Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado
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Use the Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado calendar all year long - post your events related to problem solving activities to our calendar for all months, not just October!

October 12th-16th, All Day: Basic Mediation Training
October 13th, 2:00-3:00: Conflict Resolution Month in CO Open House  
October 14th, 8:30-4:30:

October 14th, 5:00-6:30: 
October 16th, 8:30-4:30: Master Transformative Mediation Class
October 17th, 1:00-4:00: Writing Workshop: The Other Perspective 
October 19th-23rd, All Day: 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training 
October 21st-23rd, All Day: Restorative Justice Trainings (24 Hours) 
October 22nd, 6:00-8:00: Film Screening: Invictus 
October 23rd-25th, All Day: Building Bridges Fall Retreat 
October 24th, 4:00-5:15: 2nd Annual Yoga for Peace 
October 26th-30th, 8:00-5:00: The Mediation Process 
October 27th, 7:00-9:00: The Hunting Ground - A Movie 
October 28th-30th, All Day: Workplace Mediation Training (24 Hours)
There are so many ways to get involved in Conflict Resolution Month. One of the best ways is to become a Synergizer and join a Team!

Conflict Resolution Month Teams are groups of folks who have come together to coordinate an aspect of Conflict Resolution Month. There is a wide range of diversity in team activities--chances are, there is a team that would be a great fit for the contribution of your time and talents!

Check out the details of each team here.  If you don't see a team that's right for you, feel free to attend the monthly Synergizer meeting and suggest something new!

To join a team, contact 

 All donations to Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado are processed through our fiscal sponsor, The Conflict Center.  Please be sure to make a note in the online donation form that indicates that your donation is for Conflict Resolution Month!
You may also send a check directly to the Conflict Center with Conflict Resolution Month in the memo line. 
October, 2015

October 2015 is here and we are moving full steam ahead! Already, city and county proclamations are being issued, the Colorado Springs group has attracted attention with their FLASH MOB performed last week to the Beatle's We Can Work It Out (CHECK IT OUT HERE!) Copies of Sticking Points: How to get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart by Hadyn Shaw (Amazon Link HERE!) and other donated conflict management books have been distributed to Little Free Libraries across the Denver area. During the next few weeks there will be conferences, film screenings, lectures, book discussions, trainings, reading teams in schools, and more. Be sure to check out all event links to the left!
Each week this month, you will get an email announcing upcoming activities.  Across the Montrose, Grand Junction, Summit County, Colorado Springs and across the Denver area events are planned! Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado is not conjecture; it is reality.
Now let's make sure people know about these opportunities to learn about using constructive problem solving and the available resources in Colorado. Is your activity on the calendar? It is not too late...SUBMIT HERE. Are you shouting from the rooftops - or some other more advantageous location?
Everyone involved in this campaign is taking thoughtful steps to encourage people to gather both skills and courage, so they can implement successful approaches to disputes, thereby reducing violence! We are bringing sanity (less stress and anguish) and peace (more ease and accomplishment) to our communities. We are offering life-improving and life-saving information.
This campaign is changing the culture of Colorado by expanding the number of people who choose nonviolent, productive ways to de-escalate their conflicts through various methods of collaboration. The possibilities are limitless!
With increasing excitement about capable individuals in problem-solving communities where Listen, Talk, Work It Out is a well-practiced norm, Congratulations Synergizers! 
- Mary
It's week one of Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado! What are you doing to support productive conflict solving this week?

Do you know someone who supports productive, non-violent problem solving? Invite them to like our FACEBOOK page to help us make Colorado the most civil state in the nation!
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our teacher, mentor, colleague and visionary Elizabeth Loescher passed away Sunday, September 13. While we understand that she can not be "replaced" in our community of peacemaking and conflict management education, we are deeply grateful for her huge life of gift and guidance.

Please visit her Facebook page and for details from the family and hundreds of posts about her incredible contribution to so many individuals and peacemaking communities. How blessed we have been to know Elizabeth Loescher and share the learning!

- Mary Zinn
President Obama Proclaims October as National Youth Justice Awareness Month!

On September 30, 2015, President Obama issued a  proclamation recognizing October as National Youth Justice Awareness Month. Each year, there are more than 1 million arrests of youth younger than 18, and the vast majority are for nonviolent crimes. Nearly 55,000 individuals younger than 21 are being held in juvenile justice facilities nationwide-a disproportionate number of whom are young people of color, including tribal youth. The proportion of detained and incarcerated girls and young women, who are often victims of abuse, has also increased. This month-long observance is dedicated to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems and encourages communities to participate in activities and programs that help youth fulfill their greatest potential. The proclamation supports OJJDP's Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative to promote juvenile justice reform and address racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Learn more about OJJDP's Smart on Juvenile Justice Initiative
Learn more about OJJDP's funding
Learn more about President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative
October 15, 2015 (8:30-4:00)
 Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs
Joseph P. Folger PhD
 "Transformative Mediation:
Why There Will Never Be a Reality TV Show"
           Rufina Hernandez, Director of Colorado Civil Rights Division with Nicole Trotta, CCRD Mediator
     Emcee Bill Rudge, Attorney and Mediator
Break-out Sessions:
 "Ethical Dilemmas in Conflict Resolution" Panel:  Pat Germer, President Elect El Paso County Bar Association; Dave Johnson, Attorney; Gene Morton, Author & Management Consultant; Judge Steve Pelican, Retired Judge for El Paso County 4th Judicial
"Unforgiveable Acts: What Role Does A Mediator Have?" Myra Warren Isenhart, PhD, Author
"Diversity and Conflict Resolution" Regina Lewis, PhD
"Buoys in the Ocean of Conflict" Joyce Miller MA, LLC
$65 General Public - $35 Student (includes networking lunch/breaks and CLE's)
Hosted by:
Sponsors: Better Business Bureau; Colorado College; Colorado Conflict Resolution Month;Colorado Technical University; El Paso County Bar Association; Mediators Association of Colorado; Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council
Master Transformative Mediation Class: 
Core Purpose and Key Challenges
 Instructor: Joseph P. Folger Ph.D.
Temple University Professor; Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation co-founder; The Promise of Mediation co-author (with R. Bush, 1994, 2005)
Friday, October 16th, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Colorado Technical University
Room 251 (4435 N Chestnut St., Colorado Springs).
Registration: Fee $175 (Includes lunch)
Limited to 30 participants
Sponsors: Colorado Technical University; Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation; and Phoenix Strategies.
Conflict Resolution Month will be providing free lunch for all of YOUR hard work during the November 4th meeting.
Please select your lunch preferences from the Subway MENU and record HERE!

Upcoming Meeting:
November 4th, 2015 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Conflict Center, 
4140 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211

The Conflict Resolution Month Synergizers are a group of individuals who come together each month to build the infrastructure that supports Conflict Resolution Month activities and to build awareness of Conflict Resolution Month overall. Meetings are open to anyone who has the passion and energy to commit to making Conflict Resolution Month a success!

Synergizer Meetings take place at 11:30am on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month at the Conflict Center. Please bring your own lunch if you wish. Snacks will be provided.
The mission of Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado
is to inspire the use of constructive problem solving in Colorado.

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