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As part of the 2020 Bridging Divides initiative, the Association of Minnesota Counties is partnering with the Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution, Mitchell Hamline School of Law,  Community Mediation Minnesota, and Mediation Center to offer support for public engagement, mediation services, and managing conflict.

For further information regarding on-site assistance for designing public input sessions and/or facilitating conversations across elected and appointed leaders as well as stakeholders, please contact Ryan Erdmann, AMC Member Engagement Coordinator, at

About Our Partners
AMC is honored to work with leaders in the field of public engagement, mediation services, and managing conflict.

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The Minnesota Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution (OCDR) is a unique statewide resource that helps to resolve difficult public issues. They do this through their work on individual projects and through training and capacity building so that all of Minnesota has access to innovative methods to work through today's challenging issues.
They accomplish this through the use of collaborative processes because they believe that the best public solutions come from people working together. OCDR uses structured, facilitated dialogue to help people examine viewpoints and interests so they can build the consensus that leads to better solutions. Their neutrality, expertise, and experience in leading successful projects across the state make OCDR an effective state-level resource.

To learn more about OCDR and the services they offer, view this introductory video.

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The Mitchell Hamline School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) routinely offers specialized trainings and on-site services to support elected and appointed leaders in Minnesota county government. Mitchell Hamline faculty experts design sessions that support the complex work of local government during changing times. Past topics have included strategic planning, negotiation, difficult conversations, public engagement, and intercultural communication.
DRI knows that understanding and managing conflict is critical because the mediation process, when done well, can support mutual understanding and creative problem-solving. For the 19th consecutive year, Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute is ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

To learn more about the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Dispute Resolution Institute, visit the latest trainings at the School of Law in St. Paul and Sourcewell Service Cooperative in Staples.

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Community Mediation Minnesota is a group of conflict resolution nonprofits that serve all of Minnesota. Their services are low-cost/no cost – no one is turned away because of finances. 
They have a great track record of helping people to resolve a wide range of disputes.

To learn more about Community Mediation Minnesota, visit their services webpage.

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Minnesota’s Mediation Center is a recognized leader in the mediation and conflict resolution field. Established for over 30 years, and affiliated with the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, it has a long reputation for excellence in mediation training and conflict resolution training for professionals and organizations.

To learn more about the Mediation Center, visit their services webpage.