The Gil Lopez Award

The Gil Lopez AwardIn honor of Gil Lopez’s memory and his commitment to conflict resolution and peacemaking, ADRNC (formerly NCMA) presents an annual award and a conference scholarship to one or more persons of color who have made significant contributions to the field of conflict resolution.

Gil Lopez was a former Board member of the Northern California Mediation Association (NCMA) who passed away in San Francisco in 1998. Gil volunteered with Community Boards, had a private practice in conflict resolution, and was a respected mediator and peacemaker. As an African-American activist, Gil felt that it was important to encourage and support the participation of people of color in the field of conflict resolution. It was his wish to recognize and celebrate peacemakers of color within this field.

Gil Lopez was a former NCMA Board member who passed away in San Francisco in 1998. Gil volunteered with Community Boards, had a private practice in conflict resolution, and was a respected mediator and peacemaker. As an African-American activist, Gil felt that it was important to encourage and support the participation of people of color in the field of conflict resolution. In honor of Gil’s memory and his commitment to conflict resolution and peace-making, ADRNC (formerly NCMA) presents an annual award to a person of color who has made significant contributions to the field of conflict resolution.

 

Gil on Mediation

“I am a good listener, and I teach others to be good listeners. I want to hear the needs of others, and to develop an intervention to meet those needs. I am able to see disputing parties as wonderful people whose experience and conditioning has brought about disharmony, and to help them communicate in such a clear and heartfelt way that they see each other’s value. This process is more than mere problem-solving; it is literally transformative, and I call my work Transformative Intervention.”

 

Affirmations

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I, Gilbert John Lopez, am creating a model for a new hero, a powerful and vulnerable person in a strong and supportive community.

My buddies and I are creating a new legend and a new history, a new world, and a new model of shared leadership. We transform the world by living our visions now.

I am a precious part of the whole; I cherish myself and all life.

I allow people to know I need them, and I joyfully accept their feedback and support.

The more joyful and hopeful I am, the more creative and effective my life will be. Fun fights oppression and laughter is liberating!

I am healing the wounds of my past. I forgive myself of all hurts.

I allow myself to grieve and mourn at appropriate times, and to accept the nurturing of others.

I cherish the positive aspects of my history and heritage.

I acknowledge the powerful qualities and motivations I have developed from the struggles in my life.

I now have the courage and support I need to transform attitudes I no longer need.

I love more people than I ever realized, and I am worthy of the love others give me.

I assess my life with compassion and wisdom.

I am both humble and proud of my accomplishments.

I choose buddies who can be teachers as well as students,

and who allow me to be a student as well as a teacher.

I live out my fullest potential; I leave my legacy as an elder of the tribe.

My buddies and I walk into the Land of our Visions together.

Excerpt of Personal Affirmations, derived from conversations with Gil, by Rebecca Rees.

 

Gil Lopez Award Recipients:

 

2001 Horace Alex Alexander

2002 Sing C. Chin

2003 Pete De La Ossa

2005 Arline “Sandi” Tyler, Thom Massey, Carl Hopkins

2006 Selina Low, Sharlene Gee

2007 Francoise Spaulding Keller

2008 Pandoura Carpenter, Ana Navarro, Yolanda Jackson

2009 Malissa Natane

2010 Tom Surh, Maria Ramos-Chertok

2011 Fania Davis

2012 Russell Brunson

2013 John Nauer

2014 Patricia Mushim Ikeda