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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: Community Mediation, Singaporean Style
    language and mediators strict observance of session confidentiality the volunteer in fact did no such thing as CMC tried to assert too late but the mediator and the organizations reputation took a battering nonetheless Ring in the New Year and CMC already has another doozy on its hands In all too familiar noisy neighbor turned trespassing lunatic fashion the current incident is likely little more than your runaway run of the mill interpersonal dispute Still that hasn t stopped local media from fanning the flames and dishing all the juicy details Thankfully the Community Mediation Centre once again stands ready to assist these neighbors in turning down the emotional noise long enough to deal with the real underlying issues And if CMC mirrors the success of U S community dispute resolution programs it s very likely these neighbors will find their way toward a more peaceful tomorrow If not or at least in the interim we can be sure to read all about it online including every seedy sushi detail In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 12 09 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Community Mediation NAFCM Noisy Neighbor Singapore 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 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 Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading Subscribe To NAFCM Posts

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  • The Community Mediator: Online Campaign Supports NY Programs
    deep financial cuts to these programs is a judicious necessary step to ensuring continued access to justice for New Yorkers in each of the state s 62 counties We encourage you to read this compelling press release from the campaign s coordinating CDRC and post your own support on the campaign s website today In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 10 08 PM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Advocacy Community Dispute Resolution Community Mediation Funding NAFCM New York 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 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 Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading Subscribe To NAFCM Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments Follow by Email Total Pageviews Blog Archive

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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: OMA Conference Recap
    The conversations entreating these connections were all over the map but maintained a common thread opportunity Betsy Chip and I confirmed a continuing interest in having NAFCM convene a Pacific Northwest Regional Training Institute Brian and I brainstormed potential NAFCM benefits local member programs could share with their volunteers Cynthia Moore Jim and I committed to discovering new OMA NAFCM partnership opportunities And Ray Shonholtz and I pondered how NAFCM s growing directory and online map of community mediation programs could increasingly incorporate initiatives beyond U S borders Ray Shonholtz Ray provided an engaging keynote call to action He first spoke of his early work establishing and leading Community Boards in San Francisco one of our nation s first community dispute resolution organizations Though as Ray noted the community mediation field was originally motivated by the calcified arthritic judicial system of the mid 70s the field now also responds to myriad social and political developments As illustration Ray inspired with international examples from his time with Partners for Democratic Change where he assisted numerous local communities enhance their interpersonal and institutional conflict competence He also shared domestic musings á la the recent Occupy movement and his well received assertion that the ADR profession has a unique opportunity to help bridge widening social stratifications and encourage constructive dialogue amidst increasingly polarized rhetoric Extraordinary a feat such a call to action may seem Ray placed this opportunity and more not only within our capacity but newly within many attendees interests It inspired a number of conference goers to coordinate a visit to Portland s own Occupy site to explore how ADR services may be of benefit to protesters those protested and the broader community they all share 2012 If you were unable to join us in Portland or are are already looking

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  • The Community Mediator: Call for Nominations: NAFCM Board of Directors
    and public relations financial management collaborative technologies and association management The organization is also keen to expand its representativeness by encouraging candidates from Florida Michigan Nebraska North Carolina and the broader Pacific Northwest As the organization continues to build upon its growing international presence NAFCM is also pleased to invite nominations from colleagues outside the U S Of course we warmly welcome all candidates regardless professional background or geography and look forward to working closely with each nominee If elected candidates serve a three year term flexible alternatives possible and are asked to actively contribute to the advancement and promotion of community mediation in all its colorful applications Read the full list of qualifications and expectations review the 2012 timeline contact us with any questions and submit your nomination form today Nominations close Tuesday January 31st Please feel free to widely share this annual Call for Nominations with friends and colleagues In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 11 50 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Board Elections Board nominations Board of Directors Community Mediation NAFCM 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 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 Conflict Help Center Lend a Hand Membership Discussion Groups Get Social Updates Contact Us NAFCM s Social Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Groups ADRhub Search NAFCM s Blog Loading Subscribe To NAFCM Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments Follow by Email Total Pageviews Blog Archive 2013 3 April

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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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  • The Community Mediator: Restorative Programs & Community/State Collaboration
    Justice and Delinquency Prevention s inaugural issue of the Journal of Juvenile Justice reviews his experiences with BCRJP and its connection with various state collaborators Detailing BCRJP s partnerships with municipal courts police departments schools Department of Health and Human Services Department of Corrections and numerous nonprofits Ted takes a conceptual step back to consider how this interdependent nonprofit balances community and stated interests for victim and offender benefit A Partnership for Balancing Community and Government Resources for Juvenile Justice Services is a quick informative read full of intriguing info and ideas The article outlines BCRJP s extensive service portfolio core program statistics and benefits including lower rates of recidivism reduced higher level interventions reintegration of youth offenders in the community and a tangible cost savings to the county of 378 392 per offender The complete rundown of services and statistics are being discussed on the Restorative Practices Discussion Group an online listserve co hosted by NAFCM and VOMA We encourage all our restorative colleagues to join us in this free group to discuss this and other RJ research hot button issues and field updates We look forward to welcoming you into the restorative conversation In community Justin R Corbett Executive Director NAFCM Posted by NAFCM at 11 44 AM Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Discussion Groups NAFCM OJJDP Research Restorative Justice Victim Offender VOMA 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 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 Conflict Help Center

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