here’s what happens when you give cops taffy.

I spent the week at the NYPD Police Academy training a group of 30 officers in mediation skills. In an effort to keep energy levels up, I spiked the officers’ blood sugar levels with a constant flow of taffy. Which one very creative cop (who chose to remain anonymous) crafted into this nifty little creatures.imp pig

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We’ve updated our media round-up — check us out on the TV, radio, print media and internets.

Here’s a piece about us (in Spanish, amigos) on Univision TV, featuring our Case Manager Jeff and cameos by a bunch of us.

and here we are on News 12.

Our very own Case Manager, Aura Sotomayor and Mediator Olga Perez were featured on Telemundo. Watch here!

The edgy website ANIMALnewyork wrote about us: “Meet the People Who Keep New Yorkers from Ripping Each Others Heads Off.”

Listen to an interview with CEO Brad Heckman on the Earbud University Podcast.

Brad was also interviewed on NASH Radio (a country music station…in NYC!)

Read “The Art of Mediation: Local Lessons for International Peacemakers,” an article in the Global Observatory.

Here’s our very own Carol Lieb Himes on Special Education mediation, here and here!

Our very own Restorative Justice Coordinator, Carrie McCann, was featured on the Rebbe Radical Rev Show. Listen here.

We were featured in the Wall Street Journal! Read the article here.

The New York Times interviewed us in their Real Estate section about neighbor problems. And then they did it again!

Brad writes “On Bob Dylan and Reverse International Development” for the Nebraska Mediation Association.

The Conflict Specialists Show podcast interviewed Brad, as did Voice America Radio .

Watch Brad’s TEDx Talk, “Mediation and Mindfully Getting in the Middle”

Dickinson Magazine profiled Brad.

Elle Magazine’s September fashion issue features a great article about our mediation training.

The New York Daily News published a piece on landlord-tenant issues, featuring a link to our blog on communication tips.

TimeOut New York’s roommate issue featured an interview with Brad and our friend Sheila Sproule about coping with cohabitation conflicts.

The Cooperator, the largest online publication about coop and condo living, published a short piece about mediation, featuring us alongside the wonderful National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).

Brick Underground, a popular NYC housing blog, includes us in their panel of experts. Read about how to deal with noisy, nude, smoking neighbors.

Texas conflict guru Pattie Porter interviewed Brad for her podcast, in a segment called “Fugghetaboutit….and move forward: Mediation, New York-Style.”

We’re profiled in the online publication Peace Is Sexy (which is actually quite G-rated, so you can click on whilst at work).

We’ve even been featured it the astrology blog of the fabulous Kiki T – Tyra Banks’ on-air stargazer, among other things.

Here we are on News 12.

Our very own Case Manager, Aura Sotomayor and Mediator Olga Perez were featured on Telemundo. Watch here!

The edgy website ANIMALnewyork wrote about us: “Meet the People Who Keep New Yorkers from Ripping Each Others Heads Off.”

Listen to an interview with CEO Brad Heckman on the Earbud University Podcast.

Brad was also interviewed on NASH Radio (a country music station…in NYC!)

Read “The Art of Mediation: Local Lessons for International Peacemakers,” an article in the Global Observatory.

Here’s our very own Carol Lieb Himes on Special Education mediation, here and here!

Our very own Restorative Justice Coordinator, Carrie McCann, was featured on the Rebbe Radical Rev Show. Listen here.

We were featured in the Wall Street Journal! Read the article here.

The New York Times interviewed us in their Real Estate section about neighbor problems. And then they did it again!

Brad writes “On Bob Dylan and Reverse International Development” for the Nebraska Mediation Association.

The Conflict Specialists Show podcast interviewed Brad, as did Voice America Radio .

Watch Brad’s TEDx Talk, “Mediation and Mindfully Getting in the Middle”

Dickinson Magazine profiled Brad.

Elle Magazine’s September fashion issue features a great article about our mediation training.

The New York Daily News published a piece on landlord-tenant issues, featuring a link to our blog on communication tips.

TimeOut New York’s roommate issue featured an interview with Brad and our friend Sheila Sproule about coping with cohabitation conflicts.

The Cooperator, the largest online publication about coop and condo living, published a short piece about mediation, featuring us alongside the wonderful National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).

Brick Underground, a popular NYC housing blog, includes us in their panel of experts. Read about how to deal with noisy, nude, smoking neighbors.

Texas conflict guru Pattie Porter interviewed Brad for her podcast, in a segment called “Fugghetaboutit….and move forward: Mediation, New York-Style.”

We’re profiled in the online publication Peace Is Sexy (which is actually quite G-rated, so you can click on whilst at work).

We’ve even been featured it the astrology blog of the fabulous Kiki T – Tyra Banks’ on-air stargazer, among other things.

you say the nicest things.

milesIn our 40-hour bootcamp-meets-bandcamp Basic Mediation Training, you’ll learn side by side with UN diplomats, teachers, actors, lawyers, homemakers, activists, cops, and more. It’s a deeply moving experience — for our trainees, and for us as well. I thought I’d toot our horn a bit and share some of our participants’ feedback.  FYI, there are a couple slots left in our March 27-31 training in case you want to join New York City’s largest civilian peacebuilding force (us!)

It should be required training for every New Yorker.

The trainers do an excellent job. Even if people don’t want to go into mediation, it will help them grow personally.

New York Peace Institute opened my eyes to the myriad of applications of mediation. Forty hours flew by!

Great skills to apply in business or in life.

New York Peace Institute gave me the skills to handle complex conflict situations from the grassroots level to the national government level in Somalia.

A fun, interactive experience where you learn a lot about yourself. Mediation skills can be used in all facets of your life.

An excellent opportunity to grow as an individual and peacemaker.

An invaluable training – even if you have no intention of being a mediator.

You jam so much information down our throats, but it goes down like honey.

I’m from Iraq, and I learned over these days together that Americans truly believe in peace.

This training has changed my life.

The training is exceptional. The trainers are super competent and teach in a thorough yet fun way.

Taking an entire field and condensing it into 5 days of training seems pretty lofty but New York Peace Institute does it flawlessly while empowering its students.

A true learning environment where passion and education come together.

One of the most transformative experiences of my life.

Great learning environment that crafts fun and informative techniques to teach mediation.

The best training I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve been to hundreds.

It’s not giving up a weekend — it’s spending it with new friends who are smart, interesting, community-minded, while watching videos, talking, and learning.