Met with Ian Heisey who is involved with Cleveland’s Community Development Corporation project. Cleveland has 21 CDC programs throughout the city, all with a focus on improving the quality of life within the neighborhoods. Heisey is involved with the CDC program in Ohio City neighborhood here. The CDCs focus on safety issues, affordable housing, education, employment assistance… Heisey said his CDC project is the only one in Cleveland that also has a “Mediation Program.” Heisey, who helps coordinate this project, said neighbors sometimes develop friction with other neighbors over such things as persistent loud music, troublesome dogs, and the like. And instead of getting the police involved, the court involved… some neighbors in Ohio City opt for voluntary “conflict resolution,” which is facilitated by Heisey’s office. Note: Our administration would promote a U.S. Dept. of Peace, and a component would include similar Mediation Projects in communities across the country. The process gives people more tools in conlict resolution, which can carry over into family disputes, friendship disputes, and the like. So often relationships are destroyed simply because people don’t have the knowledge of how to do healthy conflict resolution.