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Grace Eagle Reed commented on Olivier Urbain's group Transcend: Art and Peace Network (T:AP)
"Hey group---doing a new video "I am the face of poverty" coming soon and "The Fire of Street Joan" a documentary on homeless, unwashed, and jailed almost done. I continue to use poetry as a tool for healing. Good to see this site…"
Sep 6, 2011
Grace Eagle Reed commented on Olivier Urbain's group Transcend: Art and Peace Network (T:AP)
"T:apers---the PCDN (here) is an awesome site. I have had my page up and running for a year or so. We will be able to reach more people this way. I am going to connect our poetry project from here to my site. What is the next project?  Also…"
Jul 12, 2011
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Negotiating Shadows

Negotiating/Mediating extreme conflict using creative expresstion research and the drama arts as tools for transformation and healing, giving more chances for better choices especially with at-risk youth.
Dec 9, 2010
Grace Eagle Reed left a comment for Bill Warters
"Bill, I just requested you as a friend, ask you to go to my webpage and forgot to give you my page. Sorry!! It is www.negotiatingshadows.com Grace Eagle"
Aug 28, 2010
Grace Eagle Reed left a comment for Andrew Benson Greene
"Andrew, to me the force we call God is a Great Mystery Power. I can only know this power through Its manifestations that come to earth to give us the latest message of love that will lead to peace. The manifestations are great souls like Buddha,…"
Jul 31, 2010
Andrew Benson Greene left a comment for Grace Eagle Reed
"Yes, God is the peace that reign. without Him no peace will prevail. I know that what we do is not much about funds. It is the human connections that really matters. I really think that there is blessing in this connection. We must follow God's…"
Jul 31, 2010

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am passionate about the well being of youth at-risk who are having addiction problems. I struggled with it as a youth and know first hand how hard it is to overcome. My story of survival is published in my thesis. I have 30 years of experience in working with addicted persons and seem to be highly effective. I work with several tools including non violent communication techniques. I did a two year research with 13 to 17 year old boys in juvy who experienced success using dramatic expression that emerged as poetry and script writing as a way to voice their conflict. I am a published poet and a dramatist, have directed stage plays, work with poetry slam and creative expression techniques to enhance my research and work. I was invited back to Sweden in 2010 as a key speaker for a Peace Conference. Looking forward to continued work in CR and self discovery as well as the opportunity to serve others in my expertise.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
I lived and worked in North Scandinavia for 5 years, traveled extensively in Sami country. Worked on conflict resolution between Sami and dominant culture. I was able to share the Hopi experience of peace throughout Europe by invitation.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
I currently work with Theatre of the Oppressed model with youth and other conflicted persons.
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://negotiatingshadows.com
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Resolution, Education, Health, Psychosocial
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Program Design, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Creative/Dramatic Expression as tool for healing for at-risk people especially youth
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Negotiating Dramatic Events: Conflict Resolution for Addicted At-Risk Youths in Juvenile Justice. (2008)

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The Power of Poetry for Conflict Resolution Workshop

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 3:21am 0 Comments

This workshop is designed to give practical hands on skills using poetry as a communication tool for conflicted people, especially youth, based on a two-year creative expression research published in my book 'Needs'. Poetry used as a means of stress reduction can be transformative in the healing process. Poetry empowers and helps build trust because it is a language of the heart.… Continue

Gangs, Drugs, Violence, and Communities

Posted on January 17, 2010 at 12:28am 0 Comments

We are losing youth in the US at an alarming rate to drugs, violence, gangs, etc. We need a new way of dealing with this loss. Economic changes, use of nonviolent communication, revamped educational and justice systems are essential. The need for restorative and transformational models of just about any endeavor within communities would help build a world where chances for better choices could unfold. With upside down banking, auto, other industries being bailed out while families are losing… Continue

Importance of Restorative and Transformative Justice

Posted on January 9, 2010 at 5:01pm 1 Comment

Could Transformative Models of Mediation and Restorative Justice Have Made a Difference?



By Grace E. Reed



On Nov.30th a young man, Maurice Clemmons, was shot to death after he shot 4 cops in a coffee shop near Seattle, Washington. Of course it made headlines, (CNN) evoked controversy, and brought out the best and worst of many people with opinions and questions. The main question that seemed to be asked over and over in media and in personal circles was, “Why was he out on… Continue

Article Restorative Justice

Posted on January 9, 2010 at 4:57pm 0 Comments

Am I a Thug Hugger?

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Grace E. Reed

negotiatingshadows.com



I was giving a lecture on the work I did in a Juvenile Justice center and was trying to persuade the audience on the importance of restorative justice using transformative models of mediation and negotiation. After the lecture a man came up to me and said, “This soft on crime thing keeps more gangs on the streets. You thug huggers don’t help.” I thanked him and started to research what a ‘thug hugger’… Continue

'Needs' is published!!

Posted on November 23, 2009 at 1:32am 0 Comments

Hey all I am happy to say my new book is published and I am looking forward to sharing it with all who want to explore the contents. If anyone is interested in buying a copy let me know. Go to my website negotiatingshadows.com to get details and I hope all are happy, free and joyful. Grace

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At 3:20pm on April 23, 2012, Meera Patel said…

Hi Grace,

I believe this would be of interest to you: www.beatingthebomb.com

I co-produced and co-directed this historical documentary charting ‘The Bomb’ from 1941 to present day, framing the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice. It is about war, foreign policy, vested interests, nuclear weapons and the fight against them.

A labour of love, made as a non commercial project to increase awareness on issues (un)der reported by the mainstream media – it’s available as a FREE RESOURCE for educational and campaigning purposes.

If you like it, support it please: screen it, forward it, link it, etc. We allow people/organisations supporting sustainable and peaceful causes to arrange fundraiser screenings for the causes THEY support.

 

At 8:47am on July 31, 2010, Andrew Benson Greene said…
Yes, God is the peace that reign. without Him no peace will prevail. I know that what we do is not much about funds. It is the human connections that really matters. I really think that there is blessing in this connection. We must follow God's path for us to realize his peace. He is the Prince of Peace
At 8:34am on July 31, 2010, Andrew Benson Greene said…
thanks so much Grace for such succinct insight about your work for peace. It sounds so very interesting to read about your current involvement which i found so meaningful. We are on the same page in several worthy ways. i have already put together a collection of forty poems on war and peace in Sierra Leone which I hope to collaborate with someone to publish. The proceeds from this book will go for the construction of schools for the children of amputee parents. Is there any way you will help me publish or co-publish this work that now span a decade of my writing and memoirs? I am also involved in a lot of youth work and activism for peace and human rights in Sierra Leone and so will like to share notes on this too with you. what are the chances of collaboration on a workshop that we can co-facilitate in Sierra Leone for conflict prevention in post-conflict society. Your background in this area will make a lot of difference. please let me know. warm wishes and peace, Andrew
At 11:48pm on July 30, 2010, Andrew Benson Greene said…
Hi Grace,
What peace activities are you engaged in right now? warm wishes, Andrew
At 4:37am on May 9, 2010, Andrew Benson Greene said…
Dear Grace, thanks for hitting the nail on the head.You are right in actually explaining in simple terms my quote. I believe that this forum plays such a vital role in helping us to nthink about many peaceful ways in resolving disputes. It is true that in the 21st century, we entered the gates of fire, and we need to extinguish that fire of war, with the water of peace. Let's spread the peace in all we do through acts of kindness, love, smiles, peaceful attributes that will have ripple effects. If ordinary people like ourselves can do such extra-ordinary things for the sake of peace, we can change the mentality of some greedy leaders to act more responsibly to avoid wars, destruction and also treat the environment fairly. peace and thanks, Andrew
At 6:20am on March 23, 2010, DS said…
Thanks Grace...but sadly for me I've lost contacts with those few Sami friends of Oslo. But I still have some booklets on the Samis and some vry stunning photos. I am looking forward to meeting more friends from minority ethnic groups and native Americans by being in your network. Hope to hear more from you and often. Thanks again.
At 9:04pm on August 21, 2009, Pastor Samuel Muderhwa M said…
Thanks Grace
I still remember your good work and praying for you
I know God can provide for what you need
Please pray for us too

Pastor Samuel
At 6:17am on July 8, 2009, Tabrani Yunis said…
Great. I am very happy with your quick response. Please do send me your short articles. I will publish it in the edition which is being processed. have a nice day with more energetic day.

best Regards

Tabrani Yunis
At 11:47am on January 25, 2009, [-0-] Sam Cook [-0-] said…
Hi Grace,

Yes lets definitely keep in touch! My connect with the Sami has been primarily through the WIPCE networks. The next WIPCE is being hosted in Peru 2011, so it may be something of interest for you in the future.

Cheers
Sam
At 5:51pm on November 27, 2008, Esther Agbarakwe said…
Hi Grace,
Do you know how I felt reading your message? Inspired to better, Well am planing to celebrate International Volunteers Day on 5th Dec 2008 and working on youth participation at the 5th World water Forum and helping to organize the 5th Youth World water forum 2008. www.worldwaterforum5.org

Talk soon

Peace
E.
 
 
 

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