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Call for Entries to the “Make Talk Work” Second International Video Competition for Short Films

New York, NY, March 2, 2009 – The City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium (CUNY DRC) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has announced the Make Talk Work® Second International Video Competition for short films that can demonstrate how peaceful solutions could be found for difficult issues. The project, funded by the JAMS Foundation, is aimed at increasing public awareness of dispute resolution and the innovative formats it uses to resolve conflict across many different spheres.

The films, which can run up to 60 seconds, can be based on any of the 24 Make Talk Work® bookmarks, including:

Creative settlements of disputes

Conflict resolvers dealing with conflict situations

Communications that prevent violent outcomes

Prevention of bullying or harassment

Inspiring communication breakthroughs


The Make Talk Work® bookmark project offers tips on effective ways to manage talk with others by providing simple messages that draw on complex dispute resolution principles and processes.

Individuals or teams are eligible for the competition in the adult or youth categories. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) April 17, 2009. Prizes awarded to winning videos range from $250 to $3,000. Up to 32 prizes will be awarded. Winning entries will be posted on YouTube and on the CUNY DRC’s website.

For more details about guidelines for submissions, visit http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/dispute/competition.asp


About the City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice:
The CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium at John Jay serves as a comprehensive coordinating mechanism to advance dispute resolution research and innovative program development. 

 About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations.  In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/.