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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:, or phone: (808) 262-0770.


Mahalo – ACR-Hawaiʻi


Summary Oct 7, 2017 mtg


2017 Annual ACR Conference available online

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

October 11-13, 2017

From the Association for Conflict Resolution:

We understand that some of you, for various reasons, will not be able to join us in Dallas, TX during this year’s annual conference. While we cannot duplicate everything happening at the conference, we can provide access to various sessions and an “almost like you are there” environment.  For the 2nd year, ACR is providing a Virtual Track.   Building on the experience from our 1st Virtual Track in 2016, the 2017 Virtual Track is being expanded to include a general session on Wednesday and  2 days of workshops on Thursday and Friday.   10 hours of Continuing education and/or legal credits will be available for those participating.

The Track begins on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:00 PM with a general session to discuss discriminatory laws and how should ACR and its members respond.  To learn more about this topic, read the home page of this website.  This counts as 1 hour of continuing education credit.

 A panel of Sharon Press, Donzell Robinson and Tom Kosakowski will get us started at 8:00 AM on Thursday, October 12 as we discuss the theme for this year’s conference, Professionalizing Your Passion.  The Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award and the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award will be presented.   (1 hour continuing education credit)

The planned workshops for the rest of Thursday include the following:
10:15 AM   The first 90-minute workshop is The Impact of Technology on ADR Ethics and Practice; the presenters are Daniel Rainey, Leah Wing, Jeffrey Aresty and Susan Exon. (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)

1:45 PM  After the lunch break, Pattie Porter will host a special edition of The Texas Conflict Coach radio blog program.  The topic for the program is Professionalizing Mediation: Understanding the Impact of Taking the Next Steps.  Featured guest: Jack Goetz. (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)

4:00 PM   We end the day with presentations by a new feature: Voices of Excellence.  Voices of Excellence is a new addition to our 2017 annual conference and is an outgrowth of the highly successful New Voices.  The theme of the four (4) presentations will be “Never Stop Learning”.  (1 hour of continuing education credit)

Friday, October 13:
9:00 AM   Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection with presenters Colin Rule and Amy Schmitz.  (1.5 hours of continuing education credit)

​11:00 AM   What does Mediation Teach Us About How People Can Manage Conflicts on Their Own?  Joe Folgers, the ACR 2017 William Kreidler Award Recipient.  (1.5 hours of continuing education)

2:45 PM – Workshop To Be Determined   (1.5 hours of continuing education)
Virtual participants will be fully engaged in each session, just as if they were in the room.  Last year’s participants had a great time.  Participate in the entire program and earn 10 hours of continuing education credits.  The cost is $250 for ACR members and $300 for non-members.
Join ACR at the 2017 Annual Conference October 11 – 14th, virtually or in person at the Crowne Plaza Near Dallas. To learn more about the conference and to register, click the Registration Tab at the top of the page.

The Cost

ACR Members= $250                                      
For the Almost Final program, click here.  
Non ACR Members = $300
To register, click here. 

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center – May Events

“Finding Solutions, Growing Peace”
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Held monthly on Third Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 655 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo. Each month an invited speaker presents a different topic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, enjoy an informal and educational talk-story session, and meet others interested in “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.” Free and open to the public. For more info, call Jenifer at 935-7844 x 1 or email

(Click here to View the Event Flyer)

“Tools to Transform Conflict” Training Series
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Facilitated by Mala’e Erickson, this workshop takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Kea’au Community Center in Kea’au. The 6-hour workshop teaches participants how to manage emotions and judgements in order to honestly express themselves so others will listen. People can avoid misunderstandings, arguments, criticism, and blame by transforming the way they make requests. Learn to make neutral observations, state feelings/needs, and make requests using positive action language. Tuition is $60 (group discounts and partial scholarships available). For more info, call Jenifer at 935-7844 x 1 or email

(Click here to View the Event Flyer)

From Virtual Mediation Lab: Free Online Training

Online Mediation in a Nutshell – 30-min Free Virtual Mediation Lab Webinar and Demo for Mediators and Attorneys – May 9, 2017 Noon Pacific Time

If you are a mediator or attorney interested in online mediation, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 you can learn in 30 minutes:

  • What Online Mediation means and how it works
  • The benefits of Online Mediation
  • How mediators can do online everything they are used to do in-person: e.g. Joint and private meetings (caucus) with the parties; “Shuttle Diplomacy” in multi-party disputes; Information (documents, pictures, worksheets, videos) sharing and annotation; Writing up the parties’ “Memorandum of Understanding” or agenda for their next meeting
  • Which cases are suitable for Online Mediation
  • How to blend face-to-face and Online Mediation
  • How to try Online Mediation for FREE
  • How to participate in a 2-hour one-on-one hands-on training in Online Mediation

Giuseppe Leone, founder of Virtual Mediation Lab, an online mediation project sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution Hawaii Chapter. This 30-min webinar/demo is based on his experience:

This “Online Mediation in a Nutshell” 30-min free webinar will take place Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Noon/12:00pm Pacific Time (2:00pm Central Time | 3:00pm Eastern Time).

Fill out this Online Registration Form – Please Note:

  • Seating is limited
  • After your registration is approved, you’ll automatically receive information on how to join the webinar with your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or smartphone


Free Webinar with Wayne Plenert – April 25, 2017
1-Hour Video Recording

Presented by the Virtual Mediation Lab, an online mediation project sponsored by ACR Hawaii, and Mediate BC, a not-for-profit organization that leads, promotes and facilitates mediation and other collaborative dispute resolution processes throughout the province of British Columbia, Canada.

From Think Tech Hawaii: Watch “The Joys of Deliberative Divorce” with ACR-Hawai‘i’s Lisa Jacobs and Tom DiGrazia

Ooops!  Pardon my slip, here’s the link.

See this 30-minute free video  on Think Tech Hawaii’s website with ACR-Hawai‘i’s Directors Lisa Jacobs and Tom DiGrazia as they discuss the collaborative divorce process.

Lisa Jacobs is a Mediator, Collaborative Attorney, Facilitator, Speaker, and Trainer in the areas of Family and Elder Law. She founded Better Way Divorce, also known as Pono Divorce, where she devotes 100% of her law and mediation practice to support families resolve their disputes using non-adversarial processes. Lisa has been licensed to practice law in Hawai‘i for the past 23 years. She has handled over 1,800 cases as a Family Law Consulting Attorney, 110 cases as a Mediator, and 12 cases as a Collaborative Attorney, with an agreement rate exceeding 90%.

Tom DiGrazia is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Richard School of Law at UH Manoa, and currently teaches a family law mediation course. He is also an author on a book on family mediation and peacemaking.

ThinkTech Hawaii streams live on the Internet from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Hawai‘i Time, every weekday then streams earlier shows through the night.  It’s vision is to be a leader in shaping a more vital and thriving Hawai‘i as the foundation for future generations. It’s mission is to be the leading digital media platform raising pubic awareness and promoting civic engagement in Hawai‘i.

From the Virtual Mediation Lab: Free Video Webinar and Demo

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 many mediators from around the world attended “Introduction to Online Mediation”, a Free Virtual Mediation Lab webinar and demo.

In 39 minutes they learned:

  • What Online Mediation means and how it works
  • Benefits of Online Mediation
  • How mediators can do online everything they are used to do in-person: e.g. Joint and private meetings (caucus) with the parties; “Shuttle Diplomacy” in multi-party disputes; Information (documents, pictures, worksheets, videos) sharing and annotation; Writing up the parties’ “Memorandum of Understanding” or agenda for their next meeting
  • Which cases are suitable for Online Mediation
  • When and how to blend face-to-face and Online Mediation
  • Which video conferencing software works best for Online Mediation
  • How to get hands-on training in Online Mediation
  • How to try Online Mediation for FREE

Giuseppe Leone, founder of Virtual Mediation Lab, an online mediation project sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution Hawaii Chapter, this webinar/demo was based on his experience:

To watch this free video, click here

Learn more about the Virtual Mediation Lab 2-hour hands-on training in online mediation, and how you can try online mediation for Free

For any further questions, contact Giuseppe Leone by email or give him a call at (808) 383-4117 in the USA.

Looking to expand your areas of practice? Try Online Peer Mediation

If you are hoping to expand your conflict resolution horizons, develop your online mediation capacity, and increase your potential for future income, all while elevating the conflict resolution skills of our younger generations, Online Peer Mediation might be your garden to cultivate.

According to Peer Mediation Online as of Tuesday, May 10, 2016:


Since the mid 1980s peer mediation has been the most commonly used conflict resolution education program in the United States. Research indicates that as many as 25% of US schools have had peer mediation programs serving grades 3 to12 and many programs in large urban districts are district­wide. However, three important changes in the educational and social context now suggest the need for an online version of peer mediation.

1 ­ Significant and Increasing Online Public Education

In formal educational contexts (K through 12) the increase in online schools has skyrocketed. Approximately 3 million K through 12 students are now enrolled in free, online public schools, which are not served by peer mediation.

2 ­ Prevalence and Preference for Online Communication

Current school­age generation prefers to communicate online. For the millions of students in conventional K through 12 schools, community groups, or youth organizations, online peer mediation opportunity is more congruent with their use of social media and communication technology.

3 ­ Global Peer Mediation Growth

Peer mediation programs have been growing not only in the United States, but also around the world. In fact, much of the increase in peer mediation since 2000 has happened in Europe, Australia and South Asia.


For the reasons listed above, in December 2014 the JAMS Foundation funded this Online Peer Mediation Platform (OPMP), a 2-year project initially managed by the Association for Conflict Resolution, and now managed by the Association of Peer Program Professionals


The four goals of the Online Peer Mediation Platform are:


­Provide extensive resources to anyone interested in peer mediation: useful links

2-Online Training in Basic Peer Mediation Skills

­ Show how middle and high school can teach their students basic peer mediation skills online . Peer mediation simulations

3-Online Peer Mediation Skills Development

­ Teach middle/high schools how students can practice their peer mediation skills by participating in online peer mediation simulations with other students and their trainer. Each simulation consists of four parts:

  1.         1- (Co)mediation of a typical school-related conflict between two or more students.
  2.         2- Debriefing, to reflect on what happened during that peer mediation: what worked well or not-so-well, and why.
  3.         3- Video Recording.
  4.         4- Online Survey, to collect all students’ feedback: e.g. what they liked about their simulation, what the learned.

In 2015 OPMP ran and video recorded six online mediation simulations. The results were very positive (students loved them). OPMP is now seeking 10 middle or high schools in the USA that are interested to learn in 3 hours (for Free) how to set up, run and video record online simulations with their own students and trainer. To watch the video recordings of the six simulations and learn how middle/high schools can participate in the 3-hour “Train the Trainer” program, click here.

4-Online Peer Mediation Services

­Show how middle/high schools experienced in peer mediation can deliver online peer mediation services to schools that don’t have a peer mediation program: useful links


The team is a group of experts in peer mediation, online mediation, Internet and mobile technology.

Judy Tindall – President, National Association of Peer Program Professionals

Dr. Cynthia Morton – Chair of Education Research and Teaching Section, ACR

Prof. Karen DeVoogd – MA, Director Mediator Mentors, California State University Fresno, Fresno CA

Jay Edwards – Website Consultant,­ ReelFire Productions

Giuseppe Leone – Founder, Virtual Mediation Lab

Kristen Woodward – Conflict Resolution Specialist, Fairfax County Schools

For more information about their Online Peer Mediation Platform, send an email through their Contact page.