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Meet Aldo Civico

Senator George Mitchell called Aldo Civico “one of the most innovative leaders in the conflict resolution field.” He is the founder and director of The International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he is an assistant professor in anthropology. Over the last 20 years, Civico has served as a strategic adviser and conflict resolution facilitator to organizations and communities in Italy, Haiti, Mexico, and Colombia. At the end of the 1980s in Italy, he was one of the founders of a social movement raising awareness against kidnappings, which at the time were a severe plague in his country. He moved on to serve from 1991 to 1995 as a senior adviser to anti-mafia leader and Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando. In that capacity, he helped to design communication strategies to encourage civic engagement in the fight against systemic corruption and the Mafia.

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Recent Blog Posts

  • 3 Strategies for Effective Rapport Building

    In 25 years of conflict resolution work around the world, I learned that building rapport is essential to success. I would have not be able to gain insights, understand a situation, and even influence decisions, were it not because I gained the trust of my interlocutors. And building rapport is t ... READ MORE

    Mindfulness Will Give Happiness to Your Life.

    In life, there are things that are under our control, and things that are not. Happiness and freedom in our life depend on being the masters of what is under our control. This is why mindfulness is so intimately linked to the quality of our lives. In fact, the more we are aware of what is under o ... READ MORE

  • Why Giving Advice Is Not Always A Good Idea

    We love when someone comes to us for advice. It makes us feel good. I speak from experience. Whether I am mentoring a student, or coaching a client, or training a group of people, it is rewarding to feel you are significant for those who search for your council and help. But dispensing advice rig ... READ MORE

    The Time I Messed Up During a Negotiation

    We are often scared of failure. But the truth is, there is no such thing as failure. In life, there is only feedback. We learn a great deal from our mistakes. Bernard Shaw once wrote that experience is the name we give to our mistakes. I add: I have lots of experience. And for that I am grateful, ... READ MORE

  • 4 Secrets of Successful Negotiations to Upgrade Your Relations

    Whether you are dealing with a grumpy teenager; or whether you are putting up with a boss that makes your life miserable; or whether you are engaging with a difficult person, knowing some of the techniques employed by successful negotiators will help you to have a better and easier life. That is ... READ MORE

    Mantras for a Life of Purpose

    Adam Braun’s book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change just came out in paperback. I read it some time ago, and I liked it, especially thinking of the Millennial generation. In the bookt, Adam shares how he found his own life purpose, abandoning the d ... READ MORE

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