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Culture and Conflict Resolution

Culture and Conflict Resolution

Image credit: Martin Bangemann – Fotolia.com Stephanie West Allen recently posted an informative article at Brains on Purpose on neuroscience research about the ways in which brains of people in different cultures function in distinctive ways. References to her own earlier posts, especially What’s Universal in Mediation, as well as the work of Geert Hofstede […]

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Ideas for Implementing the Open Government Directive

Ideas for Implementing the Open Government Directive

Image credit: fortunatas – Fotolia.com In response to the Open Government Directive, federal agencies have been meeting its many deadlines, though the quality of the results at this early stage has been uneven. Next is the April 7 deadline for publishing the Open Government Plans that will guide long-term implementation for each agency. A February […]

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Susan Collin Marks of Search for Common Ground: Media & Peace

Susan Collin Marks is the Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground (SFCG). In this interview with the European Journalism Centre, she describes some of the goals of SFCG and specific projects involving popular media to reach millions of people in war-torn countries. The mission of Search for Common Ground, founded in 1982, is […]

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Community and Technical Knowledge in Public Involvement

Community and Technical Knowledge in Public Involvement

Public involvement sometimes presents a stark contrast between community and technical knowledge. Often public agency representatives, with the best intentions of gathering information about local concerns, may arrive at a community meeting, make a presentation, but find itself facing a lot of frustrated and angry people. The meeting might end with members of the community […]

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Who Are You? Identity Across Cultures

Who Are You? Identity Across Cultures

In cross-cultural settings, leaders who convene collaborative processes, as well as practitioners who mediate and facilitate them, may find themselves identified not by their current roles or personalities but by a history of conflict they had nothing to do with. Some years ago, I was visiting a Native American community along the Colorado River in […]

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