Colorado 2008 Events

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The ConflictCenter will hold a book fair at Barnes & Noble in the Denver West Shopping Center to support its School Program and Reading for Peace. Free activities for kids will include: Reading for Peace at the top of each hour; 11am appearance and photographs with Clifford the Big Red Dog; Peace Day crafts at the bottom of each hour; face painting; snacks; door prize drawings; gift wrapping; recommended reading lists for kids and adults.

If patrons tell the cashier they wish to support The Conflict Center, Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of each sale to TCC!

Barnes & Noble is located at 14347 W. Colfax Avenue, Lakewood.
Date: 09/27/2008
Time: 10:00AM and all day

Cost of Event: Free
RSVP Information: No RSVP needed.

Contact: Mitzi Hicks   mitzi.hicks@conflictcenter.org   Phone: (303) 865-5636

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“Abolish Weapons of Mass Destruction”  An Annual Vigil at Missile Silo N8 in Northeastern Colorado with Sisters Ardeth Platte & Carol Gilbert is planned by The Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War at 1:00 pm.

This event is free and open to the public.   Please call Mary Casper at 303-807-2109 for directions and carpooling information.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Congregation Beth Evergreen will host the discussion “In a Bind? How do You Trust?” following their Rosh Hashanah worship service.  The Service is at 10 AM, discussion is 11 AM to noon.

2981 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439
Directions: http://bethevergreen.org/default.cfm?id=66&pid=0

Contact: Neshama Mousseau, Executive Director
(303) 670-4294 ext.1

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Conifer Kiwanis Clubwill host a talk on “Passive Profits”, How to improve profits by acknowledging and dealing with conflict in the workplace, by Larry Cerrillo of Ingenuity Enterprises Int’l, Inc.

7:30 AM

Contact: cerrillo1@mindspring.com
Phone: 303-674-6484
Sunday, October 12, 2008

Stand Up For Peace will meet on the bridge in downtown Evergreen on Sunday, October 12 at 1 pm.  We will stand for 10 minutes, sharing silently our visions of peace — in our hearts, our community and the world.  Sponsored by Evergreen Peace. Contact: Jean Bell at jbellcolo@hotmail.com or 303-674-7296.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Rotary Club of Denver Sky High hosts a talk on: Conflict Resolution Day: Impact and Intent at 5 PM on October 14, 2008.  Contact: Ronnie Weiss 303-865-5634 or ronnie.weiss@conflictcenter.org.

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The University of Colorado at Boulder will present The “Un-Debate” Exploring Collaborative Problem Solving Discussions Amongst Congressional Candidates

This free event begins at 7 PMin the Wittemyer Courtroom at the Wolf LawBuilding, University of Colorado at Boulder Campus

Participants: Jared Polis, Scott Starin and, Bill Hammons, (Candidates For United StatesHouse of Representatives, 2nd District), and Mary Margaret Golten, Facilitator, Partner, CDR Associates

Discussants: Hank Brown, Former US Senator and CU President and currently Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Rollie Heath, Candidate Colorado Senate 18th District; Stan Deetz, Professor of Communication and Director of Peace and Conflict Studies; Susan Clark, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in the Social Science

The Rationale: The world of the future will likely be filled with greater conflict arising from world wide interdependence coupled with increased competition for resources, diminishing fresh water supplies, and the various consequences of global climate change. How governance and decision making are handled in this context is very important. Research on conflict, creativity, and collaboration shows that different ways of talking with each other increase-or decrease-the likelihood of mutually satisfying decisions.

Contemporary political processes are filled with argumentative and adversarial talk manifest as the “debate” in the election process and partisanship in governance. Neither, in many cases, serves the nation well, especially when high conflict issues exist. And, unfortunately, few models exist for different, more productive ways of talking in the election campaign or governance. Arguably, elected officials not only should have good positions on issues but should be able to engage with others who have different ideas and perspectives, to reach creative decisions. Voters should be able to see how good political candidates are at reaching decisions with others who are different, as well as how well they debate and express their positions.

The un-debate Plan: The plan is best conceived as a type of working experiment. Students will select three national problems or issues for the content focus of the discussion. The goal of the “un-debate” process is to identify shared interests and mutual outcomes rather than expressing preexisting positions.

To achieve this goal, each candidate will be asked to talk for five minutes on the first problem or issue, focusing on his key interests or concerns. The facilitator will ask questions to clarify the candidate’s interests and to explore underlying concerns that often remain hidden by the candidate’s framing of the issues. The facilitation process will then help to identify overlapping interests and desired outcomes, as well as to clarify key differences. Finally, the facilitator will aid the candidates in discovering alternative, mutually supportable ways that these interests and outcomes can be achieved. Discussion of subsequent issues will repeat the process.

For example, students might identify dependency on foreign oil as a problem and the candidates might take different positions on additional drilling in the US. Disclosed information might include where and how much oil exists and the speed and different social/ecological/economic costs of its availability. Surfaced shared goals might include independence of US foreign policy, reduction of balance of trade deficit, job creation, and improved health of the US economy. Each of these might be better achieved through options outside or beyond the initial positions taken by each candidate.

Through this process, a different kind of political discussion will be modeled that has a greater possibility to promote mutual cooperation and creative decisions. The discussion following the “un-debate” will explore how well this form of talk helped achieve such things as avoiding impasse, polarizing groups, and frustrating compromises, and whether it helped increase the likelihood of “third way,” creative decisions.

For Information contact: Tom Sebok  303-492-5077  sebok@colorado.edu
Ombuds Office, 112 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dances of Universal Peace hosts Dances of Universal Peace that are part of a timeless tradition of sacred movement, song and story.  From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together – at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation.  The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others.

7:15 PM at the Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd (at SE corner of 7th Ave), Boulder.

Cost is $8.  No RSVP required. Call Timothy if you have any questions: 303-440-5714.
Thursday, October 16, 2008

To celebrate Conflict Resolution Day on October 16, The University of Denver will host a dinner at DU in honor of local individuals and organizations who work to mitigate gang violence in Denver.  Awardees include advocates representing city government, the law enforcement community, and nonprofit organizations.  Contact: Denise Pearson (303) 871-3964.

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The Community College of Aurora will have a Conflict Resolution Day program from 11:30 – 1:00 on Thursday, October 16, 2008, in the Lecture Hall in Building 859 at the our Lowry Campus (9235 East 10th Drive, Denver, CO 80230).  Food will be provided.  THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME. Robin Rossenfeld will be talking about CCA’s mediation certificate program.  Patty Lampman from Mediators Beyond Borders and Gabrielle Frey from Resolution Works will be talking about the role of mediation in resolving both global and interpersonal conflicts peacefully.

Contact: Robin Rossenfeld 303.340.7255 robin.rossenfeld@ccaurora.edu.

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Reading for Peace volunteers will read to elementary school children as part of an ongoing program of The Conflict Center.  Contact: Vickie Samland atvickie.samland@conflictcenter.org or 303-433-4983.

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KGNU will broadcast a program on Political Dialogue as part of their ongoing series on Conflict Resolution.  Thursday, October 16 from 8:35 AM to 9:30 AM  — 88.5 FM and 1390 AM and streaming at www.kgnu.org  Contact:  Sam at 303-449-4885 for information.  Call in line during the show is: 303-442-4242

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Evergreen Kiwanis Club will host a talk on “Passive Profits”, How to improve profits by acknowledging and dealing with conflict in the workplace, by Larry Cerrillo of Ingenuity Enterprises Int’l, Inc.

12 noon

Contact: cerrillo1@mindspring.com
Phone: 303-674-6484

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Conflict Resolution Day 2008 with Mayor

Lionel Rivera, Mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado, signs the Proclamation to make October 16, 2008, Conflict Resolution Day in Colorado Springs.

In the picture with the Mayor are (from Left):

Dr. Pat Boone, Volunteer Mediator for the Better Business Bureau and El Paso County Small Claims Court, who specializes in General Business, Divorce Property Settlement and Real Estate Mediation, and Monica Lichtenberger, owner of Phoenix Strategies, Inc. and one of Colorado Springs’ premier Mediators and Mediation Instructors.

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Excelsior Youth Center

Student Leadership will sponsor a project on the theme of “What Do YOU Think is Right?”

Student artists will be invited to help design a NEW No-Bullying Tee-shirt that gets EVERYBODY to stop and THINK! The idea is to generate as many visual cues to get peers and people in general to stop and think about their choices.

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University of Colorado at Boulder

FREE Workshops will be offered by the University Ombuds Office.  Sessions will be held throughout the day, in University Memorial Center, room 247, beginning at 8 AM.

8 AM: Communication and Conflict (workshop with Tom Sebok)
9:30 AM: Constructive Confrontation (lecture with Heidi and Guy Burgess)
11 AM: The Basics of Dialogue (workshop with Barbara Kulton)
12:30 AM: Debriefing of Oct. 14 “Un-debate” (discussion facilitated by Stan Deetz)
2 PM: Victim-Offender Mock Mediation (mediated by Gina Bata)
3:30 PM Managing Faculty Conflict (lecture with John Frazee)

Contact: Tom Sebok, 303-492-5077, Sebok@colorado.EDU
Ombuds Office, 112 UCB, Boulder, CO  80309

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Conflict Resolution Day Teleconferences Scheduled on October 16:  

The Association for Conflict Resolution, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace and George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, is hosting two national teleconferences on Conflict Resolution Day, October 16:

  • A teleconference geared to practitioners will be held from 5-6:15 p.m. EDT and will focus on “Conflict Resolution, Democracy, and Policymaking: Lessons and Challenges.” The call-in number for the teleconference is 1-518-825-1400. The access code for participants is 54568. Members of the panel will include: Sharon Press, Nabil Al-Tikriti, Wendy Greene, Bernie Mayer, and Lisa Schirch.
  • A second teleconference geared to undergraduate and graduate students will be held from 2-3:15 p.m. EDT and is titled “Working for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding: How Can I Make a Better World?” The call-in number for the teleconference is 1-518-825-1400. The access code for participants is 54568. Students can send an instant message (IM) with their questions during the call. Go to bottom of the page athttp://snipurl.com/crday to do so. Members of the panel will include: Sharon Press, Cheryl L. Jamison, Esq., Mara Schoeny, David J. Smith, and Bill Warters.

 

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dances of Universal Peace hosts Dances of Universal Peace that are part of a timeless tradition of sacred movement, song and story.  From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together – at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation.  The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and recognize it in others.

7:15 PM at the Mennonite Church, 3910 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder

Cost is $8.  No RSVP required. Call Timothy if you have any questions: 303-440-5714.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Mountain Foothills Rotary Club will host a talk on: Partnering with Challenges at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 22, 2008. Contact: Jim Rohrer 303-865-5634 or Jim.rohrer@yahoo.com


Friday, October 24, 2008

The Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediation Organization, the Colorado Judicial Department’s Office of Dispute Resolution, and the Colorado Bar Association’s ADR Section host the 2nd Annual Colorado Statewide ADR Conference
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM   Cost: $149.00 before Oct. 3; $199 after Oct 3
Contact: (303)860-0608 Toll Free: (888)860-2531  www.cobar.org/cle

Keynote speakers: AMBASSADOR DENNIS B. ROSS – Served as Middle East envoy and the chief peace negotiator in the presidential administrations of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. For more than 20 years, Mr. Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and in dealing directly with the negotiations. Additionally, he is a foreign affairs analyst for FOX News Channel and a frequent commentator to the Washington Post and NY Times. He is now a counselor and distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

HORATIO (RAY) LANIER, J.D., M.A. – Immediate Past President, Association for Conflict Resolution, the nation’s largest professional association for ADR practitioners. Mr. Lanier is Senior EEO/Dispute Resolution Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in D.C. and has more than 20 years of experience in the resolution of workplace disputes. His career has included positions in large corporate and public sector organizations as well as consulting roles with dozens of federal agencies. He holds an A.B.J. (Journalism) from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Columbia College and a J.D. from Georgetown University’s Law Center.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Multicultural Committee of CCMO Presents Navajo Nation Peacemaking Program

The Peace Making Program has been a part of the Judicial Branch of the Navajo Nation for more than 20 years.  Peacemakers from this program will present a half day demonstration of a family case role play.   Experience this ancient art of peacemaking.

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Zenith Room, Tivoli Student Union, 900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver, CO  80204
Contact: Karen Lest at (303) 794-1401 or lest@jakrabbit.com.

The program is free to attend, but you must register right away to reserve your place for this exciting session.  Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.  Parking stubs will be validated.

Presented with support from the University of Colorado at Denver Ombuds Office.

Related Projects in Colorado

The Milestones Project, a nonprofit initiative utilizing photographs of various cultures to reduce prejudice, intolerance and hatred among humanity with messages of inclusion, acceptance and respect for others. The Colorado Convention Center will debut the photo exhibit Faith: Many Beliefs, So Much In Common. This photo exhibit will present the world premier of over 165 large format photos representing the 14 common attributes of the world’s 5 major religions and will be on display at the Colorado Convention Center now through December 15th, 2008. www.milestonesproject.com