It’s ABA Mediation Week 2014, and the theme for this year is “Stories Mediators Tell: From Rookie to Veteran – Exploring the Spectrum of Mediation”. We are excited to be able as part of Mediation Week to share this interview with Bill Johnson who is a veteran at helping communities through conflict. Bill was first trained as a mediator in 1985, and he incorporated that training into his work as the President and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester New York (1972-1993), and as the 64th Mayor of Rochester (1994-2005). After several additional years (2006-2013) as the Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, he is heading a consulting firm focused on “bridging differences to build strong communities” — Strategic Community Intervention LLC. If you are concerned about distrust and divides within our communities, listen to the following interview and find out what can be done to heal those divides, even after events like those that recently occurred in Ferguson, MO. You can also download a summary of Bill’s thoughts and experiences here: SCI –Police and Communities Collaboration, 10-14.
Note: This video was filmed using VTC Stream.