Constantin-Adi Gavrila, founding member and manager of the Craiova Mediation Center (CMC)
and president of the Romanian Mediation Centers Union, was selected for the individual award in
recognition of his extraordinary work navigating a complex political environment to advance alternative
dispute resolution in Romania. The CMC was established in 2003 as a pilot center to test mediation in
real cases that, based on good results, led to further implementation throughout Romania.
Between many other projects today, the Craiova Mediation Center and the Romanian Mediation Centers Union are partnering with the Romanian Magistrates Association in a new three year plan starting with the spring of 2009 towards the establishment of a strong mediation culture between the Romanian magistrates.
Search for Common Ground was selected for the Organization Award in recognition of its work in challenging international conflicts, social entrepreneurship, and creative use of media in working in conflict-affected countries. The organization, founded in 1982, works to transform the way that the world deals with conflict: promoting collaborative problem-solving and non-adversarial approaches. SFCG works in over 20 countries, with local partners, to find culturally suitable ways to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively.