Designing a Paper Airplane, the Metaphor of a Lamp, and Other Models for Reflective Practice

By: David J. Smith, May 5, 2017 I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach students working toward their certificate, master’s and PhD degrees at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where I received my MS.  The past few years I have taught the course “Reflective Practice in ConflictContinue reading “Designing a Paper Airplane, the Metaphor of a Lamp, and Other Models for Reflective Practice”

George Mason University’s S-CAR Hosts Summer Conflict Resolution Youth Summit, Fairfax, VA, 7/17-7/21

By: David J. Smith, April 5, 2017 George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution is hosting its first Summer Conflict Resolution Youth Summer July 17-21. Designed for high school students, the summit will explore issues of social and political action, global engagement, justice, reconciliation, leadership, and interpersonal dynamics. More information and registration beContinue reading “George Mason University’s S-CAR Hosts Summer Conflict Resolution Youth Summit, Fairfax, VA, 7/17-7/21”

Reflections on 2016

By David J. Smith, December 15, 2016 Disruption was the watchword for 2016. The election of Donald Trump could usher in a seismic transformation of the role of government and the social compact that Americans haven’t experienced since FDR was president. Indications are that he will be the most unconventional (and unpredictable) president we’ve hadContinue reading “Reflections on 2016”