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Workable Peace

Workable Peace is an innovative curriculum on history and conflict management for high school classes. It aims to help teenagers understand conflict and build negotiation and conflict management skills. The curriculum is developed by educators and conflict resolution practitioners at the Consensus Building Institute. (continue)

Open Homes, Listening Hearts handbook

In 2002, Initiatives of Change established Open Homes, Listening Hearts as a day when individuals around the world could reach out to people with whom they wouldn't normally interact - usually of a different race, ethnicity or religion - and include those people in occasions in their homes or community. The goal is for people in our often disconnected communities to truly hear and be heard without judgment or blame. Open Homes, Listening Hearts is an annual event held each June. (continue)

Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM)

Victim Offender Mediation is a face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim of a crime and the person who committed that crime. The practice is also called victim-offender dialogue, victim-offender conferencing, victim-offender reconciliation, or restorative justice dialogue. In some practices, the victim and the offender are joined by family and community members or others. (continue)

The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking

Our ancestors gathered around a fire in a circle, families gather around their kitchen tables in circles, and now we are gathering in circles as communities to solve problems. The practice draws on the ancient Native American tradition of a talking piece and combines that with concepts of democracy and inclusivity. Peacemaking Circles are used in neighborhoods to provide support for those harmed by crime and to decide sentences for those who commit crime, in schools to create positive classroom climates and resolve behavior problems, in the workplace to deal with conflict, and in social services to develop more organic support systems for people struggling to get their lives together. The Circle process hinges on storytelling. (continue)

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Traces of the Trade is a feature documentary in which Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her New England ancestors, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Cameras follow as Browne and nine fellow descendants undertake a journey of discovery to Rhode Island, Ghana, and Cuba. Retracing the steps of the notorious Triangle Trade, we uncover a family's, a region's, and a nation's hidden past. Simultaneously, viewers will follow descendants of the DeWolf family as they grapple with the contemporary legacy of slavery, not only for black Americans, but for themselves as white Americans. The film is intended as a catalyst for dialogue and education through screenings in communities and classrooms, and discussion guides and other materials are being developed. (continue)

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