Monthly Archives: April 2014

Free Conflict Resolution Professional Development Series

This series of professional development presentations is brought to you by students and faculty from the Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution Program, Wayne State University with support from Harper Woods Public Schools. All sessions, held on Monday nights in March and April (March 24-April 21 2014), are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Media Resource Center Room (2nd Floor) at the Harper Woods High School, 20225 Beaconsfield Ave, Harper Woods, MI 48225. A flyer about the series is Continue reading →

Getting to We! Consensus Decision Making

This presentation explored the world of consensus building and decision making. The process does not require that everyone agree, rather that everyone is heard and supports moving forward with an action. In order for the process to be successful everyone has to have input and communicate in a nonviolent manner.  The group has the freedom to select its preferred methods of communication and method of making a final decision as a group.  It is best to selected a decision making method that requires a super majority to agree, Continue reading →

Environmental Toxins and Conflict: Mutant Minion Madness

In this session we will discuss the effects of pollution and contamination on populations or communities and disputes encountered by attempts to remedy or safeguard against this hazard.  The complexities involved in multiple party environmental disputes will be discussed. The Environmental Protection Agency’s method to address disputes regarding significant health concerns will also be explored. Please join us for a realistic discussion of this often convoluted subject matter. We intend to cut through the regulatory red tape and investigate the REAL safety of an average Continue reading →

But Can It Heal? Restorative Justice Practices, Problems, and Potential

The Restorative Justice Movement has been growing and receiving national attention for some time. The New York Times, The Today Show, Huffington Post, and other news outlets have run interesting stories that feature people who have utilized Restorative Justice. The movement has gained considerable traction in various arenas (most notably in schools and the Criminal Justice system). Despite that, there is a lack of clarity about what exactly Restorative Justice is, and what practices are used to further Restorative Justice. Even when there is clarity Continue reading →

Community Building via the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

In this April 7 session, Bill Warters will introduce participants to the basic premises behind the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) being used in prisons and communities around the world since 1975. AVP is a multicultural organization of volunteers offering experiential workshops that empower individuals to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust. In this short workshop, we will pay particular attention to the ways that AVP teams approach the building of community. UPDATE: Here are the slides from Continue reading →