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Conflict Resolution Day

Conflict Resolution Day was created by ACR (the Association for Conflict Resolution) to promote awareness of ways that you can resolve conflict. This article provides ways that you can promote conflict resolution in your community. Feel free to add your own ideas too.

This is the idea that’s Gary Dorr came up with. Enjoy it and pass it on.

Each Year ACR celebrates Conflict Resolution Day the third Thursday of October.

Our logo of the tree was designed as a symbol to celebrate growth in Conflict Resolution. The first year, start small, but just like the tree the seeds you plant one year, will continue to grow and blossom each year.

Conflict Resolution Day was conceived in 2005 by ACR to:

• Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict;
• Promote the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system;
• Recognize the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers; and
• Obtain national synergy by having celebrations happen across the country and around the world on the same day.

We offer the ability to download a Conflict Resolution Day poster which is available in seven languages (Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, Japanese, and Spanish). We are interested in offering the posters in additional languages, so if you can assist us in translating, please let us know. We also include tips on setting up a program, a sample letter that can be used to request a proclamation, and many proclamations from various jurisdictions.

October has become a time to promote and celebrate peaceful conflict resolution practices worldwide. Dedicated dispute resolution practitioners are helping to educate the public about mediation and other innovative conflict management processes. The ABA declared the third week of October, “ABA Mediation Week,” in part building on the efforts of many other national, state, and local organizations, including the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) which have been celebrating conflict resolution during the month of October. The ABA and ACR, as well as numerous other organizations, are working to raise awareness of the importance of mediation and conflict resolution.

Select from the following to learn more about Conflict Resolution Day
Activities and Events celebrating Conflict Resolution Day 2011
To submit your planned Conflict Resolution Day Event, please fill out our event form here or email your CR Day event to Leah Retting.

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Gary Dorr

Gary Dorr has been an avid rock climber, skiier, trainer, and outdoorsman.  He also received a degree in Fine Arts from the Banff School of Fine Arts.  He has developed a variety of artistic techniques and styles. is fortunate that he has transferred these skills to digital arts. MORE >

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