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A Mixed Week

This has been an up and down week on the East Coast, as you might imagine.    On the up side, although some of us on this coast found life a little disrupted, there was still record participation in CyberWeek, which is one more testament to the fact that the use of technology to address various kinds of conflict situations is no longer on the fringe.  The level of the discussions, both in terms of numbers and in terms of quality, was remarkable, as was the amount of new information that surfaced during the week.  It is always the case that even those of us who think about technology and conflict engagement a lot will find in the CyberWeek interactions something to stretch our thinking or open up new ways of looking at the world.  Again this year, sincere thanks to the Werner Institute at Creighton for hosting, and thanks to Cornell for reviving the online mediation competition.

On the down side, PeaceTones did not win the Innovating Justice award, but we were one of the final three programs in consideration for the award, and that speaks volumes about the vision and the great heart of Jeff Aresty, who was there at The Hague representing PeaceTones.

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Innovating Justice Update

 

We were just informed that PeaceTones made the cut as one of the final three projects being considered for the award this year.  Jeff will be on a plane to the Hague to be there in case we are the ultimate winner.

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Innovating Justice Project

 

 

The Innovating Justice Project of The Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law has just informed us that PeaceTones has made it to the final round of six to be assessed by the judges in the 2012 Innovating Justice Awards competition.  The top three will be invited to The Hague in November, where the winner for 2012 will be announced.  For more information on the competition, click here.  For more information about PeaceTones, click here.

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Innovating Justice Contest

This is exciting news for me:  PeaceTones just moved to the voting round in a contest for innovating justice.  All we need now is enough votes to be selected as the winner! The winner gets a suite of really great resources from the Innovating Justice organization that helps them scale their work up.    The voting starts on September 20, so when the date rolls around, please go to http://www.innovatingjusticeawards.com/View-Idea/165?idea=1605&cid=62 and VOTE.  Once you have voted, please share on your Facebook wall and tweet that you have voted.

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PeaceTones Concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night at Montserrat House in DC, JayArr (on the left with his hand raised) and Carolyn Malachi (on the right in mid-song) did a benefit performance for PeaceTones.  Although I was a bit disappointed at the turnout, I was not at all disappointed in the spirit in the room and the commitment to the PeaceTones goals of using music to encourage social change and to empower those who live in post conflict (and active conflict) environments.

I have a very close emotional connection to PeaceTones, not least because it was born of a conversation between Jeff Aresty and me while we were lost on Paradise Lane in Liverpool some years ago.  PeaceTones is intentionally run with a narrow margin for survival – 90% of any money raised goes to the artist and the social project of her or his choice.  That means that events like the one last night are crucial for PeaceTones’ sustainability.  If there’s one in your town, please support the artists by coming out for some good music and good company.  You can find info on the project and the artists at PeaceTones.

Sorry about the grainy photos – an iPhone in low light will only yield so much . . . .

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