Others will come up with better, more eloquent words to talk about the loss of Nelson Mandela. For now, all I can muster is thank you, thank you, thank you. I thought you’d outlive us all — and I’m grateful that your ideas will.
Godspeed, good sir.
Monday’s the big schlep to our fabulous new digs, and we’ll be up and running as soon as we unpack and get our phones and interwebs up. Hope y’all can come and visit — with or without a conflict. Stay tuned for the housewarming party!
“Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this!”
We get that a lot, when people first hear there’s a 100% free way to resolve disputes in a matter of hours, rather than spending a bazillion dollars in legal fees and infinity time in litigation and and living with an aggravation level cranked up to 11.
The thing is, we need your to help raise awareness of this amazing service, and to help ensure that everyone in our city can get it for free.
We’ve touched the lives of more than 20,000 people since our launch in 2011. We’ve seen fisticuffs morph into hugs, family scars heal over, and communities coalesce after collective trauma. I’ve been in this field for going on 20 years, and I still get chills down my spine when I think about the impact we’ve had on so many people’s lives. (I’ll see a chiropractor about that).
We won’t rest until mediation is the household word it deserves to be. Until it’s the movement it deserves to be. Until millions, not thousands, of New Yorkers use mediation as opportunity to be heard, to build understanding, or simply have a safe space for a difficult conversation.
There are so many ways you can be part of this movement. Refer people in disputes to us before their conflicts get out of hand. Heck, refer them after they get out of hand. Learn mediation – join New York City’s largest civilian peacebuilding force. Connect us to your community organizations, houses of worship, business, and political leaders. Donate — any amount helps. A $200 donation covers the cost of a mediation session, saving our clients thousands of dollars, and so often healing fractured relationships….priceless (apologies to whatever credit card commercial I jacked that from.)
The most fun way you can support us? Come to our PeaceRaiser on Thursday, November 14th! Schmooze, raise a glass, learn interesting stuff about conflict resolution, meet amazing people…and know that you’re doing your part to keep free mediation services alive in New York City.
Can’t wait to see you there, friends.
Yours in solidarity,
Brad Heckman, CEO, New York Peace Institute
There’s a bunch of forward-thinking folks hellbent on propelling our field into the future. Our friends at ADRHub have assembled all kinds of discussions and activities involving computers, clouds, The Internets, artificial intelligence, robots, droids, cyborgs, replicants, and all things virtual & technological in the dispute resolution field, November 4-8. Tweeps, your hashtag is #Cyberweek.
Monday, November 4th
Special Live Activity!
Tuesday, November 5th
Special Live Activity!
Wednesday, November 6th
Thursday, November 7th
Special Live Activities:
Friday, November 8th
As you may know, we’ve been on the hunt for a new Manhattan Mediation Center for what seems an eternity. Having burned up beaucoup shoe leather hoofing it all over Manhattan with a bevy of brokers, we’ve just signed the lease on a great space.
Where are we gonna be? 111 John Street, 6th Floor. It’s located ever so close to many subway lines, via the Fulton Street stop. It’s a dignified, respectful space that will provide clients, mediators and staff with an environment conducive to building peace. 111 John is a 27-floor, art deco gem, built in 1929. It has shiny, shiny doors. The best part: we won’t be hamstrung by the hours of operation in our current building, which is closed to clients during lunch and after 4pm. We’ll be able to serve more people, when they’re available and need us most.
It’s also a swell hood — lots of places to browse and eat and stroll. Lemme tell you, we’ve looked at a pretty broad spectrum of spaces. There was the deluxe pad with great skyline views, but well beyond our modest non-profit budget. There was the super cheap place in which a hobo and (we think) a dog were secretly living. As it often works with NYC real estate, the right place materializes at the last possible moment.
Now it’s time for the myriad moving minutia of packing, painting, a few minor renovations, tech set-up, etc. We hope to be in situ by mid-November, and our goal is to not miss a beat with our clients. We’ll likely move in around the time of our November 14th PeaceRaiser…which will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about us, network, and help us pay the rent. Of course, we’ll also have a housewarming party once we’re settled in…stay tuned.
To our board, our funders, our staff, our mediators, our friends and families — thank you ever so much for your leadership, patience and support during this wild ride.
Yours in solidarity,
CEO, New York Peace Institute
To quote Frankenstein’s monster, FIRE BAD. Mediators take a different view. We fearlessly go toward the heat in conflict, giving our clients a safe space for tough conversations…no matter how scary. Here’s a round-up of my Halloween tweets quoting mediators working with monstrous, er, misunderstood, clients.
“So you want your brain for thinking — and you want his brain for food. What I’m hearing is that brains are important to BOTH of you.”
“This sounds like a really grave issue, Count Dracula. see, mediators love puns…agghh that hurts…fangs for nothing…still got it…”
“Thanks for asking if i like Chianti, Dr. Lechter, but it’s not about me. also, could you please clarify what you meant by fft fft fft fft?
“I notice you’re being really quiet today, Jason. anything you want to share? am i right in guessing that hockey is important to you?”
“Pleased to meet you, Mr. Kruger. I, er, have a cold — mind if i don’t shake your hand?”
“So shall i address you as Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? both? Hoo boy this is going to be a long session.”
“Apologies, Mr. Tut, I’m not a therapist…oh, ‘mummy’ issues…”
“So, Dr. Frankenstein, mr. monster — shall we try to stitch an agreement together? Get it? Stitch? Anyone?”
“Yes, Mr. & Mrs. Munster, we have a lot of experience mediating with mixed families.”
“Absolutely, Mr. Mummy, mediation is a confidential process…we’ll keep everything said here under wraps. HA, NAILED IT!”
“Mr. Igor, you were saying you had a hunch?”
“Just to clarify, Dr. Lechter, when you say you’d like to ‘have mr. jones over for dinner’…”
“My apologies — I’ll be glad to reframe ‘werewolf’ as ‘Lupine-American’.”
“Thank you for clarifying, Dr. Frankenstein. by ‘brainstorming’ i didn’t mean using lightening to re-animate your monster’s brain.”
“We have just a few ground rules…..and also some round ghouls…..”
“Thank you for sharing, and please help me understand what you mean when you say BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA?”
“We help unwrap conflicts free of charge. Unwrapping mummies will cost you extra.”
“Unlike Dracula here, we love our stakeholders.”
Okay, Enough from me. Feel free to add your own. Happy Halloween!