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chukJuly 2016 – Chukwuma Obasi leads Uniform Justice, a performance-documentary project working to improve community police relations, and in this episode he shares his story about this work of art, conflict resolution and social justice with AC4’s Meredith Smith. Uniform Justice is run with Intersections International, an organization based in NYC, and has currently taken place in Memphis, TN and in Montclair, NJ. This episode discusses the aims of the project and insights learned so far for reducing tensions between police and community and violence within certain communities.

Check out the follow-up conversation that continued after this episode and included AC4’s Kim Nguyen here.

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Photo Credit to Oxfam International

Photo Credit to Oxfam International

May 2016 – In this episode, we feature powerful remarks given by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ms. Leymah Gbowee, at this year’s Sustaining Peace Conference at Columbia University. For this show, we include the first part of Gbowee’s keynote address on the theme of Women, Peace and Security. Full video of the keynote as well as the following panel discussion with Ms. Sarah Knuckey, Dr. Natasha Anandaraja and moderator Beth Fisher-Yoshida. Full video can be found here: ac4.ei.columbia.edu/events/annual-s…ace-event-2016/

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hansonApril 2016 – Meredith Smith interviews Michael Hanchett Hanson, a professor of creativity at Columbia, along with Melissa Cesarano, a doctorate student of cognitive studies, focused on socio-emotional learning. Dr. Hanson spent the last 15 years teaching and researching on the development of creativity at Teachers College, and in arts classrooms with learners of all ages around NYC. Dr. Hanson discusses his experiences in the field, and explains his definition of creativity as an ideology, sharing about his new book “Worldmaking: Psychology and the Ideology of Creativity”, and how developing creativity and becoming an agent of change connects to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

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Photo from Janna Levin.

March 2016  – Dr. Janna Levin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Columbia, discusses the topic of nuclear energy and containment, and its connections to peace and conflict, with AC4’s Meredith Smith and Kim Nguyen. Dr. Levin specializes in black holes and chaos theory, including the cosmology of extra dimensions and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is the author of How the Universe Got its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space and a recent novel about the famous mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, titled A Madman Dream of Turing Machines, which one the PEN/Bingham Prize. She has been called one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science. For more info on Janna Levin: www.jannalevin.com

jininInternational Women’s Day 2016 – Jin In, women’s advocate, speaker and founder of 4Girls GLocal Leadership – 4GGL joins us on conversations form the leading edge for International Women’s Day

Eastern-born, western-bred, Jin In today is a committed global citizen igniting a new power source – the next generation of empowered female leaders who will transform the world.

Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL) is currently electrifying a social change movement that is transforming antiquated mindsets about girls in the developing world ­– from “trash” to a near 1 billion strong, powerful force for change.

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healeyFebruary 2016 – Dr. Jason Healey is an expert on current events and policies that effect the cyber realm and the role of cooperation and conflict in cyber space. Dr. Healey is a Professor and Senior Research Scholar at SIPA and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, where he was the founding director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Here he discusses and gives insight on the dynamics of cyber conflict with AC4’s Meredith Smith and Alex James.

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cmmlandingNovember 2015- In this conversation, Professor Beth Fisher-Yoshida discusses Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), a communications approach to sustaining peace and resolving conflict within communities. She talks with Venera Kusari, 2015 CMM Fellow and alumni of Columbia’s Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, and host, Meredith Smith. The conversation gives an overview of CMM, telling about the historical origins as well as some current initiatives. Dr. Fisher Yoshida is on faculty and the academic director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at Columbia, one of the Executive Chairs of AC4, and a regular host of the AC4/WKCR *Conversations on the Leading Edge* show.
For more on CMM, start here: ac4.ei.columbia.edu/ac4-supported-i…of-meaning-cmm/

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Photo Credit to GARA (2015)

October 2015 – AC4, in collaboration with Scensei, the design analytics and decision support boutique, has spent the past six months engaged in an investigation exploring self-determination as a democratic process in the Basque Country. In particular, this project involved an independent study on Sustainable Human Development, conducting research in collaboration with the Agirre Lehendakaria Center in the Basque Country.

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Peter at sustaining peaceSeptember 2015 – In this conversation, Meredith Smith talks with Dr. Peter Coleman about Dynamical Systems Theory (DST), a mathematical approach to sustaining peace and resolving conflict. He tells about the historical origins of DST as well as current initiatives. Dr. Peter Coleman is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia, the director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, one of the Executive Chairs of AC4, and the founder of *Conversations on the Leading Edge*.
For more on DST, watch Prof. Coleman’s talk from Columbia University’s 2015 Sustaining Peace Conference: ac4.ei.columbia.edu/events/annual-s…iningpeace2015/

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040 (1)August 2015 – In this conversation, Meredith Smith talks with Debi Spindelman, the practice manager for Columbia University’s Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice (MDP) program at SIPA, and with Kevin Johnstone, an alumnus of the MDP program, who is currently working in Sierra Leone as the Renewable Energy Policy Advisor at an organization called IBIS. Meredith Smith and Spindelman talk with Johnstone about his current work and the practical implications of the knowledge he learned at SIPA. *The music included in this episode was written and composed by Kevin Johnstone; it is the song that has become the theme song for our show.

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July 2015 – The three co-founders of a community-based organization named Fundación Puerta Abierta, based in Medellín, Colombia join AC4’s Kyong Mazarro to discuss their work to foster, encourage, develop and support youth and their communities toward transcending violence and creating social change.

English interview can be heard here on SoundCloud.

 

 


mdp-4-pillarsJune 2015André Corrêa d’Almeida discusses his work in sustainability and international development with AC4 Director, Joshua Fisher. They explore elements of trust building and the role of conflict resolution skills in sustainable development. André Corrêa d’Almeida is Professor and Program Manager of the Masters program in Development Practice at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is the founder and director of several programs at the Earth Institute.

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May 2015 – Meredith Smith interviews Sayantani DasGupta, doctor, writer, professor and core faculty of Columbia’s Narrative Medicine program about the role of conflict in her work on health, narrative and social justice.

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April 2015 – Interview with Dr. Louis Kriesberg, distinguished conflict scholar, on his new book Realizing Peace: A Constructive Conflict Approach

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jill straussMarch 2015 – Meredith Smith, AC4’s Research Coordinator, interviews Dr. Jill Strauss who teaches Conflict Resolution and Communications at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Dr. Strauss discusses the role of arts in conflict resolution and tells about her upcoming workshop “Storytelling in Contexts of Conflict” that will be offered at the 2015 Sustaining Peace Conference on March 26th at Columbia University.

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Dr. Robert Jervis of Columbia University gives a lecture entitled: "What do we know about deterrence?"

 

February 2015  Beth Fisher-Yoshida interviews Dr. Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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GdenningJanuary 2015 – Josh Fisher interviews Columbia’s Glenn Denning, director of both the MPA in Development Practice Program and Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, on the topics of agriculture and conflict.

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December 2014 – Peter Coleman interviews Larry Liebovitch, AC4 Adjunct Senior Research Scientist Professor of Physics and Psychology at Queens College of the City University of New York.

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November 2014 – Peter Coleman interviews José Pascal da Rocha, a professor of conflict resolution at Columbia discussing his experiences in the field and explaining how paper-based role-playing games have helped him solve huge and seemingly intractable real-world problems.

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October 2014 – Beth Fisher-YoshidMCWheadera interviews AC4’s Peter T. Coleman and Rob Ferguson about their new book – Making Conflict Work.

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August 2014 – Beth Fisher-Yoshida interviews Alex Fischer, Associate Director of the Haiti Research and Policy Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Senior Research Associate with CIESIN at Earth Institute.
Photo taken by Alex Fischer in Haiti.

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July 2014 – Peter Coleman interviews John Barkat, Assistant Secretary-General and head of the Ombuds (or conflict mediation) program at the United Nations.

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June 2014 – Peter Coleman interviews Naira Musallam, who discusses conflict dynamics in Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and Syria, from a complexity science perspective.

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May 2014 – Peter Coleman interviews Chris Blattman who discusses work to prevent high-risk men in Liberia from becoming mercenary soldiers.

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April 2014 – Peter Coleman discusses the 2013 Kenyan elections with Jacqueline Klopp

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March 2014 – Peter Coleman interviews Séverine Autesserre regarding her conflict resolution work in the Congo

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January 2014 – Beth Fisher-Yoshida interviews John Zinsser about his experiences as an organizational ombudsman

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November 2013 – Peter Coleman interviews Josh Fisher and Kyong Mazzaro regarding their work on “positive peace” and the Millennium Development Goals

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October 2013 – Discussion with Nick Redding regarding the AC4 co-sponsored week-long Dynamical Systems Innovation Lab on applying complexity science to conflict and peace

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September 2013 – Beth Fisher-Yoshida interviews Jeff Thompson about how body language, gestures, and appearance factor into mediation

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August 2013 – Beth Fisher-Yoshida interviews Rob Ferguson who discusses his work on Conflict Intelligence

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July 2013 – Beth Fisher-Yoshida interviews Christianna Gozzi & Kyong Mazzaro about conflict mediation

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May 2013 – Interview with Beth Fisher-Yoshida on mediation in Israel

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March 2013 – Interview with Aldo Civico on gang violence

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February 2013 – Interview with Christine Webb on reconciliation behavior

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December 2012 – Interview with Joshua Fisher on armed conflict forecasting (Listen on WKCR)


October 2012 – Interview with Rob Ricigliano on sustaining peace


September 2012 – Interview with Nick Redding & Christianna Gozzi on developing AC4 Link

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July 2012 – Interview with Shahar Sadeh on Middle East nature parks

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June 2012 – Interview with Mark Levy on the earthquake in Haiti

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five percentMay 2012 – WKCR Interviews Peter Coleman about The Five Percent

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