Time to Re-set the Peace Table?

Women in Peace Talks Around the World

Andrea Ó Súilleabháin and Marie O’Reilly of the International Peace Institute will share findings from their research on women’s roles in mediation and peace processes. From the dinner table to the boardroom table, women’s participation in decision-making processes is increasing in societies around the world. But the peace table still lags behind. Just 9% of delegates in formal peace processes are estimated to be women, and women make up just 2% of high-level mediators. And it seems that the quality of peace itself may be suffering as a result. What effect could a more inclusive peace process have on societies emerging from conflict? What are the obstacles to increasing the participation of women and civil society in peace processes, and how can they be overcome? Initial research shows that broader participation at the peace table can contribute to a lasting, quality peace for all.

 

Stories We Tell: First-Hand Accounts of Mediation and the Lessons We Learn

This event is inspired by the book Stories Mediators Tell and will be hosted by mediator, arbitrator, educator, and editor of the book, Professor Lela Love, and emceed by Glen Parker.  First held in August 2012, and reprised in March 2013, this event is consistently the most highly attended PeaceTalk in the series.  So don’t miss out!

Stories Mediators Tell is a collection of first-hand accounts of the unpredictable and often-dramatic nature of mediation.  Written by mediators (including Peace Institute mediators Carol Liebman, Lela Love, and Peter Miller), the stories draw back the curtains to reveal the difficult conversations that ensue in mediation and the range of potential outcomes. For a preview of the book, please click here.

The event will encourage members of the audience to share their personal stories about their experiences in the neutral’s seat.

 

Listening Up: Local Peace Committees and the Power of Dialogue with Jonathan Connors. Thursday, October 2, 6-8pm.

Jonathan Connors shared insights from his Master’s thesis regarding the work of local peace committees in South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Kenya during their respective periods of post-conflict reconstruction.

In the popular imagination, it is understood that the signing of a peace accord represents the end of a particular conflict.  However, in reality, the fighting seldom stops, but rather changes to manifest itself in different ways.  This period of transition is challenging because, as if often the case, the means that won the war are incompatible with those necessary to secure the peace.

The work of local peace committees represents a peacebuilding model that deals with this challenge head on.  Everyday people, with the support of sympathetic outside actors, can effect real change in their communities through dialogue and communication.  Mr. Connors argues that we need to dramatically transform how we think about peacebuilding by tapping into these local resources for conflict resolution.

 

From Inspiration to Action: Lack of Funding May Be Just What You Need with Marissa Balonon-Rosen. Friday, July 18, 6-8pm.

This talk will cover examples where community action projects have been born out of a shoe string budget. The speaker will talk about her experiences in organizing Pianos for Peace (an outdoor piano and peace project) and 5k runs to promote non-violence. She is looking forward to having a conversation with the audience and hearing about their experiences as well.

 

Raise Your Emotional Intelligence AT WORK™: Improve the soft-skills needed for success with Barb Glassman & Marty Ness. Friday, June 27, 6-8pm. Sponsored by New York Peace Institute and PACT.

At G-FORCE Collaborations, a marketing communications and leadership development firm based in Rochester, NY, Barb and Marty use their years of business experience to maximize their clients’ market and professional potential. Please join us for an interactive evening experience to improve your emotional intelligence in the workplace. Develop critical skills for leadership and build more effective relationships with employees, colleagues and clients. Learn tools and techniques to stay grounded and focused in the most challenging situations. Develop what you already know into more successful outcomes and results.

 

Pitching Peace: Presentation and Product Launching Skills for Peacebuilding Professionals with Jesan Sorrells. Friday, April 11, 6-8pm at BMC. Sponsored by New York Peace Institute and PACT.

In an era of social media, the traditional means of developing, pitching and presenting a conflict engagement practice’s offerings and techniques don’t always apply. The professional conflict engagement practitioner must use every skill, strategy and tool applicable to establish relationships with revenue-generating clients. Practitioners must learn to pitch, present and establish credibility with potential vendors, clients and patrons. Attendees will learn the three concrete skills that a conflict engagement practitioner must have to present and pitch while staying focused on bringing peace to the world.

 

Communication for Peace: Why We Are Fighting with Dr. Claudia Winkler. Thursday, March 27 from 6-8 PM at BMC. Sponsored by New York Peace Institute and PACT. Communication problems are both the cause and effect of almost every conflict. Most conflicts, be it in our families, relationships, at our workplace or even between nations, arise or escalate because of misunderstandings resulting from poor communication. It has long been proven that the quality of our communication affects the depth and richness of our relationships and plays a central role in how we deal with conflict.  In an interactive talk, Claudia Winkler explores the causes and effects of miscommunication and what keeps us from understanding each other. She discusses different communication patterns and examines the many neurological, psychological and emotional barriers that keep us from effectively communicating with each other. This PeaceTalk is free and open to the public.

 

Honoring and Celebrating Nelson Mandela: A Memorial Circle

with Rusa Fischer and Cat Greenstreet

Time: Friday, January 10thst (6-8:30pm)

We’d like to invite you to join us for a memorial circle to honor and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. It will be an opportunity to share stories of the impact that Nelson Mandela has had on our lives as peace builders. The circle process allows participants to create a space together that supports the interconnectedness, respect and equality that Mandela championed. You’re welcome to share a story or reflection or just listen. The process will be facilitated by New York Peace Institute’s Rusa Fischer and Cat Greenstreet.

Creating Peace through and with Our Bodies: Peacemaking as a Somatic Experience

with Dian Killian, PhD

Time: Thursday, November 21st (6-8pm)

New York Peace Institute and the Center for Global Affairs’ Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (PACT) group are delighted to invite you to an interactive PeaceTalk on Thursday, November 21st by Dian Killian, PhD. A certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, Dian is also a certified life coach and has developed a unique practice based on the NVC model, Somatic-Based Empathy (SBE).

Dian will explore in this presentation how identifying feelings and core values can have a profound and transformative impact in resolving conflict, with this shift occurring on a somatic (felt-sense) level. Through a series of exercises, participants will experience first hand what kind of somatic shift we are ideally seeking in resolving conflicts, and how to generate and recognize these shifts, and work with them effectively to restore harmony and trust.

Speaker’s Bio:

Dian Killian, Ph.D., is a Certified Trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), a certified executive and life coach, and founder and former director of The Center for Collaborative Communication. She also is co-author of two books, Connecting Across Differences: A Guide to CompassionateNonviolent Communication and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY. As President of Work Collaboratively (www.workcollaboratively.com), she and her team shares Collaborative Communication with organizations, groups and individuals. She designs and leads transformative communication trainings in the US, Europe and Asia for diverse organizations including large NGOs, multinationals, non-profits, and Fortune 100 companies. Her clients have included the UN Development ProgrammeNew York UniversityMerck Inc.HCL Technologies (India), Americorps, the Park Slope Food Coop, and Maryknoll Missionaries, among others.  She also works individually and with teams as a coach.

The Transformative Power of Beats and Rhymes: Hip Hop as Word Therapy

With: Ian Levy
When: Friday, September 27, 2013 (6-8pm)
Where: NYU Center for Global Affairs, Rm 430, Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, NY 10007

Ian will discuss and perform pieces of hip hop to showcase how the power of beats and rhymes can provide urban youth an alternative platform for expressing emotions in a way that can help navigate difficult situations and provide tools to process intense feelings in a more constructive way. Through his lyrics, Ian demonstrates how spoken word therapy has been applied to his personal experiences and the power this platform can have for emotional development and self-exploration. To get a small glimpse of this exciting event please view Ian’s Tedx talk.

Ian is using music as a tool and his skills as an artist, educator and counselor to help today’s youth become more critically aware of their own emotional lives through both musical and lyrical expression. In December 2012, his theoretical research paper titled Hip Hop and Spoken Word Therapy was published in the Journal of Poetry Therapy. Ian runs hip-hop workshops teaching the art of lyricism and has presented his work at a number of academic conferences on the east coast. Ian recently presented on Hip Hop and the Spoken Word at the Tedx Teacher’s College.

Skills of an Effective Mediator: Developing Rapport, Building Trust, & Displaying Professionalism

With: Jeff Thompson (Detective, Mediator, Research Fellow)
When: Thursday, September 12, 2013 (6-8pm)
Location: Brooklyn Mediation Center, 210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Through an interactive workshop, Jeff will offer the latest insight on his doctoral research: Nonverbal Communication and Mediators.  His research explores the nonverbal elements effective mediators use to improve their craft.  These include building rapport, developing trust, and displaying professionalism.

Through the lens of Jeff’s METTA acronym (Movement, Environment, Touch, Tone, and Appearance), topics to be covered in this session include:

  •     Specific actions mediators do (and avoid doing)
  •     The role of the mediator’s introduction
  •     How mediators develop rapport with parties
  •     Room design and seating arrangements
  •     Mediator’s appearance

The Importance of ‘And’: The Case of Violence Against Women and Political Terrorism

With: Marisa Tramontano
When: Thursday, 18th July 2013 (6-8pm)
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center 

After sharing the results of a groundbreaking quantitative study on the relationship between the physical security of women and levels of terrorist activity worldwide, Marisa will present a new conflict assessment framework, which is specifically designed to locate gendered drivers of conflict in the formation of security policies. This framework serves as a practical recommendation for how policymakers can conduct gender analyses that will forward their agendas rather than serve as a perceived-detour or politically-correct formality, as is often the case.

The framework is applicable in a wide variety of conflict settings and policy environments.  During the presentation it will primarily be applied to two particular contexts: US counterterrorism strategies post-9/11 and Israeli counterterrorism policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  The presentation will include ample discussion as to how to include the perspective developed into the current discourse and policymaking environment.

Marisa Tramontano is a PhD Candidate in the department of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Her research is at the crossroads of sociology, political science, peace studies, and gender studies and the highly interdisciplinary environment offers unique space to navigate these fields.  She is a recent graduate of the Master’s of Science in Global Affairs Program at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University where she received the Academic Excellence and Achievement Award in 2012.  Currently, Marisa is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has been recruited to teach at the Center for Global Affairs beginning in Spring 2014.

 

MULTI-TRACK DIPLOMACY: BUILDING TRUST BETWEEN HOSTILE STATES:
WITH: Jenny Town

WHEN: Friday, July 12th, 2013 (6-8 pm)
WHERE: Brooklyn Mediation Center

In the absence of formal diplomatic relations between two states, the role of civil society becomes ever more important in bringing governments back to the table. These efforts, whether by nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, businesspeople or even individuals can work to change perceptions on person-to-person and institutional levels in ways that can foster better overall relations and feed the demand for formal diplomatic efforts to resume.

New York Peace Institute and the Center for Global Affairs’ Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (PACT) group, are delighted to invite you to a PeaceTalk on Friday 12th July 2013, with Jenny Town, Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on the role of multi-track diplomacy when dealing with intractable cases. Drawing on experiences working with Myanmar and North Korea, Jenny will discuss the range of efforts and results multi-track diplomacy can produce.


CULTIVATING TRUSTWORTHY CONVERSATIONS
With: Scott Gassman

When: Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center

New York Peace Institute and the NYU Center for Global Affairs’ Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (PACT) group are delighted to invite you to a PeaceTalk featuring Scott Gassman, Principal of IdeaJuice, teaching his mediation techniques for cultivating trustworthy conversations. With these techniques, Scott Gassman builds on his work to enhance communication, help clients face difficult situations, create ways to work effectively with others, and build trust between parties.

Scott Gassman built his techniques for cultivating trustworthy conversations on the Process Inquiry work of Edgar H. Schein, a management and organization development consultant, as a tool for the fast-moving urban age, where emotions are compromised and people stay out of the way to avoid trouble.  Cultivating trustworthy conversations digs deeper in interactions, to discover the beauty behind the façade and to give opportunity to express what’s in the way of realizing ambitions, dreams and new possibilities in our selves and in others.

STORIES WE TELL: FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF MEDIATION AND THE LESSONS WE LEARN
With:
Prof. Lela Love
When:
Monday, March 18, 2013, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: 
Cardozo School of Law,55 Fifth Avenue, Room 512, New York, NY 10003

The Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society, New York Peace Institute, and the Center of Global Affairs’ Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (PACT) group are delighted to invite you to an event inspired by the book Stories Mediators Tell and hosted by mediator, arbitrator, educator, and editor of the book, Professor Lela Porter Love, and emceed by Glen Parker. This event, first held in August 2012 at the Brooklyn Mediation Center, was the most highly attended PeaceTalk to date, so we’re doing another round.
Stories Mediators Tell
 is a collection of first-hand accounts of the unpredictable and often-dramatic nature of mediation.  Written by mediators (including Peace Institute mediators Carol Liebman, Lela Love, and Peter Miller), the stories draw back the curtains to reveal the difficult conversations that ensue in mediation and the range of potential outcomes.
The event will involve sharing stories from the book and will also encourage members of the audience to share their personal stories about their experiences in the neutral’s seat. Signed copies of the book will be available at a discounted rate. For a preview of the book, please click here.

REWIRE YOUR BRAIN TO SPEAK YOUR MIND: NEUROSCIENCE INSIGHTS FOR CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
With: Anastasia Pryanikova
When: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Every conflict contains a seed that in the right conditions can germinate into a new understanding, deeper awareness, and creative possibilities.  The inner workings of the brain can advance or hinder this process.  Please join us for a PeaceTalk that will explore implications of current neuroscience research for communication, social interactions, conflict management, and influence. You will gain insight into the science of neuroplasticity, mirror neurons, emotional regulation, decision-making, and creative problem-solving as you stock your toolbox with brain-friendly conflict resolution strategies.

THE SOLIYA CONNECT PROGRAM: BUILDING CROSS-CULTURAL DIALOGUE
With: Claudia Maffettone and Deena Ramadan
When: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
The world is more interdependent than ever before, and the challenges of the 21st Century, whether they pertain to the environment, the economy or our security, require multilateral solutions. It is critical, therefore, to provide the next generation with the necessary skills to collaboratively address these challenges. Please join New York Peace Institute and the Center for Global Affairs Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (PACT) group on Thursday, January 31st 2013, for a presentation on Soliya’s Connect Program and Exchange 2.0 which offers a solution to help facilitate this cross-cultural dialogue.

SCREENING OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM THE SHADOW EFFECT: CONGO
With: co-producers Mara Tshibaka & Elizabeth Cantrell
When: Friday, December 7th 2012, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Join us for a presentation by writers, activists and filmmakers, Mara Julienne Tshibaka and Elizabeth Cantrell of their new film The Shadow Effect: Congo. The Shadow Effect: Congo is a film about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] told through local voices—the voices of survivors of sexual violence, child-soldiers, government officials, journalists and activists.
The event will involve a viewing of the 33 minute short and a post-film discussion with Mara and Elizabeth who will encourage members of the audience to ask questions and share insights.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIATION: EXCHANGE WITH DR. YOUSSEF MAHMOUD, FORMER UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE AND HEAD OF THE UN PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AND CHAD
When: Friday, November 30th 2012, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Join us for an exchange featuring Dr. Youssef Mahmoud and moderated by Brad Heckman, CEO of the New York Peace Institute. This conversation with Dr. Mahmoud, a self-described “unlettered practitioner,” will consider the role mediation processes can play in resolving diplomatic conflicts and effecting positive change in people’s lives. Bring your questions about mediation in the international sphere and join us for this candid conversation.

WHAT IS PEACE ECONOMICS? FROM THE DRUG WAR TO PEACEFUL MARKETS
With: Talia Hagerty
When: Friday, October 26th 2012, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Do markets build peace? Can economic structures support ongoing violence? The emerging conversation about peace economics explores these and other timely questions. Join us and add your voice to the debate, “What is Peace Economics” on Friday, October 26th 2012. Talia Hagerty, a Masters candidate at the Center for Global Affairs, will lead the talk and present her provocative research on peace economics in México.

MAKE A SCENE IN YOUR MEDIATION: THEATER SKILLS FOR MEDIATORS
With: Michelle O’Connor-Hill and colleagues
When: Friday, September 28th 2012, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: NYU Center for Global Affairs, 15 Barclay Street, NY 10007, Rm 430
Join us for an interactive and performative exploration of applied theater methods for mediators on Friday, September 28th 2012. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Michelle O’ Connor-Hill and her colleagues Brisa Areli Muñoz, Ramy Eletreby and Shamilia A. McBean and will give mediators a variety of dynamic exercises that stimulate creativity, teamwork, listening skills, and problem solving.

STORIES MEDIATORS TELL: FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF THE UNPREDICTABLE AND OFTEN DRAMATIC NATURE OF MEDIATION
With: Professor Lela Porter Love, M.Ed, J.D.
When: Thursday, August 16th, 2012, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Join us for a presentation on Thursday, August 16th, 2012, by mediator, arbitrator, educator and author, Professor Lela Porter Love, M.Ed, J.D. on her new book – Stories Mediators Tell. Stories Mediators Tell is a collection of first-hand accounts of the unpredictable and often dramatic nature of mediation. Written by mediators (including Peace Institute mediators Carol Liebman, Lela Love and Peter Miller), the stories draw back the curtains from mediation to reveal the difficult conversations which take place there and the range of outcomes that can ensue.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MEDIATORS JUST DON’T GET ALONG?: A NEW GRID FOR MANAGING DIFFERENCES WITHIN THE MEDIATION COMMUNITY
With: Ewan Malcolm, LL.B, NP, MSc.
When: Thursday July 19th, 2012, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Join us for a presentation on Thursday, July 19th 2012, by mediator, trainer, and researcher, Ewan Malcolm, LL.B, NP, MSc. Ewan observed a dissonance between the words and actions of mediators when they are in dispute with other mediators. His research explored the gap between beliefs as conflict professionals and behaviors, noting that, at times, this dissonance can have an adverse effect on mediators’ professional credibility. However, Ewan views the discussion of these difficulties as an opportunity for mediators to model the shift from dispute to discourse.

PEACEBUILING IN THE FIELD AMID COMPLEX EMERGENCIES
With T. Debey Sayndee, Director of the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation
When: Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 from 6:00—8:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Join us on Wednesday, June 6th 2012, for a presentation by Professor T. Debey Sayndee, Director of the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation at the University of Liberia. Professor Sayndee will discuss the multifaceted conflict dynamics in West Africa by drawing on examples from his years of experience working in Liberia and Sierra Leone. As an associate professor, peacebuilder, trainer, radio broadcaster, public speaker, mediator, and peace, security, and development consultant, Professor Sayndee is in a unique position to provide insight into the complexities of conflicts in specific West African contexts.

CROSS-CULTURAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM IRAQ
With: Professor Thomas Hill, Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs
When: Friday, June 1st 2012, from 6:00—8:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Join us on June 1st, 2012, for a presentation by Professor Thomas Hill who will share his experiences and insight on how cultural context(s) can affect approaches to Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. With more than a decade of experience creating and directing peacebuilding programs in American and Iraqi universities, Mr. Hill is in a unique position to discuss how culture and tradition can impact the utility of different approaches in the field. His presentation will encompass key considerations from lessons learned in the Iraqi context, as well as, a discussion of useful and relevant skill sets which can be acquired through the appropriate training programs

ENCOUNTERING OTHERS AND OURSELVES: NEW MODELS FOR CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

With: Heidi Rosbe, Deputy Director for Encounter
When: Thursday, May 10th, from 6:00—8:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center
Join us for a presentation by Encounter staff and alumni who will share their experiences and insight on how they are working to transform the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, on May 10th, 2012. The presenters will discuss their innovative methodology, which employs experiential learning, resilient listening and values-based programming. Encounter is unique in its focus on bringing participants from across the religious and political spectra to engage constructively with the conflict. The presentation will encompass challenges, opportunities, and questions of ultimate impact. We hope you can join us for this unique discussion.

CAN MEDIATION TAKE ROOT IN THE ARAB SPRING?
With Lynn Cole, President of Mediators Beyond Borders International, and mediation pioneers: Deniz Kite from Istanbul, Turkey; Orouba Qarain from Amman, Jordan; and Alia Ismail from Beirut, Lebanon.
When: Sunday, April 22nd at 7:00PM
Where: Brooklyn Mediation Center

Join us on April 22, 2012, when panel organizer and moderator, Lynn Cole, President of Mediators Beyond Borders International, and mediation pioneers: Deniz Kite from Istanbul, Turkey; Orouba Qarain from Amman, Jordan; and Alia Ismail from Beirut, Lebanon, will all talk with us about mediation in the Middle East and Turkey. They will be presenting at the American Bar Association ADR conference in Washington, D.C. and can share from this experience. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about what is happening with mediation in these countries.