Changing the Interaction Between Baltimore Police and City Residents – A Call for Funding and Expansion of Unarmed Civilian Peacekeepers

Posted on: May 7, 2015 Posted by: Baltimore Mediation

Whatever your perspective on the unrest in Baltimore and whatever you believe the root causes are, most can agree that something went wrong in the interaction between students and police last Monday. Here at Baltimore Mediation, we intensely focus on the interaction between people in conflict. We believe that if we can help change the interaction, fostering quality dialogue, breaking patterns of behavior and reactivity that escalate conflict, then people can cooperate to create lasting change. It involves using power

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A Call for Relational Leadership in Baltimore

Posted on: May 1, 2015 Posted by: Baltimore Mediation

The unrest in Baltimore is a case study of conflict and inspires many passionate perspectives. As professionals in the field of conflict transformation for over 21 years, we want to understand what others in the field are saying about the riots. In an email earlier this week, a local educator stated their distress about the “lack of credible, local voices to serve as advocates for unrelenting constructive protest.”

We want to look harder at the idea that what we

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Conflict Transformation: Skills & Method Explanation – Mapping Conflict

Posted on: April 1, 2015 Posted by: Baltimore Mediation

Dusty Rhoades Baltimore Mediation, Community Mediation Centers of St. Mary’s & Calvert County An excerpt from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc.’s Blog

My wife and I started using movie and TV clips in mediation training after participating in a workshop facilitated by Baruch Bush and Joe Folger called Rethinking Conflict in 2008. We were so inspired by this teaching and learning tool that we picked up the ball and ran with it.

We show a clip from a

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Don’t Stand Up to a Bully, Sit Down with Them – Transformative Mediation Works to Address Bullying

Posted on: January 23, 2015 Posted by: Baltimore Mediation

On November 22, 2013, Louise Phipps Senft spoke at the Ray Rice Anti-Bullying Links of Kindness Conference held at the SECU Arena at Towson University. The event, organized by Ray Rice, Pro-Bowl running back of the Baltimore Ravens, drew a crowd of 5,000 parents, teachers and students to seek solutions to bullying and recognize the efforts in Maryland to stop cyber-bullying in particular through Grace's Law. Louise brought her unique perspective to the conversation. Below is the text of her speech.

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Enneagram Training Testimonial: A New Perspective on Conflict

Posted on: January 23, 2015 Posted by: Baltimore Mediation

As a personality typing system, the Enneagram has clearly stood the test of time, but Louise Phipps Senft has brought it fully into the 21st century by employing it as a powerful diagnostic tool in the practice of conflict resolution. In a recent training with Louise, I learned that the roots of conflict are self-absorption and confusion, which I can definitely identify with. Seeing a sample conflict scenario was eye-opening, I really identified with the workplace tensions presented. When I’m stressed, I shut down; I don’t let anyone in to help. I’ll just stubbornly grind away in futility.

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