Aldo Civico is a mediator and anthropologist and the founder of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University. Previously, he was the director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. Sen. George Mitchell has called Aldo, “one of the most innovative leaders in the field of conflict resolution.” He helps organizations and high-potential individuals to achieve desired results and to maximize performance by developing the skills that top mediators use to turn around complex situations and to resolve tough problems.
Aldo has been on the front line of conflict resolution and training. For the past almost 15 years, he has conducted challenging fieldwork in Colombia among members of paramilitary death quads, guerrillas, and youth gangs. From 2005 to 2007, he was one of the facilitators of the cease fire talks between the government of Colombia and the guerrilla of the National Liberation Army. In the 1990s, he was a strategic communication adviser to the anti-mafia Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando. Before coming to the United States in 2000, he worked as a freelance journalist and author of numerous TV documentaries for media in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Master the 7 Steps to Conflict Transformation(08/11/17)
Whenever I ask participants in my workshops what words they associate with conflict, they come up with expressions that have most of the time a negative quality. They associate conflict with fear, anxiety, frustration, sadness, loneliness, anger, etc. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Mindful Listening to Enhance Leadership Performance(04/04/14)
I am often asked this question: how come that guerrilla fighters, paramilitary leaders and gang members sit down with you and confess to you? More often than not, I respond with a smile and a gentle shrug of the shoulders, but over the past few weeks, as I was designing a new training in effective communication, I pondered that question and wondered about the listening skills I honed in 20-plus years of conflict resolution work in hot spots across the world