Wanted: Six individuals interested in training to mediate collaborative political dialogues.

Wanted: Six individuals interested in training to mediate collaborative political dialogues for a one-day workshop on July 22, 2017.

Are you interested in participating in a project to increase meaningful dialogue between people holding different political interests, opinions, values, and beliefs? Are you dissatisfied with the conflict, anger, and irreverence surrounding politics and government? Do you share my belief that we can do much better?  You are invited to participate in building a stronger community through a collaborative dialogue program called aikiCommunication.

My name is Hugh Young. I’ve been a professional mediator in the Colorado courts since 2003. I’ve assisted thousands of people in settling their differences without having to go to trial. My work has given me the opportunity to explore effective and ethical ways to resolve interpersonal differences. I’d like to share what I’ve learned in the hope of improving the quality of political dialogue in our community.

I call this program the aikiCommunication Project (pronounced eye-key-communication). aikiCommunication is a method of healthy collaborative dialogue. Dialogue that builds relationships while working to achieve collaborative outcomes. Dialogue that draws strength from differences. Dialogue that builds community while respecting the innate dignity that is every person’s birthright.

The pilot project consists of a one-day workshop scheduled for Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Enrollment for the one-day workshop is limited to thirty participants. Ideally, the participants will represent a broad spectrum of political beliefs. The specific issues to be addressed will be determined by the participants.

In addition, We’re seeking six individuals who are interested in receiving training to act as small group mediators for the program. The mediation training is designed to give you the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective in guiding others in collaborative dialogue. The training sessions will be one and one-half hour per week. The day and time will be determined by the participants’ availability.

There is no cost for participation other than your time and commitment. The mediator training will begin the week of June 5. If you are interested, please contact me by completing the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2GL7T7S. Once I receive your information, I will contact all interested parties to set up our first meeting.

Hugh Young (719) 221-2864 [email protected]

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