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Brandon Sipes, M.A. Senior Consultant: The ARIA Group. Brandon Sipes has spent the last several years engaged with identity conflicts in the United States and around the world, leading to an understanding of the way in which identity can be utilized for both division and unity. Research on religious conflict has taken him to Northern Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia, the Middle East and North Africa. His work with ARIA has included organizational visioning and conflict mediation, facilitator training and development, as well as educational and training work.
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Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Northern Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia, the Middle East and North Africa
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
Please select the donors (bi-lateral, international or foundations) in which you have direct and signifcant experience (either work for the donor or on projects funded by them)
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Role of arts in peacebuilding; civility in discourse; role of religion in conflict transformation
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Goldberg, Rachel; editor. Chapter in a multi-author book on the role of religion in conflict transformation. To be published in 2013.
Rothman, Jay, ed. The Handbook for Identity Based Conflict, Springer Publications, 2012.
Badawi, A., Sipes, B., Sternberg, M. “From Antagonism to Resonance: The Core of ARIA and a key to engaging Identity Based Conflicts.” From Identity Based Conflict to Identity Based Cooperation. ed. Rothman, Jay. Springer, 2012.
“Social Transformation in Conflict and the Kumi Method.” Embedding Mediation in Society. ed. Manichev, Sergey & Redlich, Alexander. St. Petersburg Dialogues. 2012
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Thanks for the invitation to connect. I'm currently living in Tel Aviv and am just starting to dabble in some grant writing work for Mepeace.org. Are you familiar with the site? I took a look at some of the work you've been doing, are you working on any specific projects in the Israel - Palestine?
Brandon, Thanks for the connection and invitation to collaborate on an article for Music and Arts in Action. Seems we'd share much in that regard and with your interest in the role of religion in conflict. We should be talking, yes.. I am in the midst of a practicum and writing another article through June, but perhaps after that if you are still at it. I'm interested to learn more about your work.
Nice to meet you. Yes we do have several common interests! This is an amazing network to connect, share and learn from one another.
I checked out ARIA's website and it seems like such a resourceful link. I'm interested in learning more about Action Research/Evaluation, because I know that it relates directly to my community development work. I will pass on this new knowledge to the people I work within hope that we can start improving our work in-process. Always in process!! :)
Would love to hear more about your work and that event (i think) in Beth Jala you mentioned...
Thanks for your message! Its a shame we didn't get a chance to chat when you were over this direction. I had a look at your website and there's definitely room for some collaborative work between our organisations.
We are in the middle of finally updating our website but we could skype etc if you had any specific ideas in mind. Our organisation is currently working throughout Northern Ireland and also in Kosovo, San Francesco, Canada and Zimbabwe and we would certainty be interested in some collaborative work on Intra-group Pre-Negotiation training.
Are you planning any trips back this direction in the near future?
Thanks again for your message Brandon and all hope to hear from you soon
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