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Winter 2015

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From Darlene's Desk  
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Dear Community,

I hope you had chance to attend the @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz exhibit. I found it a profound and deeply provocative experience and am so grateful to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for their ticket donation to our volunteers. If you'd like to share your thoughts or photos, you can post them in the Ai Weiwei photo album we created on Facebook. >>> Click to post or comment.

Our exciting news is that we're gearing up for this year's San Francisco Peacemaker Awards, TRANSFORMATION at WORK.  We're off to a great start. We are delighted -- and honored -- to have a distinguished keynote speaker (TBA in May) and Emily Epstein, the morning workshop leader, join us this year.

I'd like to thank our first benefit sponsors: Tracy Lemmon of Lemmon Employment Law & Conflict Resolution; John O'Grady of O'Grady Law Group; Tonya Saheli of Mediation Office of Tonya Saheli; Elizabeth Shwiff of Shwiff, Levy, & Polo; Nixon Peabody; Morrison & Foerster; Hanson Bridgett; and the San Francisco Police Officers Association.

I would be so grateful if you joined us as a sponsor as well.  This event sells out, so buy your individual tickets soon. >>> Click for Sponsorships & Tickets.

I hope to see you at the Peacemaker Awards on June 5th. It will surely be a very special day for our community.

In peace and solidarity,

#1:  Video: Dylan Miles, Volunteer of the Quarter 
Dylan is passionate about finding effective ways to help clients create solid beginnings and move through change fully informed and with heart. Before focusing his practice on family law and mediation, he worked as a civil rights advocate.

Dylan serves on the Board of Collaborative Practice San Francisco. He also provides mediation training and small group coaching for Community Boards.  This coming September, he and his colleague, Philipe Harrington, are offering a 2-hour mediation clinic, Prenups with Heart.

Dylan mediates for the San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Superior Courts.  In addition to his legal work, Dylan teaches students at Stanford University how to communicate clearly and respectfully with clients. >>> Click to learn more about Dylan.

#2: 5th Annual SF Peacemaker Awards  

Community Boards, as a leader in grassroots conflict resolution, is always eager to showcase ADR best practices in other areas.

TRANSFORMATION at WORK, New Practices in Federal & Workplace Conflict Resolution is one such opportunity, doubled.  Emily Epstein, a leading Bay Area ADR practitioner will explain and demonstrate the critical role negotiation plays in today's workplace environments.  Our special guest speaker will explore the federal vision for deploying ADR resources when needed in communities across the United States.

Attendees will find this truly rewarding event: a stimulating morning workshop, followed by a wine reception, the awards ceremony accompanied with a delicious luncheon, and an insightful keynote speech in an historic Art Deco setting.

#3:   2015 ADRNC Conference Update & Conflict Coaching 

Community Boards was privileged to be a part of the recent 2015 ADRNC Conference at CSU East Bay.  Cordell Wesselink and Betsy Zeger presented "Understanding and Incorporating Conflict Coaching in an ADR Practice." Cordell also co-presented "Multi-Party Conflict Mediation/Facilitation" with Anne Bers of PCRC and Barbara Lipson of SEEDS.  Participants gave positive feedback for both sessions.  There was an especially high interest in conflict coaching.

In the conflict coaching session, participants watched a conflict coaching session in action and explored the similarities and differences of conflict coaching to other helping modalities like therapy, consulting, and advocacy.  Many felt it would a useful process to add to their current ADR practices.

We encourage you to take our upcoming introductory and intermediate conflict coaching trainings on March 27-29.  Cordell and Betsy will lead both, giving participants one-on-one feedback and guidance. >>> Click for more training information.    


#4:  Community Partners: San Francisco SAFE 
We're both proud and excited to announce our newest community partner: San Francisco SAFE.  Collaborations among other nonprofits is an important goal that helps us all fulfill our missions.

San Francisco SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) engages, educates, and empowers San Franciscans to build safer neighborhoods through crime prevention education and public safety services that result in stronger, more vibrant and resilient communities.

SAFE work in cooperation with the SF Police Department and other city agencies to help San Franciscans protect themselves from becoming victims.  We encourage those who live in SF to contact them.

#5: Board of Directors, President's Update

A belated Happy New Year from the Board of Directors!  2015 is in full swing, with the 5th Annual San Francisco Peacemaker Awards less than 3 months away.   


We are as enthusiastic as ever about this inspiring event, and we are very excited to honor the to-be-determined award recipients.  

Each year, we are grateful to have many dedicated sponsors who make this popular event possible.  If you are interested in contributing to the Peacemaker Awards event through a table sponsorship or an advertisement in the event program, please contact me at moliverthompson@hansonbridgett.com or Darlene Weide at dweide@communityboards.org for more information.   


To the Peacemakers!