Professional Development Workshop

Simulating Divisive Community Conflict to Develop Collaborative Skill-Sets

Wednesday, September 27

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Hilton Columbus Downtown


Box Lunch provided

Communities regularly confront divisive conversations about the appropriate use(s) of public space. In recent years, discussions about memorials and monuments in the public realm have become especially contentious.

In 2018, OSU’s Knowlton School recently featured Confronting Landscapes of Conflict, an installation and multi-party negotiation role-play inspired by communities considering what to do about Confederate civil war monuments. During this session, facilitators will illustrate how city planning and landscape architecture students designed and utilized this simulation and share reflections about Columbus community leaders who took participated. 

Participants in the session will play the Camp Seward Negotiation Simulation, share their own experience related to divisive community conflict, and discuss if/when simulations of divisive conflict might be used to bridge divides in the classroom and in the community. 


Workshop Facilitators
Tijs 5 0 Tijs Van Maasakkers
Mattijs van Maasakkers is an associate professor of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School and holds a courtesy appointment with OSU Extension. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Planning Literature. 
Reece Jason Reece
Jason Reece is an assistant professor of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School and a faculty affiliate at The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity.