Conflict Resolution

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Crown Heights Community Mediation Center: Community Assessment and Perceptions

In Spring 2003, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center conducted a formal survey to assess the needs and concerns of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, community, as well as to gauge the community’s use and awareness of the Mediation Center. The Operation Data survey provided a forum for community members to voice their concerns about issues of quality of life, safety, services, conflict, and diversity in their neighborhood.

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Community Impact Panels

In order to sanction offenders who commit certain low-level offenses and educate them about the effects of their actions, planners at Midtown Community Court came up with the idea of Community Impact Panels: mediated sessions in which community members meet with offenders to discuss the impact of their offenses on the community.

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Strengthening Communities: Mediation in Crown Heights

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center follows a model of community-based mediation and uses it to address community conflict in Crown Heights. “Having a forum where [community members] can go to air their differences can relieve a lot of the tension that might otherwise build up,” Maureen O’Connor, a volunteer mediator, explained. “Even when the mediation session doesn’t end in a reconciliation, … it can diffuse a lot of antagonism.”

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Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc.

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation provides a forum for the work of scholars and practitioners in the conflict intervention field who approach conflict from a relational or transformative view—first described in the 1994 article The Promise of Mediation. The Institute was founded in 1999 to study and promote understanding of conflict and intervention processes from the transformative perspective; its site details this approach.

http://www.transformativemediation.org/

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International Academy of Mediators

The mission of the International Academy of Mediators is to define standards and qualifications for the professional mediator of commercial disputes and to promote the mediation process as the preferred means of resolving disputes. Its site offers membership and academy information, along with a series of mediation-related articles.

http://www.iamed.org/

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International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution

Founded in 1979, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution—an alliance of global corporations, law firms, legal academics and selected public institutions—serves as a multinational resource for avoidance, management and resolution of business-related and other disputes. Its site offers, among other things, project descriptions, publications, videotapes and training materials, and also discusses alternative dispute resolution in a variety of industry and practice areas.

http://www.cpradr.org/

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Mediate.com

This site is a comprehensive resource on mediation. Users can locate mediators, review academic programs in mediation, browse by topic areas (including books, careers, collaborative law, government, and health care), purchase mediation-related books and CDs, and participate in mediation-focused discussions.

http://www.mediate.com/

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New York Peace Institute

The mission of the New York Peace Institute, formerly Safe Horizon Mediation Program, is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Its site details its advocacy and policy while also offering resources for victims, including information on the Mediation Program, which helps community members resolve their disputes before they get to court.

http://nypeace.org/

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National Association for Community Mediation

The National Association for Community Mediation’s stated purpose is to support the maintenance and growth of community-based mediation programs, to present a compelling voice in appropriate policy-making and legislative arenas, and to encourage the development and sharing of resources for these efforts. Its site lists grant opportunities, programs and initiatives, links, articles, and training programs. Users can also search for community mediation centers.

http://www.nafcm.org/

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American Arbitration Association

The American Arbitration Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and widespread use of prompt, effective and economical methods of dispute resolution. Its site is full of information about all forms of dispute prevention and resolution, including mediation, arbitration, fact-finding, partnering, dispute review boards and other related alternative dispute resolution processes.

http://www.adr.org/

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