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Mediators Without Borders Launched

A community of conflict resolution professionals (including facilitators, dialogue leaders, and others) has come together as Mediators Without Borders™ to partner with communities worldwide to build their capacity for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. They invite all those who are interested to contribute their expertise to making a difference internationally.

MWB goes where invited by NGOs, universities, political and activist groups, community organizations, professional societies, governments, environmental, and commercial and other entities. All projects are rooted in local priorities and problem-solving methods and all MWB teams are staffed by local as well as MWB volunteers. The aim is sustainable projects such as developing skills for group facilitation, public dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation work, strategic planning, collaborative negotiation, peer mediation, restorative justice, and public policy consensus building. They also work in the U.S., in conjunction with student chapters, to use culturally sensitive conflict resolution methods to assist refugee communities in navigating and integrating into U.S. communities.

Conflict resolution professionals typically work in teams, committing a few weeks per year over a several-year period to design and carry out a project. People can also contribute by educating MWB on cultural mores, desires, and history; making connections with community leaders or catalysts and with funding sources; sharing conflict resolution training material; and fostering alliances with others in the peace-building field. For more information, and if you are interested in joining or contributing to MWB’s efforts, please see http://mediatorswithoutborders.org or visit their blog at http://www.mwoborders.blogspot.com/.

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Sandy Heierbacher
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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