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Meet Steve Dinkin of National Conflict Resolution Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steve Dinkin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Steve. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In between undergraduate school and law school at George Washington University, I spent two years in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. That experience had a dramatic influence upon on my career. After graduating from law school, I sought ways of integrating the lessons learned and experiences from the Peace Corps with my legal career. Rather than pursuing the standard route of joining a law firm, I worked on a number of projects funded through USAID. I served as an international election monitor, democracy and governance program director and international rule of law specialist. During this period working overseas in developing nations, I became exposed to the field of alternative dispute resolution and mediation as many of the developing nations around the world did not have the resources to rely solely on a formal legal system. With this exposure, I became fascinated with the field of dispute resolution and envisioned how mediation and conflict resolution programming could have a profound impact on the judicial process in the United States. I immersed myself in a number of related rule of law projects in Washington, D.C. that led to becoming President of the National Conflict Resolution Center, headquartered in San Diego, in 2003.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
People haven’t always understood “conflict resolution” and what it means. For many years, a big part of my job was explaining what it is specifically that we do and why it’s important. However, I believe now that with the current tenor of the news media and our political atmosphere, many more individuals yearn for the services that NCRC provides.

Please tell us about National Conflict Resolution Center.
National Conflict Resolution Center provides the resources, training and expertise to help people, organizations and communities around the world manage and solve conflicts, with civility. We are the largest Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provider in the United States. No other firm in the country provides the scope of mediation services (pro-bono community, divorce & family law, complex litigated cases) and the variety of training services in the area of communication and conflict resolution, as NCRC. Furthermore, NCRC also provides restorative services to complete our full continuum of conflict resolution services available through our organization.

Built on the principle that every dispute has a solution, NCRC serves a variety of communities in both the public and private sectors – regionally, nationally and internationally. The organization’s mission is to resolve issues with the highest possible degree of civility and equitability to all parties involved.

On an annual basis, National Conflict Resolution Center:

– Performs more than 1,400 mediations.
– Provides more than 2,000 dispute resolution services.
– Achieves an 80 percent mediation agreement rate.
– Has more than 10,000 mediation and conflict resolution trainees enrolled in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
– To learn more, donate or volunteer please call 619-238-2400 or visit www.ncrconline.com.

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