Creative Tools for Conflict Engagement

Conflict is human, so is moving past conflict. Conflict that is between people is also within people. To engage with conflict towards transformation and generative relations we must engage with both the internal and external circumstances of conflict. This workshop takes a psychosocial approach to offer facilitators, community leaders and activists skills to recognize identity differences and bias awareness as cultural and personal, and offers tools to build creative relations across the differences. Dorit Cypis is a … [Read more...]


Correspondence Readings by Morani Kornberg-Weiss and Meital Yaniv Followed by a discussion lead by Dorit Cypis  Craftswoman House Temporary Residence is pleased to present a reading and discussion at The Pop-Hop in Highland Park on Sunday, February 22 at 4pm. The reading will feature contributions by Israeli born writers Morani Kornberg-Weiss and Meital Yaniv who address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through intimate reflections that collapse the distance between public and private experience. Following the … [Read more...]

Understanding Conflict Through Art

Perched on a red velvet chair in her bohemian West Hollywood home, Dorit Cypis is the picture of calm. It's hard to imagine that she works with conflict on a daily basis. The Israeli artist is also a professional mediator; she received a master's degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University in 2005 and has been mediating ever since. Cypis is one of three recipients of the $10,000 SPArt (Social Practice Art) grant. SPArt is a Los Angeles-based initiative that funds artistic projects. The organization looks for … [Read more...]

Chats About Change | Pivoting: Ethics And Aesthetics

Pivoting: Ethics And Aesthetics Dorit Cypis Recent critical frameworks including Institutional Critique, Feminism and Identity Politics question the relationship between ethics and aesthetics complicating the artist’s role in society. And we are not finished. Where ethics connotes social responsibility and aesthetics imply that anything goes, what motivates artists to weave the two together and take on social challenges larger than a singular artistic voice? Where do artists “find” themselves in the confluence of … [Read more...]

Diversity Inside/Out: The Role of Anxiety in Mediation

A presentation by Dorit Cypis and Milan Slama This is an interactive presentation that recognizes the important role that anxiety and identity play in challenging mediators to “mediate courageously”. To be effective mediators we must recognize our own anxieties when we mediate difficult situations, discomforting topics and challenging clients, and assess how much risk we are willing to take before endangering the process of mediation and losing necessary trust of the parties. Mediators participating in this session … [Read more...]

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