we can smirk it out: our benefit comedy show on may 5th!


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Dear Friends,

Join us on May 5th at 7pm for We Can Smirk It Out — a night of laughter benefitting New York Peace Institute at the famous Gotham Comedy Club, featuring comics Negin Farsad, Mark Normand, Bill Santiago, and more. You’ve seen them on Conan, Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, and HBO – now see them make with the funny in support of New York Peace Institute.

Tickets are $50, with a $100 sponsor level option, and a 2 drink minimum.

With your help, we will continue to be New York City’s largest civilian peacebuilding force – helping thousands of people reach agreement, build peace, and heal relationships. For free. Learn more about us here.

Get your tix here ASAP, as we’re fixing to sell out the joint.

Join us and find out what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding.​

CALL TO ACTION to support community mediation in new york state!


Our friends at the New York State Dispute Resolution (NYSDRA) are leading the charge to encourage our state legislature to increase the statewide budget for community mediation centers by one…wait for it….million dollars. Our network of 23 non-profit mediation centers, which offer free and low-cost services have weathered all kinds of budgetary setbacks over the years — whilst continuing to build peace and heal relationship for thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers.

Click this link right here to join our call to action by writing to your friendly neighborhood Assembly Member and Senator.  This campaign is a one-week only deal, so please send out your letters by 5pm this Friday, March 6th.

Thanks in advance for taking a few moments of your time to keep community mediation alive and thriving.



some brooklyn teens’ perceptions of the NYPD.

wordleFolks, we recently had the opportunity to work with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on an initiative to elicit students’ perceptions about the police. Our teammates Marquita and Carrie facilitated in-person and cyber discussions in which 30-some diverse students from four Brooklyn high schools expressed their thoughts, concerns, and hopes about civilian-police relationships.

Above is a word cloud that provides a snapshot of the youth’s input, when asked what word they’d use to describe police. Props to Borough President Adams for putting this event together.

For more info about the event, have a look here:


Very best to all,


happy 2015, people!

just a few scenes from our holiday celebration.nypi holiday party 2014A bunch of New York Peace Instituters wishing you a swell 2015.

three bald stevesWho needs three wise men when you have have THREE BALD STEVES (who are also quite wise.)

naughty niceWho are we to judge?

who wore it best?Who wore it best? THEY BOTH DID!

nothings says wintr holidays like a margheritaMargherita is the new eggnog.

Wishing everyone a joyous, peaceful and safe 2015.


we got your PeaceTalks right here.

Godzilla-vs-Megalon-handshakeFolks, we’re plenty busy helping more than 10,000 people build peace each year, providing crucial skills to organizations such as the NYPD, NASA, and the UN, and generally keeping it real.

As if that weren’t enough, we’re committed to being a place where we can exchange ideas and learn new approaches to peacebuilding. This is what our PeaceTalks are all about.  Just about every month, we have exciting (and free!) 2-hour gatherings, usually in our fabulous Brooklyn Mediation Center, on all kinds of topics.  We’ve done film screenings, book signings, mediator storytelling nights, presentations by prestigious diplomats, spiels on how to market your mediation practice, improv comedy for mediators, and more.

Our PeaceTalks (again — free!) are also opportunities to schmooze and re-connect with peacebuilders of all stripes.

Our next one, which is this Thursday, December 11, 6-8:00pm, is all about the connection between dance, movement, and mediation, by our friend Jill Sarah Moscowitz.  I’m hoping to learn how to incorporate my own personal forbidden dance of love (i.e. the chicken dance) into my practice. RSVP & learn more here for Thursday’s, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and our website for upcoming PeaceTalks.