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Increasing Public Awareness of Mediation

  • Thursday, January 20, 2011
  • 6:30 PM
  • The New School - 72 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 321 (at 13th Street), NYC


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The Association for Conflict Resolution

of Greater New York

Increasing Public Awareness of Mediation

Have you ever wondered why the ADR process you are passionate about is essentially unknown to the general public?  Do you want to do something about it? Think of creating revolutionary change in public perception, think of breaking barriers, think Open Space....

This month ACR-GNY is sponsoring a member-only “Open Space” event exploring how public awareness of mediation can be increased. Raising awareness will likely lead to more mediation of all kinds, including community, court-annexed, commercial, workplace, family, elder and healthcare.

What is Open Space? Open Space Technology elicits ideas and action steps by tapping the power of group dynamics through focus on a specific purpose. Without a formal agenda, but remaining within the parameters of the overall theme, the unique process encourages the free expression of ideas, allowing the discovery of new directions, goals and pathways.

Participants may choose to discuss and brainstorm topics, sub-topics and follow-up actions in small groups using the “Law of Two Feet” - if you are neither learning from nor contributing to a group, you are welcome to use your two feet and move to another group.  According to Harrison Owen, the founder of the Open Space concept, it works to produce breakthrough ideas because it relies on the participants’ innate creativity and ability to self-organize.


The session will be facilitated by Scott Gassman, assisted by Shelli Kanet. Scott is a mediator, facilitator and trainer who, through his company, IdeaJuice,  consults with corporate and non-profit clients. He teaches in the Change Management Graduate program at Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy. Shelli is a mediator in private practice in the areas of divorce, child custody, community and civil cases. She has facilitated programs to increase productivity, resolve group conflict, and support productive business integration.

NOTE: The Event will conclude at 8:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time to get home in time for the inaugural episode of Fairly Legal - the first TV series featuring a mediator as the main character.  The show premiers at 10:00 pm on the USA Network.

As the first of a monthly series of events for members, this event is free for ACR-GNY members (registration online is required). Not an ACR-GNY member yet? No problem, join online ( today!


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