UK Event: Talking Peace Festival

19 08 2014

tpf pink hash date



The Talking Peace Festival is a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September.

Using the universal language of creativity, the festival will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts in venues across London. Join us for talks, comedy, art, food, photography and more!

The full programme will be announced later in August, but here is a flavour of what to expect:

  • Launch party, Shoreditch Village Hall, 8 September (RSVP here)
  • Peace Booth, Old Street underground station, 8-14 September
    Strike a pose for peace in our Peace Photo Booth and enjoy live art demonstrations as part of our #Art4peace campaign. Free.
  • #Art4peace campaign, various locations throughout September. Talented street artists unite in painting campaign for peace in spaces around East London. They will include: Benjamin Murphy,Dan Kitchener, David Walker, Faunagraphic, Fipsi Seilern (Pang), Francesca McHugh (Love Artist), Ibrahim Fakhri, Jim McElvaney, Joel Bergner, Lana Hughes (Lana Alana), Magnus Gjoen, Mr Dane, Paul Curtis (Moose), Pure Evil, Suzko and Tarek Tuma.
  • Takeover of Shoreditch Art Wall, 17-19 Great Eastern Street, 13-19 September
    Come and see this iconic Shoreditch mural transform into a giant piece of street art – for peace! Free.
  • Rwanda photo exhibition, South Bank, 17-28 September
    Photography from award-winning photojournalist Carol Allen-Storey, featuring the stories of young Rwandans, their reflections on the genocide and hopes for the future. Free.
  • Conflict Kitchen, Queen of Hoxton, 20-21 September
    A pop-up grill serving dishes from the Middle East over the weekend of International Peace Day. With recipes from renowned chefs Anissa Helou, Yotam Ottolenghi and Claudia Roden.
  • Are you Taking the Peace?, The Comedy Store, 22 September (Book tickets here)
    Our annual benefit comedy night featuring Rich Hall, Stewart Francis, Holly Walsh, Matt Rees, Daniel Simonsen, Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie (MC).
  • Various, Hoxton Gallery, 23 September-3 October
    Exhibitions, talks, workshops and more!
  • No Pressure to be Funny, The Phoenix – Cavendish Square, 28 September
    The highly acclaimed satirical panel show presents an International Alert special, chaired by LBC Radio’s James O’Brien.

For updates, follow us @TalkPeaceFest and use the hashtag #TalkingPeace to share your views!

New issue available: International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution

19 08 2014


Int Journal CER

A new issue of International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution has just been published.

In this issue:

  • Deepening the Definitions of Success and Failure by Michal Alberstein & Jay Rothman


  • Lessons from the Frontiers of Failure – Second-Order Social Learning and Conflict Resolution by Oliver Ramsbotham
  • Transformative Mediation – A Self-Assessment by Joseph Folger & Robert A. Baruch Bush
  • The Success-Failure Anxiety in Conflict Resolution – Between Law, Narrative and Field Building by Michal Alberstein
  • Reflexivity and the State of Success and Failure in Our Field by Jay Rothman
  • No Career Ladder for Mediators – A Failure of the Field by David Matz
  • Success in Conflict Intervention Is What We Make of It but Significance Is the Goal by Brian Polkinghorn & Abraham (Avi) Mozes-Carmel
  • Success and Failure in ADR – A Dialogue between Partners by Lela P. Love & Joseph B. Stulberg

For more information visit the Journals website

Workshop: The effect of Personality Disorders on Separation and Divorce

19 08 2014

family law pathways


NQ Family Law Pathways Network is proud to present yet another exciting workshop “The effect of Personality Disorders on Separation and Divorce” with Dr Chris Rikard-Bell.

Date:          Monday, 15 September 2014

Time:          3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Registration at 3:30 p.m. for 4:00 p.m. start)

Venue:        The Mercure Townsville, Crystal Room

Cost:           $50.00 (includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks)

RSVP:         Wednesday, 10 September 2014    


For more information please view the flyer and registration form here >> Flyer – Registration – Dr Chris Rikard-Bell

Job: Community Mediation Project Manager

5 08 2014

Central Desert Regional Council

Community Mediation Project Manager (Fixed Term)

Central Desert Regional Council

  • Alice Springs & Central Australia
  • Government & Defence
  • Government – Local
  • $65,000 – $74,999
  • Full Time
Closing date:
Friday, August 15, 2014 – 17:00
Operating under the direction of the Youth, Sport and Community Services Manager and in accordance with Council corporate plans, policies and relevant legislation, this position is responsible for coordinating a group of Community leaders in Yuendumu community to, develop local conflict management processes, build community capacity to respond to family violence, and  support clients through stressful and dynamic environments.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Relevant qualifications or experience in at least one of the following fields:
    • alternative dispute resolution or law
    • community development
    • family violence
  • Superior oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise, negotiate and consult with a diverse range of stakeholders including families, community organisations and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing, delivering, managing, reviewing and monitoring programs and other service interventions for families and parties in conflict.
Contact Person Ross Fraser 0419 905 476
To apply for this position, please download the Position Description and Information Package and address the selection criteria in writing, as well as an application for advert form. Applications should be marked to the attention of Cathryn Hutton and emailed to

For more information click here

Internship: Institute for Economics and Peace

5 08 2014

Economics and peace

Digital Communications Intern

The Institute for Economics and Peace is looking for an energetic digital communications intern to join our communications team based in Sydney. We believe that ideas are only as strong as the people who carry them, and we seek passionate young communicators to help us engage civil society with complex notions of peace. We want to hear your bright ideas on how we can get people around the world thinking and speaking about peace.

This year, the Institute for Economics and Peace plans peaceful domination of digital media platforms. We need you to be part of the team that takes us there. Tasks include:

  • Contributing ideas to the global digital strategy
  • Writing about key issues related to peace and conflict around the world
  • Creating, editing and uploading content to Vision of Humanity
  • Generating innovative communications materials for social media platforms
  • Assisting with the design and layout of short papers and reportsUsing analytics to provide an assessment of digital communications strategies and materials
  • Assisting the Communications Manager and members of the Research Team with various communications
    and outreach tasks as they arise.

For more information and to download a full position description please visit:

CIArb student membership

5 08 2014


Student affiliateship

CIArb offers a student affiliateship scheme for all students with an interest in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), studying at universities or other higher education institutions throughout the world.

Student affiliateship is free to join and is open to anyone studying at a University or other higher educational institution who is not otherwise qualified to join the CIArb at any other membership grade.

Student affiliateship offers many excellent benefits including:

  • access to global professional standards, guidance and law updates;
  • access to our ADR student on-line networking and discussion forum;
  • discounts on CPD accredited CIArb courses, conferences and seminars;
  • News and information including The Resolver Magazine, regular CIArb updates, our members’ forum and a weekly Linex Legal alerter service (worth £100)
  • Access to the latest thinking in ADR, including free subscription to CIArb’s leading quarterly journal, Arbitration (worth over £200), academic studies and research, and access to CIArb’s library
  • your local CIArb Branch newsletter and discounted entry to local events;
  • access to our on-line library of CIArb publications, including issues of The Journal dating back to 1915.
  • Discounts on CIArb conferences, events, books and other services

For more information please visit the website:

Job: Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

28 07 2014





Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator - 000030MP

Location: Sydney Region-Sydney – Greater West

Work Type: Full-time

Total Remuneration Package: $103,015. Package includes salary ($83,962-$94,940), employers contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

Job Category: Media, publicity and communications

Organisation: Department of Justice

Contact Natascha Rohr - 8688 7452

Do you have high level communication skills and the capacity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders located across NSW, including courts, police, local councils, legal services, housing services and more?


Do you have a sound understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) principles and the role of ADR in the NSW legal system or the capacity to develop such understanding?


As Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, you will work to achieve widespread knowledge and use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Community Justice Centres (CJC), NSW’s free community mediation service available across NSW in a wide range of dispute types including neighbour, community, small debts, business, workplace and family disputes.

To be considered for this role, you must demonstrate your capacity to engage strategically with referrers and other stakeholders and to coordinate stakeholder engagement work done by others within the organisation.  It is expected you will have prior professional experience in a community engagement, communications or similar.  You will be required to coordinate the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of stakeholder engagement strategies, including attending meetings and forums, building strong networks and producing written communications such as web content, brochures and articles. Experience and/or knowledge of ADR and the legal system will be highly regarded.

This is an Ongoing role, to be filled Full-time.

How to Apply: Your application should include a covering letter [maximum two pages] and an up-to-date resume of no more than five pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role. You are not required to address selection criteria. Please review Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service for more guidance.

Applications must be lodged online by Monday 11 August 2014 [11:59 PM]

For more information visit

IAMA Presents: Managing and mediating high conflict situations

28 07 2014

LEADR logo

Direct from the USA
Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

High-conflict disputes are increasing in every setting: at the workplace, between neighbours, among family members, in legal disputes, against employers, against government agencies, in churches, healthcare organisations, schools and higher education, non-profit organisations, volunteer groups and between strangers. They often involve one or more individuals with a pattern of high-conflict behaviour, characterised by:

  • All-or-nothing thinking
  • Unmanaged emotions
  • Extreme behavior
  • Preoccupation with blaming others
  • Prolonged, unresolved conflict
  • Drawing in many other people
  • Draining energy, time and resources

This one-day training will focus on understanding and practicing conflict management skills that are not obvious and natural. There will be instruction, group discussion and two practice exercises – because it takes practice to absorb the nuances of these high-conflict skills. Participants will gain confidence to assist in handling any high-conflict situation, with an individual client or employee, or in a formal or informal mediation setting.​

Those who will benefit from this training include: mediators, arbitrators, managers, lawyers, law office staff, judges, human resource managers, administrators, social workers, therapists, clergy, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, educators, and any other professional who is responsible for working with high-conflict people or situations.

View the workshop program here >>

Where: Minter Ellison, Level 22, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane​
When: 9am-4:30pm, Thursday, 28 August 2014

IAMA generously extends their member rate to LEADR members. To reserve your place, call Alison Mahoney on 07 3220 2122

IAMA members $550
Non-members $660

Early bird, before 7 August:
IAMA members $500
Non-members $600

Creative Development Workshops

24 07 2014

March Workshop Flyer

These creative development workshops have been designed in such a way that anybody from any profession can attend.

The focus is on understanding the creative process, why developing a creative disposition is important, and how that leads to creative resilience as an individual and business.

The workshops are experiential, and include a range of processes to stimulate creative thinking.  Some of these include story, mind mapping, body maps, movement, discussion and reflection.  The workshop provides time and place for people to explore their creative potential regardless of their professional role.

A 2010 IBM CEO Survey stated that creativity is the most important leadership quality needed in the coming years.  A new Creative Industries report highlights the increasing demand for creative skills across all industry sectors in our economy and how creativity adds value. Added to this is our ability to adapt and respond creatively to the ever-changing world in which we live.

 The workshops attract a diverse group of people and I know each person leaves inspired and with renewed thinking about their personal and professional life and projects.

Organisations recognise the value of the workshops for professional development.  The workshops can be delivered as is or designed to meet a particular organisational need.


Brisbane Workshop

Date: Saturday 14 June and Saturday 6 September

Time: 9:15 – 5:30 pm

Cost: $250

Location: St Mary Magdelene’s Church, Bardon, Brisbane


Cairns Workshop

Date: 16-17th August

Cost $350

Location: Cominos House, 27 Greenslopes St, Edge Hill, Cairns

(minimum 8 people, maximum 16)


For more information and to book contact Cathryn on 0406007753 or email at:

Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia

17 07 2014

the senate



References Committee


Invitation to make submission

On 26 June 2014, the Senate referred the issue of the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 October 2014. The committee is looking at the adequacy and effects of current policies and how the federal government can best support and contribute to the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children.


Please note, the committee will not be considering or examining any material relating solely to personal cases or grievances. The committee process is not a forum to resolve these issues but to explore the adequacy of policy responses and the effects of policy settings regarding housing, legal services and women’s economic independence on their ability to escape violence.

The committee invites written submissions by 31 July 2014, covering terms of reference relevant to you. The committee prefers that this is done online. There is an Upload Submission Online button on their website, which can be accessed at this address: Alternatively, submissions may be emailed as an attached document to or mailed in hard copy to PO Box 6100, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 .

Please note submissions become committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the committee. Publication of submissions includes loading them onto the internet and making them available to other interested parties including the media. Please indicate if you wish the committee to consider keeping your submission, or part thereof, confidential.

Any person or organisation making a submission must not release it without the approval of the committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege, however the unauthorised release of a submission is not protected.

Information relating to Senate committee inquiries, including notes to assist the preparation of submissions, can be found at

The committee will consider all submissions, and may invite individuals and organisations to give evidence at a public hearing. If you have any further questions about the hearing or the inquiry more generally, please call (02) 6277 3530.


Committee Terms of Reference


On 26 June 2014, the following matter was referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report by the 27 October 2014:


  1. the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in Australia as it affects all Australians and, in particular, as it affects:


i.            women living with a disability, and

ii.            women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds;


  1. the factors contributing to the present levels of domestic violence;


  1. the adequacy of policy and community responses to domestic violence;


  1. the effects of policy decisions regarding housing, legal services, and women‘s economic independence on the ability of women to escape domestic violence;


  1. how the Federal Government can best support, contribute to and drive the social, cultural and behavioural shifts required to eliminate violence against women and their children; and


  1. any other related matters.


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