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The Third Side United: The Not in Our Town Movement

NOT IN OUR TOWN is a movement inspired by the residents of Billings, Montana who responded to an upsurge in hate violence by standing together for a hate-free community. In 1993, hate activities in Billings reached a crescendo. KKK fliers were distributed, the Jewish cemetery was desecrated, the home of a Native American family was painted with swastikas, and a brick was thrown through the window of a six-year-old boy who displayed a Menorah for Hanukkah. Rather than resigning itself to the growing climate of hate, the community took a stand. The police chief urged citizens to respond before the violence escalated any further. Religious groups from ...

The Third Side: Collaborating to Deal with an Escalating School Problem

Eleven-year-old James had bullied his classmate Mark for a long time, ragging him over his poor English and foreign origins. In chemistry class one day, James spilled a test-tube full of water on Mark's head; Mark retaliated with a test-tube full of water mixed with chemicals. The dispute threatened to escalate. When conflict breaks out, the ten roles work in reverse sequence, beginning with containment and looping back to resolution and prevention. In this case, the teacher, acting first as Witness and then as Peacekeeper, intervened to stop the fight. He emphasized to the whole class the potential dangers and, serving as Referee, forbade them ...

Prevent, Resolve, Contain: A Story of Three Brothers

Lately, I have come to believe that we in the field have been thinking way too small. We've been thinking that it was enough to resolve disputes, particularly if it is done in whatever is our way of doing that. I am now coming to see mediation as part of a broad spectrum of collaborative processes. It is now easier to appreciate that just mediating and thinking of ourselves as mediators may be limiting of the opportunities and realizations of those with whom we work. And it may also be limiting of our career opportunities. Perhaps with a slight shift in orientation, we can think and speak more comprehensively about what we are doing. This will, in ...

Gang Warfare: Mothers as Thirdsiders

We are living in the midst of a raging storm of violence. This storm takes many forms: economic injustice, violence against women, street violence, violence in the home. Violence at work and between differing groups. Violence between nations and against the earth. And that mysterious, undeflected rage we sometimes experience within, aimed simultaneously at the world and at ourselves. What are we to do, faced with this hurricane of injustice and violation? We can try to pretend this storm does not exist, huddling in our tiny boats and hoping against hope that gale-force winds will not drown us. Or we can take another step. Here is a story of one ...

Interviews on the Third Side

Negotiating in Conflict Situations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22OQBri3gD4 An interview with William Ury and Thomas Hübl NPR's TED Radio Hour on Reconciliation Interview on NPR with William Ury on December 16th, 2016: How Do We Transform Conflict Into Cooperation? Listen to William's segment below. Click here for the transcript and more info. http://wu.media.s3.amazonaws.com/NPR_interview-2016.12.16.mp3 A written interview with William Ury about the Third Side Read an edited compilation of an interview with William Ury conducted by Dee Aker, deputy director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), and ...

Book: International Mediation in Venezuela

Published October 1st, 2011 By Jennifer McCoy and Francisco Diez See the original article >> International Mediation in Venezuela analyzes the effort of the Carter Center and the broader international community to prevent violent conflict, to reconcile a deeply divided society, and to preserve democratic processes. From their perspective as facilitators of the intervention and as representatives of the Carter Center, Jennifer McCoy and Francisco Diez present an insider account of mediation at the national and international level. “In this lucidly documented and deeply reflective case study of the Carter ...

The Power of the Third Side: An Interview with Pablo Lumerman

Pablo Lumerman is a dialogue and development facilitator and a community-company-government conflict mediator. Pablo holds a degree with honors in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. He also holds a Master’s in Local Development from the National University of General San Martín and the Autonomous University of Madrid. Source: Lindie Botha (2016). The Power of the Third Side: An Interview with Pablo Lumerman. Reflections from Practice Series No. 08 (B. Ganson, ed.). The Hague: ACCESS Facility. View the original article >>   What is one of the more significant challenges or dilemmas you face when you ...