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Seattle City Council explores use of ARIA in Police-Community Relations

Jay Rothman has recently been meeting with city of Seattle officials to discuss the deterioration of police-community relations.  On February 7th, Rothman will present the ARIA model and its use in a similar engagement in Cincinnati, followed by discussion on adopting the process for Seattle.

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Jay Rothman leads ARIA Master Class for Mediators

Jay Rothman has had a busy and productive month in Israel, culminating in an intensive seminar for professional mediators.  Inviting experienced practitioners from Israel to this event, Rothman’s purpose is to assist others to continue mastering their craft and artistry and to expand their repertoire of skills and tools.

Rothman, who has been a mediator for several decades in Israel, Europe and the US, specializing in deeply rooted identity-based conflicts, will provide case based coaching in a small group setting, in the style of musical master class. (For more information about the ARIA approach go to
WHERE/WHEN – Ramat Hasharon, Tuesday, December 20th 2011, 9 am – 5 pm. (for details call master class organizer Ahuva Zemet)

Jay Rothman to present at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Dr. Jay Rothman will be presenting the lecture and discussion session on Identity-Based Conflict and Cooperation in Theory and Practice on Friday, April 22nd from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.  It will be held at the Arlington Truland Building, Room 555 on George Mason’s campus.

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ARIA Continues work with international youth program Face to Face | Faith to Faith

Beginning in the fall of 2009, The ARIA Group began working with Face to Face | Faith to Faith (F2F), a program of Auburn Seminary in New York City, NY.  Since 2001, Face to Face has brought together hundreds of Christian, Jewish and Muslim teenagers from Northern Ireland, the Middle East, South Africa, and the U.S. to develop a new generation of leaders able to negotiate a multifaith global society. Teens learn how their own religious traditions and those of others can be used to build a more peaceful world.

ARIA is using their Action Evaluation process with F2F to develop a robust, internal process of capacity building and evaluation.  Already this method has been used to develop programmatic goals for the year long program:

  1. To challenge participants to safely engage conflict and explore identity in an ongoing process of building mutual understanding, trust and empathy; and
  2. To nurture faith-informed leaders with tools to build a more just and peaceful world

Additionally, Action Evaluation has been used throughout the program, from the Executive Council to each student who participated in the 2010 program.  This “top down, bottom up” approach has developed a set of goals unique to Face to Face which it can use to define, promote and assess success.

Click Here to read the F2F 2010 Student Region and Cross-Region Results.

Click Here for more information on Face to Face | Faith to Faith and Auburn Seminary.

Brandon Sipes featured in Springfield Chamber of Commerce publication

The Springfield, Ohio Chamber of Commerce recently ran a story about Brandon Sipes and his work in conflict engagement and collaborative visioning processes. The article, written by Tim Bucey, appeared in the Chamber’s Regionview magazine and was inserted into the October 10th issue of the Springfield News Sun.

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Jay Rothman Interviewed at ICP Summer Academy

While on a break between sessions at the 2010 ICP Summer Academy in Switzerland, Jay Rothman sat down with Pascal Gemperli, the co-founder of the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding.  He spoke about his work and how to transform conflicts comprehensively, compassionately and creatively.

Jay Rothman meets with leaders from Afghanistan

Dr. Rothman recently met with leaders from Afghanistan representing tribal councils, government and NGOs delegates. Traveling the United States for three weeks, the group stopped in Cincinnati for an International Visitors Leadership Program sponsored by the US Department of State and hosted by the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council.

Click here for an article on this visit.

Seek Peace and Pursue It:

Theory and Practice in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution

Past, Present and Future.

ARIA Continues Work on New Conflict Engagement Method

During the first week of August 2010, Dr. Jay Rothman and Brandon Sipes participated in an annual Strategic Planning Meeting for the not for profit organization TRANSFORM, with which they have been developing a new method for conflict engagement called The Kumi Method.

TRANSFORM is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation established in 2007. The organisation is committed to promoting political, economic and social development, inter-cultural tolerance and understanding, and the values of scientific rigour and ideological neutrality in general and in dealing with conflict, in particular.

The organization focuses its work on areas which suffer from protracted violent conflict, most notably the Middle East as well as on conflict prevention and transformation in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Rothman and  Sipes will continue work on Transform’s project entitled “Beyond Managing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” the purpose of which is to utilize three methods for social change and conflict engagement (The Institute for Cultural Affairs: UK; The Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding; and The ARIA Group) to develop a new approach to conflict engagement.

Additionally, Sipes has been leading the effort at authoring and editing the manual for this new method: compiling years of documents, learning from workshops, and input from project partners and facilitators.  At the end of August, Sipes will also travel to Berlin, Germany to train European facilitators on The Kumi Method, with a focus on Islamaphobia and Islamic integration into Europe.

Full Description of the project here.

ARIA Facilitates One Day Session for The Springfield Foundation

The Springfield Foundation, a community foundation in Springfield, Ohio, invited Brandon Sipes to provide a one day training for their staff covering the basics of convening community groups.  The training, attended by all staff members of the foundation, covered the design and preparation of community dialogue sessions, facilitation methods and skills, and how to deal with conflict throughout the process.  It ended with the staff planning their next exploratory steps in this direction.

The Springfield Foundation is Clark County’s center for philanthropy, where Clark Countians make a difference every day. Founded in 1948, the Springfield Foundation has helped generations of Clark Countians create a charitable legacy.

They provide a variety of charitable fund and gift options to help Clark Countians make a difference. Families, individuals, and businesses have established more than 230 charitable funds that they invest and administer in accordance with the donors’ wishes. Together, these donors, along with the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs, contribute nearly $2 million each year to support nonprofits in Clark County and beyond.

The Foundation is committed to best supporting and serving Clark County and are eager to explore ways to connect deeply with residents and their needs.  This one day training provided them opportunity to further explore those interests by learning about how to best engage and motivate the public to address substantial community problems.

Click here for more information on The Springfield Foundation.

Jay Rothman speaking at Procter and Gamble leadership training this month!

On April 21st, Dr. Jay Rothman will be the special guest speaker at Procter and Gamble’s 2010 Leadership Training.  Dr. Rothman will be delivering a keynote address titled “The Power of Why:  Enabling my goals and building alignment with others,” and will also lead the session “Enabling great teamwork even when we disagree.”

Rothman’s experience as a conflict mediator and consultant to many corporate, educational and non-profit organizations convinced the event coordinators to invite him to address their emerging leaders.