Mediation Day 2013: Managing conflict in a changing world- lessons from Oregon and beyond

Mediators Beyond Borders OSU chapter is hosting a panel presentation and networking luncheon on our Corvallis campus, May 24th from 9:30am-2:00pm (Memorial Union Journey Room).  The theme of this first Mediation Day is “Managing Conflict in a Changing World: Lessons from Oregon and Beyond.”

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We hope to establish Mediation Day as an annual event that builds relationships and our regional capacity for inter-campus, intersectoral collaboration in conflict resolution research and practice.

Panelists include:

  • Carie Fox – Fox Mediation

A former soil scientist and lawyer, Carie has a private mediation and facilitation practice in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in public policy work—usually large, complex, multi-party issues. She also mediates workplace disputes. Carie teaches a graduate class at Portland State University and gives workshops around the country on such topics as collaborative negotiation, humor in conflict resolution, and decision science. In the last few years, Carie has been exploring the frontiers of technology in mediation, trying to involve more people than the usual 30 who can fit around the table.

  • Kevin Grant – Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program Manager

Kevin manages programs and coordinates volunteers in Benton and Linn Counties for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mediation. Programs include Community mediation (including manufactured home parks), Small Claims mediation, Restorative Justice (including victim-offender mediation), and Youth & Family mediation (aka parent-teenager). In partnership with MBB-OSU, Kevin conducted a 32-hour mediation training to build conflict resolution capacity on the OSU campus in 2012.

  • Tim Hicks- University of Oregon, Director of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Masters Program

Tim was a mediator in private practice for 14 years before coming to the University of Oregon to direct the Masters program in Conflict & Dispute Resolution. As a mediator, Tim worked in three primary sectors – family and divorce, workplace/organizational, and multi-party, environmental/public policy. He also consulted with and provided training for businesses and organizations in conflict management.

  • Laurel Singer- Portland State University, Oregon Consensus Director,

Laurel directs Oregon Consensus (OC) and manages the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) collaborative governance training and internship program. She brings a 16-year history as a mediator, facilitator, and trainer in private practice, with expertise in designing and implementing the most effective process possible to assist an organization, public body, or collection of stakeholders in making decisions and resolving conflicts constructively and collaboratively. Laurel teaches courses in conflict and collaborative governance, and she helped pioneer the first parent-adolescent mediation program in the Northwest.

  • Sue Theiss- Oregon State University Ombudsperson

Sue became the first Oregon State University Ombudsperson in February 2012. She served as a volunteer Ombudsperson at the University of Arizona for eight years while employed as the Department Administrator for Family and Community Medicine. Sue co-chaired Arizona’s Ombuds program before becoming the University of Arkansas’ first Ombudsperson, where she served for over nine years. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Communication, is a professional mediator, and serves as a mentor for the International Ombuds Association.

  • Gregg Walker- Oregon State University & Walker Consulting

Gregg is a professor at Oregon State University. He teaches courses in conflict management, bargaining and negotiation, mediation, international negotiation, natural resources decision making, and peace studies. Off campus, Gregg conducts training programs on collaborative decision making, designs collaborative public participation processes, facilitates collaborative learning community workshops about natural resource and environmental policy issues, and researches community-level collaboration efforts. Gregg serves as an Executive Team Leader for Mediators Beyond Borders’ Climate Change project. He travels to the international Climate Change COP meetings, promotes sustainable conflict resolution capacity, and advocates for the inclusion of mediation into legally binding instruments.

Thanks to generous funding from the OSU Educational Activities Committee, we can provide free registration (including delicious free food) to the first 60 registrants. Registration closes May 15, so please spread the word quickly and register here ASAP if you plan to attend!

If you have any questions, please email MBB-OSU President Miriah Russo Kelly at mediators@oregonstate.edu.

We look forward to seeing you in Corvallis on May 24!

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Conflict Resolution Speaker Series: MBB Co-founder Kenneth Cloke

MBB-OSU is bringing another big name speaker to OSU as the 5th installment of our Conflict Resolution Speaker Series!  Dr. Kenneth Cloke is a co-founder and past president of Mediators Beyond Borders.  He currently serves as the director of the Center for Dispute Resolution:

Kenneth Cloke has served as a mediator, arbitrator, attorney, coach, consultant and trainer. Ken specializes in resolving complex multi-party conflicts which include: community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and public policy disputes. Ken also provides services in designing conflict resolution systems for organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker and author of many books and journal articles.” – Center for Dispute Resolution

Dr. Cloke will be joining us on May 15, 2012 to present his talk: “Conflict Revolution: Mediating the Chronic Sources of Social, Economic, Political and Environmental Conflicts — How Mediators Can Help Save the Planet”

  • What is our responsibility as dispute resolvers for the environmental, social, economic and political conflicts that are occurring around us?
  • Can we apply conflict resolution principles to the inequalities, inequities, and dysfunctions that fuel chronic political, economic and social conflicts?
  • Are we not implicitly responsible for learning to address and resolve global conflicts beyond our borders, helping to eliminate their chronic sources, and contributing to the redesign of conflict generating structures, processes, institutions and practices, so as to prevent their recurrence?
  • How can mediators and dispute resolution practitioners contribute?
  • And how do we bring these changes about without recreating the very problems we seek to solve?

This talk will examine the role mediators can play in helping to resolve chronic complex global conflicts, and identify ways of acting locally and internationally to build conflict resolution capacity around the world and help create a “conflict revolution.”

When: 4pm, May 15, 2012

Where: Oregon State University Memorial Union (MU) 206.

Luncheon Q&A with Dr. Cloke: Interested students and community members are welcome to join us on the day of the talk (5/15) from 12-1pm in MU 109 for a luncheon Q&A session with Dr. Cloke.  Food will be provided!

Cosponsors: We are able to host this event thanks to an Educational Actvities (EdAct) grant and funding from OSU’s Team Liberation.  Thanks to our cosponsors!

MBB is hosting a FREE mediation training!

When: April 14, 15, 21, and 22 (four full days, 32 hours)

Where: Oregon State University Campus, room TBD

What: Neighbor2Neighbor (N2N) Mediation is running a four day, 32 hour conflict resolution training workshop.  This 32 hour training counts as a state recognized professional qualification for mediators. Participants will learn communication skills, effective interest-based negotiation, conflict resolution theory and mediation techniques from a highly skilled trainer. The training will include lots of interactive exercises and mediation practice with former graduates of the training program (many of whom are OSU students or alumni). Upon graduation, students will have a solid understanding of the causes of conflict, mediation techniques, the role of the mediator, the ethics of mediation, the “business” of mediation and cross-cultural considerations. This training will also prepare students to mediate basic on-campus and community disputes.

Why: Conflict is a normal and inescapable element of human relationships and institutions. It is important to remember, however, that conflict brings with it the potential for reflection and constructive change.  Thus, it is essential that students be provided with the appropriate skills and venues to work through conflict that might arise in their personal, academic or professional lives. Traditional “chain of command” pathways for dealing with conflict in the university setting are intimidating for many students, often hard to negotiate, and can fail to take advantage of opportunities to transform personal relationships or spark systemic change. Student mediation offers an alternative form of conflict resolution that may be more accessible to the study body and can create more sustainable solutions to inter-personal and institutional conflict.

Who: Any OSU student can apply to take part in the free mediation training.  As many as 24 students will be selected to participate!

How: Apply by filling out the Mediation Training Application – Due March 19 and sending it to Harmony Burright via email (mediators@oregonstate.edu) or through campus mail (Wilkinson 104).