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Arts as mediating processes in peacebuilding

on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 17:58

In peacebuilding work, arts, music and dance provide mediating processes between the rational and the irrational, providing processes, media and frameworks whereby we can work holistically with mind, body and spirit. 'What goes on here?'

Peacebuilding: dealing with complexity and change. How can the field of systems thinking help?

on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 20:10

To start, I must clarify what I mean by the field of systems thinking. Here I am referring to the field of study, discourse and practice that has its roots in the second world-war when scientists from different disciplines found themselves working together on military problems.  A system is considered to be one whose elements are interconnected and interdependent to form the whole and display properties of that whole rather than those of the component parts.

Fun and games - writing Open Educational Resources

on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 23:21

Success! I have managed to produce an Open Educational Resources (OER) on the use of cooperative games in learning about conflict management.

Argentine tango, swimming and reflection - spot the link!

on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 18:21

So what on earth would bring tango, swimming and reflection together? Obvious, of course - none other than Kolb's learning cycle!

The Role of Local Peacebuilding

on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 13:37

Local peacebuilding, at a small or even micro scale, is critical in revitalising and reconnecting people within communities. The process is an essential prerequisite for larger scale project and initiatives, which are often led by external agencies and those high up the power hierarchy.