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The Peace Media Clearinghouse

This is an interesting joint project of the United States Institute of Peace and Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution Program .   The Clearinghouse is:  “…a collection of key audio and visual resources and best practices related to conflict management.”

As the “About” page elaborates:

“The clearinghouse provides a central site where educators, students, organizations, and the community of practitioners working in the conflict management field can access multimedia materials that support conflict analysis and prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

These resources can aid professionals in training and educational settings as well as in various communities around the world. For example, these media can be used to highlight examples of peacemaking around the world, as tools to apply conflict analysis frameworks, or to enhance the understanding of conflict regions. The materials in the database range from free online videos to feature length radio programs and films about conflict zones. It also includes a variety of other multimedia like computer games, poster campaigns, and theater. The system allows users to search by media type, subject area, and country. The clearinghouse items are drawn from conflict related-media from around the world, and have been developed by a wide range of talent from non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector. Some were developed with a peacemaking goal in mind, while others are simply explorations of conflicts and related issues. They can be useful to those trying to understand or manage conflict.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of work in this area. The clearinghouse includes a section for “teaching guides” that have been developed to show people how to use the films in a training context. Additionally, we hope that increased dialogue on how to create and use multimedia will also allow for a distillation of lessons learned and development of best practices so as to advance the professionalism of this new field.”

The current site is still “in beta”, and you can see they also have big plans for the future development of the Clearinghouse.

This is exactly what we need to teach about peace and conflict resolution.

IGbarb says: an “explosion” of work in this area?   Hmmm…maybe not the greatest image :-), but more grease to your elbow anyway!

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June 12, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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