As part of the 2020 Bridging Divides initiative, the Association of Minnesota Counties is partnering with the Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Community Mediation Minnesota, and Mediation Center to offer support for managing conflict and bridging divides.
For further information about these services including facilitation of difficult conversations between elected and appointed leaders, staff and/or stakeholders, facilitated problem solving, mediation and more please contact Ryan Erdmann, AMC Member Engagement Coordinator.
About Our Partners
AMC is honored to work with leaders in the field of public engagement, mediation services, and managing conflict.
Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution
The Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) uses collaborative processes and the science of human relations to help government and stakeholders improve relationships, build trust, and develop wise and durable solutions to seemingly intractable issues.
Difficult public policy issues are complex, and the public does and should have differing ideas about how to solve them. The trouble arises when we lose the belief that we have shared values and lose the trust and relationships necessary to bridge these divides. Conflict itself isn’t a problem but dealing with conflict effectively is key to a healthy democracy.
To learn more about OCDR and the services they offer, view this introductory video or visit mn.gov/admin/government/ocdr/
Mitchell Hamline School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute
The Mitchell Hamline School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) routinely offers specialized trainings and on-site services to support elected and appointed leaders in Minnesota county government. Mitchell Hamline faculty experts design sessions that support the complex work of local government during changing times. Past topics have included strategic planning, negotiation, difficult conversations, public engagement, and intercultural communication.
DRI knows that understanding and managing conflict is critical because the mediation process, when done well, can support mutual understanding and creative problem-solving. For the 19th consecutive year, Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute is ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
To learn more about the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute, visit the latest trainings at the School of Law in St. Paul and Sourcewell Service Cooperative in Staples.
Community Mediation Minnesota
Community Mediation Minnesota is a group of conflict resolution nonprofits that serve all of Minnesota. Their services are low-cost/no cost – no one is turned away because of finances. They have a great track record of helping people resolve a wide range of disputes such as between neighbors, family members, school settings and more.
To learn more about Community Mediation Minnesota, visit their services webpage.
Minnesota’s Mediation Center is a recognized leader in the mediation and conflict resolution field. Established for over 30 years, and affiliated with the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, it has a long reputation for excellence in mediation training and conflict resolution training for professionals and organizations.
To learn more about the Mediation Center, visit their services webpage.