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Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) - Earth Institute, Columbia University
November 5, 2015

Happy November! We are excited to share with you the latest from AC4 at the Earth Institute. First, we want to share the latest from Conversations from the Leading Edge in which Professor Beth Fisher-Yoshida discusses the power of communication in shaping our world. We also want to remind you of some important dates so you don't miss the opportunity to apply for AC4 Fellowship programs in New York or abroad. Speaking of abroad, check out our two documentary screenings this month: one that takes place in the Maldives and the other, "Racing Extinctions", around the world.  Learn about something new in Vienna from current work of alumni from the AC4 Fellowship Program, Jonathan Blake. Plus, check below for news about a free app developed by Professor Peter Coleman along with one of his students.

A Communications Approach

CMM is the acronym for the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), a phrase that is describes what we do when we communicate with each other. Listen to this great new episode of the AC4-WKCR (89.9FM) show, Conversations from the Leading Edge, with Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Venera Kusari, a 2015 CMM Fellow and alumni of Columbia's Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, to learn more about CMM and how it can be used to resolve conflict. Visit the website for more information about the annual CMM conference and the AC4-CMM fellows program.
 
 
 

AC4 Film Series

Racing Extinctions Screening

Along with the Environmental Law Society (ELS) and Association of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Students at Columbia (ANCoRS), AC4 is hosting a screening and Q&A of Racing Extinctions with the film director and Columbia's Michael Gerrard.

                   
Mark your calendars!
Monday, November 23, 6:30pm

AC4 Fellowship Alumnus

 
                      
 
Jonathan Blake, 2011
This AC4 alumnus came from Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and, as an AC4 fellow, traveled to Northern Ireland to study how religion, nationalism, and politics interact in Protestant Orange parades.


Where are you now?
I finished my PhD in the spring, defending in April and graduating in May 2015. I’m now a post-doc at SIPA, and also I am a research fellow at the Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership based in New York. At the Chumir Foundation, I direct a research project, for which a big conference, the Congress of Vienna 2015 just happened last week in Vienna. It brought together policy makers and thought leaders to discuss ideas new on global governance and managing relations among the major world powers, nuclear risk reduction, the current forced migration crisis and also ways to use policy and technological innovation in addressing poverty and global inequality.

How has the AC4 Fellowship Program shaped your Columbia experience or career goals?
AC4 funded the first trip I took to Belfast, where I conducted most of my research. I have now been several times over the course of what is now four years, and for longer stays, but that first trip is what allowed it all to happen. With six weeks, I was able to build contacts, start a network and really begin the actual research process. The AC4 sponsored field research also helped me to get larger grants later on. I could show evidence from the fieldwork from AC4 on my approach and demonstrate the feasibility of my research plan. I’m currently finishing a book, tentatively called Contentious Rituals: Parading Faith and Nation in Northern Ireland, that started with the research that AC4 helped me do years ago.
 
Any advice for current and/or prospective candidates to AC4 Fellowship?
AC4 or other similar, smaller grants for summer work may end up turning into a lot of money later on! It’s like a gift that keeps on giving.

Making Conflict Work App


This new, free, interactive app for navigating interpersonal and professional conflict has been launched and is not available from the Apple Store (for iPhone) and on Google Play (for Android).
 

It is based on the research published in Dr. Peter Coleman's latest book, Making Conflict Work (and in a recent article in Journal of Organizational Behavior). The app walks the viewer through 5 short questions, and then offers specific strategies and tactics for resolving conflicts constructively in a variety of different situations.
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Graduate Fellowship Program Update
 
Application deadlines creep up pretty quickly so don’t forget to plan ahead and get your admissions materials in on time! Applications must be received no later than the following dates:
Job Announcement
 
The Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and the Peace and Justice Studies program at Pace University invites applications for a position teaching negotiation, mediation and facilitation during the spring 2016 semester. 

Professional experience working as a mediator, facilitator or negotiator and willingness to share these experiences with the students is a pre-requisite for the instructor of this course. The course will draw heavily on skill-building role playing activities which will be developed by the instructor. There is an existing syllabus for this course but candidates are welcome to propose their own.


For more information, click here.
AC4 and the ELS co-host screening of 
The Island President


 
Monday, November 9
6:00 - 8:00pm
Jerome Green, RM 102A


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15th Annual Applied Peacebuilding Symposium

From SIPA's Zachery Metz, Director, Peace Building Practice
 

Friday, November, 6th, 12:30-3:30
 

 SIPA, Room 1201
420 W 118th Street

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