The Little Book of Conflict Transformation by John Paul Lederach

Summary courtesy of http://www.restorativejustice.org:
Lederach, John Paul (2003). The little book of conflict transformation. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.

John Paul Lederach presents his approach to conflict, which has evolved over 15 years of research, teaching and practice. Conflict transformation understands peace in conjunction with justice. Transformative processes give more attention to constructive change than might be considered under mere conflict resolution, especially when ongoing relationships are involved. The lens of conflict transformation views not only the immediate situation, but also looks at the underlying patterns and context, and seeks a conceptual framework for the situation. It addresses change on four levels, the personal, relational, structural and cultural. Lederach’s approach to change builds on process structures, and he suggests several practices for applying the conflict transformation paradigm.

Reading Guide

Join others and watch INVICTUS!

Discuss the strategies of Nelson Mandela and how we might adapt them in our daily lives.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Invictus (2009) stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela; born 18 July 1918, served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela served 27 years, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to multi-racial democracy in 1994. As president from 1994 to 1999, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation. Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.

Viewing this film in groups and discussing the choices people made in various situations will promote attention to challenging and productive strategies for working with others. The Conflict Resolution Month’s Viewers Guide will soon be available on line.

Invictus Viewers Study Guide

Conflict Resolution Day Poetry Contest

ACR is pleased to announce a poetry contest as a celebratory event of Conflict Resolution Day.  This is a perfect summer project.
Student in grades 3 – 12 are invited to submit a poem on “Peace in My Community.”  Poems must be submitted in English and contain no more than 20 lines.
Submissions will be accepted from September 1 – November 1, 2010.

For more information, please watch future ACR Update and the website www.acrnet.org.  

John DeBruyn’s Calendar Delivery Campaign and Prizes

Conflict Resolution Calendars for Teachers have arrived!!  They are available to teachers and anyone who will deliver a calendar to one or two or, best, three teachers.

http://www.creducation.org/cre/teachers/calendar and 
http://www.edutopia.org/groups/classroom-management/30098

John, one of our very enthusiastic supporters, is generously awarding an encased golden peace dollar to the first 24 people who distribute these conflict resolution calendars to three teachers.  To receive the prize, each person can email proof of these good deeds to John.  Ruth Rinehart has already been earned her award and is number one!

The calendars are available at the Colorado Bar Association offices on the ninth floor at 1900 Grant Street.  Any one who wants to pick up a calendar or calendars there should first email me jdebruyn@debruyn.com and CC melissan@cobar.org which is Melissa to coordinate where the calendars are being held on the ninth floor for distribution.

The calendars are also available at The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon St. Denver 80211.

Those who distribute the conflict resolution calendars to three teachers and are eligible for the coin award should email the names of the teachers who received the calendars, their email addresses and the schools involved to jdebruyn@debruyn.com with a copy to his legal assistant law@debruyn.com.

About the coin:

To see it click here.

Our huge thanks to John for initiating his campaign to get these calendar learning tools into the hands of Denver area teachers.   Who knows how many children will benefit from this effort?

Cities & Counties Issuing Conflict Resolution Month Proclamations

City/County Volunteer Date/Time of Proclamation Location
Arvada Preston Branaugh, Esq. October 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM 8101 W. Ralston Rd.
Arvada, CO
Basalt Larry Dragon October 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Carbondale Larry Dragon
City of Centennial Rita Hyland September 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM City Council Chambers
13133 E. Arapahoe Rd.
Clear Creek County Billy Harris September 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM 405 Argentine St.
Georgetown, CO 80444
Colorado Springs Monica Lichtenberger September 10, 2010 at 4:00 PM 107 N. Nevada Ave.,
Ste 300,
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver David Strousberg & Steve Charbonneau Formal Presentation not expected
Garfield County Larry Dragon October 11, 2010 at 8:00 AM Courthouse Plaza Bldg,
Room 100,
Glenwood Springs, CO
Georgetown Billy Harris TBD
Glenwood Springs Larry Dragon September 16, 2010 at 6:00 PM
Golden Ruth Rinehart No Formal Presentation
Greenwood Village Rita Hyland September 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM City Council Chambers
6060 S. Quebec
Hot Sulfur Springs Billy Harris TBD
Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners Mark Loye
Director Jefferson County Mediation Services
October 12, 2010 at 7:45 AM Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
100 Jefferson County Parkway, Hearing Room 1,
Golden, CO
Littleton Senator Linda Newell & Kate Newell No Formal Presentation
Longmont Susan Spaulding September 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM City Council at Civic Center,
350 Kimbark
New Castle Larry Dragon October 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM City Council
450 W. Main St.
New Castle, CO
Pitkin County Larry Dragon October 13, 2010 at 12:00 PM 530 E. Main St.
Rio Grande Meeting Room
Aspen, CO
Parachute Larry Dragon September 9, 2010 at 6:30 PM 222 Valley Way
Parachute, CO
University of Colorado
by Chancellor Philip DiStefano
Stan Deetz No Formal Proclamation Presentation

 

September 10
Workshop: City of Colorado Springs Proclamation: October Conflict Resolution Month
Time & Place: 4:00 PM – The October Conflict Resolution Month Proclamation will be signed in the City of Colorado Springs Council Chambers, 107 N Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. A reception will follow in the Seating Chambers adjacent to the Council Chambers.
City/Town: Colorado Springs
Description: Community Members and Alternative Dispute Resolution Professionals are invited to the Proclamation that October as Conflict Resolution Month by Mayor Lionel Rivera and to the reception following the proclamation.
Cost: Free
Contact: Monica Lichtenberger: 719 266 8181, monica@phoenixstrategies.biz
Organizer: Monica Lichtenberger
Comment: Sponsors for the Fourth Annual Colorado Springs Conflict Resolution Month activities are: Better Business Bureau: Colorado Council of Mediators and Mediator Organizations; Regis University; and Phoenix Strategies, Inc.

 

September 21
Workshop: 8th Annual Reflections of Peace
Time & Place: 7:00 PM – The pond next to Buchanan Recreation Center, 32003 Ellingwood Trail (east of the intersection of Highway 74 and Old Squaw Pass Road)
City/Town: Evergreen, CO 80439
Description: Light a Candle for Peace, an interfaith non-political observance of the UN International Day of Peace. Bring candles with wind protection or other light sources, music and thoughts of peace to share. All are invited.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jean Bell: 303-674-7296, jbell7431@gmail.com
Website: http://www.evergreenpeace.org/
Organizer: Evergreen Peace

 

September 23
Workshop: KGNU Radio Program on Conflict Issues: Pet Peeves
Time & Place: 8:30 AM – On your radio dial at 1390 AM in Denver and 88.5 FM in Boulder.
City/Town: Denver metro area, Boulder metro area
Description: Join us in a discussion on dealing with your pet peeves. What gets under your skin? Why do pet peeves annoy us so much?
Cost: Free
Contact: Mary Zinn: 303-526-1827, mzinn@zinnmediation.com
Website: http://www.zinnmediation.com/
Comment: Join us for a lively discussion about what instantly triggers our frustration and anger. How do we handle what we can’t control? Call in during the program with your pet peeves. 303-442-4242

 

September 23-25
Workshop: Professional Mediation Training
Time & Place: University of Denver, Craig Hall
City/Town: Denver, CO
Description: 40 hour professional mediation training, including the mediation process, negotiation, communication and conflict management topics. Professional mediation coaching with numerous practice opportunities. Opportunities in mediation panel
Cost: $1,350; $1776 for DU academic credit
Contact: Robin Amadei: 303-604-1960, ramadei@aol.com
Website: http://www.du.edu
Organizer: University of Denver, University College

 

September 25
Workshop: 3rd Annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Time & Place: 12:00 PM – Barnes & Noble Denver West Shopping Center, 14347 West Colfax Avenue
City/Town: Lakewood
Description: Join The Conflict Center at Barnes & Noble to celebrate Reading for Peace. Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of purchases to support Reading for Peace!
Cost: Free
Contact: Mitzi Hicks: 303-865-5636, mitzi.hicks@conflictcenter.org
Website: http://www.conflictcenter.org/
Organizer: The Conflict Center

 

September 27
Workshop: Respectful Relationships 1-day Seminar
Time & Place: 8:15 AM – Credit Union of Colorado/1390 Logan Street
City/Town: Denver, CO 80203
Description: PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification Credits ( 7 hours ). This 1-day workshop is the positive approach to helping people make sure that others will not perceive them as being inappropriate or disrespectful. When others are comfortable with you and feel respected by you, they are unlikely to interpret your interactions as harassment or discrimination! We cannot control the perceptions of others but we can develop interpersonal skills to assure that we handle ourselves with others in a manner that is most likely to be perceived as appropriate, tactful, courteous and respectful. This workshop teaches what to do, how to do it, and provides practice opportunities to start skill development. This training has been used internally by financial institutions, an auto dealership, local government agencies and others. Enrollment is limited to 18 people to assure real learning and practice opportunities.
Cost: $165.00 (discounts for multiple registrations)
Contact: Sam Lloyd: 303-998-0248, samrlloyd@comcast.net
Website: http://trainingforsuccess.com/events.html
Organizer: SuccessSystems, Inc.
Comment: Proven to be more effective than typical anti-harassment anti-discrimination training programs!

 

September 28
Workshop: Relationships: Your Challenges & Effective Problem Solving
Time & Place: 1:30 PM – Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 South Colorado Boulevard (south of Yale, north of Hampden)
City/Town: Denver, CO 80222
Description: This class meets three weeks: Sept. 28, October 5 & 12
Lecture, discussion, group exercises
In human relationships, conflict is inevitable . . . says who? Do you engage in conflict or avoid it entirely? Can you have a dynamic discussion about a difficult problem without having the roof blow off, or is the outcome typically negative? In this hands-on, interactive course you’ll consider embracing conflicts as learning opportunities. We’ll see a mock mediation, meet a panel of experts in the field, and find out about various conflict management methods, local resources, and volunteer opportunities.
Cost: $20 (members), $35 (others)
Contact: Telephone: 303-770-0786
Postal address:
The Academy
P. O. Box 371318
Denver, CO 80237
Electronic mail: Info@AcademyLL.org
Website: http://www.academyll.org/
Organizer: The Academy for Lifelong Learning
Comment: Join others in exploring what you already know about solving interpersonal problems, what you can do to manage conflicts more effectively, and how you can model these skills in your home, office, or community.

 

September 30
Workshop: Coaching Skills to Build Peak Performance
Time & Place: 8:15 AM – Credit Union of Colorado/1390 Logan Street
City/Town: Denver, CO 80203
Description: PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification Credits (14 hours). How do you help someone learn from making mistakes? How do you help someone learn to do their own thinking and solve their own problems? How can you stop playing “fire fighter” and have employees who are capable and empowered? You will learn the answers to these questions and gain some valuable new tools and techniques for developing employees and making your job easier!

How do you negotiate with someone to change problem behavior? What do you do if they promise to change and then don’t? How can you be firm but fair, insistent but reasonable, tough without being autocratic? In this valuable seminar you will learn how to handle problem behaviors and poor performers in a proven, positive manner that is most likely to get real behavior changes and earn the respect and loyalty of your employees. You also will learn how to build rapport and trusting relationships to assure that you retain your good employees!

Cost: $395.00 (discounts for multiple registrations)
Contact: Sam Lloyd: 303-998-0248, samrlloyd@comcast.net
Website: http://trainingforsuccess.com/events.html
Organizer: SuccessSystems, Inc.
Comment: Developing successful relationships within an organization helps prevent many conflicts and learning coaching skills helps supervisors and managers resolve conflicts effectively while improving teamwork & productivity!

 

September 30
Workshop: Mediator Training: Guardians for Adult and Minor Wards
Time & Place: 11:30 AM – Colorado Bar Association Office, 1900 Logan Street, 9th Floor
City/Town: Denver, CO
Description: Training for volunteer mediators participating in pilot ediation project for the Denver Probate Court.
Cost: By invitation only. Enrollment closed.
Contact: Robin Rossenfeld: 303.282.5035, r.rossenfeld@att.net
Organizer: Colorado Bar Association, Elder Law/Trusts & Estates/Dispute Resolution Group

 

October 1
Workshop: Colorado Springs Community Round Table
Time & Place: 11:45 AM – 105 East Vermijo Suite 450
City/Town: Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Description: Special guests: District Attorney Dan May and Sr. District Judge Richard Toth.
For: Mediators, judges, magistrates, attorneys and other legal community
colleagues.
Cost: Free lunch
Contact: Jerry O’Hare: 719520-6178, jerryohare@elpasoco.com
Organizer: Fourth Judicial District Attorneys Office, Jerry O’Hare

 

October 1-2
Workshop: Professional Mediation Training
Time & Place: University of Denver, Craig Hall
City/Town: Denver, CO
Description: 40 hour professional mediation training, including the mediation process, negotiation, communication and conflict management topics. Professional mediation coaching with numerous practice opportunities. Opportunities in mediation panel
Cost: $1,350; $1776 for DU academic credit
Contact: Robin Amadei: 303-604-1960, ramadei@aol.com
Website: http://www.du.edu
Organizer: University of Denver, University College

 

October 2
Workshop: Branding Your Mediation Practice
Time & Place: 10:00 AM – Attend online (you’ll need computer access and a phone) or attend in-person @ The Conflict Center (4140 Tejon Street Denver, CO 80211)
City/Town: Denver, CO
Description: Understand branding. Learn to understand your target clients, how to effectively speak to them and how to apply your brand to your practice.
Cost: $25 – nonmembers; $10 – CCMO members; $10 – DR Section CO Bar members
Contact: CCMO: 303-322-9275, ccmo@coloradomediation.org
Website: http://coloradomediation.org/ccmoblog/archives/329
Organizer: Colorado Council of Mediators (CCMO)

 

October 3
Workshop: Explorations! Non-Violent Communication
Time & Place: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Avenue
City/Town: Golden, CO
Description: An introduction to Compassionate Communication during the one-hour Explorations! program held each Sunday. Learn how we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. Learn greater authenticity in your communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.
Cost: No fee
Contact: Ruth Rinehart: 720.290.5715, ruth@threetrusts.com
Organizer: Jefferson Unitarian Church
Comment: A wonderful one-hour introduction to the life-changing work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Join us!

 

October 8
Workshop: Professional Roles with High Conflict DR Families
Time & Place: 8:30 AM – Montrose County Health & Human Services Department, 1845 S. Townsend, Board Room
City/Town: Montrose – come visit the West Slope over Columbus Day Wkd!
Description: The focus of this program is Boundaries & Ethical Considerations. All are welcome especially Judges, Attorneys, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mediators, and Parenting Coordinators / Decision-Makers.
Cost: $50 including lunch, 9+ CLEs
Contact: Tricia Winslow: 970.249.6250, tricia@westelk.com
Website: www.coafcc.org for complete program and registration
Organizer: CO. Chapter: Association of Family & Conciliation Courts

 

October 8-10
Workshop: Reinventing Governance Conference
Time & Place: Pre-conference, October 8th. 9:00-4:00 UMC, University of Colorado at Boulder
Reinventing Governance Conference. October 8th,4:00 to October 10th, 12:00. Millennium Hotel (HWY 36, 28th Street), Boulder.
City/Town: Boulder
Description: Professionals in conflict studies, collaborative processes, public deliberation, and community planning are being brought together with business and community leaders to promote dialogue, creative solutions and collaboration for the common welfare.
Cost: $150 (includes two dinners and a lunch)
Contact: Stan Deetz, 303-492-1673, deetz@colorado.edu
Website: http://3cg.colorado.edu/drupal_3cg/
Organizer: CU Center for the Study of Conflict, Collaboration and Creative Governance

 

October 11
Workshop: Foothills Kiwanis Boulder
Time & Place: 7:00 AM
City/Town: Boulder
Description: Kiwanis club members
Cost: No
Contact: Larry Cerrillo, 303-674-6484, cerrillo1@mindspring.com
Organizer: Katie Kester
Comment: Active and retired service club members interested in various aspects of conflict resolution; work place,eldercare, & family.

 

October 11
Workshop: Colorado Professional Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders
Time & Place: 5:45 PM, West Hall, Conference Room, Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd.
City/Town: Denver
Description: This event is the initial organizing meeting to create a Colorado Professional Chapter of Mediators beyond Borders. Our intention is to mentor, educate, and support building conflict resolution capacity in our communities and to initiate or support peace building projects locally, and worldwide.

Mediators Beyond Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization that brings together mediators and allied professionals to volunteer worldwide in support of conflict resolution and peace building through partnerships with communities in troubled locations worldwide.

Cost: No fee to attend the meeting
Contact: Bob Lecy, 720-235-2241, rglecy@yahoo.com
Organizer: Colorado Professional Chapter Mediators Beyond Borders
Comment: This chapter is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in learning how to create and build sustainable peace building programs in their communities,and around the world.

 

October 12
Workshop: Jefferson County Commissioners Proclaim October 2010 Conflict Resolution Month
Time & Place: 8:00 AM – Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Hearing Room 1
City/Town: Golden, CO 80401
Description: The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners will be approving a proclamation declaring October 2010 as Conflict Resolution Month.
Cost: No fee
Contact: Mark S. Loye, (303) 271-5062, mloye@jeffco.us
Organizer: Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
Comment: Jefferson County has had a County-funded community mediation program since 1994. This proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners is simply one more way for Jefferson County government to express its ongoing support for Conflict Resolution in Colorado.

 

October 12
Workshop: Invictus Movie Screening
Time & Place: 6:00 PM – Cyber Cafe-Student Center, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, 2201 South Gaylord Street
City/Town: Denver, CO 80208
Description: Conflict Resolution Graduation Student Association (CRGSA) celebrates Conflict Resolution Month with the screening of Clint Eastwood’s critically-acclaimed movie – INVICTUS. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!
Cost: Free for all!
Contact: Conflict Resolution Graduate Student Association (CRGSA) @ DU, 804-248-9040, crgsa@du.edu
Website: http://www.facebook.com/crgsa
Organizer: Conflict Resolution Graduate Student Association (CRGSA), University of Denver

 

October 14
Workshop: Interfaith dialogue explores matters of faith, electoral issues, compassion
Time & Place: 5:30-8 PM – Mountain View Room in the Adult Learning Center at Regis University located on the Lowell Campus 3333 Regis Blvd.
City/Town: Denver
Description: The Institute on the Common Good and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado invite you to a unique interfaith dialogue experience titled, “Compassionate Acts: What does my faith call me to do through and after the election?”

The dialogue is the next step in the Religious Foundations Project – a joint program of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and the Institute on the Common Good. Through facilitated, small-group dialogue, the goal of the event is to provide an opportunity for participants to go deeper in their own faith traditions to explore their beliefs about important contemporary issues and to provide participants a safe, open space to dialogue with others from different faith traditions.

Please register by Oct. 6. Space is limited. We’d love to have you join us for this opportunity to engage in interfaith dialogue, intentional conversation, and faith exploration.

Cost: None
Contact: To register for this special event, please contact Fredricka Brown at fbrown@regis.edu or 303-458-4967.
Website: http://www.icgregis.org/index.cfm/id/4/Upcoming-Events
Organizer: Institute on the Common Good

 

October 14-16
Workshop: Peace and Justice Story Conference: Healing Wounds Through Story
Time & Place: 8:30 AM – St. Catejans building on the Auraria Campus between Auraria Parkway, Speer Blvd. and Colfax Avenue. Buildings on campus have no street addresses. See campus map at www.ahec.edu
City/Town: Denver, CO
Description: In listening to our own stories and the stories of others, we can create bridges of peace, compassionate connection, and meaningful understanding.   Listen with your body, mind,  heart and soul. Seek to balance these levels in your own life and in the lives of others.This three-day conference focuses on the natural and practical synergism between peace and story. This conference is useful to everyone who wishes to incorporate peace and story into their work, including, but we hope not limited to, storytellers, peace workers, teachers, students, social workers, mediators, lawyers, and parents.

Day One:

Today’s story workshops illuminate women peacemakers, reconciliation, and lifting borders.

Day Two:  Exploring the Path Between My Story and Your Story: Applied Storytelling Intensive for Peace and Justice.  

This daylong intensive offers ways to incorporate story and peacemaking into your work, whatever it might be, to make it more powerful, satisfying, and fun.

Day Three:

For those involved in improving lives, their own or others, today offers inspiring information in workshops tailored for those working with adults or youth.

Cost: $40 per day general public/$35 RMStoryteller members, 3-day package available
Contact: Elizabeth Twomey, 303-758-1482, bessietwomey@yahoo.com
Website: www.rmstory.org Website for the Rocky Mountain Storyteller’s Conference
Organizer: Rocky Mountain Storytellers Conference and MSCD, Journey Through Our Heritage

 

October 15
Workshop: Conflict Management Skills Workshop for Eldercare Profession
Time & Place: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM – St. Andrews Village of Colorado, 13801 E. Evans Avenue
City/Town: Aurora, CO 80014
Description: Appropriate for anyone who witnesses intergenerational squabbles. Learn Conflict Management Styles, Anatomy of Conflict, Impact of Aging on Conflict and Tips/Tricks for Managing Conflict.
Cost: Yes; reduced fee for early bird (by October 1st) and for volunteer ombudsman
Contact: Debbie Reinberg/John Rymers, 303-268-2280, info@elderesolutions.com
Website: http://elderesolutions.com/ourservices/June242010ConflictSkillsTraining.htm
Organizer: ELDEResolutions, LLC
Comment: This training provides mediation techniques and tips for non-mediators to use in their work environment. Role plays, many interactive exercises and demonstrations. FUN!

 

October 15
Workshop: 2010 Torch Awards Ceremony
Time & Place: 11:00 AM, 650 15th Street
City/Town: Denver
Description: The BBB Torch Awards honor a large, small, and a non-profit business exemplifying a commitment to honest, fair and ethical practices.
Cost: $75 for accredited businesses and charities $95 for others
Contact: Collin Dunlavey: 720-427-6967, CDunlavey@denver.bbb.org
Website: http://denver.bbb.org/
Organizer: Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau

 

October 15
Workshop: Open House and Informational Talk Bullying: Research and Reality
Time & Place: 4:00 PM, 333 Terry Street
City/Town: Longmont, CO 80501
Description: The community is invited to an Open House from 4:00 – 6:00 to meet our staff and learn about our programs. An interactive, informational talk will follow from 6:00 to 7:30 entitled Bullying: Research and Reality. This talk will be guided by our founder, Beverly Title, Ph.D., who is also a national expert on bullying prevention.
Cost: No fee
Contact: Beverly Title: 303-776-1527, btitle@teachingpeace.org
Website: http://www.teachingpeace.org/
Organizer: Longmont Community Justice Partnership

 

October 19
Workshop: The New Jim Crow – book discussion
Time & Place: 5:30 PM, 4140 Tejon Street
City/Town: Denver
Description: Presentation and guided discussion of the book The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Harold Fields, long time volunteer and supporter at The Conflict Center, will present on the book and lead the discussion. Participants can purchase the book at a reduced price at The Conflict Center and are encouraged to read the book prior to the event and come prepared to participate in the discussion.
Cost: Event is free. The book can be purchased at the discount price of $20.
Contact: Ronnie Weiss: 303-865-5634, ronnie.weiss@conflictcenter.org
Website: http://www.conflictcenter.org/
Organizer: The Conflict Center

 

October 20
Workshop: Effectively Managing Conflict in Faith Communities
Time & Place: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 4140 Tejon Street
City/Town: Denver
Description: What you will learn:
*identify what is unique about faith communities that makes dealing with conflict difficult
*strategies to manage confrontation and de-escalate conflict
*Understand conflict’s role in forgiveness, mercy, justice and peace
Cost: Register before Sept 30 for $60.00
Contact: To register contact Jaci Yesquen at 303.433.4983
Website: http://www.conflictcenter.org/
Organizer: The Conflict Center

 

October 21
Workshop: Immigration Reform: Melting Pot or Meltdown?
Time & Place: 7:00 AM – Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place
City/Town: Denver
Description: We will discuss the role of ethical standards and behavior affecting immigration reform in today’s business environment. Mike Cote, editor of ColoradoBiz Magazine, will moderate our panel of distinguished Colorado business executives and community leaders.
Cost: $25
Contact: CEBA (Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance), 303-283-6002, ceba@kareams.com
Website: http://www.ceba.org/AwardsEvent/awards-reservations.php
Organizer: CEBA (Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance)

 

October 21
Workshop: 2010 Fifth Annual Colorado Springs Conflict Resolution Conference
Time & Place: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Regis University, 7450 Campus Drive Suite 100
City/Town: Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Description: The conference has two tracks. One is for the community members and the other track is for dispute resolution professionals. Key Note Speakers are: Senator Linda Newell and Steven Chavez, Director Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Human Rights. Presentations include: communication skills when disputes are escalating; conflict management for workplace, elder care and couples’ relationship issues; and ethics and critical thinking for dispute resolution professionals.
Cost: Registration fees are $25 and $15 for students (lunch included). Registration will begin on September 21, 2010.
Contact: For more information call Monica Lichtenberger (719-266-8181) or email monica@phoenixstrategies.biz

 

October 22
Workshop: Circles of Change Awards Breakfast
Time & Place: 7-9 AM – Grand Hyatt Downtown Denver, 1750 Welton Street, phone: (303) 295-1234
City/Town: Denver, CO 80202
Description: Please join us on October 22 from 7-9am as we honor Ronit Avni, founder of Just Vision and producer of Encounter Point and Budrus two internationally acclaimed films, Dr. James Jackson, founder of the Colorado based non-profit Project C.U.R.E. and Rashaad Fortune and Daniel Mackintosh, two SCG alumni from South Africa.
Cost: $85. $35 for students
Contact: Seeking Common Ground, 303-691-2393, info@s-c-g.org
Website: http://www.s-c-g.org/Seeking_Common_Ground/CoC_2010.html
Organizer: Seeking Common Ground
Comment: SCG works with young people locally, nationally and internationally to change the situation they live in, a situation that ranges from hope for peace to open war to stalemate. Our programs provide leadership training and communication skills that transform adversaries from a place of antagonism and fear to mutual respect and understanding. SCG’s goal is to build a generation of leaders who have the tools and confidence to construct sustainable solutions for peace.

Seeking Common Ground is a Denver, Colorado based non-profit founded in 1993. It is one of the oldest organizations in North America working to build peaceful communities through their diverse programs. This includes bringing together young Americans, Palestinians and Israeli’s through Building Bridges for Peace, exposing local high school students to peace-building programs through our Denver P.E.A.C.E. program and engaging alumni through Interns for Peace.

The Circles of Change of Awards Breakfast is our most important fundraiser, and unlike conventional fundraisers you will find this event both moving and inspirational. This year our breakfast will be on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver from 7:00-9:00am. It is a day when we honor agents of change from our local, national, and international community who are forging change in the face of impossible odds.

 

October 24
Workshop: Sunday Sermon, Conflict Resolution Month
Time & Place: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Avenue
City/Town: Golden, CO
Description: This Sunday’s sermon will bring together Conflict Resolution Month, UN Day, and the activist theater at JUC. Hear Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, JUC’s Social Justice minister, bring together these threads as we move towards a more peaceful and just world.
Cost: No fee
Contact: Ruth Rinehart: 720.290.5715, ruth@threetrusts.com
Website: http://jeffersonunitarian.org/
Organizer: Jefferson Unitarian Church
Comment: Join us for the 9:15 or 11:00 am services.

 

October 26
Workshop: Conflict Transformation for Social Change by Mary Zinn and Nikki Schmidt
Time & Place: 5:30 PM – The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon St.
City/Town: Denver, CO 80211
Description: As a community of activists, we have a responsibility to incorporate effective communication and conflict skills into our daily lives in order to obtain effective social change. Whether it involves communicating with people who disagree with us or just trying to create productive teams, this workshop will cover skills in self awareness, listening, non-blaming communication, and problem solving.
Cost: $5-25 sliding scale donation
Contact: Mu Son Chi: 720.570.4908, muson@letusrise.org
Website: http://www.letusrise.org/
Organizer: Let Us Rise
Comment: We are limiting participation in this workshop to around 15 participants. Please RSVP by contacting Jes at jes@letusrise.org as soon as possible. We will provide some food, but you are welcome to bring a dish to share as well! If you have any questions, please contact Jes Ward at jes@letusrise.org.

 

October 27
Workshop: Seeking Common Ground – Film & discussion
Time & Place: 7:00 PM – 2981 Bergen Peak Drive
City/Town: Evergreen, CO 80439
Description: Seeking Common Ground is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build peaceful communities worldwide by giving young leaders the skills to become agents for social change, and empowering them to transform their communities. SCG is best known for its flagship program, Building Bridges for Peace, which brings American, Israeli and Palestinian teens together for peace building and leadership development.
Cost: Free
Contact: Congregation Beth Evergreen: 303.670.4294
Website: http://www.bethevergreen.org/
Organizer: Congregation Beth Evergreen

 

November 4
Workshop: Colorado Statewide ADR Conference
Time & Place: 8:00 AM – Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St.
City/Town: Denver, CO 80207
Description: Colorado statewide ADR Conference featuring cutting-edge developments from neuroscience and adaptive systems concepts to inform and sharpen your ADR practices in Workplace, Family, Civil/Commercial, Restorative Justice, Community and Elder settings.
Cost: Varies from $129 to 189 (before (10/22/10) or $199 to $239 thereafter
Contact: Marty Wisott: 7202096103, wisott@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/20023/
Organizer: Colorado Bar Association (DR Section)