This Network Monitors & De-Escalates Conflicts

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) recently launched a TRUST Network aimed at monitoring election risks.

The non-partisan network’s Early Warning Early Response (EWER) system is made up of hundreds of volunteers that use “content analysis and digital mapping” to identify risks.

Here’s how journalists can use their Community Mediation Centers:

  • Find sources who understand specific community dynamics in locales around the country for your reporting. Reach out to their community mediation centers for experts.
  • Report tensions and violence to their centers that you’re seeing or hearing about. They will dispatch trained mediators to locations to support de-escalation.
  • Write a story to highlight the peace-building and conflict mediation organizations in your community. This will help the public understand who is doing bridge-building work and how they can report incidents.
  • Follow their hashtags #TrustNetwork #BuildTrust

Read more about the network below. You can also sign up to be a volunteer.

Another great resource is Bridging Divides from Princeton. They highlight “bridging organizations” supporting peace-building around the country.

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