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Dan Simon

Strength and Responsiveness in the Time of Trump

(12/02/16)Dan Simon

Transformative theory acknowledges people’s propensity to fall into a vicious cycle of feeling threatened, losing compassion for each other, and then behaving in ways that perpetuate or worsen those experiences.

Alberto Elisavetsky

Seis Claves de un Mediador Para ser Feliz… o al Menos Intentarlo

(12/02/16)Alberto Elisavetsky

La felicidad se construye con actos en el día a día que te hará ser consciente de que transitas junto a ella.

Beth Graham

Online Dispute Resolution: Stinky, Repugnant, or Drab

(12/02/16)Beth Graham

Professor Robert Condlin, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, has written an interesting paper entitled, “Online Dispute Resolution: Stinky, Repugnant, or Drab.”

Tammy Lenski

Weaving the Narrative of a Conflict

(12/02/16)Tammy Lenski

Conflict takes root in the space between our narrative about what happened and theirs.

How to Get Control of the Money?

(11/28/16)

When we ask people to come up with a budget, even when they are given a detailed outline with prompts, they give us blank stares. Likewise, when we get those worksheets back, in many cases they are far from reality.

Maria Simpson

Listening Matters

(11/28/16)Maria Simpson

Since the election I’ve been hearing the same analysts that talked about the tone and style of the debates now talking a lot about listening and how so many people failed to listen carefully to others and understand their concerns.

Mervyn Malamed

Brave Discussions

(11/28/16)Mervyn Malamed

Unless there’s a conflict crisis, the vast majority of conflicts fly under the radar; and the more senior managers are, the less they know!

Joe Markowitz

Lost in Translation

(11/28/16)Joe Markowitz

This article discusses the film "Arrival," which attempts to make some larger points about language, arguing that the language we speak can actually affect the way we think.

Phyllis Pollack

The Slippery Slope

(11/28/16)Phyllis Pollack

At one point or another in our lives, most of us have told “little white lies” if only to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. In telling that “little white lie”, we tell ourselves it is harmless and it will lead to nothing, and definitely, will NOT lead us to tell “bigger white lies”.

Greg Bond

Who Should Be Promoting Mediation and Why? Mediation in Germany: The Poor Cousin to the Courts?

(11/28/16)Greg Bond

There was a prominent mediation case that hit the headlines in Germany in October and November this year.

Art Hinshaw

Schmitz on Student Loans, Arbitrations, and Class Waivers

(11/11/16)Art Hinshaw

The new Department of Education rules include significant provisions restricting school arbitration agreements.

Beth Graham

Texas Insurer Abandons Mandatory Mediation-Arbitration Endorsement Proposal

(11/11/16)Beth Graham

The Texas Farm Bureau has reportedly abandoned a proposal that would have allowed insureds to relinquish their right to sue the company in the event of a claim dispute in exchange for a lower homeowners’ policy premium.

Tammy Lenski

Want More Self-control During Conflict? Try appealing to your future self

(11/11/16)Tammy Lenski

Conflict can rob you of two precious mental faculties useful for sorting things out.

Katherine Graham

Why It Matters: Sexual harassment in Education

(11/11/16)Katherine Graham

Given that universities are where the ‘best educated’ people go, it is disheartening that so many of them appear to see university as a passport to transgress.

Zeno  Daniel Sustac

The Mediators--New Show

(11/04/16)Zeno Daniel Sustac

In Romania, there are over 4 million files waiting to be solved by courts – which implies a lot of stress, money and time.

Jeff Thompson

Instead of Saying...

(11/04/16)Jeff Thompson

A person who has a mental illness shares some tips on things she would prefer hearing instead of "get well soon."

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Beyond Arbitration and Mediation: Designing the Dispute Resolution Process to Fit the Situation

(11/04/16)Michael A. Zeytoonian

We live in a specialized world, one in which access to information is so overwhelming that there literally is “an app for that” to satisfy even the most specific and narrow of needs.

Jennifer Shack

Getting the Story Right with Data to Make the Right Decisions

(11/04/16)Jennifer Shack

For foreclosure mediation programs, the data can tell the story of how homeowners are affected by changes to the program.

Dan Simon

Wikipedia Does Conflict Well

(11/04/16)Dan Simon

Successful collaboration is predicted by the transformative theory of conflict.

Jen Reynolds

Hedeen on The Future of Conflict Theory

(11/04/16)Jen Reynolds

It is daunting, however, our role to hazard predictions about the next thirty years of conflict theory.

Ian MacDuff

Lost for Words

(11/04/16)Ian MacDuff

A few recent observations prompt this blog about language and the world of words that we work with in mediation.

Phyllis Pollack

Different Ways of Looking at the Same Thing!

(11/04/16)Phyllis Pollack

Emotions, not logic, control our decision making.

Clare Fowler

Something Spooky About Conflict

(10/31/16)Clare Fowler

The Boogeyman is real. And he is sitting at the mediation table.

New Approach to Conflict Resolution

(10/28/16)Tony Belak, Pradeep Deshpande

Traditional approaches to conflict resolution rely on negotiations and changes in training, policies, and procedures. Trying to fix problems after they have already occurred is akin to the desire to improve quality, productivity, and performance in manufacturing and service applications with monitoring alone.

Sandra Untrojb

Mediación Aplicada a la Resolución de Conflictos Surgidos por Cambios de Temperatura Frío y Calor en la Escuela Secundaria

(10/28/16)Sandra Untrojb

El caso de investigación se basa en los problemas que genera el cambio de temperatura según las diferentes estaciones del año en un aula de una escuela secundaria de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.

Maria Simpson

Cross Disciplinary Approach to Conflict Resolution

(10/28/16)Maria Simpson

Not only can the skills of mediation be applied to many different situations, but mediation can be influenced by other areas of study as well.

F. Peter Phillips

Keynote at Asian Mediation Conference

(10/28/16)F. Peter Phillips

What the West Can Learn from Chinese Mediation by Peter Phillips.

Katherine Graham

Where Mediation is Used, Other than the Workplace

(10/28/16)Katherine Graham

Training to be a mediator is very popular particularly for people who have been made redundant and are looking for alternative stimulating and rewarding employment. And quite right too because being a mediator is deeply satisfying work!

Tammy Lenski

Kintsugi and the Art of Mending Relationship Conflict

(10/28/16)Tammy Lenski

Conflict in personal, professional, and business relationships leaves permanent cracks and breaks behind. What if, instead of trying to ignore or hide the damage, we revered it, understanding that “better than new” is more valuable than “good as new”?

Lorraine Segal

Healing Old Hatreds at Work or Anywhere

(10/28/16)Lorraine Segal

One of the sources of unresolved conflict at work and elsewhere can be unconscious (or conscious) bias and prejudice.

Brad Heckman

A Quoteload of Sketches

(10/24/16)Brad Heckman

These are a collection of sketches and inspirational quotes by Brad Heckman of the New York Peace Institute, such as "We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming." — Bob Dylan (Nobel Laureate!).

Maria Simpson

Managers Want Conflict Resolution Training

(10/21/16)Maria Simpson

A recent article in Forbes (10/1/16) includes some really dismaying statistics about management communication and training. Here are three.

Patricia Porter

How And Why To Avoid Political Talk At Work

(10/21/16)Patricia Porter

Are you sick of people discussing politics at work? Or are you one of those folks who can’t seem to stop talking about the candidates?

Restorative Justice Works!

(10/21/16)

This author wonders if “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to reduce recidivism. It is neither an alternative to prison nor replaces our legal system.

Ariel Belen

Diversity and Mediation

(10/21/16)Ariel Belen

Imagine two parties locked in a bitter and acrimonious dispute that has gone through six years of hotly contested litigation. At issue are the ownership and control of at least a dozen commercial and residential properties valued in the tens of millions of dollars.

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