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Dan Simon

Establishing Rapport in Mediation

(7/13/18)Dan Simon

Establishing rapport seems like a nice thing to do, right? I don’t think so.

Colin Rule

Leaving Facebook

(7/10/18)Colin Rule

I was a fan of Facebook from my first login. I registered right after it opened to the public in 2006, and I led most of my friends onto the platform. I am now choosing to leave Facebook.

Peter Adler

Lessons from the Iroquois

(7/10/18)Peter Adler

In our mediation efforts, once we are in the realm of “public policy,” we are inevitably poking our noses into questions of intergenerational equity and “governance” and how authentic collaboration can be achieved or improved.

Milan Slama

The Faultlines of the Current Ideological Divide - Part 1

(7/06/18)Milan Slama, Kenneth Rasmussen

This article discusses the ideological divide looking at conflict from both a mediator's (Part 1) and a therapist's perspective (Part 2).

Peter Adler

In Isolation Together

(7/02/18)Peter Adler, Nicole Brodie

Ok, we’ve got a problem: Britain has announced a new Minister of Loneliness.

Chris Poole

Exciting ADR Developments in China and Hong Kong

(7/02/18)Chris Poole

Navigating the United States’ approach to mediation can be tricky for international firms as there is no uniform approach.

Phyllis Pollack

Not Just Another Set of Lamb Chops!

(6/22/18)Phyllis Pollack

Someone once said to me that while to a butcher a pair of lamb chops is just another set of lamb chops, to a person who has not eaten in a long while, it will be the best meal ever. In sum, it is all a matter of perspective.

Bruce Edwards

Building a Golden Bridge and Other Lessons from Dr. William Ury

(6/22/18)Bruce Edwards

Dr. Ury says that in modern day conflict, where we seek to win at the expense of our adversary. In doing so, we invariably ensure mutual loss. “Instead,” he said, “The aim of modern day conflict resolution must focus on finding mutual gains.”

Vicki Assegued

I’m Not Neutral About Neutrality: I’m Partial to Multi-Partiality

(6/22/18)Vicki Assegued

Embarking upon the journey of becoming a mediator led me into learning a new language, one that would be spoken both internally – (in how I would think about the mediation participants and their circumstances) - and externally – (in how I would interact with them).

Peter Adler

The Gang of Fourteen

(5/29/18)Peter Adler

These are dark times, especially if you are part of the loose community of people who by virtue of nature and/or nurture, are of a mediative persuasion.

Marcy Einhorn

Online Dispute Resolution: the “New Normal”

(5/18/18)Marcy Einhorn

It may come as a surprise that online dispute resolution has been around for more than twenty years.

Kenneth Cloke

Reflections on North and South Korea

(5/17/18)Kenneth Cloke

As I write these words, a meeting is being organized in Singapore between the US and North Korea, and it is worth reflecting for a moment on how it happened that the world suddenly changed.

Peter Adler

The Mann Gulch Fire

(5/14/18)Peter Adler

I follow the choroeographies and patterns of the craft we call conflict management, but every once in a while I help people really step out of the proverbial box they are in and discover (or stumble on) a peculiar new solution that seems to fit perfectly. Those are the golden moments I live for.

Tim Hicks

Embodied Conflict - Chapter II. The Neural Encoding Function

(5/14/18)Tim Hicks

Embodied Conflict presents the neural encoding function in layman’s terms, outlining seven key characteristics and exploring their implications for communication, relationship, and conflict resolution.

Tim Hicks

Introduction to Embodied Conflict: the neural roots of conflict and communication

(5/07/18)Tim Hicks

Embodied Conflict presents the neural encoding function in layman’s terms, outlining seven key characteristics and exploring their implications for communication, relationship, and conflict resolution.

Shirli Kirschner

ADR Pilot Schemes and Programs

(5/04/18)Shirli Kirschner

What are pilot programs, or pilot schemes, in ADR?

Ronald S. Kraybill

How to Lead with Less Anger

(4/27/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

Do you use an angry voice to communicate or give instructions when a firm, even voice would do the job just as well?

Jason Dykstra

What All New Leaders Should Understand

(4/27/18)Jason Dykstra

Coming into a role where you are expected to get others to work together efficiently and effectively to create the best possible product or service isn’t an easy task.

Geoffrey Corry

Figuring Out George Mitchell’s Real Contribution to the Good Friday Agreement

(4/24/18)Geoffrey Corry

On Tuesday 10th April 2018, I was in Belfast to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) with all the great and the good who took part in those negotiations.

Laurie Israel

Does Your Practice Include Church and Synagogue Mediation?

(4/20/18)Laurie Israel

Within the church or synagogue setting, mediation can be very useful if individuals or groups are having disputes or differences of opinion.

Peter Adler

The Ghosts of Melos

(4/17/18)Peter Adler

Intermediaries, honest brokers, and would-be peacemakers have much to learn from warfare. In fact if you want to understand mediation, learn about war.

Alexia Georgakopoulos

Tragedy, STAND UP Movement, and You

(4/10/18)Alexia Georgakopoulos

In the aftermath of the Parkland crisis, the surrounding community and mediators/peacebuilders have been called to assist in efforts with the Crime Commission, law enforcement and even SWAT to work in the area of youth violence prevention.

Donald T. Saposnek

Splitting America Redux: Implications for Keeping our Kids Safe

(3/16/18)Donald T. Saposnek

After 911, our lives changed seemingly forever. No longer a safe, secure, innocent society, Americans have come to a tipping point.

Judy Rashid

Teaching Social Justice on Campus for Self Awareness, Community Sustainability, and Systems Change

(3/02/18)Judy Rashid

This article addresses the relevance of teaching social justice on campus - in the classroom and in student affairs - and the challenge of maintaining a balanced and reasoned approach.

Steven Leigh

Mediators and Interpreters: A Team Approach

(3/02/18)Steven Leigh

This article will examine suggested conditions that should be examined by the mediator prior to asking the interpreter or translator for their professional service in the mediation session.

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