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  • Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless?

    Pace Smith
    Pace
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    The other day, I was reading a book in which a woman was described as “businesslike.” I instantly knew what the author meant: cold, no-nonsense, efficient, and without kindness or empathy. I did a double-take. Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless? I started writing about this, but I got carried away by my passionate rant, and it turned into a manifesto. Warm and Businesslike I’m an entrepreneur. I do business. But I’m not cold. I’m not heartless. I care about my clients and customers. I want to do good in the world and make money. There…
  • Conflict Resolution between spouses is not for wimps!

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    chaplainchucks
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Conflict resolution between spouses is not for wimps! Most people I know would rather avoid conflict than to deal with it. Well, until I call them wimps and then they become defensive for some reason. I simply call them as I see them. They are usually taking the easy way out by denying there is anything wrong or playing the blame game and saying “It’s not my problem”. The first step for any conflict to get resolved is to admit there is a problem. Conflicts come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. What one person sees as a problem may not seem like much at all to another person (which is…
  • Video of keynote: New media, peacebuilding and conflict transformation

    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)
    Sanjana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. The organisers have just uploaded a video of the full keynote. A write up, based on the notes I spoke from, can be read here. Filed under: ICT for Peacebuilding
  • A Sharp Mind

    Nancy Love's Weblog
    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Thursday is the 4th. The 4th of each month I have scheduled a free webinar for PULSE people which includes anyone who is interested in what PULSE is and how it works. This months Webinar is on a Sharp Mind. It deals with the magnificent brain, neuroscience and many other amazing things that help us maintain and increase our mental capacity and our intellectual strength. Of course in forty minutes we can only scratch the surface. I invite you to join in the conversation especially if you have an interest in what research is saying about brain function and capacity or the difference between…
  • Student & Youth Scholarships Available for NCDD 2014!

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    Roshan Bliss
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you know an exceptional student or young person who has the potential to become a leader in the dialogue and deliberation field? Someone who really embodies the “next generation of democracy”? We want them to join us at NCDD 2014! Two of our great student attendees at NCDD 2012 NCDD is committed to helping students and youth attend this year’s NCDD conference (October 17-19 in Reston, VA) because part of our conference theme, Democracy for the Next Generation, is about getting tomorrow’s leaders in our work involved with us today. And as part of that…
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    Pace Smith

  • Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless?

    Pace
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    The other day, I was reading a book in which a woman was described as “businesslike.” I instantly knew what the author meant: cold, no-nonsense, efficient, and without kindness or empathy. I did a double-take. Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless? I started writing about this, but I got carried away by my passionate rant, and it turned into a manifesto. Warm and Businesslike I’m an entrepreneur. I do business. But I’m not cold. I’m not heartless. I care about my clients and customers. I want to do good in the world and make money. There…
  • WCML 035: The 3 Circles of Pathfinding (and how perfectionism can skew them) with Julica Hermann

    Pace and Kyeli
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    For your path to proceed unimpeded There are three things that must all be heeded. You’re on the right map When these 3 overlap: What you love, what you rock, and what’s needed. The “Holy Grail” of Pathfinding is to find the intersection of these three circles: what you love, what you rock, and what’s needed. But perfectionists can make this harder than it needs to be, and Julica Hermann, life coach and aspiring post-perfectionist, is gonna tell us how. Highlights: What you rock: Don’t hold yourself to such a high standard of excellence. You’re good…
  • I want to make more money, but it’s like I’ve got one foot on the brake and one foot on the accelerator.

    Pace
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    I’m 35 years old. My business isn’t growing as quickly as I had hoped. There are things I could do to make more money, but it’s like I’ve got one foot on the brake and one foot on the accelerator. Why is my foot on the brake? Don’t I want to make more money? As if in answer, my memory takes me back 20 years… I’m 15 years old. My friend Rob wants to buy something that costs $50. He doesn’t have the money, and he asks me if he can borrow $50. I have the money. I like to save up, but there’s nothing urgent that I’m saving for. I want to…
  • WCML 034: The 38th day, the geography of loss, and disability

    Pace and Kyeli
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    “Live like it could go away,” As Patti Digh’s been known to say. But here is the quandary: Why do the laundry? We’ll stink on the 38th day. In Life is a Verb, Patti Digh wrote about living life as though you had 37 days to live. If I only had 37 days to live, I would spend my life savings and not bother doing the laundry. How can we have both? And we end up talking a lot about grief and disability. Highlights: the 38th day “I’m playing this game of life to learn, not to win.” -Patti Digh The 3 steps in dealing with loss: embrace what is honor what was…
  • Are your conditions for success kinda arbitrary?

    Pace
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    A conversation between Striving Pace and Enough Pace I’m so close to my goal. I’m so close to success. I’ve got to keep striving. I’ll know I’m really good at what I do when I cross that green line. I’ll prove I’m worthy. Just a little further… just a little more… Hold on a second, Striving Pace. Where did that green line come from, anyway? Why are you enough when you’re above that line and not enough when you’re below the line? What counts as “success”? That line is when I’m making more money than I’m…
 
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  • Conflict Resolution between spouses is not for wimps!

    chaplainchucks
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Conflict resolution between spouses is not for wimps! Most people I know would rather avoid conflict than to deal with it. Well, until I call them wimps and then they become defensive for some reason. I simply call them as I see them. They are usually taking the easy way out by denying there is anything wrong or playing the blame game and saying “It’s not my problem”. The first step for any conflict to get resolved is to admit there is a problem. Conflicts come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. What one person sees as a problem may not seem like much at all to another person (which is…
  • Dynamic Harmony: Interview with Wolfgang Dietrich

    actingforpeace
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    Wolfgang Dietrich (photo by Inasa bibic) By: Inasa Bibić The art of conflict work hence does not beg
  • Wolves

    Laurie Works
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    I’ve been absolutely outraged by Ferguson and the events there, and this is what came out tonight. I felt compelled to share it with you. Excuse my stumbling words; please know that I don’t know how to write about this. But I’m trying. I recognize my own privilege and the role that it plays in this situation and it breaks my heart. I want to be part of a change. When Anders Breivik dressed up as a policeman on July 22, 2012 and took the lives of 77 people we were horrified that someone could be such a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Could not believe that someone took on the…
  • The Only Answer

    newheavenonearth
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    It is highly dangerous to watch the negative news, read the paper or allow the real, manipulated images, sound bites and beliefs of the world into your senses WITHOUT the Good News firmly established in your being. It is fearful, mind-numbing, heart-wrenching, soul-polluting to be exposed to harmful, hurtful,  violent, shocking images and words WITHOUT the Spirit and healing balm of the ascended Christ lifting you up and allowing you to speak Life into death and Light into darkness. It is important to speak Hope into despair, speak Love into hate; speak Healing into harm; speak Wisdom into…
  • Finding Faith Despite a Maze of Words

    SFriant
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The conversation between the Nameless Warrior and the powerful King in Hero becomes a dance.  At one point Nameless shares with the King that he had asked an assassin hiding in a calligraphy school to write him the 20th variation of the word “sword”. The King replies that when he is ruler of all the united lands, after conquering and killing all those who disagree with him, he will simplify the language so that everyone knows what is meant as more than one “right way” leads to disharmony. Yet Nameless purposefully chose the 20th variation as it would provide…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Video of keynote: New media, peacebuilding and conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. The organisers have just uploaded a video of the full keynote. A write up, based on the notes I spoke from, can be read here. Filed under: ICT for Peacebuilding
  • Between Scylla and Charybdis: Harnessing the potential of new media for conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Photo by Jareeya Arttanuchit I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. As an aside, half an hour before I left for the airport, my Mac completely crashed, which forced me gather my thoughts on paper en route and deliver a 40 minute address without the aid of a presentation, for the first time in my life. Looking back, I think it was useful to have the audience focus on exactly what I…
  • Ten years after the Asian tsunami, new ideas for DRR: Keynote address at ISCRAM 2014

    Sanjana
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the ISCRAM Asia Conference 2014 held in Sri Lanka from 20 – 21 June 2014. My session was held at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing and was titled ‘The more the technology, the more it stays the same?’. Had my keynote been a week earlier, I would have begun in a different manner. As it happened, the keynote was during a week that saw some of the worst violence against the Muslim community in recent history, covered at the time not by mainstream media or official government sources, but by social media that…
  • Remixing Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ in Sri Lanka

    Sanjana
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    Intrigued by the production of several geo-remixed (a term borrowed from Ethan Zuckerman) videos in Sri Lanka of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song, I penned an article for Groundviews. I submit, Happiness is clearly present and growing apace within specific social, political, economic stratum and geographic loci. At the risk of caricature, those uncritical of governance, comfortable with growing inequity, ignorant or very dismissive of our democratic deficit, discovering vast profits in new markets, impatient with looking at the past and accepting of government as it is, not as how it…
  • Innovations in peacebuilding: Podcast with UNICEF

    Sanjana
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In early May I was invited to take part in an interview on ‘Beyond School Books’, a podcast series produced by UNICEF New York, looking at technology and peacebuilding. The podcast and related article was published today (you’ll need VLC or RealPlayer to listen to the audio stream). Talking about how technology has changed the way we monitor peace, Mr. Hattotuwa says that internet, social media platforms and mobile phones are providing the opportunity for billions of citizens around the world not just to consume information but also to produce it. Moreover, technology is allowing us…
 
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    Nancy Love's Weblog

  • A Sharp Mind

    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Thursday is the 4th. The 4th of each month I have scheduled a free webinar for PULSE people which includes anyone who is interested in what PULSE is and how it works. This months Webinar is on a Sharp Mind. It deals with the magnificent brain, neuroscience and many other amazing things that help us maintain and increase our mental capacity and our intellectual strength. Of course in forty minutes we can only scratch the surface. I invite you to join in the conversation especially if you have an interest in what research is saying about brain function and capacity or the difference between…
  • The Maritimes

    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Good friends. Cousins. Good food. Great music. Home. I am sure that most people have a place that they go to where they immediately feel at home. For me it is here in the Maritimes. Of course I was born and mostly raised here so it is familiar, but there is more than that. It’s the salt air. It’s the friendly chatter at the Walmart. It’s the cadence of the language and the stories in the songs. It’s the laughter and the smiles and the people that share them with each other. I had a chance to attend a show at the Tidnish Community Hall this week. “The Elderly…
  • Aloha – Back to the big island

    Dr. Nancy Love
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    My girls and I are back on the big island for our mother daughter trip. It is beautiful here. It is relaxing and each time I come I feel more at home. My goal is to learn a few more hawaiian words this trip. We head home today. Those of you following my girls on face book know we had a great time. WE hunkered down for Iselle but aside from a little wind and rain this side of the Island was spared any damaging impact. It wasn’t so bad. I learned a new card game. It isn’t just the beauty of Hawaii that calls me back. it is the feeling in the air. The negative ions I have written…
  • Connected….

    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today I had the internet access installed at the lake. I thought I would be able to leave connectivity for a while…even a year but it’s no use.I have succumbed to the threat of 3G bills and installed something on my roof that ensures that I can see the world and the world can see me. Even at the lake. I guess that’s alright. It was nice to be “offline” for a couple of weeks. At least in my own mind I was off-line and feeling pretty self-righteous about it too. I found myself bragging about not having internet. How weird is that? Our society has shifted so much in…
  • Another year ….. Warning : melancholy to follow…

    Dr. Nancy Love
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Last year I turned sixty. Today I am older again. Where does the time go? So much has happened in the last 12 months. Its hard for me to imagine that I would be living in St Albert full time with a beautiful cottage at the lake. I am happy to be back in northern Alberta with friends and family although there are special people that I miss in Calgary. It has been a beautiful month here in St Albert and at the Lake which is only 40 minutes away. The weather has been great and I have been very busy with the move of furniture etc from Canmore to Lac St Anne. My new writing centre is now within…
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    NCDD Community News

  • Student & Youth Scholarships Available for NCDD 2014!

    Roshan Bliss
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you know an exceptional student or young person who has the potential to become a leader in the dialogue and deliberation field? Someone who really embodies the “next generation of democracy”? We want them to join us at NCDD 2014! Two of our great student attendees at NCDD 2012 NCDD is committed to helping students and youth attend this year’s NCDD conference (October 17-19 in Reston, VA) because part of our conference theme, Democracy for the Next Generation, is about getting tomorrow’s leaders in our work involved with us today. And as part of that…
  • “Hard Conversations” Conference Call on Ferguson, Sept. 3

    Roshan Bliss
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    We want to share an invitation from NCDD Sustaining Member Rebecca Colwell of Ten Directions for the NCDD community to join a conference call tomorrow focused on supporting those having the difficult conversations around the events in Ferguson, MO. The call is described in Rebecca’s announcement below, and we encourage you to register here. I’m writing to share a timely invitation with the NCDD community exploring the topic of diversity, inequality and the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. This Wednesday, September 3rd from 12-1pm EST, I’d like to invite you to join a public…
  • Looking for a roommate for NCDD 2014?

    Sandy Heierbacher
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    For those of you coming to the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation who want to cut down on your lodging costs, we encourage you to use the comments field on this blog post to find people interested in sharing a room at the conference hotel. The conference is taking place in Reston, VA (in the DC metro area) at the Hyatt Regency Reston. It’s a a cozy 4-Diamond hotel in the heart of Reston Town Center, and we encourage everyone coming in from out of town to stay at the Hyatt for your own comfort and convenience! We’ve negotiated a fantastic rate of $124/night…
  • Melbourne “People’s Panel” Connects Citizens to Public Decisions

    Roshan Bliss
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    We wanted to make sure the NCDD community saw an article from The Age about an intriguing new development in Melbourne, Australia where the city council is working with the good people at The newDemocracy Foundation - an NCDD organizational member – to create a “People’s Panel”. We encourage you to read more about it below or to find the original here. You might describe it as Melbourne City Council’s version of jury duty, except it is far easier to get out of. A panel of 43 “everyday” Melburnians will advise council on how it should spend its money for the…
  • CM Call on Digital Public Participation, Sept. 5

    Roshan Bliss
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    We are pleased to invite NCDD members to join our partners at CommunityMatters for the next of their monthly capacity-building calls series. This month’s call is titled “Deepening Public Participation - Digitally”, and it will be taking place next Friday, September 5th from 2-3pm Eastern Time.  We are excited to note that this month’s call features insights from Pete Peterson of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership - NCDD organization member – as well as Alissa Black of the Omidyar Network. The folks at CM describe the upcoming call…
 
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • Hacking the Ice Bucket Challenge for justice

    Kate Aronoff
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    by Kate Aronoff Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul accepts the Rubble Bucket Challenge. (Youtube Still) If you have a Facebook profile — and even if you don’t — chances are you’ve seen your friends, friends of friends, celebrity crushes and former presidents pouring buckets of ice water on themselves. You may even have been tapped to do the same. The Ice Bucket Challenge was dreamed up as a way to raise research funding for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a fatal and degenerative disease that slowly attacks motor neurons and eventually leaves those it afflicts unable to…
  • Non-union Market Basket workers bring a complicated victory for labor

    Kate Aronoff
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    by Kate Aronoff Market Basket workers protest in support of their fired former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. (girardatlarge.com) This Labor Day, there’s an unlikely workers’ victory to celebrate. Late last week, employees of Market Basket, a New England grocery store chain, ended a successful two-month strike and consumer boycott not for a contract or higher wage, but to reinstate their beloved fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Workers at the chain are non-unionized, and the entire two-month campaign took place without union support. They even rejected offers of representation from the Teamsters…
  • #BlockTheBoat prevents Israeli goods from docking in Oakland and Tacoma

    Mariam Elba
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    by Mariam Elba In Oakland, Calif., and Tacoma, Wash., people have been blocking an Israeli boat from unloading its cargo in an action that organizers say is in solidarity with Palestinian resistance. (Electronintifada) Earlier this month, after demonstrators spent four days peacefully blockading the Oakland port to prevent the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship, the Block the Boat for Gaza campaign has spread to the Port of Tacoma in Seattle, Wash., and Los Angeles, Calif., as the campaign gains traction. So far, each blockade has prevented the same ship, the Piraeus, from docking. The…
  • The ‘climate swerve’ didn’t just happen

    Kate Aronoff
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    by Kate Aronoff A 2013 protest in Sweden demanded immediate political action on the climate debate. (Getty Images / Jonathan Nackstrand) In last week’s Sunday Review, psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton praised the “climate swerve” — a deep and dramatic shift in public opinion on the climate crisis. The shift is, as Lifton rightly states, “a major historical change in consciousness that is neither predictable nor orderly.” Lifton divides the swerve into three categories: experience, economics and ethics. Experience is defined by the “drumbeat of climate-related disasters” that have…
  • New documentary, Control, exposes invisible and subtle destruction of justice system

    Messiah Rhodes
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    by Messiah Rhodes Luther enters the court room in the documentary Control, which chronicles his experiences with the criminal justice system. (Control) Control is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Luther, an African American teenager whose life has been caught in the web of the criminal justice system. Co-directors Chris Bravo, an independent filmmaker, and Lindsey Schneider, who works for Vice, investigate how the system of mass incarceration affects the court system, high schools and the living rooms where families confront it on a daily basis. A three-year-long…
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    Crisis Management by us

  • The Blank Flag by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    [From the Ed: We're happy to share the following guest article from Hungarian crisis communications expert Kornel Bohm.] Choosing the right crisis communication strategy An intense situation, like a crisis, is accompanied by extreme emotions, and frustration, confusion, lethargy, fury, or even shame or a thirst for revenge – just to mention the most common ones – can get the better of the company and its individual members. It is the task of us, crisis-communication professionals, to choose jointly with the client the right communication strategy in the very first moments of distress in…
  • Accountability and Reputation in the Internet Age by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Like it or not, you will be held accountable for your actions The Internet has established a whole new level of accountability for major organizations. Which facts and figures see the light of day are no longer controlled by the companies involved, nor are they buried deep in financial journals your average person will never come across. Now, they’re published on highly visible, heavily trafficked websites and social media platforms around the ‘net. This month, SourceWatch, a wiki entirely aimed at keeping corporations accountable for sticking to their stated ideals. went after…
  • Uncaring Crisis Management after Massive Hospital Data Breach by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    When millions of patients have data stolen investors are not your primary audience There’s no better proof that cyber crises are on the rise than the recent series of posts on this blog, starting with the discovery of a cache of 1.2 million stolen login credentials, followed by the Homeland Security breach exposing personal information on 25,000+ government workers, and now this one, discussing the revelation of an absolutely massive data breach that’s put 4.5 million patient records in the hands of criminals. CNN reports: Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals…
  • Homeland Security Hack Exposes External Cyber Crisis Dangers by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Cyber criminals can strike your organization without ever touching your systems directly Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a hack targeting a contractor who performs many of its background checks that exposed the data of at least 25,000 government workers. Among the stolen data is a bevy of highly personal and confidential data, especially concerning since signs point to this being an attack by an enemy nation-state. The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima was one of the first to share details: The (background check) company, USIS, said in a statement…
  • Russian Crime Ring Holds Largest Cache of Stolen ‘Net Credentials by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Businesses large and small were targets of data theft It seems every time we hear about a record-setting cyber crime, news of an even bigger one rolls around the corner. Cue the latest revelation – that a collection of stolen Internet credentials, including some 1.2 billion username/password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, has been found in the ownership of a Russian crime ring. The NY Times’ Nicole Perlroth and David Gelles report: The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites,…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?

    Dean Paton
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Tomasz Wagner. I am driving my old red Jeep near my house. I stop for a traffic light and see a disheveled man, trying to smile, wanting to look me in the eye, and holding a cardboard sign on which he has printed in thick, black letters: “No job. Anything helps. God bless.” Do I roll down my window and hold out some coins? Or pretend I don’t see him? Do I avoid eye contact because, deep down, seeing him forces me to confront a scary reality—that I, too, could wind up begging on the streets? Do I let his presence reinforce the common belief that poverty is inevitable, a…
  • How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School

    Liz Pleasant
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Photo courtesy of US Department of Education / Flickr. With the first day of school just around the corner, teachers across the country are wondering how to incorporate discussions of the violent clashes between the Ferguson, Mo., police department and protesters in the weeks after the killing of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. How can teachers lead classroom discussions on such difficult and emotional topics as racism and police militarization? How do these types of conversations change based on students’ age or socio-economic background? A growing number of teachers have connected on…
  • Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    Deirdre Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This essay originally appeared at 350.org, where the author works as a strategic partnership coordinator. Photo by Elvert Barnes/ Flickr. They're all over the news: images of police in military gear pointing war-zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Mike Brown, his family, and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and remembered feeling the same fear for my own family, many times in any given year. The events in Ferguson are important if you're a climate…
  • "We Need Tear Gas Packets Now!" Two Simple Ways to Support the Protesters in Ferguson

    Liz Pleasant
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Image courtesy of GoFundMe.com. UPDATE: The organizers of the project described below have suspended this campaign after learning that GoFundMe is also hosting a fundraiser for the policeman who shot Mike Brown. They are asking supporters of the protests in Ferguson to make donations through a different site, operationhelporhush.org. The tense situation in Ferguson, Mo., has only intensified over the last few days. Early yesterday afternoon Governor Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard in response to continued protests regarding the police killing of 18-year-old unarmed teenager Michael…
  • Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change

    Adam Kerby
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    A Quechua woman harvests potatoes at a site more than 13,700 feet above sea level. It's the highest local point at which potatoes are grown. All photos by Adam Kerby. Editor's note: Last month we published an article about indigenous farmers who  recently gathered for a week in Peru's Cusco region to discuss climate change, its effects on their ancestral farmlands, and ways that they could work together to improve the resiliency of their agriculture. The farmers, who came from Peru, China, and Bhutan, made plans to exchange plant varieties in an effort to protect the diversity of their crops…
 
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    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog

  • Finding Center in Back to School

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This month there are parents all over the country with a need to find center.  Maybe you’ve left a child at school or maybe your youngest is starting kindergarten and you’re faced with your first day of not knowing what he’s up to every single moment.  Perhaps this is the first year you have no children at home, or even are longing for a child you can send off to school one day.Read more...
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 5: Bringing the Parties Together

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How do I manage conflict between employees? What should I do when coworkers don't get along? In May, Ki Moments began a series, The Manager as Mediator, designed to help leaders address organizational and personality conflict involving coworkers, management, and leadership teams. The 5-step model offers a coaching intervention and step-by-step process for developing skills in yourself and the people you support. This post focuses on the last step in the process: Step #5: Bring the Parties Together.Read more...
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 4: Build and Teach Conflict and Communication Skills (Part 2)

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the last Ki Moments post, we left our Manager as Mediator 5-step model in the middle of Step 4: Build and Teach Conflict and Communication Skills. Step 4 has two parts: Quality of Being: With what attitudes and awareness do I approach the conversation? Communication Strategies: How do I communicate my point of view and willingly entertain and acknowledge another? We covered Part 1 in the last post. Today the focus is Part 2: Communication Strategies. We are preparing the parties to meet jointly. When that happens, you'd like them…
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 4: Build and Teach Conflict and Communication Skills (Part 1)

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve seen in my work the difficulty leaders and managers have dealing with personality conflicts between employees. In workshops and coaching, leaders most often tell me they want to: help employees get along better. skillfully address disagreements between coworkers. model the conflict skills they want for their team. Recently, Ki Moments began a series, The Manager as Mediator, designed to help leaders address organizational and personality conflict involving coworkers, management, and leadership teams. As a coaching intervention, the 5-step model offers a…
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 3: Meet Individually First

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You manage two individuals who are at odds with each other. They are each valuable to the organization, technically savvy and, for the most part, get along with everyone but each other. You've tried the pep talk: Come on, now, you can do this. Rise above it. The appeal to compassion and empathy: Try not to take things so personally; see things from their perspective. The common sense approach: Your work is suffering. Something has to change. You don't have to be best friends, but you do have to work together and get the job done. You've also tried avoiding, ignoring, and wishing…
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  • Where Were You?

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Just as they say that everyone remembers what they were doing when they heard that JFK had been assassinated, the same applies to 9/11. In my case I was in a Dixons electrical shop; I watched the second plane fly into the building on a wall of about 50 TVs which were on display for sale, all showing the identical picture. I commented on the devastating nature of the spectacle to the sales assistant who was completing my purchase. ‘It’s just TV’ he said, not recognising that the event was real. The result of that attack, the War on Terror and the subsequent events in Afghanistan and…
  • Show Me the Money

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    As ever it feels like little or no time has elapsed between the end of one season and the beginning of another. The World Cup serves to heighten those feelings, but here we are on the eve of new season, that blissful period where our hopes, dreams and aspirations are as yet undashed. The glorious “Transfer Window” (unless of course you are Southampton) enables teams to offload a dodgy left back or temperamental winger (should that be whinger) and land a top quality striker ‘Who is going to give us 30 goals a season’... >
  • Countdown Conundrum?

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    On September 18th, Scotland, part of the United Kingdom for 300 years, is holding a referendum on whether to split away from the rest of the UK and become an independent country. Assuming that there is a ‘Yes’ vote, the Scottish Government has a massive negotiating challenge ahead if it is to meet its self-imposed deadline of 24th March 2016; barely 18 months after the votes will be counted... >
  • What I Need Is a Fan

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Recently, I found myself in Cork in Ireland. Beautiful place and well worth a visit if you have never been. Its weather (we don’t have a climate in these parts; we just have the weather. Indeed, we spend a lot of time talking about the weather and if we didn’t have it to talk about, then this would a quiet place, let me assure you!) is balmy; never too hot and never too cold. For a man from northern climes it is well-nigh perfect; this does not mean to say though that, from time to time, it does not get hot, because believe me, it does and I happened upon one of the weeks in the year when…
  • The Impotence of Negotiators

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    As I write, in Israel and Gaza the conflict continues, and two thousand miles away the aggression between those Ukrainians who want their country to face East, and those who want it to face West also continues. The collateral damage in both cases is tragic; men, women and children who have nothing to do with any political or ideological movement are killed and injured by rockets and tank shells which are aimed indiscriminately at population centres, or which shoot a commercial plane out of the sky...>
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  • Master Mediator Bob Creo Visits Mediation with Heart

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Pioneer in Field Discusses Five Impasse Breaking TechniquesThis week, I was very fortunate to interview nationally known mediator, Bob Creo, for one of my webinars for my online course: Mediation with Heart: Web-Based Training for Change Agents. I launched the online course in mid-May. This interview was the first one in which I used the expertise of a leader in the field to enhance the learning experience for my students.  It was such a great experience, I plan to record more webinars with leaders in the field. The link to the replay of the webinar is here.  Don't…
  • Back from Vacation

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Celebrating my "Silver Jubilee"I took three weeks off this summer to travel with two friends for my "silver jubilee" celebration of my 60th birthday.   We drove across the U.S. to the redwood forests of Northern California, then caught up with two alumni in Lake Tahoe, then spent three days in Yosemite. The trip reinforced many ideas I have.  First, we live in a land of great abundance: cropland, trees, natural beauty, wildlife, energy resources, and people.Second, money is just a form of energy according to my business coach, Christine Kane. The happiness experts advise to buy…
  • 50,000 Page Views for the Red Velvet Lawyer

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    50,000 Page ViewsFriends, family, and colleagues:Another milestone reached! 50,000 page views!My blogging experience started in March 2013. Like everything, success relates directly to the attention and energy invested in the project.As I blogged more frequently, built my relationship with other bloggers, got more posts shared by my FB friends, and continued to create content I hoped you would like, page views grew exponentially.Here is a summary of my experience:5,000 page views on August 2013.10,000 page views on November 7, 2013.15,000 page views on November 27, 2013.20,000 page views…
  • Buying a New Car: Negotiating the Best Deal

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Web Tools That Make the Negotiation EasierAfter graduating from law school and joining the largest law firm in Oklahoma, I bought my first new car.  It was a Toyota Camry.  Beforehand, I thoroughly read and applied the advice found in a book on buying a new car.  Today, the web puts you a few clicks away from very good advice on the subject.  This morning, I found this site offered by CNN Money on Tips for Buying a New Car.  It offered advice on a number of topics:Buying the right carDetermining your car budgetBuying a new or used carShould you buy or lease…
  • Buying a New Car: More About My Family's Car Buying Mindset

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Reason for My Preference for Used SUVs?Last week, as I pondered where this series was headed, I asked my Dad to describe all the cars he had owned in his life.  The three things that his description made clear was this.  First, the cars were often used. Second, they were always very utilitarian. They hauled people and things.  Third, my parents drove them into the ground before they bought something new (or newer). So, here's my Dad's narrative. Photos show model and style, but not necessarily the color of his cars. The Single Guy's CarOkay, before I was married, I had a…
 
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