peace core values.

Everything we do comes out of the core belief that active peacemaking requires direct, respectful, and creative communication. We’re here to get in the middle when people or communities have disputes, and our work is driven by these six values:

Optimism

We see every conflict as an opportunity for better understanding. Mediation is a valuable tool, so we strive to make it more accessible to everyone.

Transparency

We encourage openness—from ourselves and from people in disputes—because direct communication is the best way to find solutions.

Empathy

We don’t simply remain neutral—we strive to understand and honor the different points of view of the individuals, parties, or communities in conflict.

Empowerment

We create a private, collaborative environment to help individuals and communities find practical solutions to their disputes. We also help them gain the tools to handle future conflicts.

Excellence

We demand nothing but the best from ourselves on behalf of the people we work with—whether in mediation, in trainings, or during any other discussions.

Creativity

We think differently—and we encourage the people we work with to think differently—to find innovative, and perhaps unexpected, solutions to make New York City a more peaceful place.

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