The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management (MGC)'s mission is to promote, and apply, a constructive approach to conflict management and to resolve disputes, including litigation.
The Mandell Gisnet Center offers low-cost community mediation in partnership with law enforcement, municipal agencies and community organizations throughout Monterey County. Additionally, The Neighbor Project mediation program specifically provides opportunities for resolving conflicts between community members (pets, parking, noise and many other common complaints) without resorting to protracted, expensive legal action. We help people peacefully resolve the conflicts that are keeping them from fully enjoying their daily lives and their surrounding communities.
Mediation does more than avoid the high cost of a lawsuit, it can heal wounds and help people recover from all types of conflict. In most cases I've mediated the parties began the mediation angry and accusatory. Along the way of discovering the real issues and interests of the participants, I've seen the anger dissipate into understanding and even compassion. Once they've reached this point participants work together to craft their own solutions that work for both sides. I've seen the parties hug outside the courtroom signaling to me as final closure to the conflict.
- Scott D., Community Mediator