Heading to New Delhi, India for the Women's Economic Forum

Here's the very latest on what Patty is up to for the next few weeks!  - JD

Alison Brown and I are heading to India in May as Delegates for the 2016 International Women's Economic Forum (WEF) hosted by the All Ladies League (ALL). ALL Ladies League (ALL) is the world’s largest All-inclusive international women’s chamber and a movement for the Welfare, Wealth, and Wellbeing of ALL.  The WEF will be held in New Delhi from May 16 - 21.

"WEF is more than a ‘conference’ – it is a mega marquee annual global happening as part of our movement of love and leadership of ALL that is building an energetic ecosystem across the world to enable women to express themselves with ALL their heart and authenticity and thus drive change and innovation in ALL walks of life, actualizing in the process their own capacity to create and influence."   -Dr. Harbeen Arora, Global Chairperson

The topics Alison will be presenting on are:

  • Women in the Sciences, Opportunity & Challenges - Opportunities and challenges for women engineers
  • Technology and its impact on our daily lives - The impact of ubiquitous positioning and time services on our daily lives. She developed the first GPS Cell phone, for example, which is now on display at the Smithsonian museum, and can talk in particular about how this technology has evolved.
  • Women in technology: the pipeline discussion - Alison is very active in programs promoting science, technology and math (STEM) to young girls and can talk about need for women mentors and role models to encourage young girls to enter these fields. 

The topics I'll be presenting on are:

  • “Restorative Justice & Humanizing the Justice System : A Common Sense Approach” - Restorative Justice (RJ) is based on a theory of justice and a global social movement which focuses on crime and wrong-doing as acted against the individual or community, rather than the state. It emphasizes repairing harm caused by criminal behavior instead of punishment. Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) provides an avenue in the 11th Judicial District which addresses the harm caused by crime, and provides opportunities for victim empowerment and restitution, while supporting offender accountability and integration back into the community. 

Participants will learn how communities across Colorado and throughout the United States are incorporating Restorative Practices in the schools and justice system. RJ programs reflect a restorative rather than retributive justice response to crime by giving victims a voice in the justice process, enabling offenders to understand the impact of their actions on a victim (empathy), as well as the effect on their communities. RJ programs help provide opportunities for young offenders to repair the harm, keep out of the juvenile justice system and avoid the "pipeline to prison" scenario.

  • “How can we spread the culture of love and peace around the world?” - Practicing & teaching Non Violent Communication (NVC) internationally.
  • “Is there an underlining commonality among cultures? And if so, what?” - I am interested to examine this topic within the context of NVC as well.  Every action we do as humans are to meet needs - our cultural conditioning or programming may dictate our behaviors.
photo from the Women Economic Forum 2016 event brochure 

photo from the Women Economic Forum 2016 event brochure 

Mediating Domestic Relations Workshop Recap

Patty and I attended a one-day workshop in Denver on April 15 on mediating domestic relations.  The training was offered through the Colorado Court Services Division's Office of Dispute Resolution and included presentations by judges, magistrates, attorneys, mediators and court administrators. 

It was a full day, packed with good information on the different aspects of this important area of mediation.  Topics included:

  • the court's role in domestic relationship cases
  • drafting memorandums of understanding
  • parenting agreements
  • property and maintenance issues
  • domestic violence, and
  • ethical issues

There were several panel discussions that provided insight into how judges handle domestic relationship cases and what they expect from mediators.

My biggest take-aways from the day were the importance of understanding the basic documentation and statutes covering domestic relationships, the various resources available to mediators and our clients through the court system, and when to refer clients to legal assistance.

Both Patty and I are trained in the area of domestic relationships with experience in handling many of the issues covered in the program.  This workshop helped us sharpen our skills, get updated on recent legislative changes, and network with fellow mediators from across the state. 

If you're dealing with a divorce or separation, need to develop a parenting plan or are wanting to develop skills around effectively managing conflict in your relationship, get in touch with us to set up an appointment.

- JD