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Join us April 7-13th on our Brāv Continuing Education and Networking Cruise!

Brāv International Networking and
Continuing Education Cruise

*A deposit of $250 per person due September 23, 2018; if going solo, must pay double*

When: April 7 th 2019- April 13 th , 2019
Where: We will leave from beautiful Ft. Lauderdale
Florida, travel to Georgetown, Grand Cayman, then Puerto
Costa Maya, Mexico, followed by Cozumel, Mexico before
returning to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Why?: Because the Brāv International Networking and
Continuing Education Cruise is your opportunity to meet
your continuing education requirements and have the
opportunity to network with Conflict Management
Professionals from across the country.

Costs and Requirements
The costs of the trip are listed per person based on dual
occupancy.

All room categories are on a first come first
serve basis.

*Must have valid, current passport*

JOIN US HERE!

Drinking Packages are available on the ship.
The prices include the cruise, port fees, and taxes. They
also include the training package listed within the
description. Meals in the main dining room and at the
buffets are covered, as well as some meals at select
included restaurants on board. This price does not include
premium drinks, airfare, transfers or shore excursions. The
price also does not include travel insurance which is Highly
Recommended. 3

1 Passengers traveling alone and/or who would like three people in a room should contact the travel agent,
Weekend Wanderers, directly at 1 (814) 674-8918 to make arrangements.
2 Companion tickets can be purchased for persons who are traveling with a person taking the training but
do not wish to take the training themselves. They are priced at (SB) $950; (OVB) $850; (OV) $800; and (I)
$750. Priority for rooms is given to rooms where both parties are taking the training.
3 For Travel Insrance please contact Weekend Wanderers at 1 (814) 674-8918 or at
WeekendWanderers@Aol.com.

Training Packages
All Travelers (2)
 Introduction to Conflict Management (S)- This course is a primer to those who
are new to the field of Conflict Management or those who are veteran conflict
managers who wish to see what is new.
 Brāv International Events (C)- This course is a description of courses which are
offered by Brāv internationally, including our trips to Australia and Isreal/Europe.

Bronze Level Travelers (5)
 Online Conflict Management (C)- This course explains the growing field of
online conflict managements and how you can use OCM to grow your business.
 Using the Brāv Platform (A)- This course is a training on how to use the Brāv
platform in your business and how it can make your OCM practice more efficient.
 Becoming a Brāv One (A)- This course explains how you can join the Brāv OCM
family, even if you are not intending to be a mediator.

Silver Level Travelers (9)
 Cultural Awareness in Mediation (S)- This course goes through the process of
being culturally sensitive in culturally diverse mediation situations.
 International Mediation Process (C)- This course explains the intricacies of
international mediation for those who are entering into the field.
 Ethics in Mediation (S)- This course highlights the importance of ethics in the
field of conflict management, looking at the situations and solutions that arise
from conflict in the world.
 International Domestic Violence (A)- This course discusses how to deal with
domestic violence in situations where people are being abused by loved ones.

Brāv Level Travelers (13)
 The Mexico Trade Agreement (C)- This course looks at the new US/Mexico
Trade Agreement and possible conflicts arising from it.
 Human Rights In the Modern Era (S)- This course looks at how human rights can
be protected by OCM
 Addressing The Divisive Mind (S)- Mr. Zamor’s masterclass in how the mind works in
conflict.
 Current Event Class (C)- A class on an event between now and the cruise 4
Each Category includes the classes above. 5
4 Classes are subject to change and replacement by a class of equal or lesser value.
5 (S) Stanley Zamor, (A) Dr. Alli, (C) Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer
To peruse and pay, please CLICK HERE!

For Questions please contact info@Brav.org.

Rooms come with two beds*

Actual room may differ from picture*

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*Exclusive Interview with Marshal Webb, E.J. Hilbert and Eric Taylor of PATH Network

The ICO world is full of legal ambiguity and many are working hard to game the system, just hoping not to get caught. The team behind PATH Network is different as they are striving to be as compliant as possible. The team is led by an ex-FBI agent who has served as a cybersecurity and governance consultant to numerous firms during his role with Kroll and PWC.  PATH Network will be adding DDOS notification and protection to all clients. 

Learn about Path’s connection to conflict management through their journey:

Q Brav.org
How did you choose your team?

A: On 0-day, or the very 1st day of work at Path, founding members made it clear that Path wouldn’t be just any team. It would be a dream team! That is exactly what Path is now, 6 months after its January 2018 launch, we have brought on a diverse line up of some very talented individuals, including former hackers now turned cybersecurity professionals,  & an ex-FBI agent who used to chase hackers as our CEO, amongst many others.

Q Brav.org:

Why hasn’t somebody come up with this before? Tell the real story, being an insider.

PATH: This project is sophisticated on many levels. Path Network redefines internet intelligence with unparalleled visibility into connectivity by applying blockchain technology to immediately serve a core business need of mid-market internet service providers (ISPs) and cloud service providers (CSPs) as well as internet-powered companies. Path Network’s decentralized approach offers better network insights at a lower cost. This unique paradigm gives Path Network a competitive edge previously unseen in this space, raising quality while reducing overhead.

 

Q Brav.org:  How can PATH get people to volunteer to become node; why will people sign up to do this?

PATH:  The premise of Path Network is simple: use commodity electronics already located around the world to monitor the health of the internet. This is incentivized through the reward of “PATH” tokens to miners that choose to participate by running our software on their devices at home. In return, our customers have their own networks and online services monitored by this array of devices.

 


Q Brav.org Q: How did you decide what technology to use to build this platform…tell the bigger story of how you came to be

PATH: As our motto goes, we plan to redefine internet visibility through blockchain. Path aims to be the world’s first truly decentralized data monitoring network, and will have a first mover and network effect advantage over future companies whom will inevitably see the benefits to blockchain protocol in the network monitoring space.

 

Brav.org Q: How receptive will the users be to this new approach?  

PATH: We have already received a massive amount of complimentary reviews on the project.

The Path team has developed a number of clients to ensure that the Path Network mining application can operate on a multitude of platforms. At the heart of the Path Network agent is a simple core, extended to perform network-related tasks associated with monitoring jobs issued by our customers.  In return, they receive PATH tokens by using our mining application on any given device.

 

Brav.org Q: What is your philosophy on inspiring performance among your team?

 

PATH: Innovation. We will always strive to provide top-grade technology and service to our customers.

 

Brav.org Q: Building all this technology can be intense in the trenches, how do you handle conflict resolution within your development team?

PATH:  We resolve conflict within our development team with ease, thanks to our incredible team chemistry, we simply weigh out  the pros and cons of any given “conflicted situation”, and take time to reflect, then as a team we always find a solution.

 

Brav.org Q: His team is in Australia, China and the US. How do you manage your teams in such a fast paced environment?

PATH: Communication is key at Path, with employees from all around the globe, our time is always managed  in a synchronous matter.

Q Brav.org Q: What kind of impact do you think your product will have on the debate on net neutrality?  

PATH:  As traditional network monitoring remains an industry ripe for disruption, the core of Path Network’s functionality lies in our ability to incorporate the strengths of a centralized platform backed by a decentralized and globally distributed network of monitoring agents.

Q Brav.org Q: In your early days, did you ever pretend that conflict didn’t exist rather than attempt to address the underlying issues?

PATH: In my early days, if there was a conflict, my team and I would always address it, with full transparency until a solution was made. Each lesson learned came with a blessing, as our foundation strengthened, throughout all the hardships and issues we have faced since the very beginning. The firm discipline and team chemistry demonstrated by Path played a significant role in the uprising of Path Network.

 

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Faustian Bargains in the Business World: How the cooling of US/Russia Relations has led to a new era of Cloak and Dagger, Bad Deals and Companies Playing Both Sides

Faustian Bargains in the Business World: How the cooling of US/Russia Relations has led to a new era of Cloak and Dagger, Bad Deals and Companies Playing Both SidesBy Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer 

 

In business, we find that the devil really is in the details.  No where is this more true than in the field of international government contracting.  The old tale of Faust demonstrates how little it actually costs to get something of value to a person if you have something that has currently cost their fancy.  The “deal with the devil” storyline has been played out in countless movies and television shows since the advent of the moving picture.  As the devil fiddles there is now a change to his tune, Russia has begun buying the souls of companies by way of getting them to contract for civilian matters than pressuring them to release data to Moscow.  In the era of the New Cold War, the United State and other allied counties must take steps to control how government contractors with access to privileged information deal with not so friendly second-world countries.

 

If you are a business owner, then you know that government contracts are some of the most lucrative contracts that you can ever pick up.  You get paid well, your employees get paid a prevailing wage and the projects can keep your company secure for years.  For most small business owners (companies with less than 500 employees) this is the ticket to the big time and something that should be cherished.  The reason that people are paid so well for government contracts are because there are strings attached to every check that comes from a national treasury.  How jobs are done, who you can work with and what work you can do outside of the contract are tightly controlled in most cases.  The biggest strings, however, come when you are given a contract that gives you access to privileged or classified data; at this point you become a target of hostile and semi-hostile governments because they want the information that you have.

 

As US/Russia relations cool, the cloak and dagger tactics of the 1950’s-1980’s are seeing a resurgence.  During the golden age of spy-craft, countries attempted to convert government and military officials into “double-agents” for the purpose of spying on their rivals.  In the modern era, we have created a system of laws that prevent this as much as possible by making it difficult for someone in the public spotlight to have any extra-curricular contact with hostile or semi-hostile governments outside of official channels.  As with all things, the industry evolved.  Western free market economies have different definitions of government than the former communist bloc oligarchies.  This means when Intrpolitex states it is “organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Federal Security Service, Federal Service for the Forces of the National Guard of the Russian Federation–Russia’s security services that a western democracy sees this as an expo for police equipment, when in all reality the police and the military are highly intertwined in Russia.  This makes it a dangerous platform for companies from allied (NATO) countries to ply their wares.

According to the Interpolitex website, 470 vendors from all around the world are showing off their wares.  Interpolitexstates that there are vendors from ““Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, China, Latvia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Korea, France, Czech Republic, USA, South Africa, Japan” which are exhibiting 1500 technologies ranging from civilian to military.  With the media treatment that has been given to Paul Manafort and Hillary Clinton in relation to the dealings in Russia and the Uranium One deal, one can see how companies like Redat, subsidiary of the Czech Company Retia owned by Michal Strnad, who also is a Czech vendor participating at the expo can be seen as a problem.  Companies are lured in by Russia’s claim that the expo is mainly civilian, but as TotalExpo.ru reports “The Exhibition is organized by the Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs, Russian Federal Security Service, Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation and in the capacity of the exhibition operator is Exhibition Companies Group «BIZON».”  Further, they note that Interpolitex is “The Largest in Russian Homeland Security…

 

The way to deal with this problem is simple, yet unpopular- we need to have restrictions on companies to report the same way that the military or government officials on interactions with hostile or semi-hostile governments.  This creates the opportunity for the government to know what nations a company is dealing with, thus know what information that can be shared with them.  Please note, this is only for companies that have privileged or classified information, not your every day import export company or tourism business.  Nations such as the United States, the Czech Republic and others on the above mentioned list need to ensure that access to critical information is protected.

 

If you are a business owner in the modern world, be careful when something looks too good to be true, it generally is.  Just because a nation like Russia is interested in your civilian technologies, that does not mean that they are not bringing you into the deal to acquire information on your military contracts.  Once a nation has access to your computer system, the dividing firewalls within your company tend to crumble quickly to experienced weaponized hackers.  If the soul of your business is that lucrative government contract that you just picked up in an allied country, do not be surprised if Russia comes a calling, playing a beautiful tune of how they are interested in your civilian technologies.  You may just wake up and realize that you sold your soul away.

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Brāv & MEND!

Mend: Listen Now & Listen Good

 

 

 

 

#MendAtPunto #PuntoArts #PuntoSpace #Women #Theater #NYC #MothersDay

LET’S CELEBRATE WOMEN’S VOICES. WHILE WE’RE AT IT, LET’S MEND.

Mend: Listen Now & Listen Good is a one-time theater event taking place in celebration on Mother’s Day and artist autonomy on May 13, 5-7pm on PUNTO’s main stage.

A diverse group of multidisciplinary women in the arts, performers, and storytellers will take the stage on topics to include gender, age, culture, motherhood and being a woman.

The evening is sponsored by PUNTO Space, an event and performance raw space located in Midtown West (NYC) founded by theater and performing artists with social good in mind.

Mend: Listen Now & Listen Good is a celebration that amplifies artist autonomy, inclusion in the arts and collaboration.

Light refreshments will be served. Admittance is RSVP-only and complimentary for guests.

 

https://mendatpunto.splashthat.com/

 

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Disaster Aid for Hawaii Lava Flow

  • – Donations may be made directly to the American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter by clicking here, or calling (808) 739-8109.
  • – Salvation Army at 808-756-0306 for information concerning in-kind or monetary donations, or prepared meals.
  • – Hawaii Island Food Basket (40 Holomua Street, Hilo) is taking donations of food, money and supplies. They can be reached at 808-933-6030.
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Now Accepting Applications: Brāv Internship Opportunities

We are currently seeking interns of all ages to train as Brāv Ones, write short articles, and get the word out about Brāv:
 
Intern Descriptions 
 
Through egames, Brāv trains anyone in conflict resolution and management. In turn, these trained Brāv Ones aid in the conflicts of others on the site’s face-to-face, Skype-like platforms. We hope to interrupt cycles of violence and deeply rooted conflicts between individuals, groups, organizations, and communities – globally. Brāv intern duties are divided into Communications, Management, Recruitment, and Research, but we are able to customize internships to allow students to choose from any of the different areas of each category. Please see below:
  1. Software Development Interns – Test your skills through real life work!
  2. Assist with building and deploying support to internal clients through instant messages, phone and other interactions
  3. Collaborate with engineers, developers, architects, quality assurance, system engineers and product managers to solve new and existing technical issues
  4. Understand requirements, implement designs, provide administration tools and documentation for specific projects
  5. Develop and maintain software to support business functions
  6. Participate in design and code reviews
  7. Follow and enhance existing development processes
  8. Measure and verify that codes have acceptable performance and scalability.
  1. Product Management Interns 
  2. Assist product managers in “Product Development” tasks to properly scope the opportunity for Brāv
  3. Use collaboration skills to bring technical leaders together to formulate a clear statement of work (SOW) to understand the requirements being asked of each functional team
  4. Exposure through participating in customer negotiations for future business awards
  5. Collect market research on market trends for automotive technology and present findings
  6. Craft product marketing material to effectively promote Brāv product offerings.
  1. Communications Interns – Have your work published; write 300 – 500 word articles on recent news or popular media pertaining to interesting/innovative topics on egaming, bullying, conflicts, emotions etc – from any angle, including medical, psychology, legal, subjective or objective. Example: http://brav.org/what-rocky-balboa-has-to-do-with-brav/.  
  2. Foster relationships with people affected by mental health, conflicts, emotions, bullying, etc on various social medias, including forums, Google plus threads,psychology threads, forums, etc.
  3. Help Brāv videos go viral (at least 1 million views).
  4. Write press releases, gain attention for Brāv, submit articles and others to media circuits.
  5. Webinar show hosting, whereby students are able to present on innovative topics to an interested public on a topic of their choice so long as it relates to Brāv’s mission. Ie/ “How These Yoga Techniques can help You Instantly Cool Off Before, During or After a Conflict.”
  1. Recruitment Interns – Contact individuals, schools, universities, colleges and organizations to implement and sign up for Brāv.
  2. Increase social media support, ie/ facebook likes and fans, twitter followers, etc.
  3. Promote Brāv through building relationships around various campuses – through both students & faculty – in order to raise awareness about the Brāv movement, print flyers & post around, etc to promote awareness about Brāv.
  4. Seek and contact A list, quality celebrities to endorse Brāv.
  5. Devise contact list of state and national congress members, school administrators and superintendents, CEOs, COOS, organization leaders, etc for calling and marketing Brāv.
  6. Build partnerships with respectable & large organizations.
  1. Management Interns – Manage various Brāv campaigns and fundraisers.
  2. Determine effective ways to get education programs/organizations/work/pageants/sports/etc to sign up for Brāv.
  3. Seek sponsors/donors/grants to contribute funding for conflict resolution and management.
  4. Submit ideas on how Brāv can remain current, effective and efficient. (membership, swag, etc).
  5. Aid in determining Brāv’s best business models ie/ freemium, ads, pricing (lifetime v. year packages), etc.
  6. Aid and help implement a mandate/proclamation to implement Brāv at the state level.
  7. Aid in a realistic budget plan.
  1. Research Interns – Research ‘bullying,’ its current definition, and how Brāv can broaden the current definition.
  2. Research evolution and statistics on online dispute resolution and carry on systematic and ongoing studies of the nature, origins, and types of social conflicts.
  3. Determine which organizations would most effectively benefit from Brāv.
  4. Research current conflict resolution organizations that Brāv can partner with or receive sponsorships, grants and/or endorsements.
  5. Aid in a market analysis of Brāv’s target users.
  6. Gather and interpret data on bullying & conflicts – locally/nationally/internationally.
  7. Gather and interpret data on if/ how Brāv would help those bullied and the aggressors.

Eligibility

To be considered for a Brāv internship, students should meet the following requirements:

  • Currently attend a college, university, or graduate program.
  • Have completed a minimum of one (1) year as a student at a degree-granting two or four-year college or university (completion of one year’s worth of academic credits over a more extended period of time may qualify part-time students for participation in Brāv); or a currently enrolled graduate student or accepted in a graduate degree program
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, or equivalent to a C

Professional Skills

  • Good analytical and evaluative skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good organizational skills, efficiency and flexibility
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft products (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint), email software, internet searching, and other programs
Applicants may come from any academic discipline.  
Internship acceptances are on a rolling basis and students work from a distance. Those interested can submit a short statement explaining their interest in Brāv, an internship proposal request (essentially stating which duties they are particularly interested in), and a resume to info@brav.org
Thank you.