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Colleague and Context Posts for the Week of June 18, 2023
Newsletter #125 —June 18, 2023
Highlighting things that our conflict and peacebuilding colleagues are doing that contribute to efforts to address the hyper-polarization problem.
Digital Community Stewards Training — This free online training curriculum aims to help digital community stewards who host online groups prevent harm and build social cohesion through those online interactions.
Developing a Unifying Vision
The Eight Pillars of Positive Peace — Based on almost 25,000 indices and survey variables, the Institute for Economics and Peace identified 8 factors that are particularly important for peaceful societies.
Crime / Policing / Guns
The Culture of Punishment: A Critical Approach — May 2023 Issue of Peace in Progress, the magazine of the International Catalan Institute for Peace with ten articles about the downsides of punishment and constructive, restorative alternatives.
The Art of Collaborative Facilitation — The crux of good facilitation is to remove the obstacles to connection and collaboration -- obstacles like disconnection, debilitating conflict, and other forms of “stuckness."
Race / Anti-Racism
A Practical Guide to Planning Collaborative Initiatives to Advance Racial Equity — Ideas and illustrations on ways to help people understand the history of current racial harms, advancing racial equity, and starting healing based on actual programs at the local and state levels.
Watch accomplished experts offer hope on the path to reconciliation — These speakers address what reconciliation means to them. By considering their perspectives, we can begin to understand the complexity of reconciliation. These videos are an excellent reminder to resist easy answers.
Youth Talk: Youth Voices for Change — This initiative of Search for Common Ground empowered a group of more than 100 young radio journalists to report on local conflicts and create radio programs to help people find common ground.
Beyond Intractability in Context
From around the web, more insight into the nature of our conflict problems, limits of business-as-usual thinking, and things people are doing to try to make things better.
Manufacturing Dissent — A look at the very long shadow cast by Noam Chomsky and the many others who have taught so many on the left and the right to look at the dark side of almost everything.
Unanswered Questions About Trump and Russia — From the Wall Street Journal, an attempt to look beyond the left's political rhetoric and disinformation and focus on the true, unanswered questions about President Trump's relationship with the Russians.
Crime / Policing / Guns
A Firearm-Owning Republican’s Solutions for Gun Violence — A look at what the Zone of Possible Agreement looks like with respect to gun control in the US.
Developing a Unifying Vision
Tucker Carlson and the new standard we need — Reflections on the "cancellation" of Tucker Carlson and the need for a set of moral standards that are applied equally to all.
U.S.’s political madness takes place against a backdrop of astonishing strength — Amid today's dominant focus on the many things that are going wrong, a call for also paying attention to the things that are going right.
Overcoming Hate-Mongering Efforts
Colombia’s Peace-Whisperer Makes Plenty of Enemies — A profile of what it takes to fill one of society's most difficult and dangerous roles – that of a peacemaker.
"Misinformation" isn't just on the right — A timely reminder that the complex dynamics that lead to a misinformed citizenry afflict those on the left and the center as well as the right.
Politics is Designed to Alienate Most Americans — An important call for building a political system that better represents the 50+% percent of the electorate that rejects the hard partisanship of the left and the right.
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