Let’s raise some peace, and a glass, together.

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“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

Brad Heckman, CEO, New York Peace Institute

#Cyberweek is nigh!

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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.

Here’s how it’s going down (re-printed from ADRhub…keep checking their schedule for updates and new links):

Monday, November 4th

Live Webinars!

  • Smartsettle – Debt Resolution with Smartsettle One – Product Demo, presented by Ernest Thiessen & Derek Barber @11am Eastern/10am Central/4pm GMT
  • Online Defamation: Issues relevant to Online Dispute Resolution, presented by Nadina Foggetti @ 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/7pm GMT
  • Mobile Mediation: The New Frontier for Online Mediation, presented by Giuseppe Leone @ 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/12am GMT

Special Live Activity!

Discussion Forums!

Tuesday, November 5th

Live Webinars!

  • Synchronous Technology to Engage a Broader Spectrum of the Population in Resolving Community Disputes, presented by Larry Schooler @11am Eastern/10am Central/4pm GMT
  • Yala’s Use of Online Platforms for Peacebuilding Work, presented by Arik Segal @ 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/7pm GMT
  • Artificial Intelligence and ODR, presented by John Zeleznikow @ 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/12am GMT

Special Live Activity!

  • Internet Radio Program – A Field on the Move: New Books, Journals, & Ideas in ODR. Dave Hilton with special guest Daniel Rainey @ 6pm Eastern/5pm Central/11pm GMT

Discussion Forums!

  • Mobile Mediation: Mediation as Close as your Telephone, Moderated by Kristen Blankley
  • ODR Government Initiatives from Around the Globe, Moderated by Mark Wilson, Colin Rule, Chittu Nagarajan, Loic Coutelier, Graham Ross, & Ayelet Sela
  • Which Video Conferencing Software Works Best for Online Mediation, Moderated by Giuseppe Leone

Wednesday, November 6th

Live Webinars!

Discussion Forums!

  • The Role of Technology in Creating a Safe Internet for Teens, moderated by Krista Jessacher
  • ODR Forum – Visualizing the Future, Moderated by Colin Rule, Ethan Katsh, & Jeff Aresty

Thursday, November 7th

Live Webinars:

Special Live Activities:

  • Internet Radio Program – Social Media and ODR, Pattie Porter with special guests Leah Wing & Tom Murray @ 1pm Eastern/12pm Central/6pm GMT
  • Live Streaming Presentation – Conversations with a Long-time Mediator, Zena Zumeta live from Wayne State University @ 3:30pm Eastern/2:30pm Central/8:30pm GMT

Friday, November 8th

Live Webinars:

  • Picture it Settled – Product Demo, Presented by Don Philbin @11am Eastern/10am Central/4pm GMT
  • Keynote Panel: ODR Forum – Visualizing the Future, presented by Colin Rule, Ethan Katsh, & Jeff Aresty @ 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/7pm GMT