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Mediation and Groundhog Day

Brad Heckman- Today is Groundhog Day -- one of my two favorite rodent-based holidays.  And according to bothPunxatauney Phil and Staten Island Chuck, spring is afoot toute suite.

Groundhog Day -- both the holiday and the Bill Murray movie -- remind me of mediation. (Most things do.)  Here's how:

4. Groundhogs are not known for their keen intellect -- and mediators needn't be the smartest guy in the room, either.  I wrote here about how the dumb mediator technique can be an effective tool for getting folks talking and building understanding.

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“Helping parties through difficult conflicts is what I have devoted my career to and what I am passionate about. In communities throughout the country there are going to be issues that cause tension, and I feel honored and privileged to be leading an agency created explicitly to resolve such conflicts.”  

Those are the words of Grande Lum, the new Director of the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Program. ACR is pleased to announce he will be the Keynote speaker at the 2013 Annual Conference, Making Peace Happen: New Normals, in Minneapolis Minnesota October 9-11.
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Tom A. Kosakowski- The Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services is offering a full-time, unpaid internship in its New York offices in the summer of 2013.  The position lasts two to four months and offers the chance to support the office in several areas, including: mediation services; identification of systemic issues; outreach and advocacy; and preparing data and reports.

Noam Ebner- This piece started out as a Facebook status, trying to explain the Israeli elections to interested folks-at-a-distance. There is a "you had to be there" quality to really understanding the outcomes of the election - as there usually is;  Israeli politics might seem to be one thing on the outside, but rarely deliver those goods in practice.

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