhood?

But I also wondered, how had they been treated by police? Were they loved and supported at home? What led to this choice? What is happening to them now, in jail? Click HERE to learn how victims, such as Chris, can request restorative justice as an alternative to other methods of punishment and how such decisions can lead to healthier communities. 

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