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7 July 2002
Mediation Services

From Joanne Stepaniak - joanne@vegsource.com

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce the availability of mediation services and dispute
resolution training to the animal rights, vegan, vegetarian, environmental, and nonprofit communities. Despite our best intentions and efforts to steer clear of conflict, it frequently is unavoidable. Discord within or among organizations diverts attention from important work and consumes valuable time, energy, and funds.

As much as we might like to settle our own disputes, most of us have neither the skills nor the objectivity to do so adequately and effectively. Often, a qualified professional can assist parties with resolving issues more quickly and agreeably, with results that are productive and long-lasting.

When conflicts do arise, mediation services are a wise option. A seasoned mediator is a trained professional who acts as a neutral third party and guides individuals or groups in fashioning a mutually agreeable and satisfactory resolution. Because mediators are not directly involved in disagreements, they do not take sides, make judgments, or dictate solutions.

Dispute resolution training is an excellent opportunity for managers and staff to gain insight into the origins of conflict and learn how to prevent it and deal with it constructively when it occurs. As we gain a clearer understanding of the roots of anger and its triggers, we can learn how to manage them appropriately and prevent them from interfering with our relationships and work.

I have worked extensively in the fields of conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative justice for several years and am now offering my services to the movements most dear to me. I have witnessed the ravages of anger and disputes within our own ranks, and I have observed the damage they cause to individuals, organizations, and shared interests. It is unfortunate that these often preventable clashes have hindered our productivity, eaten away our time and resources, and tarnished public perception of our causes.

Our movement is one of compassion, so it is particularly critical that we learn to deal with conflict and anger effectively. Don't let another day pass without addressing this vital issue. Please contact me directly with any questions or to arrange a preliminary consultation. Together we can advance justice and unity.

Yours sincerely,
Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd
P.O. Box 82663
Swissvale, PA 15218
joanne@vegsource.com 

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