Monday, September 14, 2015

Spring 2015 Clinic Projects

This Spring, we were excited to work locally, federally, and internationally, on six terrific projects.

ADB PresentationThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) is dedicated to improving people’s lives in Asia and the Pacific. The ADB Office of the Ombudsperson (OOMP) is available to all ADB employees to help foster collaboration and to enhance efficient, informal conflict resolution within the organization. HNMCP students assessed how ADB staff currently approach dispute resolution within ADB and their understanding of OOMP’s role.


CDND TeamThe Boston Home Center (BHC), a division of the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, helps Boston residents purchase, improve, and keep their homes. The BHC is regularly contacted by small, deed-restricted affordable condo associations around a variety of internal conflicts. HNMCP students assessed existing conflict management systems, explored current association conflicts, and made recommendations to address these conflicts.


GNB TeamThe mandate of the Government of New Brunswick’s Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat addresses various social, economic, and legal issues between the Government of New Brunswick and First Nations communities. HNMCP worked with the Government of New Brunswick to examine questions of how consensus-building processes might be used within the provincial departments engaging and consulting with First Nations.


Ono TeamOno Academic College enlisted HNMCP students to facilitate dialogue among ONO students regarding Israel’s national and military service policies and the different ways in which those policies impact members of Israeli society. HNMCP students conducted a stakeholder assessment and convened two roundtables to foster learning and reflection among participants of many different religious and ethnic backgrounds.


Sudbury Team PresentationThe Sudbury Clergy Association enlisted the help of HNMCP to understand why public dialogue in Sudbury had become strained and unproductive. The Clergy Association sought to develop a kinder, gentler protocol for engaging at Town Meetings, in town government, and in the schools for the sake of the community’s best interests. HNMCP students convened listening sessions and conducted interview with town employees, elected officials, and residents, identifying critical differences in perspectives, and proposing next steps toward more respectful public dialogue.


USDA Team PresentationThe U.S. Department of Agriculture has 17 different agencies, each with its own alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program to manage internal conflicts. These programs have heretofore operated with significant autonomy. HNMCP students assessed the programs and offered recommendations on best practices and systems design suggestions that bolster effectiveness across the 17 ADR programs.