Higher Ground non-profit mediation
Hello everyone, I've got some great news to share!
Higher Ground Community Mediation,
the private mediation practice I established in Carbondale, CO, in 2014, is expanding and going non-profit!! The new organization will be known as
The Higher Ground Initiative!!
and, with your help, the new effort will far surpass the goals of the original mediation practice.
The Higher Ground Initiative represents a truly holistic approach to addressing family and community conflict. At the heart of its mission is the conviction that, far from being a negative experience, conflict is a positive and necessary element for the betterment of relationships in families, communities, and cultural and ethnic groups. Conflict drives creative innovation and makes possible what may have seemed beyond reach: collaborative solutions to community challenges.
Why support The Higher Ground Initiative?
The very nature of the work of addressing and managing community conflict is the work of the community, and calls for the full participation of all members of the community. While our initial efforts will be initiated and refined in Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, the research conducted here will be driven by the need to create models for conflict resolution that can be adapted for any community.
There will always be situations that require competent legal assistance, but many disputes can be resolved more quickly and inexpensively by non-adversarial processes like mediation, group facilitation, family conferencing, and many others. The Higher Ground Initiative is dedicated to making such "alternative" dispute resolution (ADR) available to everyone in the community, from families in crisis to feuding neighbors, tenants and landlords, municipal organizations, and much more.
What's the secret?
There isn't any! Mediation and related processes may feel like "the best kept secret in town", but already people and groups in all walks of life all around the world have discovered the benefits of ADR, some of which include:
* Faster resolution of disputes and disagreements
* Less expensive than legal processes
* More durable agreements made by the parties involved, NOT imposed by a judge.
What other developments does the new Higher Ground Initiative plan to introduce?
In addition to making mediation and other ADR practices more widely available, The Higher Ground Initiative will introduce a revolutionary approach to growing the field of mediation in ways that only a non-profit, commuity supported effort can. These include (just to name a few):
* More programs to raise public awareness of the benefits of ADR/mediation, including marketing and promotion of the field, workshops and community presentations, and events celebrating the power of individuals to resolve their own disputes with minimal outside help;
* Introduction of basic ADR skills at all levels of public and private education;
* Networking of ADR practitioners to create a collaborative field, benefiting the consumer with referrals to the best practitioner for your needs, and creating opportunities for professional development for all ADR professionals;
* And with perhaps the most innovative development, The Higher Ground Initiative will conduct community-specific research on the dynamics of community conflict, continuously reflecting on the quality of practice to better serve the community, whether in Carbondale or in your own town anywhere.
Whatever your location or the nature of your community, The Higher Ground Initiative needs your support!! Your donation will support the costs of obtaining non-profit status while making it possible to continue development of the ambitious and strongly needed programs that we are already well on our way to establishing here in Carbondale. And supporting our associated research will help us create new conflict resolution models that will benefit you, your family, and your community, wherever you live!
How can you help?
Right now, you can go to the DONATE button on this campaign page and make the most generous contribution that you can. It's fast and easy, and will designate you as a Founding Donor of this important initiative.
*Are you an Angel Donor? Your donation of $500 or more will put The Higher Ground Initiative well on its way to fully operational non-profit status;
*Are you a Supporting Donor? A gift in the $100 to $499 range will be critical to building the groundswell that will put our campaign over the top;
*Are you a Friend of The Higher Ground Initiative? Any donation you can afford, $5, $20, $50 or more, will move us forward toward our goal!
ABOUT THE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF THE HIGHER GROUND INITIATIVE
My name is David Troxel, and I have been developing mediation programs and practicing mediation in Carbondale and on the Front Range since 2011, when I received my Master's in Conflict Resolution from the Conflict Resolution Institute at the University of Denver. Prior to that, I took my B.A. in Sociology at the University of Colorado, with emphasis on the Sociology of Religion and Community Sustainability. I also graduated Summa cum laude and with Honors of Distinction for my social/cultural research design.
I am also a native of Carbondale, where I returned following my Conflict Resolution studies and have been active in providing mediation services to the Garfield County Court. I'm very happy to be home again, and look forward to many years of supporting healthy and constructive conflict.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!!
The Higher Ground Initiative is gaining momentum, and one sure sign of that is in the questions people are asking me about the programs being developed by the Initiative as we work toward non-profit tax status. One core area of programming in the Higher Ground vision that people are expressing interest in is education, for both children and adults, so I'd like to say a few words about that.
Basic conflict education in public and private secondary schools is often geared toward models of conflict resolution behavior that are very effective and need to be shared and taught. Higher Ground moves that teaching into a deeper level by showing people how to explore conflict and difference more fully as opportunities for growth, personal and relational. The roles of empathy, compassion, and identity are emphasized by helping people recognize each other's shared qualities and interests and how those connect us to those with whom we experience conflict.
Ongoing opportunities for adult education in the "emotional intelligence" of conflict are an important part of the Higher Ground education perspective, but we place special imortance on working with children from the elementary to the secondary level in developing empathetic awareness. This, we understand, is critical to learning the compassionate and non-abusive communication skills that we find so often lacking in social media and other impersonal, digital communication.
It's been suggested that the world is engaged in an alarming experiment on two entire generations of children whose primary relational skills are being developed on-line and in text messages, impersonally and disconnected from personal, face-to-face interaction. It's thought that this screen-orientated interaction is dulling the communication skills that have been so central to human social development. Higher Ground is devoted to both understanding these concerns and to teaching the conflict resolution and relationship skills that we cannot afford to take for granted any longer, especially in this digital age.
If this makes as much sense to you as it does to us, please visit our GoFundMe website and make your most generous donation. More information about the Higher Ground initiative will be forthcoming over the next few weeks, but the need is more immediate than that as we work to move toward our goals of non-profit status and community support. Please do what you can now, and if you have already contributed to the cause, our heartfelt thanks go out to you along with an invitation to continue to support the Higher Ground Initiative any time you can spare a few dollars.
So please, click on the DONATE NOW button and help us keep the dream of a peaceful community, country, and world alive.
Blessings of the New Year and all the possibilities it brings,
The Higher Ground Initiative is celebrating the completion of our current phase of development, with all of the documents filed and hoops jumped through to enable us to provide services to the District Courts throughout most of northwestern Colorado. This is vitally important work, helping families with children stay connected and functioning in the face of very difficult times, and your support has been instrumental in making that a reality. Thank you, and please take a moment to congratulate yourselves for supporting this huge milestone in the development of the Initiative!
And still, there is still so much to do. We have made it to about 15% of our goal and have accomplished much, but have a long way to go. We are today embarking on a HUGE EFFORT to raise the funds to take us through the non-profit process and begin offering mediation and our other conflict healing services to a much broader population. YOU can help to realize that goal by giving TODAY, as generously as you can. If you've been waiting for just the right moment to donate, THIS IS IT!! Just find that colorful little DONATE button on this page, click on it, and do whatever you can to move us a little closer to The Higher Ground, where communities and families grow and thrive.
Remember: we can do this with ALL OF US, so join us on The Higher Ground as soon as you can!
Thanks so much for all your support, and best wishes to all during this holiday season - Dave
- Affordable conflict management/family facilitation for the entire community, regardless of economic status;
- A network of professionally trained mediators and other practitioners, working together to provide you with the best in conflict services;
- Skilled conflict management for individuals, families, neighborhoods, municipal and private organizations, and courts;
- Education and training programs for you, your children, and future conflict professionals;
- Evidence-based research on the dynamics and implications of community conflict, conducted in partnership with leading state academic institutions;
- And more!
That's The Higher Ground Initiative in a nutshell. Innovative and ground-breaking work in supporting community sustainability, healing families, and teaching collaboration and partnership.
Your donation, whether large or small, will go a long way toward making this a reality. All you need to do is look for that DONATE button, click on it, and donate whatever you can afford to help make The Higher Ground Initiative a reality.
Welcome to the Higher Ground. Make yourself at home.