Posted on Leave a comment

Join Brāv on the Radio October 6th…and the 13th!

Brāv excitedly accepted an invitation to join the national Texas Conflict Coach radio program next month! Listen LIVE on October 6th at 7:00pm CST at Blog Talk Radio. Call in to speak with Brāv and guest host, Stephen Kotev at: (347) 324-3591.

Brav-Logo

Stephen Kotev is a Washington D.C. based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation and facilitation services, conflict coaching, training and somatic education to private and government clients. Helping people resolve problems and improve their performance is his passion and profession.

Stephen has dedicated his professional career to the practice and study of conflict resolution. His first exposure to conflict resolution began as a high school peer mediator over twenty years ago and his interest in the theory and practice of conflict resolution continues to this day. He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is certified in conflict coaching by Conflict Coaching Matters LLC.

Stephen is a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and has become a nationally recognized expert on how to maintain your performance under pressure. Since 2006, he has taught graduate and undergraduate students these somatic skills as an Adjunct Professor for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Stephen is one of only two individuals to have been employed by both of the nation’s two largest Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) membership organizations – the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has also worked for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and the District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency as an ADR Specialist.

Stephen has conducted trainings to international and national audiences in, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Germany, Northern Ireland and across the United States.

For more, click here.

Posted on Leave a comment

Brāv 2015 & Beyond

Dear Brāv Fans,

 

We wish you the best this 2015! Thanks for making our campaign a success; Brāv made over $1500 from our donors for our Global Giving campaign.  We thank you for believing in us.

Brav-Logo

Upcoming events:

  • We are continuing to work on exciting training for the upcoming summer. Stay tuned!

 

  • We are excited about spreading our platform into new organizations and industries and plan exponential growth for the coming year. Brāv will be featured in an April talent competition! While dates are getting finalized, be on the lookout for information on an upcoming pageant where contestants will get certified as Brāv Crowns and help spread Brāv’s message.

 

 

  • And…Tell everyone how Brāv (brav.org) 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 platforms.

 

Your continued support in our Challenge is crucial – we still have a chance to earn a permanent spot on the Global Giving site to complete the online program when we receive 40 unique donations totaling $5000.00! Here is the site: http://goto.gg/19042.

Thanks from brav.org

Posted on 1 Comment

What Can We Learn from Afroman?

Afroman, well known for his 2001 hit, succeeded in his mission to make a comeback…but not necessarily for his music as he had hoped. If you haven’t seen the .30 second video of Afroman slapping a fan (but nonetheless stage trespasser), watch it now. The most disturbing aspect of the Afroman incident was arguably not the blow to the concert goer’s face, but rather the musician’s seeming lack of concern right after, immediately returning back to playing his guitar, not missing a beat.Brav-Logo

Some believe this cavalier attitude (only reinforced by his tweet later on that states, “it is what it is”) could suggest that he’s reacted similarly before.

But what causes this acting out? There are many reasons that this might occur:

  1. Learning that violent coping skills are acceptable from a trusted individual, such as an abusive parent or close friend, and therefore not learning more effective ways to handle pent up emotion or not learning the value of self control.
  2. An attitude that their target is out to get them/ inferior to them/a nuisance, and the most immediate way to deal with them is through intimidation and violence. (He failed to react the same way when the male concert goer walked on stage too, but that may also be due to remaining in shock from the first trespasser.)
  3. A loss of control. For example, in his apology, Afroman cites his quest to make a career comeback. Thus, despite not receiving consent, the target walks on and dances on stage and attempts to dance on him, may have sent him into a rage because it took the focus off his talent and disrupted his focus.
  4. Not having an outlet for his emotions, and learning that anything short of aggression is weakness – particularly because it works. Many support the idea that Afroman was sexually assaulted on stage and some say that warrants self-defense. It is important to note that self-defense requires necessary and proportionate force to that of the initial aggressor.
  5. The anger may not even have anything to do with the concertgoer.  Perhaps Afroman keeps anger inside, which manifests at arbitrary triggers.

What do you think?

Copyright(c)Brav

Posted on 1 Comment

Brāv and the Global Giving Community

Our latest fundraiser is in full swing! We are very excited and thankful to have this opportunity to help propel Brāv’s mission to its ultimate potential.Brav-Logo

Global Giving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.

If we reach our goal of $5,000 from forty unique donors by December 31, 2014, we will earn a permanent place on the web site. This would be monumental in helping us to achieve our goal of being the go-to global site for nonviolent conflict resolution services.

Please consider us for your year-end donations. With your generosity, you will become a member of the global Brāv community; have ‘first-to-know’ news of our activities, discounts on the latest Brāv merchandise, and access to unique toolkits and programs available to our growing world family.

Thank you for believing in us. Together, we can make the world a better, more peaceful place.

You can help us here:    Global Giving

Posted on Leave a comment

What Ferguson has to do with Brāv

The majority of intelligent people realize that no one is born angry. Yet with regular rage from frustrations, anything can be used to offset this anger. Instead of emotions acting as the be all end all, talk therapy can help.

A new study came out yesterday that discussed talk therapy as a conflict resolution alternative to traumatic situations. At Brāv, we have spent a lot of time researching on alternative dispute resolution and seek to cultivate the largest online network, training ordinary people in conflict management who in turn resolve the conflicts of others on our website’s face to face platform.Brav-Logo

Coming together with neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, places of worships and all other organizations to provide an alternative for those who seek to have a conflict managed is key. These groups help to provide accountability by ensuring that all necessary parties appear for an online conflict resolution session(s). We have basic knowledge on how Brāv helps victims cope with trauma, but we seek much more support to determine long term effects.

We just found out that Brāv was accepted into the December Challenge – if we get at least 40 different donors to give a total of $5000.00, we earn a permanent spot on the site! The website: http://goto.gg/19042, please donate to ensure peace wins, and forward to all of your contacts – personal and professional .

Conflict resolution resonates well with those who have experienced conflicts and resulting trauma.

Copyright(c)Brāv.

Posted on 1 Comment

Google Awards Brāv Major Advertising Grant

Brāv, a promising nonprofit, is stepping onto the national stage with the help of a $120,000 per year advertising grant from Google. The team behind Brāv expect the grant to catapult the momentum of their mission to train 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 platforms.

Posted on 1 Comment

Video Gaming is Now a Sport – a Win for Brāv


Brav-LogoRobert Morris University, a private school in Chicago, just became the first to recognize video games as a varsity sport. That means video games are now eligible for privileges coveted by sports teams, including athletic scholarships.

Esports are increasing in popularity each year and understandably so; they are often interesting, exciting, and studies show they can cause increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills.

That’s why we believe that training to become a Brāv One should incorporate esports. Imagine a Grand Theft Auto version of your life, and learning to better navigate issues you and others face daily.

Depending on how quickly you successfully reach each level, you are one step closer to getting certified, which looks good on school, volunteer and work applications.

The best part for college applicants is that training also helps to hone in on your esporting skills…and sets you apart from other qualified candidates applying for athletic scholarships.

…but the best part for everyone is…helping others in conflicts.

Just do it: sign up at brav.org

Source

“Robert Morris University Becomes First To Recognize Video Games As Varsity Sport”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/video-game-scholarship-varsity-sport_n_5940898.html#

http://www.mpg.de/7588840/video-games-brain

Copyright (c) Brāv.