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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Neighborhoods can move past conflict

Find alternatives to locking horns.Got conflict in your neighobrhood? Make it work for you.

In Bellevue's next Great Community workshop, residents will be coached on how to use conflict to strengthen their communities. The meeting, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at City Hall, is the fourth of six workshops offering tips on creating and maintaining vibrant neighborhoods.

All communities experience conflict and often it is easier to avoid, ignore or deny it, but there are better approaches. Learn ways to work through conflicts and promote a positive community spirit.

You will gain understanding of the many ways that conflict develops and learn tools to calm people who are upset, as well as techniques for focusing discussion along a productive path. Conflict is also an opportunity to find creative solutions, build relationships, and strengthen communities.

Andrew Kidde and Cheryl Cohen, co-managers of Bellevue's Neighborhood Mediation program, will facilitate a very interactive evening. In addition to highlighting their program's services, which include conflict coaching, mediation, conflict resolution training and group facilitation, Cohen and Kidde will engage participants in role playing and learning exercises.

Like all of the Great Community workshops, this one will be 7 to 9 p.m., in Room 1E-108, and start with a "meet-and-mingle" session featuring free refreshments. The workshop will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Bellevue's Neighborhood Outreach team, each Great Community workshop provides an opportunity for newcomers as well as long-time community leaders and residents to meet one another, sharpen their leadership skills, learn new things and exchange ideas. The two workshops after this one are: 

  • Feb. 5: Making Your Voice Count: Presenting Views to Boards and Commissions
  • March 12: Maintaining the Value and Appearance of Your Neighborhood

An RSVP is preferred, but last-minute attendees are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact Julie Ellenhorn in Neighborhood Outreach, 425-452-5372 or jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov

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Contact Information

Neighborhood Outreach
450 110th Ave NE
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Julie Ellenhorn
Phone: 425-452-5372
E-mail: jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov

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