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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Reducing Conflict

August 13, 2015, 9:28 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:18 PM
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Ku’ikahi Mediation Center is getting ready for its second “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace” talk, part of the organization’s Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Each third Thursday of the month, the series continues with a unique lunch-time session. August’s event will be held on Aug. 20 at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Catherine Lampton will lead the discussion, outlining the topic “5 Tips to Reduce Conflict: Learn the Skills that Mediators Use.”

“When conflict gets beyond our control, things can get ugly fast. How can we respond more effectively and reduce the intensity and number of conflicts?” said Lampton.  “Come learn how five communication skills mediators use every day can help you prevent or resolve conflict personally and professionally.”

The events are free and open to all members of the community. Each discussion meeting is built on an informal and education talk-story style, and participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.

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Lampton is a volunteer mediator at the Ku’ikahi Mediation Center. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in communication and legal studies at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and later went on to earn her Masters in negotiation, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Along with her work at the Ku’ikahi Mediation Center, Lampton is a principal in Mediation&More, where she offers mediation, facilitation, and training service for individuals and groups.

Lampton is also a doctoral student with a focus on listening and leadership.

To learn more about the “Finding Solutions, Growing Peace” talks, contact the program’s coordinator, Gail Takaki, by calling 935-7844, extension 9, or e-mailing [email protected]

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