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“The most devastating threat to truth in the world is the overweening claim to the absolutely true. 

In the certainty of the moment the humility of the enduring question is indispensable.”

Karl Jaspers







STEADFAST: From Conflict to Collaboration


Fabulous participants, amazing horses, dedicated and experienced facilitators, great weather and a proven program all came together for another hugely successful Steadfast program in June.  Working with horses, participants engaged in interactive communication exercises led by Maja Ramsey, RockRose Co-Founder, and Kathleen Bonvicini, CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Communication, designed to enable practice of communication skills and exploration of ways to transform differences and conflict into collaboration.


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Steadfast 2012







Annual Summer School on Business Mediation - ISBM 2012

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An American in Admont: Lessons Learned While Admiring the Austrian Alps, by Patricia Prince


There could have been no better setting in which to explore the vast expanse of Past, Present and Future—this year’s theme at the International Summer School on Business Mediation—than in the quaint town of Admont, surrounded by verdant valleys and the inspiring peaks of the Austrian Alps.  The result was a heightened awareness and an awakening to new discoveries.  The genius of the week-long Admont Conference is the confluence of the somatic approach, intellectually stimulating content and a relatively small group (100 attendees) of business professionals and mediators from all over the world with whom to discuss ideas and experiences.  What better way to begin to identify and challenge our own assumptions and conclusions in order to broaden our thinking?  Of even greater import were the relationships developed during the week with other trainers, facilitators and participants, which will continue and amplify the discussions begun during the Admont Conference.  In this way, the Admont Conference is enriching beyond measure to both the participants and the field of conflict resolution in general.  I wish to thank the Rockrose Institute for its generous scholarship to attend the Admont International Summer School on Business Mediation.  







Founders News



RockRose Co-Founder Dana Curtis has joined Hastings College of the Law's Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution as Adjunct and External Training Coordinator, where she will be expanding CNDR's trainings for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, as well as working with CNDR's outstanding adjunct faculty to develop its course offerings for JD,  LLM and MLS students. 


RockRose Co-Founder Rebecca Westerfield has been named to the 2012 Northern California Super Lawyer list in the Alternative Dispute Resolution category.  In addition to continuing her mediation practice at JAMS, The Resolution Experts, she will be an Adjunct Teacher at UC Berkeley School of Law this coming spring.


Rebecca Westerfield also gave a presentation entitled Experiences to Date with ADR Hybrids at the 10th Annual International Mediation Interest Group Meeting on September 3, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.


RockRose Co-Founder Maja Ramsey has been named to the Board of Trustees of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution (  Convergence is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing dialogue where there is division, consensus where there is conflict, and solutions where there is stalemate on issues of national consequence.







Partner News



The Global Stewards Institute and the University of California, Riverside are collaborating on a 3-week study/travel program to Panama, Cuba and the Caribbean: An Emerging Hub in a Changing Region (Dec. 15, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2013) to prepare tomorrow's global leaders, peace builders and agents of social change, challenging them to find creative solutions to world problems. This unique educational-travel experience includes land and sea components; a service project at a SOS Children's Villages, an international NGO; and, a 3-unit global leadership course designed for multicultural and inter-generational postgraduate students and life long learners. An international faculty, regional and in-country specialists from the UN, NGOs and academic institutions will participate in the program. Contact Thea Bellos at [email protected] or 510-540-5725 for additional information. Learn more and apply at  


The World Affairs Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum will hold its 2012 Awards Dinner on Monday, October 29 at 6:00 PM at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.  RockRose Co-Founders Rebecca Westerfield and Maja Ramsey are sponsors of the event. This year they will celebrate two innovators who have harnessed technology for profound social impact.  The Honorees are Reid Hoffman, Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn Corporation and a Partner at Greylock Partners, and Salman Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education for “anyone, anywhere” in the world.  For biographical information on the honorees, please see  For ticket information and other inquiries, contact Susana Rodriguez at 415-293-4665 or [email protected].


Facing History and Ourselves works with large urban schools and districts across the globe to provide students with a rigorous and engaging educational experience. Comprehensive evaluative findings demonstrate Facing History's ability to help students prepare for success in college, careers, and active participation in society. On Monday, November 12, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee, Facing History will convene educators, students, scholars, and community members for an interactive examination of the challenges and opportunities in urban education today, including a keynote by Dr. Claude Steele, eminent social pyschologist and Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. For more information see


Convergence Center for Policy Resolution ( held a gathering in August hosted by RockRose Co-Founder and Convergence Board Member Maja Ramsey to introduce Convergence to new friends in the Bay Area.  In the spirit of Convergence, each guest was urged to "Bring Your Opposite" - Democrats brought Republicans and vice versa.  Convergence President Rob Fersh and Convergence Vice President Aakif Ahmad spoke to the experiences that led them to form Convergence in 2009 and about recent successes on their U.S.-Pakistan Relations and Nutrition & Wellness projects.  RockRose and Convergence were heartened by the diversity of viewpoints in the room, demonstrating that "Opposites" can indeed get together in the interest of forging solutions to our nation's most challenging issues.


United Religions Initiative has initiated a new program, Global Me, to cultivate global citizenship and encourage local action on problems like poverty, hunger and the unequal treatment of women and children in support of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and URI’s Preamble, Purpose and Principles. For the month of September, take action on immigration. URI frequently receives reports of conflict in communities around the world and violations of human rights related to immigration status. URI invites you to join Global Me this month in promoting the human rights and dignity of all immigrants.  Please visit to find ways to get involved.


Angeles Arrien, cultural anthropologist, educator, consultant and President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research, will present a program entitled Living in Gratitude September 28-30 at the Mount Madonna Center.  Angeles will introduce attendees to mastering the art of giving thanks every day through practices and exercises, perennial and indigenous wisdoms, and universal practices for every season and situation.  For more information and to register, go to .


The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is continuing to assist partner countries in strengthening accountability measures to combat sexual violence in times of political unrest and armed conflict, and to investigate various models for sheltering individuals who have been displaced by war and other disasters. The HRC has also been working in partnership with Asoción Pro Búsqueda to locate and identify children who were separated from their families during El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war.  Just this past month, two of three siblings who were separated from their family at very young ages were found and reunited. For more information on these projects and upcoming events, please visit HRC's website at  









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