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PACS 4500 Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies Section 001 Guy Burgess
Map Project Questions? Simplified Mapping?
Occam's Razor Conspiracy Theory Syndrome Put Yourself in the other guy’s shoes http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/03/mh370-electrical-fire/
Culture Info Graphic http://www.dramafever.com/news/eastern-and-western-attitudes-about-life-explained-in-18-simple-infographics/
TV and Birth Rates http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/opinion/kristof-tv-lowers-birthrate-seriously.html?hp&rref=opinion
Occupy Denver http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_25378511/occupy-denvers-shameful-use-free-speech#axzz2wVZiEjF5
Medicaid Protests http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/us/protest-disrupts-georgia-senate-session-on-bill-to-block-medicaid-expansion.html
The Civil War http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceRg_rxXQ_E
Finding/Understanding Opportunities Follow the Money
Opportunity Search Strategy • Identify organizations and projects working in your areas of interest that may offer job opportunities • Identify potential funding sources for projects that you (or your organization) may wish to initiate • Learn how to write and submit proposals • Develop a comprehensive image of the full scope of peace and conflict practice • Situate your goals and activities in the context of the work of others • Identify potential collaborators • Identify organizations doing related work may be a source of inspiration and ideas • Time consuming process with economies of scale – find partners!
Step #1: Access a Major Funding Database < Free “On Campus” http://infoedglobal.com/solutions/grants-contracts/spin-funding-opportunities/ http://pivot.cos.com/about
Step #2: Become an Advanced “Power User” Note: These systems are undergoing major changes and improvements. While the system illustrated here is being replaced (and the screenshots offered here do not match), the general strategy is still workable and make sense.
Step #5: Identify Search Terms • Start with your plain English “buzzwords” for describing your areas of subject and geographic interest • Also include type of funding program • Use the search system’s keyword thesaurus to try to identify the terms that it uses for the same subjects • Run some searches and identify a few of the most promising results and look for related search terms and buzzwords and add those to your search term list • Run a full search
Step #7: Investigate Promising Programs Be willing to think in new and creative ways and adapt your ideas to the funding environment
Think About Next Steps • Network with promising projects • Pursue collaboration • Seek jobs • Adapt good ideas to other contexts • Write proposals for “fill in the gaps” projects
Proposal Writing • A worthwhile and lucrative skill to develop • Sources of assistance: • ADD LINKS TO HINTS
Current Areas of Interest • Conflict Resolution Education: In order to promote the inclusion of conflict prevention and resolution in classroom instruction and school programs, the Foundation supports training of teachers and school administrators, as well as the development and distribution of curricular and teaching materials that introduce students to dispute resolution concepts and training. • Peer Mediation: Peer mediation programs in schools have proven effective in reducing violence and teaching peaceful negotiation skills to our nation’s youth. The Foundation may provide grants to support the preparation, printing, and distribution of peer mediation training materials on a national level. • Community Mediation: The Foundation provides resources and support for community mediation programs and national distribution of community mediation training materials. • Professional Education: The Foundation supports the advancement of ADR through improvements to professional education and will consider grants to promote innovations in teaching ADR or to stimulate interest and excellence through awards and recognitions. • Innovations in Resolving Disputes and Making Dispute Resolution Services More Available: Innovations in community and non-profit organizational delivery of dispute resolution services, particularly to underserved populations, is encouraged and supported by the Foundation. • International Dispute Resolution Programs: The Foundation may award grants to U.S.-based organizations that provide dispute resolution assistance in transitioning and developing countries.
How to Apply for a Grant • Purpose of potential request • How the proposal relates to the Foundation’s current areas of interest • Why the proposal is unique and why is it needed • Changes that will occur as a result of funding the proposal • Plans for evaluating the project's success (i.e., how will you know that the project’s goals have been met?) • The organization’s history, mission, and goals • Name(s) and qualifications of designated project director(s) • Other organizations engaged in work similar to the proposed project • Anticipated project budget, including amount of funding sought from the Foundation • Other funding sources for the project and amounts applied for, received, or committed • If intended as an ongoing program, plans for sustaining the program
Budget • Personnel Expenses • Project Directors / Key Individuals -- Listed by name, FTE, base salary, and time period – contractual obligation • Graduate students – no name salary, tuition-waiver, FTE, time period • Undergraduate students – salary, tuition-waiver, FTE, time period • Others • Fringe Benefits • Listed by category, fixed percentage (28%-1%) • Expenses • Travel • Equipment • Contractors • Etc. • Indirect Costs • 0-50% • Matching Funds • Dates
Massively Parallel Peacebuilding ? What Would You Advise?
Mike Rosen vs. Educrats • Tenure • Evaluation / retention / seniority • Self-Esteem Teaching • Self-Discovery • Politically correct teaching Dispute
Fairview High School:80 Valedictorians! With Perfect Grades
School Improvement Team vs.Faculty & Principal Dispute Promoting Tougher Standards OK
SIT President Conflict Style:Authority Not Collaboration HostileTakeover Dispute
For the Best Students The Best and the Brightest