Folks, we just wrapped up a 40-hour Basic Mediation Training, putting 26 people from all walks of life on the path of joining New York City’s largest civilian peacebuilding force. This was a pretty eclectic group — including a mother & daughter, a hypnotist, a couple of triathlete trainers, and three people from Switzerland. (Yep, we were teaching the Swiss about neutrality. Oy.). Here’s a little photo essay to give a sense of how we roll — combining visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, and verbal learning styles. We like to think of our trainings as a friendly assault on the senses.
Pictured above is Melissa, our Manager of Mediator Education, spieling about building agreement. She uses the acronym ADD UP (which I shan’t spell out…spoiler alerts and such). We used to use the acronyms APUDD and DDUPA, but they were, respectively, nonsensical and a Slavic obscenity. Behind Melissa are some of the infographics I drew for the training.
Click here for more pictures on our last mediation training!