Community Relations, Policing and Youth

While it is a common fact that the police are an important part of the community, just as important is the health of the relationship between police and community. Current affairs show how strained the relationship between the police and community has become. The focus of this upcoming community presentation will include an exploration of why there is such tension between the community, youth and the police. What are all sides saying on what steps both sides can take to repair the relationship between communities, youth and the Continue reading →

Spring 2015 Workshop Series Schedule

Once again we are hosting a series of free professional development sessions on Monday nights. This year we begin a bit earlier at 6:30 pm. Each evening we will have two presentations of about an hour each with a break for refreshment in the middle. All events are at the Harper Woods High School Community Room, 20225 Beaconsfield Ave, Harper Woods, MI 48225 Here’s a pdf of the 2015 Series Schedule of Events. We’ve begun pairing experienced practitioners from the community with many of the student presentations, so plan Continue reading →

Harper Woods Unity in the Community Resource Fair

The ESCRO project has been working collaboratively with a  volunteer committee in Harper Woods that includes representatives of the local public library, the court, the community dispute resolution service, the police, city council members, the school district, and the city. We are pleased to announce a community resource fair scheduled for October 4, 2014 from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Harper Woods High School. The event, the first of its kind, will focus on building connections, learning conflict resolution skills and getting to know your neighbors and important community service Continue reading →

Of Interest – Local Lessons for International Peacemakers

This story about a local community mediation program based in urban New York City makes the connections between the skills and techniques developed by community mediators and how these are similar and different from those used at the international level. Brad Heckman, the featured mediator, was trained in the same approach as I was, namely the Community Boards Model of Mediation. Community mediators at the local level need to use their skills in everyday encounters as well as when hosting formal mediation sessions. ESCRO seeks Continue reading →

Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide in Detroit focus of HWPL Book Talk

As a resident of Harper Woods, I’m especially pleased to announce that the Harper Woods Library will be hosting a book talk on June 30th at 6pm with the distinguished authors of Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. The 2013 book from Michigan State University Press was awarded a Michigan Notable Book Award and it has been receiving high praise. The authors are Joe T. Darden and Richard W. Thomas. Joe Darden is Professor of Geography at Michigan State Continue reading →

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 →