The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Minneapolis 2017, April 22-23

Conflict Resolution Minnesota

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Conflict Resolution Minnesota (CRM) is a non-profit organization of alternative dispute resolution professionals based primarily in Minnesota. Our members practice in all facets of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediation, community mediation, education mediation, restorative justice, court-sponsored mediation, and arbitration. We are a chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.

What new functionality we are looking for

CRM is looking for a whole new website. Our current website functions with drupal and CiviCRM and we would be willing to move forward with these as bases if they were better configured to fit our needs. Overall, the website needs to serve as a connector for three distinct groups:

1) CRM members. These are practicing ADR professionals or organizations that have paid for an association membership. Ideally, they would have a username and password allowing them access to extra resources on the website.

2) The public. These are people who are looking for a mediator/arbitrator or want to know more about conflict resolution.

3) Prospects. These are people who might eventually become members or attend a CRM event. They would not have a username/password or access to the same resources as members.



The website’s primary function would be to connect public with resources through

1) An integrated search engine. Members should be able to upload and edit a profile, and the public will be able to search for a member/ADR professional with a search engine that pulls from an integrated database (we currently use CiviCRM for data management).

2) Access to general information. The public would also be able to learn more about ways to resolve conflict outside of the courts, read anecdotes/testimonials, and view research.

3) A webform to contact the board and CRM administrator. We would also like to be able to add/edit webforms for a “Contact Us” form and for any additional forms we might add in the future.



The secondary function would be to connect members and prospects with resources. Members and prospects should be able to register and pay for membership, the annual conference, and any events that CRM hosts. When they register for any of these, they should receive an automated message that lets them know they’ve successfully completed the process. We also need the functionality to integrate a merchant account so members and prospects can pay registration and continuing education fees online. Ideally, member registration payments would also be recorded in the internal database so the board can easily access who has updated their membership. The database would also store member contact information that other members can access and that can be used as a makeshift email listserv.

We also need the ability to access and update page and site content. CRM is a membership-based organization, and its needs are constantly evolving. We would like to be able to edit copy and graphics within any given page. We often need to edit copy for changing events and updates within the organization. We would also like to be able to add and edit sub-page content. For example, under a “Services” page, we could add another page for a new service that a newly registered member provides.

Lastly, we are looking for a more appealing aesthetic. Right now, our website lacks the visual appeal necessary to draw in and connect key stakeholders for the association. We need a website that looks clean and modern to provide a more user-friendly experience.

How the new functionality will help

A new website would serve to increase connectedness. CRM has over 100 individual and organizational members statewide. We know there are many more people in Minnesota who are experts in helping people resolve conflict in a constructive way. We also know that there are people in conflict who need help. Our organizational goal is to connect those groups and foster a community that knows how to handle conflict productively. In order to do this, all of the stakeholders need to be connected through a central location. We hope that a newly designed website can be that central location. We want to connect the public to services and resources, members to clients, members to members, members to resources, and prospects to resources. We want the new website to be the go-to resource in Minnesota for people who want help with their conflict.

How our organization will use the technology

The primary use of the website would be the public search engine. Our organization is made up of paying members, and one of the primary benefits of memberships is the ability to reach out to potential clients through the website. If our website functionality increases, the public will be able to more effectively search for the services they need, and our members will benefit from that use.

Another key day-to-day piece will be record maintenance and upkeep. Because CRM relies almost entirely on volunteer effort, automated record updates are essential. A fully functioning website allows members to update their information and pay membership dues without having to wait several weeks or more for someone to manually update the website.

Lastly, the website should serve members every day by keeping members connected and informed about relevant news, new research, updated legislation, upcoming CRM events, continuing education information, and any association news.

Who will use the technology

CRM is primarily based on the efforts of the Board. Board members should be able to access some administrative pieces of the website in order to edit copy for new events and organizational information. CRM also has an administrative contractor who will be accessing the site regularly to update information and extract records from the database. With some of the added automatic registration pieces we’re seeking, the Board, the administrative contractor, and the members would benefit from a streamlined registration process that cuts down on miscommunications and confusion. Members would also benefit from a new site that allows them to add and edit more robust profile information. In turn the public would get a better user experience, hopefully increasing client traffic for our members.

Before & After Snapshots

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64 Messages from Supporters

2017-03-27 20:25:00 UTC
James McGill

I am a member and a director of CRM and we are in desperate need of an up-dated/revised web site. A revised website will better allow us to connect with and promote the ADR community. Thanks for your consideration.

2017-03-28 19:55:08 UTC
Harold Barnes

CRM is a fantastic organization. I am a member. The get seminars are some of the best in the country.

2017-03-28 19:59:27 UTC
Edward McFarland

Please help CRM build this website!

2017-03-28 20:02:20 UTC
Kiersten

Help CRM to continue to do good work!

2017-03-29 21:14:36 UTC
Samuel Estes

CRM helps connect people who need conflict resolution services. A better website is critical to this important mission.

2017-03-17 19:55:06 UTC
Andy Martin

I facilitated family/divorce mediation years ago through several low cost nonprofit groups. They are gone now. I see Conflict Resolution Minnesota as potentially the go to place for mediators and other conflict resolution people to have a central support group and for the greater community to have a resource to know what is out there and who they can turn to.
There are as many opinions on how one should resolve a conflict, as there are programs and theories or "people who have been through it". THey one thing that I have learned is what works best for any individual or situation depends on the individual(s) involved. The best result comes from a person learning their options and choosing and individualizing what is best for them.
I believe that the envisioned CRM website might be the only place that can offer Minnesota citizens the best education and choses in one place, as they start their path to resolution.

2017-03-17 19:55:55 UTC
Beth Bailey, President of Conflict Resolution Minnesota

We have tremendous need in society to prevent and move through conflict with processes that are civil and produce common sense and sustainable outcomes. A new and improved Conflict Resolution Minnesota website will support those efforts in three ways. First, it will increase public awareness of resources to turn to in a time of conflict. Second it will help conflict resolution providers with professional development opportunities to improve their practices. Finally, this website will connect those who seeking support with those providing support.

2017-03-17 21:16:33 UTC
Brent Lehman

I'm fairly new to working with Conflict Resolution Minnestoa. For the past few years I have seen a lot of hard work by the leadership/board of directors to create a strong professionals/practitioners organization for people who help people resolve conflict and repair harm in healthy ways. In addition to the tireless work of the board to create education and outreach opportunities throughout the state of Minnesota, I have also seen the organization struggle a bit with being a central hub and resource for connecting people in need of services with those that offer the service. Our current website is a huge barrier to connecting with our community of practitioners as well as the communities that need our services.

CRM members provide mediation and conflict resolution services to Minnesota Communities around the state, in schools, in court rooms, in non-profit community centers, working with police, working with families, and building the capacity of our communities to resolve their conflicts outside of court. CRM members give people a voice that they might not have with litigation. CRM members give victims of crime a voice in expressing what their needs are through Restorative Justice. CRM Members help people resolve conflicts as well as heal relationships.

But how do people find a mediator or a facilitator that can help them? We need a website that can connect those who need a facilitator, mediator, private practitioner, or non-profit community dispute resolution program with people who are willing to help.

We also need a thriving community of practitioners who can grow and support each other in this difficult work. We need a strong website that can help practitioners connect/find trainings/find conferences and self-care opportunities/ find a mentor or mentee/ learn about legislative updates to our work/ and even connect socially.

The stronger our website functions, the stronger our community of practitioners will be, and the better we can all support each other, learn together, and support our community.

Now more than ever we need a a unified movement focused on helping people communicate better.

2017-03-17 19:55:28 UTC
Raymond Graf

Conflict Resolution Minnesota is made up of members that support our community. As an individual that has gone through divorce, mediation services (found on CRM'S website) did more for my family than I had ever imagined. When I began the divorce process, I was heart broken. I was in shock, angry, depressed, etc. I was scared and needed help and direction. I was upset that attorneys fee's were so expensive and really unaffordable for a man like myself, that is divorcing with 4 children. Then I heard there was an option. Mediation. Although I was originally interested by the fact I could get help getting divorced for less cost, what I soon learned has become a part of who I am today.
Through a consultation with a mediator, I learned a few things about conflict. I learned that I could make decisions that not only made me a better person, but that helped carve out a path of understanding, and decision making that was in the best interest of everybody. I learned that by choosing that path, I could support my children and their futures in a way I hadn't ever really thought of. I learned with the help of mediators to make constructive decisions and that by resolving conflict through mediation, there were other benefits besides who gets what lamp. The less stress and conflict between the adults, the less stress for the kids. I became empowered to create a co-parenting future of compromise and understanding. One of support and helping for a greater good, and especially for my children. I am thankful for how mediation has served me personally, and recommend it to all. Conflict Resolution Minnesota has been a wonderful resource for private practitioner's dedicated to offering mediation services to our community and it is my hope that a new website will enable CRM to reach and be available to all those in our communities that face conflict and like myself, hope for a more cost effective, and cooperative alternative to resolving conflict. I believe it is a better way to resolve conflict and the way of the future. Having a website that connects our communities with CRM's members is the act of building a better future for all people and a new social norm for resolving conflict. A higher level of thinking, behaving, and working together in a world that needs it.

2017-03-18 02:55:35 UTC
Mariann Johnson

I have been acquainted with CRM for many years and can testify that the organization provides outstanding professional development resources and conferences for MN's ADR professionals. CRM members include peacemakers from all walks of life, serving their communities with a diverse array of timely and important conflict resolution services and resources. An up-to-date and easy to navigate website is critical to the success of any company or organization, but it is especially critical for CRM as a nonprofit service organization with very limited staff. The website is in need of a major overhaul and its current lack of functionality is hindering CRM's ability to reach its full potential. Please help CRM be all that it can be by supporting the development of a new website.

2017-03-18 07:53:30 UTC
Lori Surma-Heine

There is always conflict. We deal with it several times a day. CRM helps train mediators, parents, students, neighbors on how to find resolution. We need an upgraded website to get the word out.

2017-03-17 21:09:39 UTC
Brent Lehman

I'm fairly new to working with Conflict Resolution Minnestoa. For the past few years I have seen a lot of hard work by the leadership/board of directors to create a strong professionals/practitioners organization for people who help people resolve conflict and repair harm in healthy ways. In addition to the tireless work of the board to create education and outreach opportunities throughout the state of Minnesota, I have also seen the organization struggle a bit with being a central hub and resource for connecting people in need of services with those that offer the service. Our current website is a huge barrier to connecting with our community of practitioners as well as the communities that need our services.

CRM members provide mediation and conflict resolution services to Minnesota Communities around the state, in schools, in court rooms, in non-profit community centers, working with police, working with families, and building the capacity of our communities to resolve their conflicts outside of court. CRM members give people a voice that they might not have with litigation. CRM members give victims of crime a voice in expressing what their needs are through Restorative Justice. CRM Members help people resolve conflicts as well as heal relationships.

But how do people find a mediator or a facilitator that can help them? We need a website that can connect those who need a facilitator, mediator, private practitioner, or non-profit community dispute resolution program with people who are willing to help.

We also need a thriving community of practitioners who can grow and support each other in this difficult work. We need a strong website that can help practitioners connect/find trainings/find conferences and self-care opportunites/ fine a mentor or mentee/ learn about legislative updates to our work/ and even connect socially.

2017-03-17 21:52:06 UTC
Rick Hendrickson

CRM is a great organization, one of 2 state wide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)organizations. The other being the MN State BAR Association ADR Section. ADR is more important NOW then ever!!!

I was on the Board (committee) of both groups for quite a few years. I'm now retired. I was the one CRM originally asked to create it's current web site. Because none of us knew what we where doing I gladly took on that responsibility. But I was (and still am) ignorant of how to do a good, user friendly and administration friendly website.

IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE. It's time to do a good website. CRM does much good. A new and (easily) improved web site would help all ADR practitioners in the state.

PLEASE MAKE IT BETTER!!!!

Humbly
Rick

2017-03-17 23:37:44 UTC
Michael Gregory

CRM promotes peace. Need I really say more. Teaching, enabling and participating in mediation, facilitation, restorative justice, etc. Hate is the cancer and love is the answer.... conflict resolution works.

2017-03-17 21:48:02 UTC
Elise Chambers

Conflict Resolution is a growing field -- and a really exciting field, given how much conflict our world is experiencing and how powerful collaborative conflict resolution processes are in helping people not only resolve issues, but move forward together in harmony. Being able to share practices, offer support and connect with and to each other as practitioners and professionals is key to our work in our field and to the growth of our work in this world.

Conflict Resolution Minnesota (CRM) is our professional association; it's our lifeline to other practitioners. A new, functional, interactive and effective website would mean so much to us. It can be tough, going to family thanksgiving when everyone's talking about their jobs, and those jobs are so... Oppositional, win-lose, narrow-minded. Sometimes I need a little help keeping my Peace Maker candle lit. Connecting with my colleagues through CRM is how I keep my flame going, and when mine is going strong, I can ignite the drive for peace, collaboration and creative problem solving in others.

Help us help each other do this work - please choose CRM for a new website!

2017-03-20 16:36:18 UTC
Carol Markham-Cousins

Especially during this time of increased conflict within our communities it is essential to offer alternative methods to repair harm, resolve conflict, and create spaces and training for more of our community members. CRM is that place and deserves the support to be as accessible and available as possible to ALL within our communities. Assisting CRM in web design that is simple, engaging, and resourceful is a service to us all.

2017-03-25 23:23:09 UTC
Carmen Nomann

Conflict: finding ways to effectively deal with this is now more important than ever.

Conflict Resolution Minnesota helps people and organizations become aware of these services and access them. An improved CRM website can be much more effective in providing that network and outreach. Practitioners of all walks of life, who offer private or non-profit services statewide, require professional development which CRM provides at their outstanding annual conference. This continuing education training has been particularly important for non-profits in greater Minnesota.

How easily information about CRM’s resources, services, and members can be accessed is critical to this non-profit’s existence. Please share your technical talents with us to maximize our peacemaking mission.

2017-03-27 15:25:25 UTC
Mariah Levison

Around the world and here in Minnesota neighbors are struggling to understand each other and this lack of understanding is leading to increases in incivility, polarization, gridlock, and violence. Conflict Resolution services help neighbors understand each other get down to productive problem solving. CRM provides support to those who provide these services - nonprofits, individuals, government agencies, etc. To do their job effectively CRM desperately needs a website that is more ascetically pleasing, user friendly, and has increased functionality.

2017-03-27 15:33:55 UTC
Leslie Sinner McEvoy

I am a current board member of CRM and have been involved in the conflict resolution community for over 20 years. Conflict resolution is more needed than ever at this time in our history. CRM is a place that can support education around conflict resolution and the access to services that are so desperately needed.

A functioning, easy to use and accessible website are now imperative to the important outreach of this organization to provide education and access to services.

CRM is a great place to serve our entire community by improving this vital access point to conflict resolution resources.

Thank you.

2017-03-27 15:30:24 UTC
Dan DeWan

CRM needs a new website so that it can effectively communicate its mission and goals to the whole ADR community. CRM is known for its modestly priced Continuing education conferences and programs but needs the tools to reach more ADR professionals as well as students and community members who would benefit from our programs.

2017-03-27 15:43:59 UTC
Cori Garner

Conflict Resolution Minnesota's services offers an alternative way to resolve conflict in the community. Not only does it help people in the community, but it also helps the court system as well. In this current climate it is essential that CRM gets a new website so they are able to expand their services to other communities who need their assistance. I have seen CRM give people a chance to make things right and resolve their differences between one another.

Please choose CRM for the website so they can not only continue their services, but expand them as well.

2017-03-27 16:28:55 UTC
R. Jeffrey Ringer

Our current political climate demonstrates how important it is for every day citizens to have constructive conflict management skills and access to services when they are stuck in interpersonal conflict. An updates website would assist CRM in providing such services to all of Minnesota's citizens.

2017-03-27 16:35:07 UTC
Joe Borer

I am a Conflict Resolution Minnesota member and an alternative dispute resolution practitioner based out of St. Paul. CRM offers some of the best opportunities to continue learning and developing as a mediator. They have a great annual conference and recently started a very cool mentorship program. Our community is sorely in need of organizations like CRM that are focused on resolving conflicts and making Minnesota a more peaceful place to live.

Please choose CRM because they are a worthy organization and could really use an updated website to reach more people who could benefit from their services.

2017-03-27 16:36:07 UTC
Art Benson

I have been a member of Conflict Resolution Minnesota ("CRM") since it was founded and agree that CRM needs a website makeover in order both to better serve its existing membership as well as to increase outreach to people in conflict.

Please choose CRM.

2017-03-27 18:10:55 UTC
Sue Stacey

I am a conflict resolution provider and trainer, and a member of Conflict Resolution Minnesota. Conflict Resolution Minnesota needs a website that's easily accessible for practitioners and for people looking for conflict resolution services. Please help them with a new website!

2017-03-27 18:19:39 UTC
Jess Johnson

Please choose Conflict Resolution Minnesota and help to connect communities!

As ADR professionals here in Minnesota, we need a central location where we can collaborate with colleagues, and most importantly, connect with those in need of our support. Empower communities who want help with their conflict and support CRM!

2017-03-27 18:25:29 UTC
Rosemary Kimball

I'm a huge supporter of Conflict Resolution Minnesota's mission to promote the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Minnesota.

One of the most exciting shift happening in Minnesota is the use of Restorative Practices in schools. More schools are working to improve how they deal with conflicts, create community, and respond to incidents of harm. CRM Members are working with schools to help them find ways to facilitate conversations with families and the community. The results of these efforts mean that more students are in school, less students are being charges with crimes, and communities are coming together to create healing.

We need a strong organization like CRM to keep this movement building. CRM provides training, mentoring, public education, and continuing education event for MN. To do this well, CRM needs a website that is accessible to everyone, so that members can connect and support each other, as well as connect to the larger community that can use the support of CRM Members and their services.

Thank you for considering working with CRM!

2017-03-27 18:51:08 UTC
Louis Robards

I strongly support the CRM application to the Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge.

CRM provides invaluable resources for conflict resolution assistance in schools, neighborhoods, families and the court system. It also provides education, training and networking for mediators, as well as valuable public awareness initiatives. As a volunteer mediator with the court system, families, neighborhoods and schools, I can attest the value of mediation for resolving immediate conflict and in educating participants for future problem solving.

Providing an engaging, efficient and consumer friendly website to CRM would greatly enhance and extend the valuable services CRM provides.

2017-03-27 22:00:49 UTC
Marilyn McKnight

I was on the board of what became CRM in the early 2000s. Mediation practice and conflict resolution programs are desperately needed in Minnesota. Conflict Resolution Minnesota is the best means to do that, however, it needs a much improved website in order to best communicate with and grow membership as well inform the public about the services and programs that can change how conflict is confronted, constructively managed and resolved throughout Minnesota.

2017-03-27 22:33:34 UTC
Sandy Moberg Walls

CRM represents a commitment to peace. Their training opportunities provide an important service - bringing together people from around the state to improve conflict resolution skills for the common good.

2017-03-27 23:51:53 UTC
Tom Tran

I’m a conflict resolution provider and a member of CRM. Like many of my colleagues, my people skills are much better than my technology skills. I need a CRM website that is easy for me to navigate.

2017-03-28 00:12:54 UTC
Terrie Wheeler

Dearest Nerds,

I am a strong supporter of Conflict Resolution Minnesota. As you can see from their existing website, they need an overhaul. So why should The Nerdery take CRM on?

- CRM is all about resolving conflict through mediation NOT litigation. I'm sure you all agree that we need a less litigious society.f

- I have known Beth Bailey, CRM's leader, since I was in 5th grade. Her father was the minister of our church, Brooklyn United Methodist Church. Beth is a salt-of-the-earth human being and a wonderful leader of CRM. If for no other reason, DO THIS FOR BETH :)

- I have spoken to CRM ("How to Ethically Market your Mediation Practice,") and can vouch for the members of CRM. They are all amazing professionals committed to using community mediation to resolve issues with all people, from all walks of life.

- The mission of CRM is to "advance the profession of conflict resolution to more effectively help individuals, organizations and communities....." across the board - for anyone and everyone. If we need one thing in this new political environment, it is an organization with a clear voice (new Nerdery website) to help anyone and everyone resolve conflict.

I thank you for your consideration and hope you will accept CRM as The Nerdery Foundation's recipient of the Overnight Website Challenge.

Terrie S. Wheeler, MBC
Founder and President
Professional Services Marketing, LLC

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2017-03-28 12:24:30 UTC
Mark Labine

Conflict Resolution Minnesota is a great organization. Please help them with a new website

2017-03-28 13:23:50 UTC
Lilli Hutto

Conflict Resolution Minnesota is a great organization. Please help them with a new website.

2017-03-28 14:18:42 UTC
Michael Pysno

I am a member of CRM. CRM and its members help people in our community resolve conflict. Please create a user-friendly website that connects the people who need help with the people who provide it.

2017-03-28 16:51:01 UTC
Anonymous

Conflict Resolution Minnesota gives students a voice and the opportunity to make things right. Students get to decide how they get want to repair harm and resolve conflicts. CRM gives students the proper tools to resolve conflicts and maintain healthy relationships within their community.

We need a new website so we can be more accessible to our youth.

2017-03-28 18:20:34 UTC
Heron Diana

CRM is an important resource for many of us, from meditators to people needing mediation. It would be GREAT for them to have a more navigable website. I would really appreciate the Nerdery helping them to create a new site!

2017-03-27 22:11:23 UTC
Jennifer Blevins

I was introduced to Conflict Resolution Minnesota last year and appreciate the people I've met through the organization; however access to ongoing communication with them and to resources would be greatly improved with an enhanced website. I'd love to see more training opportunities shared through the website. I'd also appreciate learning more about mediation resources statewide, with expanded opportunities for networking.

2017-03-27 22:34:46 UTC
Anonymous

Great cause; outdated website. Please help!

2017-03-28 00:00:04 UTC
Rob Rafn

I am not involved with Conflict Resolution Minnesota, but am involved in alternative dispute resolution in general. It is a valuable service which, by its nature, is not generally high profile. Conflict resolution services like mediation help people develop lasting solutions to their problems while helping them avoid the time, hassle, expense of going to court. Disputants have power over the outcomes, unlike in court, and their participation in the process lessens stress on the overburdened court system. Providing a new web site to Conflict Resolution Minnesota will help people find their way to this valuable process.

2017-03-28 02:56:37 UTC
Ted Lewis

A good website is like a good restaurant -- it makes you want to return to it again and again in order to receive all that it has to offer. I hope CRM gets all the support it deserves.

2017-03-28 12:14:18 UTC
Dan McNeil

More than ever, we need to help people in conflict. A new CRM website would go a long way toward this.

2017-03-27 22:42:41 UTC
Anonymous

CRM provides great opportunities for people in the community to resolve conflict without going to the court system. It is significantly cheaper than paying court fees and it gives people to resolve conflict on their own.

CRM needs a new website to improve our communication with other communities and provide resources to those that need them.

2017-03-28 00:21:44 UTC
Dr. Mike Klein, Assistant Professor Department of Justice and Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas

The prevalence of conflict at all levels of our society calls for citizens who are equipped with skills to both resolve and transform those conflict. Conflict Resolution Minnesota provides training and networking opportunities that develop and enhance these skills in professionals and in everyday citizens. Beyond that significant contribution, CRM also raises awareness and promotes principles of conflict resolution and transformation through public events and social media presence.

A new website will allow CRM to reach a wider audience with a polished and professional message that will complement and extend their outreach efforts to make conflict resolution an expectation for communities who might otherwise leave problems unaddressed, and hold up hope for the transformation of conflicts as opportunities for organizations and communities to grow in civility and engagement across their differences.

2017-03-28 14:54:55 UTC
Professor Sharon Press - Director Dispute Resolution Institute Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Assisting people in dealing with conflict is more important than ever. Conflict Resolution Minnesota does important work and needs a great website to continue to do so. Please provide them with this support.

2017-03-28 15:11:42 UTC
Nancy Riestenberg

Conflict Resolution helps adults and students in schools prevent bullying. They need a new website, and you can help them help others by getting them a new website!

2017-03-28 15:52:08 UTC
Chad Snyder

As a lawyer, I am contacted several times a week by people who are angry or worried or otherwise in conflict with family, neighbors, business partners or other businesses. For many of them, hiring a lawyer makes sense as a good way to resolve the conflict. But for some, the legal system isn't necessarily equipped to get to the root of the issue and craft a solution.

Conflict Resolution Minnesota -- through its members across the state -- often can help parties get past conflict and anger. For that to happen, though, people need to know about CRM as a resource, and they need to be able to use the CRM website easily. The current site just doesn't lend itself to ease of use. Our hope (I'm a board member and past president of CRM) is that a new site will connect people in conflict with conflict resolution professionals.

2017-03-28 19:11:35 UTC
Susan Daub

I am new to CRM, and feel we are in need of an updated website to better serve those in need of conflict resolution services and provide needed resources for conflict resolution professionals. The current website has limitations and needs to be upgraded to become a more streamlined resource.

2017-03-28 19:12:33 UTC
Anonymous

CRM helps many, many people across Minnesota. It could help so many more; if only it had a more modern and user friendly web site. Please help CRM. By helping CRM you are helping all of us.

2017-03-28 19:32:24 UTC
Anonymous

Conflict Resolution Minnesota needs your help to help Minnesota. They have important expertise and are valuable to the community, but it's members are not accessible to the community as well as they could be. We need to help Minnesotan's find our members and get them through the conflicts that are a part of life. Resolution should be a part of life too.

Please help CRM be accessible and create a useful directory for those who could benefit from the range of services and range of costs, including free mediation services to those in need.

Thanks Nerds!

2017-03-28 19:42:46 UTC
MiaLisa McFarland Millares

I attended my first Conflict Resolution Minnesota meeting back in 2006 and shortly thereafter joined the Board of Directors and was the Secretary for a number of years. While I am no longer directly involved with CRM, I am involved in the Community Mediation world and know how important Conflict Resolution Minnesota is as a resource for individuals and families who are in the midst of conflict. A website that is functioning, useful and intuitive is imperative to connecting those people in conflict to the resources that they need. Please help CRM reach a wider audience and continue to do their good work!

2017-03-28 19:43:44 UTC
Anonymous

CRM does good work and helps people in conflict. Please give them the support they need to build this website!

2017-03-28 19:55:49 UTC
Mary Ann Wonn

In today's world websites are of prime important to organizations. Please support CRM by building this site!

2017-03-28 19:56:55 UTC
KirkRyan McFarland

Please support CRM by building this website!

2017-03-28 20:22:46 UTC
Bradd Anderson

Dear Nerds:

Conflict Resolution Minnesota supports conflict resolution practitioners.

Please help the people who help the helpers.

2017-03-28 20:50:09 UTC
M.J. Bauer

Conflict Resolution Minnesota is a great organization that support Mediation in Minnesota . Please help them with a new website.

2017-03-28 20:59:25 UTC
Erin Christey

I support CRM MN! These plans for the website will truly increase CRM's ability to connect with the community and their members!

2017-03-28 22:29:06 UTC
Justin R Corbett

Conflict Resolution Minnesota (CRM) is a valuable, important organization for the general public, as well as the skilled members it represents. Helping CRM design an informative, user-friendly website with help further connect those in conflict with the information and assistance necessary to avert long-term harm, improve troubled relationships, and restore those harmed by others' baser resorts. It will also help ensure those volunteers and professionals who dedicate their time and talents to assisting those in conflict can continue to do so well into the future. Thank you for seriously considering CRM as a candidate for the 2017 Twin Cities' Overnight Website Challenge!

2017-03-29 16:16:13 UTC
Jolene Bontrager

Dear Nerdery,

I want to add my vote and testimonial for this great organization. I know of all the hard work that goes into working for peaceful solutions to conflict and we need more of it. We need it to be easy to find the help people need.

My hope is that a new website with a function where it is easy to find conflict resolution help would be great for everyone.

Please choose this organization! These people are fun and are doing really good work in the community.

2017-03-29 17:41:51 UTC
Sunday Harholdt

CRM offers an excellent annual conference - an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and learn about the latest trends in the ADR field - a must for ADR professionals in MN! A new website with greater functionality will help redefine CRM's potential and increase CRM's reach exponentially.

2017-03-30 12:33:40 UTC
Betsy Lee

I've come to the world of Mediation and Restorative Justice through years of working in congregations and faith communities. The work that CRM and other member organizations--Community Mediation and Restorative Services--are doing is so transformative and yet so basic. I've had the privilege of volunteering with CMRS, in the steady and important work it is doing in area school districts. The fact that the methods of talking circles and restorative justice are not wrapped up in belief systems or doctrines, makes it even more vital. We are living in a world where there is now so much fear and suspicion regarding faith traditions. Help CRM continue their mission!

2017-03-30 19:43:36 UTC
Allen H. Gibas

I am a proud member of CRM. Old ways of resolving conflict, including brute force, have proven inadequate. CRM enriches and empowers individuals -- through constructive dialogue -- to overcome the odds and truly solve problems in a way that can be transformative and uplifting.

2017-03-31 14:53:12 UTC
Anonymous

I am a member of CRM and a provider of Community Mediation Services in Central Minnesota. Outstate Minnesota is in need of a website that connects people to ADR services that can bring peaceful solutions to conflict in their lives. Please support CRM to bring this much needed service to all Minnesotans.

2017-04-03 14:32:17 UTC
Peggy M

I have been a volunteer community mediator in SE MN for most of the past 15 years because it helps level the playing field and resolves problems in a positive way.
When I started, it was supported by the county, but that went the way of lots of things. So some of us kept it going privately and got a non-profit going to keep the great resource available to our community. We could not have done it without CRM, and I have nothing but admiration for the great resources around MN that CRM helps keep available with an amazing range of support, but especially education for our corps of volunteer mediators.

I really hope they can win this wonderful gift you offer. It benefits everyone every time a conflict is resolved peacefully. The easier it is to get at their information, the better for all.

Our Mission

Conflict Resolution Minnesota's (CRM) mission is to advance the profession of conflict resolution to more effectively help individuals, organizations, and communities manage and resolve conflict.