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July 15, 2011


Mary Crannell and Dr. Ben Sheppard will present at the Executive Seminar, "Governing in Turbulent Times" on July 25, 2011 at GWU.


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On July 25th Mary Crannell and Dr. Ben Sheppard will present at the Executive Seminar, "Governing in Turbulent Times", sponsored by George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management. Participants will learn how to map confrontations in a systematic way that supports their governing narrative. Since all governance refers to the interaction among different actors, the seminar will include a simulated negotiation, utilizing an innovative mapping tool called Confrontation Manager™.


July 7, 2011


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Narrative Workshop Scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, 2011 in Alexandria, VA.


Narrative Workshop Scheduled Dr Ben Sheppard and Mary Crannell team to facilitate Narrative Workshops for business and governments. Ever wonder why some organizations communicate stories that "stick"? Ever been involved in an organization that had a wonderful idea but was not able to communicate this big idea in a way that appealed to stakeholders? Ever find your organization reacting to news rather than framing the debate? The narrative determines how we perceive the credibility and authenticity of leaders and organizations. The concept of the narrative may be familiar, but there lacks an understanding of how this can be leveraged to achieve an organization's vision and aspirations. Organizations in search of proven methods for creating a narrative and sustaining a narrative would benefit from this one day session. The Narrative Workshop will address the successful ingredients in a narrative and common mistakes organizations make when crafting, communicating and sustaining the narrative. Participants will map confrontations that need to be won in order to be successful in communicating their narrative and also will address what, if any, sacrifices are required personally to further the overarching narrative. Workshop participants will create a narrative, map confrontations and discover how their personal narrative aligns with the public narrative. Newly elected public sector teams and newly appointed private sector teams will benefit from this narrative strategic roadmap. Next public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, 2011 in Alexandria, VA. Class size is limited. Workshop fee is $995 per person. Private workshops are scheduled by phoning 703 299 3480 or emailing info@ideasciences.com.


February 22, 2011


Narrative Workshop Scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Alexandria, VA.


Narrative Workshop Scheduled Dr Ben Sheppard and Mary Crannell team to facilitate Narrative Workshops for business and governments. Ever wonder why some organizations communicate stories that "stick"? Ever been involved in an organization that had a wonderful idea but was not able to communicate this big idea in a way that appealed to stakeholders? Ever find your organization reacting to news rather than framing the debate? The narrative determines how we perceive the credibility and authenticity of leaders and organizations. The concept of the narrative may be familiar, but there lacks an understanding of how this can be leveraged to achieve an organization's vision and aspirations. Organizations in search of proven methods for creating a narrative and sustaining a narrative would benefit from this one day session. The Narrative Workshop will address the successful ingredients in a narrative and common mistakes organizations make when crafting, communicating and sustaining the narrative. Participants will map confrontations that need to be won in order to be successful in communicating their narrative and also will address what, if any, sacrifices are required personally to further the overarching narrative. Workshop participants will create a narrative, map confrontations and discover how their personal narrative aligns with the public narrative. Newly elected public sector teams and newly appointed private sector teams will benefit from this narrative strategic roadmap. Next public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Alexandria, VA. Class size is limited. Workshop fee is $995 per person. Private workshops are scheduled by phoning 703 299 3480 or emailing info@ideasciences.com.



January 20, 2011


Mary Crannell Facilitates Seminar for Newly Elected Governor of Puebla, Mexico


On January 13, 2011, Mary Crannell, President of Idea Sciences, facilitated a session to assist the Puebla municipal government in mapping the confrontations the Governor needs to manage in order to achieve his six-year term objectives. In collaboration with Dr. Ben Sheppard, Institute for Alternative Futures, Crannell facilitated a session to capture the future vision and to analyze the confrontations the municipal team needs to win in order to successfully implement the Governor’s agenda.



September 27, 2010


AFCLC-SAIS Symposium on Cross Cultural Conflict Management


Mary Crannell was selected to present "Mapping Human Confrontations in Theater" at a symposium sponsored by the Air Force Culture and Language Center, the Air Force General Counsel for Dispute Resolution, and the Program on Conflict Management of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkns University. The symposium focused on some of the problems faced by both military members and civilians when confronting negotiation, mediation, or other conflict management situations in intense, culturally-complex conditions in highly stressed societies. Unique challenges to conflict management are faced inter alia in counter-insurgency operations, civil affairs operations, multilateral peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peace-enforcement operations. Mary outlined a conflict management process for planning military operations that assists commanders in planning operations designed to change intent. This process works at all levels of command - from strategic commanders involved in confronting extremists leaders to NCOs involved in negotiating the dismantlement of roadblocks. In Afghanistan the level of the fight is company or platoon level and it is important for soldiers to model confrontations utilizing all instruments available to persuade non-compliant parties to comply. Mapping confrontations in theater is aided by a technique that can sketched on the back side of an envelope or entered into a laptop computer to determine the boundaries of the confrontation and the best courses of action to resolve the situation. The symposium was held on September 22-25, 2010, in Washington, DC, at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS.



July 24, 2010


Mary Crannell lectured on mapping human confrontations at the sixth workshop of Management Policies of Projects for Change. The event was sponsored by The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. Within a war game framework she facilitated workshop participants engaged in a confrontation involving the government, the unions and the oil industry. The event was aimed at providing political and social group leaders with tools to improve their process of political decision making, so they have a greater ability to plan, lead and manage change and transformation in their institutions, their communities, their political parties and ultimately their countries. Participants represented countries from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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THE INSTITUTE OF MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS

 

4th IMA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

ANALYSING CONFLICT

TRANSFORMATION

 

28-30 June 2010                                St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK

 

Registration is now open at http://online.ima.org.uk/

In a world that is increasingly driven by conflict, often involving emergent non-state factions in rapidly changing patterns of inter-relationship, the need for rigorous conflict analysis is more pressing than ever.  However, to be robust and insightful, such analysis must be informed by the wide range of disciplines - including mathematics and decision sciences, diplomacy and international relations, peace and war studies, anthropology and psychology, military and political science, linguistics and communication studies - whose scholars presently engage with the topic of confrontation.  This conference, the 4th in an established and successful series hosted by the IMA will, like its predecessors, provide a forum for sharing the latest thinking in these disparate fields and for building multidisciplinary links between conflict researchers.  

The theme of the present conference is the process of conflict transformation.  When conflict analysts focus upon specific episodes within what are usually protracted and complex networks of interaction, they may easily lose sight of relevant issues in the spatial, temporal or causal environment.  Furthermore the processes by which confrontation may transform into collaboration, or co-operation may degenerate into conflict, are central both to conflict escalation and conflict resolution.  The conference will therefore be concerned with the dynamics of conflict processes and will include wide-ranging interpretations and explorations of this theme. 

There is a secondary emphasis.  Rather than separating the analytical activity from its 'real world' impact there is a preference that those contributing to this event should demonstrate attention to the actions that their work informs.  The means by which this is achieved may range from facilitating workshops or running simulations to experimentation and interactive modelling, and presentations may describe such activities.     

This is an international event and will attract contributors from many countries.  The conference is intended as a meeting place for those who operate directly in arenas of conflict (e.g. the military, staff of NGOs, mediators), those who provide support or advice (e.g. analysts, contractors, counsellors) and others who offer theoretical concepts and practical frameworks for handling conflict (e.g. academic researchers).  

Organising Committee:

·         Prof Jim Bryant (Sheffield Business School, UK) (Conference Chair)

·         Colin Irwin (Dstl, UK)

·         Prof Marc Kilgour (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)

·         Dr Jason Levy (Virginia Commonwealth University)

 

Invited Plenary Speakers (confirmed):

 

Roger Forder

Roger Forder enjoyed a long career in operational research within the UK Ministry of Defence, in 1995 being appointed Chief Analyst of the Centre for Defence Analysis (subsequently Dstl) , a position that he held until his retirement from full-time employment in 2007.  He is a Fellow and, currently, one of the two Vice-Presidents of the Operational Research Society and was recently elected a Companion of Operational Research for his “sustained support and encouragement for the development of OR”.

 

Donal O'Neill

Prior to his present role as a consultant on the impact of industry on host societies, Donal spent 36 years with Shell, almost a third of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.  He left Shell as Vice President: External Affairs and Social Performance.  Previously he had held a number of senior operational positions with the company including Managing Director of Shell Venezuela Exploration and Production between 1996 and 2000.  Recently he has developed and used a portfolio of scenario-based role-playing simulation tools at a number of universities to enable participants to explore the challenges of collaboration in a development context.

 

Mary Crannell

Mary Crannell is president and founder of Idea Sciences, a company that designs decision support tools that integrate intuition and logic to assist organizations in all sectors make smarter decisions.  Previously she was a senior manager in SAIC.  She has more than 20 years of experience in organizational transformation, intercultural consulting and training and has been a key contributor to the merger and acquisition efforts of Fortune 100 companies.   Ms Crannell is a frequent speaker on cultural change within organizations, and articles she has authored have appeared in systems engineering, government and training/management consulting journals. 

 

Conference topics include:                                                          Scientific Committee:

  • Conflict: concepts and theory                                         Dr Amer Obeidi (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • Modelling and analysing conflict                                     Gordon Burt (Open University, UK)
  • Group decision and negotiation                                      Mary Crannell (Idea Sciences, Washington DC)
  • Processes of confrontation and collaboration              Dr Orit Gal (Chatham House, London)
  • Conflict resolution and peace-building                          Dr Deborah Goodwin (RMA, Sandhurst)
  • Collective action addressing conflictual issues            Prof Hugh Miall (University of Kent, UK)
  • Simulation and role play                                                     Andy Pickup (Dstl, UK)
  • Evaluation and assessment                                               Dr Suman Sensarma (The Louis Berger Group)
  • Information architectures and technologies    
  • Lessons from specific conflicts

Registration

Registration is now open at http://online.ima.org.uk/ Conference fees are as follows:

 

Non Member   £ 360.00

IMA Member   £ 285.00

Student             £ 165.00

 

Bed and breakfast accommodation at the college is available on 27th, 28th and 29th June at £66.00 per night for an en-suite room and £42.00 per night for a standard room. The conference fee includes a reception and conference dinner on 29th June but no dinner is provided on 28th.

 

Conference webpage: http://www.ima.org.uk/Conferences/4_analysing_conflict.html

 

 

Pamela Bye

Conference Support Officer

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Tel: 01702 354020

 


April 20 , 2010


 

  You are Cordially Invited to Attend
A "Brown Bag" Lecture: 
Idea Sciences President Mary Crannell 
On US Challenges in Afghanistan
 
On April 20, from 12-1 pm, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies will host a "brown bag" lunchtime lecture featuring Mary Crannell, president and founder of Idea Sciences. Ms. Crannell will speak about decisions the US faces as it seeks a way forward and a successful exit strategy in Afghanistan. 
 
Ms. Crannell recently returned from a week in Kabul, where she facilitated decision-making sessions with USAID contractors. Her discussions with personnel representing military, USAID, security, and Ministry of Interior interests offer interesting insights into the challenges facing the US in Afghanistan.  She will address how conflicting narratives have hindered success in the region and explore ways to dominate the narrative to achieve a successful exit.  Ms. Crannell believes that to achieve a favorable outcome, the US government must first articulate a clear vision for the region, which she says has yet to occur.

Ms. Crannell is president and founder of Idea Sciences, a company that designs decision support tools to help organizations make smarter decisions. She has facilitated experimental decision-making frameworks with US Joint Forces Command, UK MoD and NATO.   

The program will be held at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, 901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22203. RSVP is requested: please reply by responding to this e-mail. The event will also be webcast live on the Potomac Institute website. Click here to access the Live Events page.

 

 

 





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