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Conflict Resolution Week in BC

November 3rd to November 10th, 2018 is Conflict Resolution Week in British Columbia. Mediate BC is celebrating with a Virtual Expo of Facebook Live chats.

Mediate BC roster mediators Amanda and Sharon took a few minutes to chat about collaborative games – including Zombie Fight or Flight

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Check out more Virtual Expo presentations this week by visiting Mediate BC’s Facebook page. We encourage you to check out:

  • Amanda on The Power of Private Conversations, Tuesday, Nov. 6th at 8pm
  • CoRe Conflict Resolution Society Writers Group, Friday, Nov. 9th at noon
  • Sharon on Can Fiction Make You a Better Conflict Resolver?, Saturday, Nov. 10th at noon

 

 

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International Tabletop Day!

It’s International Tabletop Day!

We taking a moment to celebrate collaborative games and encouraging you to play one today!

If Zombie Fight or Flight makes an appearance at your game day send us a picture and we’ll feature a few on them here!

Plus we’d love to hear which other collaborative games make an appearance this year. Amanda tells us, “My kids are insisting on their current favourite Forbidden Island and potentially my brother and I will get a chance to finish Pandemic Legacy.” How about you?

 

NWDR Scavenger Hunt – LICRSH!

LICRSH buttonsNext week (March 22-23), PignPotato Games will be hosting its second Legendary International Conflict Resolution Scavenger Hunt (LICRSH) at the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference in Seattle!

Join us at 1:30 p.m. on March 22 for an introductory session! Come with a pre-formed team of up to 4, or find teammates there. LICRSH will be an amazing opportunity to meet colleagues and get to know fellow conflict resolution professionals in an informal and enjoyable setting.

Why a Scavenger Hunt?

Here’s how we see it:

  • Scavenger Hunts allow us to practice many of the same skills we use as conflict resolution professionals.
  • Scavenger Hunts are fun!
  • Science tells us that we learn better and retain more if we have fun while we are learning.

So… Scavenger Hunts offer a great Professional Development opportunity for Conflict Resolution professionals!

We’ve identified our list of 10 links between Scavenger Hunts and Conflict Resolution work – both involve:

  • Collaboration
  • Varieties of the Creative Process
  • Problem-solving
  • Movement/Physicality
  • The Power of Silly
  • Sharing the Silly
  • Risk-taking
  • Making “Asks”
  • Tapping into Memories
  • Kindness

We’ll say more about each of these in blog posts this week, but join us next week to experience the ways in which LICRSH taps into all 10!

Podcast on Collaborative Games

Amanda-SemenoffBack in June 2017, PignPotato’s Amanda Semenoff joined forces with C.D. Saint to launch a new podcast called Overthinking Conflict: Exploring the Business, Skills, and Styles of Peacemaking. They’ve been producing great content for anyone interested in peacemaking work, and it’s well worth checking out the whole series.

1514706779673More recently, however, Amanda took the time to record her thoughts on Collaborative Games. Of course, she talks about Zombie Fight or Flight, but the focus is more on collaborative games generally and their potential in shifting dynamics in conflict. Check it out for interesting reflections on the role games can play in peacemaking work!

LICRSH Winners!

We are excited to announce the winners of the first ever Legendary International Conflict Resolution Scavenger Hunt!

The winning team completed EVERY task!

Congratulations to The Resolutionaries!

The Resolutionaries are: Wendy Lakusta (team leader), Cheryl Berry, Tamara Throssell, Sandy Milne, and Colleen Spier.

The Resolutionaries will each receive a Listening Bot (from Gary Hirsch’ BotJoy) to help them in their mediation practice and, perhaps, beyond.

Listening Bots

(Here‘s a few ideas on how to use bots in mediation. We’re hoping to hear lots of new ideas from this incredibly creative team!)

Runners-Up

Scoring was incredibly close amongst the top 3 teams! Congratulations to the second and third place teams who are both very well represented in our highlights!

  • Team WinWin
  • The Parleying Pirates

Honourable Mentions go The DenoueMonsters and The Common Grounders who also made the highlights reel for best submissions on specific tasks!

Check out highlights here!

New ITEM #11 Added!

As promised, one final item has been added to the LICRSH Task List.

#11 IMAGE: Twitter is celebrating #CRW2017 by offering everyone extra characters to get the word out. Using exactly 280 characters, tweet out your team’s inspirational message related to #ConflictResolution. Bonus points if you get someone with at least 2000 Twitter followers to retweet your message. (55 points)

Let’s see those tweets!

Museum of Salvaged Relationships

Museum of Salvaged RelationshipsCreated as an item for the first ever Legendary International Conflict Resolution Scavenger Hunt (LICRSH), PignPotato Games invites submissions to the online Museum of Salvaged Relationships.

Inspired by the global, crowd-funded Museum of Broken Relationships, we’d like to hear inspiring stories about salvaged relationships! Tell us the story of a relationship that was falling apart and how it was saved. And share a photo of an artefact of that relationship that carries meaning.

We are launching this Museum during Conflict Resolution Week in BC with its theme of “There’s Another Story“, but submissions are welcome anytime! You don’t need to compete in LICRSH to submit items.