International Mediators Community of Practice


Finding leverage points for shifting U.S. Congressional dysfunctions

1.5 hour(s)
The Law Offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld


Hosted by: The Convergence Center for Policy Resolution


Join us for an analysis of how the actions and choices of elected officials and citizens interact to create the current state of Congressional dynamics. We'll hear about entry points for conflict resolution practitioners, identify leverage opportunities within the system and discuss possible strategies that could help shift these dynamics.



Chris Nehls, Research and Systems Associate, Governance Initiative, Democracy Fund

Rob Ricigliano, Systems and Complexity Coach, The Omidyar Network


This event is organized by the IMCP Hill Working Group


Event Summary

The Rise of Dangerous Speech in the U.S: how did we get here?

1.5 hour(s)
U.S. Institute of Peace (Web access will be provided upon request)

Hosted by: PeaceTech Lab


A casualty of successive political shocks many decades in the making, the extinction of the Capitol Hill statesman mirrors the crisis in civility felt throughout the country. Differences in political opinion are no longer tolerated or discussed and champions of hateful rhetoric are finding a comfortable place in our social fabric at the expense of those seeking understanding and common ground.


Join our speakers for a discussion on the evolution of hate-groups, politics, the media and race-relations in America as factors that contribute to the rise and normalization of dangerous speech.


RSVP by emailing Nathalie at by August 4th, 2017




What is dangerous speech?

Lucas Wright, Researcher at the Dangerous Speech Project and Rachel Brown, Executive Director of Over Zero


Dog-whistle politics: triggers of historical trauma

Jessica Gonzalez, Deputy Director and Senior Counsel at Free Press


How did we get here?

Henry Fernandez, CEO of Fernandez Advisors and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress



This event is organized by the IMCP Hill Working Group





Citizen Mediators Joint Meeting

1.5 hour(s)
PartnersGlobal (1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036)


Joint MBBI-IMCP-ACR conflict resolution practitioner working group meeting


Calling on all Citizen Mediators to Help Bridge the Political Divide in America

We talked, we processed and we sought to understand the rift in our political environment. Now, in an effort to move toward action, MBBI, IMCP and ACR are inviting their members and conflict resolution (CR) practitioners across the U.S. for a joint peer-2-peer consultation to build local synergies around bridging the U.S. political divide.


(Webinar option will be provided to those unable to attend face-to-face)


On the agenda:
  • Updates from CR practitioners around the nation about their local political bridge-building work
  • Presentation of the Citizen Mediators initiative
  • Creation of synergies between CR practitioners involved in political conflict transformation


Working group guiding principles:

  • A belief in a common humanity
  • An attitude of curiosity
  • A search for common ground


About the organizers:

The International Mediators Community of Practice (IMCP) provides an informal platform for discussion between mediation practitioners, trainers, academics and providers of mediation support services who actively engage in international third-party conflict transformation, to strengthen our skills and increase the use of dialogue processes in complex conflict contexts.

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR is one of the nation’s largest professional associations for mediators, arbitrators, educators and other conflict resolution practitioners. ACR works in a wide range of settings throughout the United States and around the world.  This multicultural and multidisciplinary organization offers a broad umbrella under which all forms of dispute resolution practice find a home.

Mediators Beyond Borders International's (MBBI) mission is to build local skills for peace and promote mediation worldwide. By local invitation, MBBI’s multi-disciplinary teams jointly design and implement projects with local partners to increase local abilities to heal from severe conflict, reconcile torn communities; and prevent, manage, and transform conflict. MBBI's vision is to build a more peace-"able" world.




The cost and effectiveness of mediation

1.5 hour(s)
Mercy Corps


Organized by the IMCP IMPACT Working Group


The cost and effectiveness of mediation

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

Location: Mercy Corps (1111 19th St NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20036)

Webinar access and link:

RSVP by emailing Nathalie at by Monday 1/16




Milt Lauenstein and Jessica Berns, Consultant, Jessica Berns Consulting Services

Milt is the sole funder of the Purdue Peace Project (PPP) and Jessica serves as an advisor to both Milt Lauenstein and the PPP. The two will describe how PPP convenes everyday citizens in West Africa and Central America to help civilians address immediate threats of political violence in their communities. They will discuss the results of PPP’s work to date, and their thoughts on its cost-effectiveness.


Michelle Breslauer, Deputy Director of Programs, Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)

Michelle will present on an initial research conducted by IEP to quantify and measure the cost-effectiveness of peacebuilding activities. She will share their methodology, approaches to answering the cost-effectiveness question, and findings from a Rwanda case study.


Nike Carstarphen, Independent Consultant and Co-Founder, Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT)

Nike will debrief us on a recent evaluation she conducted with Ilana Shapiro on USIP’s grant-funded dialogue projects. The research included a desk review of 105 projects implemented since 1992 and field research on 23 of the projects in Colombia, Israel and Palestine, and Pakistan. She will discuss lessons learned and make recommendations for improving the effectiveness of dialogue for peacebuilding.


Joe Bubman, Senior Peacebuilding Advisor and Leslie Wingender, Peacebuilding Advisor, Mercy Corps

As part of the Peace and Conflict team supporting Mercy Corps’ work globally, Joe and Leslie will present the successes and challenges their field team faced while implementing a land mediation program in rural Guatemala. They will discuss the implications for this type of work, the results and impact and how this example adds to the debate about the cost-effectiveness of mediation work.