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  • The Community Mediator: Proposed Elimination of USIP Funding Threatens Community Mediation Programming Worldwide
    Institute would be a conspicuous loss A quick search of USIP s grant database reports nearly half a million dollars in community mediation related projects that have supported our field over the years Beyond these direct investments in community mediation the Institute s emphasis on collaborative partnerships and role as a convener of stakeholders for peace often serves to bring community mediation practitioners into broader projects allowing them to share their expertise and message with new audiences As an aligned partner in peace work NAFCM stands in solidarity with the Institute and firmly asserts the continued need for their invaluable services We encourage others engaged in peace work and or committed to constructive outcomes for conflicts to learn more about the Institute and discover current actions designed to support its continued existence In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 2 20 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation USIP No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict

    Original URL path: http://blog.nafcm.org/2011/02/community-mediation-programming.html (2016-02-12)
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  • The Community Mediator: NAFCM's New Website!
    an online community space for those who want to login upload profile pictures and engage the conversation directly through their browser Get connected join a group today COMMUNITY MEDIATION CALENDAR Community mediation happens NAFCM has it scheduled We are now hosting a centralized calendar of events relevant to our field Whether its a conference in California a gathering in Grand Rapids a training in Tucson or a teleseminar or online event we ll publish your event details for all to see Adding events couldn t be easier Simply send an email to events nafcm org We ll also be adding a simple online form for additions soon COMMUNITY MEDIATION SEARCH Looking for just the right resource but can t quite put your fingers on it Now you can use NAFCM s custom Community Mediation Search Engine to quickly find resources directly related to our field Using the drop down box at the top of our new website you can choose to search NAFCM s site the entire Web or perform a custom Community Mediation Search This last option allows you to target your search to community mediation programs websites and related resources We have indexed hundreds of websites and thousands of webpages to help you quickly find the best community mediation information and resources directly from NAFCM s website PUBLIC TESTIMONIALS Mediation programs are too often referred to as their communities best kept secrets Now through NAFCM s website those we serve can also serve us by sharing their experience Visitors to NAFCM s website can choose to leave a general or program specific testimonial by completing a quick online form conveniently submitting a letter of support or recording an audio message to be featured on our website These testimonials will help inform and encourage others to consider community mediation services for their own conflicts For quality assurance and confidentiality reasons all submitted testimonials will be reviewed prior to sharing to ensure their appropriateness for public posting Those are just some of the exciting new features we ve been working on but there s more We re going live this week with a big list of additions yet to be unveiled Here are some of the features we look forward to releasing over the next month MEMBER LOGIN NAFCM s members are dedicated professionals who are asked to do a lot with very little We re working to make their work easier by providing a members only area that houses a crowd sourced clearinghouse of countless resources enhanced program member profiles to be included in future map releases and other resources to help members better connect and enhance their centers As we continue building this members area you can get an early start by beginning to share resources to the new online community mediation clearinghouse using our simple upload gadget or by sending your files to share nafcm org NEW CONTENT While our new site isn t old enough to have collected any dust not all pages and features may

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  • The Community Mediator: ICCCR Study on Mediator Effectiveness
    evidence based research or sufficiently responsive to situational contingencies In addition the findings from research that has been conducted on mediation present a fractured piecemeal understanding of what constitutes effective mediation and how to achieve it Research is either micro e g mediator style and decontextualized from the broader system of conflict management or macro e g case comparisons and disconnected from mediator decisions and behavior Knowledge developed within academia oftentimes does not reach practitioners and valuable field experiences and practices rarely inform academia impeding mutual learning and development Many approaches to mediation are insufficiently responsive to local culture and indigenous traditional approaches and tend to exclude women and youth Finally international standards and metrics of best practices in mediation are lacking To address these concerns the ICCCR has launched a comprehensive research project on effective mediation The current study is aimed at identifying the most basic aspects of mediation situations that determine differences in mediator strategies and tactics In other words what are the most important features of mediations that effect whether a mediator facilitates or evaluates seeks to settle or aims to transform comes on strong or backs off In order to participate in this study please complete the online questionnaire This survey will take about 30 minutes of your time and will contribute considerably to the scientific development of our field In addition we will be happy to share the results of the study and we will compensate you for your participation with a 10 Starbucks gift card Thank you so much for your time and consideration Peter T Coleman Professor of Psychology and Education Director ICCCR Teachers College Columbia University Posted by NAFCM at 1 08 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediators ICCCR International Center for

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  • The Community Mediator: Rebel with a Cause
    most difficult entrenched and strained situations with exceptional competence steely aplomb and impressive results Take a peek at my own journey in joining the community mediation movement in the Association for Conflict Resolution s latest edition of ACResolutions PDF Rebel with a Cause The Making of a Community Mediator is a short account of what moved me from the classroom to my community s fence strewn front lines It s also a good read for first profession mediators who are not drawing upon and then diverting however subtlety or substantially from a decades long career of legal therapeutic social or any other work Have a read and then share your own motivations for volunteering as a community mediator in the comments below In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 4 07 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels ACR Community Mediation Volunteer Mediator 1 comment Zoie Neala August 28 2012 at 11 24 AM I was only in search of temporary fencing brisbane when I stumbled upon your blog but being a teacher myself your insightful take on what makes one a mediator clearly struck me There s more to just jumping over the fence full of angst filled individuals with only a pen in hand I had a great time reading through those links you provided More power to your advocacy Cheers Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom amplifying their voice and advancing their critical work There was an error in this gadget Community Mediation Quick Links

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  • The Community Mediator: Diversity + Inclusion within Community Mediation
    to read share and engage contributions via NAFCM s listserve and social media outlets Context Since our field s founding our core values have led us to embrace diversity and inclusiveness These values inform how we administer our centers as well as through whom we provide and toward whom we target our helpful services Nearly 20 years ago NAFCM memorialized these values as part of its Characteristics of Community Mediation Centers Indeed the first five of the nine enumerated characteristics focus specifically on encouraging diversity and inclusiveness within center operations and service provision This focus has encouraged your field your association your organizations and your colleagues to be vigilant against that which excludes and champion that which unites Locally we ve established principled organizations standing as exemplars of inclusiveness within our respective communities Together we ve created an entire field endowed with the moral authority and earned expertise to challenge and engage divisive disclusive disputes which threaten to separate or entrench beyond content s call Today many centers undertake consistent creative impressive strides toward ensuring their services are responsive to and representative of their communities We engage in volunteer outreach seeking to attract train and utilize skilled mediators who look and live just as the clients they serve We employ staff with rich backgrounds and unfolded minds We are governed by Boards and advisors who push us to be more for those with less We open our services to any who may benefit irrespective of all but their content and our capacity And we promote the promise of and supply a vehicle for social justice when its others forms are too narrow or remote We have achieved much as a field for greater diversity and inclusiveness but we have farther yet to go Timeline Themes This dialogue series will encourage us to celebrate our progress and discover opportunities for continued growth To structure this ambitious conversation daily discussion prompts from our facilitators will encourage us to engage around a particular topic Please share your thoughts resources and recommendations as they pertain to the daily or continued topics of interest to you At any time participants are also welcome to directly share with our dialogue facilitators any feedback on how we may further enrich or extend this discussion series Upon completion of the formal series in mid February we will have grown stronger as a community through compassionately challenging one another generously sharing our wisdom and resources and informing our ever forward march toward greater diversity and inclusiveness Jan 17 22 Introduction Celebration of Our Progress Jan 23 29 Identifying Opportunities for Growth Jan 30 Feb 05 Resources to Equip Our Commitment Feb 06 12 Envisioning the Future of D I within Community Mediation Feb 20 24 Recap Teleseminar Webinar We welcome and thank you for participating in this dialogue series to celebrate and recommit community mediation to its values of diversity and inclusiveness We look forward to your contributions and the uniting dialogue which lay ahead UPDATE Program administrators please

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  • The Community Mediator: Community Mediation: Now Serving the UNdead, Too
    blinding security flood lights consumer merchant conflicts over survival supply and weaponry price gouging biting bickerers and an onslaught of indecipherable communication conflicts Thankfully community mediation is a creative lot rising valiantly to other though less bloodthirsty social epidemics We can stock our front offices with the zombie survival guide cross train our volunteer mediators in how to speak zombie and reconfigure our mediation rooms to include floor bolted chairs with security straps Please leave additional life saving mediator recommendations in the comments below Together we can confront this challenge with our cool heads and warm BRRRAAAAAAINS In jest Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 1 26 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Humor Zombie Mediation 5 comments Anonymous January 13 2012 at 1 56 PM This is amazing Thank You o Reply Delete thehecklist January 13 2012 at 2 14 PM Only a matter of time till Harvard launches PON of the Dead Reply Delete Replies NAFCM January 13 2012 at 2 47 PM Hilarious Brad It d have to be a summer symposium though Zombies don t do well in cold weather Delete Robert A Saunders PhD August 15 2012 at 8 47 AM Sorry to disappoint perhaps an idea for a whole other article Delete NAFCM August 15 2012 at 9 38 AM What a great sport Dr Saunders We ll all be on the lookout for your forthcoming article Undead Spaces II Localization and the Mediation of Zombie Conflict Delete Reply Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About NAFCM In communities around the globe programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage transform and resolve conflict NAFCM supports these peacemakers by

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  • The Community Mediator: Raymond Shonholtz: Community Mediation Visionary
    change They knew and had the tools for negotiating with an enemy the communist party but they did not have the psychology skills or methods for negotiating with their democratic friends in government They needed us Their courageous conversations over a 10 year period punctuated with much pain and suffering set the platform for Partners Center training programs and ultimately training over 1000 wage negotiators throughout Poland Change is about engaging the other in a manner that provokes something new Too often violence is the provoking agent Yet violence as we know from our professional work is the highest level of ratching up legitimate concerns as all other softer methods have often failed The sine quo non of change is not violence it is the steady unyielding perseverance of socially righteous goals Now in our own country a courageous conversation is taking place Occupy Wall Street OWS is a courageous conversation It does not as yet require heroism but it does require resolute actors an inclusion of the other and righteous goals While the Tea Party was a challenge to Republican mainstream politics the OWS challenges the very economic foundation of the nation by asking questions about social justice equity and whether this and the next generation can have and secure lives better than their parent s generation the essence of the America work ethic and dream The politics of an economy based on quarterly returns short term goals and immediate gratification forging policies for today without regard for its consequences tomorrow is under sever scrutiny if not assault From Portland Oregon to Portland Maine a movement is shaping up that transcends the politics and short sighted policies for questions the answers to which may return the nation to a vision of social and economic justice and equitable sharing in the body politic These are righteous goals There is a critical dimension in the OWS movement rare in American history Millennials that unique group born in the 1980 s and 1990 s who see America from a perspective different than any similar American age group Many have lived been schooled and shared America s post 1980 s diversity of culture and education They understand that conversation means listening speaking participating inclusion and shared responsibility They are suspicious of decision makers but not transparent decision making They resist hierarchy seeking social networking as some variant of order They have ethics social networking skills and some organizational experience Sounds like the values of America s mediating profession which itself started like a progressive effort for opening the calcified structures of institutional justice Millennials have many of the values of the mediating movement that began over 35 years ago In contrast to the Tea Party which became political quickly and party oriented the OWS movement is working hard not to move in this direction We are not going to make demands We are not going to become a political party The second we start making demands we start splintering said Sonia Silbert an activist in Occupy DC in a recent WSJ interview The very fact that the OWS focus is unfocused on specific politics and more on the economic conditions that make for the politics that we have speaks to the search that is going on for a broad meaningful change not immediately in the lives of citizens but in the long term direction of the country In addition to being resolute and having righteous goals OWS needs to value and express the full legitimatization of the other clearly avoiding de humanization and demonization of those that are the subject of change Gandhi s and Martin Luther King Jr s greatest allies were those who were on the other side yet were not shamed for it or delegitimated because of it OWS moral and organizational strength lies in full inclusion challenging efforts at creating enemies Here we can be most helpful by values training and experience To be successful OWS will have to link out they will have to move into concentric directions reaching those who feel a common level of dissatisfaction and deep concern for the national well being This is not a party like activity or some opportunity for party co option Rather it is more like a coming convention on common values directions and economic opportunity at the local to national level The effort not to be defined bespeaks the intention not to be something to some established political order While it is difficult in America s do oriented culture to motivate from a negative OWS probably agree on the inscription of the East Side of the Oregon Capitol s building A free state is formed and is maintained by the voluntary union of the whole people joined together under the same body of laws for the common welfare and sharing of benefits justly apportioned To make meaning out of broad inclusion and participation calls for the skills of those who know how to build coalitions consensus and shared vision purpose and plans in short for you people with negotiating communication conciliation and consensus skills This is made the easier for the mediating movement as contrary to pop pundits and the like the OWS are neither right nor left Republican nor Democratic rather they are the low middle and working classes The OWS movement needs the mediating movement as the latter can articulate the platform of a mediating future that explores the needs of the former While they frame a discourse who do they want to talk with Here an assessment mapping of potential stakeholders allies and participants especially at the local level would Solidify intentions Explore the reality of a shared vision Identify those needed to be included to make for an expanded and inclusive conversation Shape the contours of options and issues Identify areas where more knowledge is needed Galvanize commitment to specific policies and actions Articulate positive and non enemy rhetoric What if OWS should be offered a negotiating table what would they say or do In

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  • The Community Mediator: Sustainability Research on Community Mediation
    reflects neither the desire nor intent of the field s dedicated professionals Rather it highlights a historical reality of the field s precarious parabolic coupling with larger economic booms and busts For while it is a cyclical certainty this current economic downturn will meet its sister s rise the nation s network of community mediation centers will have suffered lasting injuries from the field s contraction and distractions Decoupling the field from this subjugation thereby hastening our current ascension and shoaling future crevasses requires operational measures practical within current limited resource realities The following recommendations proffer several such measures Some focus on individual centers activities while others require the collaborative efforts of broader state and national actors Many of these recommendations have been previously suggested in times of both economic certainty and distress a testament to their foundational importance to the field New insights gleaned from current research are incorporated where applicable to further enhance their practical benefit All recommendations should be considered chosen and implemented in light of the realities within which individual centers currently operate continue reading We hope you find this recent research practically valuable and a solid contribution to the field s growing literature We Wendy especially look forward to continuing to provide fresh research that both analyzes and informs our field In community Justin R Corbett email Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 9 32 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation Conference Las Vegas NAFCM NAFCM Elder Publication Research Sustainability Wendy Corbett 1 comment John Gehm January 7 2012 at 9 27 AM Thank you for your excellent article It pulls together all of the main issues that have been part of the ADR CDR etc movement since the early days I personally believe

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