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Providing Dispute Resolution Services for Family, Community, Institutional, National and Global Challenges

The Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service

Reconciliation Leaders

Training Leaders for Sustainable Development

The Commission on Global Governance’s report emphasizes that “the world needs leaders made strong by vision, sustained by ethics and revealed by political courage that looks to the longer term and future generations for whom the present is held in trust”. In light of this recognition, the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will, developed for the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service (GMRS), provides individuals and groups the perspectives, tools and techniques for multilateral approaches to sustainable development.

Reconciliation Leaders, the leadership that delivers interventions in the GMRS model, are taught a systems-based approach and provided with a toolbox to facilitate reconciliation interventions in community, organizational, national and global settings. With an emphasis on context-specificity, participants are able to design frameworks tailored to build trust in communities while honoring their unique challenges in turn increasing the potential for effective solutions.

Reconciliation Leaders have considerable experience with United Nations entities in conflict-affected states such as Timor-Leste, Sudan, Philippines and in New York before and in the immediate post 9/11 period. Applications of the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation and the growth of the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service can be found in the following papers:

“Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a Post–September 11th World” Presentation at the Human Dignity and Humiliations Studies Conference, Columbia University, Virginia Swain and Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2006

“Reconciliation as Policy: A Capacity–Building Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development,” Presentation at the Human Dignity and Humiliations Studies Conference, Columbia University, Virginia Swain and Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2005.

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Our custom-designed services include mediation, conflict transformation, reconciliation processes and frameworks developed with experience in the United Nations community since 1991 and twenty five years in family, team, community, institutional, national and global settings to provide coexistence, restoration or reconciliation for an intractable dispute or challenge.

  • Ombuds Services: Impartial, informal, confidential resolution.
  • Dialogue: engaging in an exchange of views with many different opinons.
  • Facilitation: coordinating rather than leading an exercise so that all group members are all encouraged to participate in the discussion or activity.
  • Mediation: negotiation to resolve differences conducted by some impartial party.
  • Imaging: providing access to envision a positive future outcome, timeline, concrete action steps to its resolution.
  • Asking the People Inquiry Process™: A facilitated process whereby all constituents of a crisis/challenge gather to decide together on a positive future.
  • Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation™: A facilitated process whereby conflicted groups reconcile their past.
  • Historicizing: A facilitated process whereby awareness of tacit norms of a group/community provides choices for positive changed behavior in institutions.
  • Community Café ( a facilitated, lively, interactive process whereby a group explores common questions to develop positive relationships.
  • Changing demographics require particular sensitivity to immigrant and refugee issues.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Instrument for Team Building.
  • A Global Liturgy: Engaging in reconciliation after a religious or cultural conflict.
  • Parallel Development and the Life Cycle Model.

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