Culture Change through Collaborative Gaming – Today at 4:30

Join us today, 4:30-6:00 p.m., for our next Speaker Event:

Culture Change through Collaborative Gaming: Learning to Collaborate (and “Compete” Together)!

GamesPresenters: Sharon Sutherland and Emily Martin

Did you grow up playing only competitive games and internalizing the message that individualized competition is culturally neutral and teaches critical life skills? This session will introduce participants to lesser known models of play that depend upon team-based competition (against the game) and group problem-solving, and that offer the potential to test cultural norms of competition while allowing opportunities to practice skills that will support both interest-based negotiation and mediation practices. Learn about the ways in which games can support skills learning, be used within a negotiation or mediation, and assist parties to rethink their approach to problem solving.

Sharon Sutherland is a mediator, lawyer and conflict resolution trainer. From 2000-2014, Sharon was a full-time faculty member at University of British Columbia Faculty of Law teaching mediation, mediation advocacy, and a judicial externship. Sharon has a lengthy history of program design and management, including co-development and management of BC’s Court Mediation Program (1998-2003), design and partnership development for Mediate BC’s Child Protection Mediation Practicum (2006-2010), and as a founding member of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society. Sharon has a life long interest in competitive sports and games, and has recently been inspired by European tabletop games to re-examine her assumptions about collaborative gaming.

Emily Martin has worked for the Public Employment Relations Commission in Washington State since 2003. At PERC, she serves as an examiner in unfair labor practice proceedings, a hearing officer in representation and unit clarification matters, an arbitrator, and a mediator in collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and unfair labor practice settlements. She also trains and facilitates groups seeking to improve their negotiations and labor management committees. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her BA from Penn State. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association and the ABA.

ATTENDANCE: Sharon and Emily will lead a face-to-face discussion at KPMG’s downtown Vancouver office (777 Dunsmuir, 4th floor).

Livestream for the event is available at:  If you join us by livestream, we encourage you to make a donation to support CoRe’s Speaker Series here or consider purchasing a full year’s membership for 2016.  From November 1st to December 31st, 2016 memberships will be priced at $45 for the year, and include the 2015 Ethics session on November 25th; $50 annually after December 31st.

Emily and Sharon have prepared a list of cooperative games you might like to try out – or add to your holiday gift wishlist! Also, check out Sharon’s post about Cooperative Games for mediators at CoRe Jolts.

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