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Conflict Resolution an Essential Community Development Skill


Conflict resolution skills will be beneficial at some point in any community development project.  Whether it be resolving disputes between community groups or between the community and outside forces, facilitating a dispute resolution process that is culturally-sensitive will lead to a more sustainable and successful community development process.  However, not many field workers and development practitioners have the necessary skills in community mediation, facilitation, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, conflict transformation and even conflict transcendence.  Our online course Community-Driven Dispute Resolution will equip participants with the skills and resources they need to resolve community disputes.  The course instructor, Lee Scharf, has decades of experience working in marginalized communities and culturally-sensitive contexts.  This course has received great reviews from past students and is a highly recommended addition to the Community Development Online Certificate program. Now registering for Community-Driven Dispute Resolution through March 10.  Course runs March 15 – April 19, 2013.

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1518 – Community-Based Food Systems

During this five week course, you will learn about various approaches to building community-based food systems and movements for food justice around the world. Together, we will evaluate successful efforts at food system relocalization and the protection of community food resources, as well as the factors that threaten these efforts.

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Summer II Session

GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

This course explores theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development.

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