Join us at these December events!

December 1-2, 2017 

Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future  

A timely workshop conference presented by: The ACCORD3.0 Network, The University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center, The William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaiʻi, Ulupono Initiative, ThinkTech Hawaiʻi, and Honolulu Civil Beat

see the website for more information and registration details

 

December 8, 2017 

Annual Meeting, Association for Conflict Resolution, Hawai‘i Chapter

Honey’s Restaurant at Koolau Golf Club – Keynote presentation by Lou Chang, Esq. – The Healing Power of Apology – 6pm-8:30pm

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Volunteer Recognition & Holiday Gathering

Mediation Center of the Pacific – celebrate with our fellow mediators – open to all mediators & supporters – HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk – 11:30am-1:30pm

see the flyer and the Mediation Center of the Pacific’s 2017 Honorees

 

 

 

ACR Hawaii 2017 Annual Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017

6pm-8:30pm

Honey’s at Koolau Restaurant 

Koolau Golf Club

45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Enjoy the keynote presentation on 

The Healing Power of Apology

by Lou Chang, Esq.

Let’s reflect together on the eventful year 2017 as we enjoy great food with fellow conflict resolution practitioners, facilitators of collaborative decision making, and advocates of peaceful decision making in our community!

See the flyer

Register now! 

Facilitators and peacemakers – you can help! Volunteers needed to facilitate Kailua community meetings on homelessness

Would you like to make a difference in this world?  Or, as Steve Jobs might say: “make your dent in the universe” before your life is done?  Join a team of volunteers who are lending their skills by facilitating meetings in Kailua to address homelessness issues.  The goal of the meetings is to develop a multi-pronged advisory plan to address, through practical community-wide solutions, the growing number of homeless individuals and families in Kailua.

ACR-Hawaiʻi Board Member Tom DiGrazia has been working with the Kailua Neighborhood Board Subcommittee on Homelessness, which had their inaugural meeting on October 7, 2017.  Attached are notes summarizing what occurred at the meeting.

We hope to create a team of facilitators with different skill and experience levels.  We are especially interested on working with younger generations to pass on our collective knowledge.  Many younger and less experienced facilitators and peacemakers will improve their peacemaking skill levels and help to further develop the professional peacemaking profession.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Tom DiGrazia directly at email: digraziat001@gmail.com, or phone: (808) 262-0770.

 

Mahalo – ACR-Hawaiʻi

 

Summary Oct 7, 2017 mtg

 

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Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future

A timely workshop conference presented by:

The ACCORD3.0 Network
The University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center
The William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaiʻi
Ulupono Initiative
ThinkTech Hawaiʻi
Honolulu Civil Beat

Part 1 – Taking Stock and Devising Solutions

Friday, December 1, 2017 8:00am – 4:30pm

Imin Hall, East-West Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

Part 2 – Public Consultation Strategies and Skills

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm

Classroom 2, William S. Richardson School of Law

Too many public meetings have become perfunctory ‘tick-the-box’ compliance exercises, or simply fresh combat zones for old ideological wars. Many have evolved into formulaic productions by project proponents or well-organized opposition campaigns by opponents. Both represent an unfunded bureaucratic burden for agencies to endure. Further, as public discourse has become increasingly polarized and hostile, it gets harder to arrive at decisions that can be supported by a plurality of citizens.

This full-day gathering, followed by a half-day skill and strategy workshop, will take stock of how public participation is faring, gather ideas for changes to the way public consultation takes place, offer techniques and approaches to improve public participation, and spark conversations that have consequences now and for the future.

See the website for more information and registration details

Save the date! ACR-Hawaiʻi Annual Meeting: Friday, December 8, 2017, 6pm-9pm

From the ACR Hawaiʻi Board:

Mark your calendars!

Annual Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2017

6pm-8:30pm

Honey’s at Koolau Restaurant at the Koolau Golf Club

45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

 “Apology” workshop by Lou Chang! 

Experientially learn the value of effective apologies, greet fellow members, and enjoy great food, all at a reduced price for members!  

Details to follow

Hope to see you there!

From the Virtual Mediation Lab: Mediators’ initial skepticism of online mediation turns into enthusiasm

     Conflict Intervention Service (CIS) is a grant funded project of the City and County of San Francisco in partnership with The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Bay Area Mediation Services Program.  This innovative program utilizes skilled mediators with diverse backgrounds in landlord-tenant law, psychology, addiction, mental health and housing conflict to resolve disputes in affordable housing that can lead to eviction or homelessness.
     On November 2, 2017 a group of those mediators participated in a Virtual Mediation Lab Hands-on Training in Online Mediation, which consisted of 2 parts:
     >> Part 1 – 60-min Introduction to Online Mediation (What online mediation means and how It works; how we  (mediators) can do online everything we are used to do face-to-face; how to blend face-to-face and online mediation; which cases are suitable for online mediation; online mediation benefits; which video collaboration software works best for online mediation.
     >> Part 2 – 90-min Hands-on Online Mediation via Zoom (Each mediator practiced what they learned during Part 1)
     At the end of the training, Giuseppe Leone, founder of Virtual Mediation Lab,  asked all mediators a simple question: “Has this 150-min hands-on training changed your view of online mediation?” Here are some of their answers:
“Now I am not afraid of it”
“I am eager to do it”
“I am marveling at the capabilities of this software (Zoom). It’s incredible.”
“I’m excited at the way people perceive technology and their relationship with technology. Online mediation may add an edge to mediation”.
“This is extraordinary”
“It opens up a whole new world!”
     This experience seems to show that a good way to respond to many experienced mediators’ initial (and natural) skepticism about online mediation is to let them try it and judge by themselves.
     Virtual Mediation Lab is a project sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution Hawaii Chapter.

Public Participation in a Polarized Era: The Good, The Bad, The Future

A timely workshop conference presented by:

The ACCORD3.0 Network
The University of Hawaiʻi’s Public Policy Center
The William S. Richardson Law School at the University of Hawaiʻi
Ulupono Initiative
ThinkTech Hawaiʻi
Honolulu Civil Beat

Part 1 – Taking Stock and Devising Solutions

Friday, December 1, 2017 8:00am – 4:30pm

Imin Hall, East-West Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

Part 2 – Public Consultation Strategies and Skills

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00am – 12:00pm

Classroom 2, William S. Richardson School of Law

Too many public meetings have become perfunctory ‘tick-the-box’ compliance exercises, or simply fresh combat zones for old ideological wars. Many have evolved into formulaic productions by project proponents or well-organized opposition campaigns by opponents. Both represent an unfunded bureaucratic burden for agencies to endure. Further, as public discourse has become increasingly polarized and hostile, it gets harder to arrive at decisions that can be supported by a plurality of citizens.

This full-day gathering, followed by a half-day skill and strategy workshop, will take stock of how public participation is faring, gather ideas for changes to the way public consultation takes place, offer techniques and approaches to improve public participation, and spark conversations that have consequences now and for the future.

See the website for more information and registration details

Celebrating Conflict Resolution Day in Hawai’i

HONOLULU – Hawai’i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald issued a proclamation declaring October 19, 2017, to be Conflict Resolution Day in the Courts of the State of Hawai’i, and presented certificates of appreciation to the mediators of the Hawai’i Appellate Mediation Program.

The October 19 ceremony was attended by representatives from the Mediation Center of the Pacific and the Community Mediation Centers, the Hawai’i State Bar Association – ADR Section, the Association for Conflict Resolution – Hawai’i Chapter, the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, judges and staff from the Hawai’i Intermediate Court of Appeals, and justices of the Hawai’i Supreme Court.

Conflict Resolution Day was established in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution to promote awareness and use of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system; and to recognize the significant contributions of peaceful conflict resolvers.

During the month of October, the Hawai’i State Judiciary’s Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution collaborated with various community organizations and individuals on a series of activities and events to increase public awareness of conflict resolution and its many benefits.

For photos and more information, see the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution’s webpage

Also this month, “Native Hawaiian Peacemaking Concepts,” featuring Hoʻoponopono Haku Beadie Kanahele Dawson, will air on Olelo Channel 54. The Hawaiʻi State Judiciary Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution presented the program on March 16, 2017. Watch for it on:

  • Monday, October 23…. 6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 27…… 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 28… 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, October 29……4 p.m.

• The Judiciary also produced a public service announcement on mediation, which will begin airing this month on Olelo Channel 53.

To learn more about ADR services available throughout the Hawai’i, call the Hawai’i State Judiciary’s Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution at (808) 539-4237; or call the community mediation center on your island:

• The Mediation Center of the Pacific (808) 521-6767 (O’ahu)
• Maui Mediation Services (808) 244-5744 (Maui),
• Kauai Economic Opportunity-Mediation Program (808) 245-4077, ext. 229 (Kaua’i),
• Ku ikahi Mediation Center (808) 935-7844 (East Hawai’i),
• West Hawaii Mediation Center (808) 885-5525 (West Hawai’i).

ACR-Hawai’i members: Kailua Neighborhood Board Subcommittee on Homeless, Notes from Inaugural Meeting on October 2, 2017

Dear ACR-Hawai’i members –

ACR-Hawai’i Board Member Tom DiGrazia has been working with the Kailua Neighborhood Board recently-formed Subcommittee on Homelessness, which had their inaugural meeting on October 7, 2017.  Attached are notes summarizing what occurred at the meeting.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Tom DiGrazia directly at email: digraziat001@gmail.com, or phone: (808) 262-0770. Please do not simply reply to this email.
Mahalo – ACR-Hawai’i