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BOCC encourages residents to utilize community resources to resolve conflicts in constructive ways
Contact: County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier, 970-471-2298
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed October 2019 to be Conflict Resolution Month in Summit County. In doing so, Summit County joins with individuals and organizations across Colorado that are committed to productive and nonviolent strategies for dealing with conflict, dispute and disagreement.
Conflict Resolution Month is a statewide initiative that builds awareness of practices such as arbitration, mediation, restorative justice and non-violent communication, helping Coloradans deal constructively with conflict. Locally, a diverse coalition of organizations has come together to advance conflict resolution.
Each year, Conflict Resolution Month organizers select a book that promotes dialogue and addresses problem solving skills. This year, the recommended reading for Conflict Resolution Month is a children's book, "The Rabbit Listened," by Cori Doerrfeld.
“This is the first year we’ve brought children into the Conflict Resolution Month programming in such a robust way,” Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “I think it’s so valuable for adults and children to have discussions together about how to resolve conflict in productive, nonviolent ways. The kids themselves are great teachers on this subject – we adults can learn a lot from these intergenerational conversations.”
The Conflict Resolution Coalition of Summit County was organized in September 2014 to expand awareness of conflict resolution programs and services in the area. The coalition has more than 40 members, including attorneys, educators, mediators, organizational development practitioners, Summit School District, Colorado Mountain College, law enforcement agencies, Summit County Library, the faith community, social services administrators, the Keystone Policy Center and others.
The local coalition has organized events that will take place throughout Summit County in October:
5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2: An evening of theater, skill building and pizza at Lake Dillon Theatre, 460 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne. Lake Dillon Theatre Company Community Outreach Director Colt Neidhardt will introduce a short video from the production of “Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical.” Summit students will act out conflict scenarios designed by Executive Director Josh Blanchard, followed by discussion facilitated by Colorado Rep. Julie McCluskie. Pizza and nonalcoholic drinks will follow. Co-sponsored by Summit Schools and Lake Dillon Theatre Company, free admission.
7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8: Reading and discussion of "The Rabbit Listened," by Cori Doerrfeld, Next Page Books and Nosh, 409 Main St., Frisco. This picture book conveys how to (and how not to) be supportive of someone who is sad and frustrated. The book is written at a preschool level, but the message is applicable to children of all ages and adults. Co-sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Coalition and Next Page, free admission.
Throughout the month of October:
For more information on Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado, visit www.conflictresolutionmonth.org.