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Meredith Richardson

How to Get Rid of 80% of Your Unhappiness in Relationships

(2/22/18)Meredith Richardson

Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? The theory is that 80% of consequences are a direct result of 20% of causes.

Larry Schooler

Reflections on Parkland, from a Broward County Parent / Conflict Resolution Practitioner

(2/22/18)Larry Schooler

The author, a parent of a child in Broward County Schools (where Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School is located), reflects on possible usages of ADR, mediation, facilitation, and consensus-building in the seemingly never-ending national struggle over guns. He considers what has not yet worked, flaws in the premise of the gun debate as it currently exists, and an alternative path based on ADR principles and concepts.

Nancy Shuger

ADR in the Spirit of the Season

(2/16/18)Nancy Shuger

This article illustrates the power of the mediation process to transform conflict into common ground.

Charlie Young

The Force Present in a Truly Transformative Mediation

(2/16/18)Charlie Young

An unforgettable experience that facilitative mediators encounter is the experience of being part of a truly transformative mediation.

Randy Drew

Mediating With Sharks Is No Walk In The Park

(2/08/18)Randy Drew

It is important to Praise Publicly & Quadrate Privately.

Steven Goldman

Gone, But Not Forgotten

(2/08/18)Steven Goldman

Strive to create a conflict free zone in your work and home interactions.

Patricia Porter

Listening to Your Triggers – How to Suspend Judgment When You Are Angry

(2/02/18)Patricia Porter

A hot button or trigger word can be words, a tone of voice, or a particular way someone conveys body language that sets you off.

Phyllis Pollack

I Like You!

(2/02/18)Phyllis Pollack

Lawsuits are products.

Gerald Clay

The NFL Can Make a Difference by Choosing Mediation

(2/02/18)Gerald Clay

A group of protesting NFL players recently submitted a request to enter formal mediation with the NFL owners and management. They are absolutely correct – this situation screams out for mediation!

Norah Alsugair

Conflicting Negotiation Styles and Strategies: Comparing Perspectives from Saudi Arabia & USA

(2/02/18)Norah Alsugair

This article describes the different cultural aspects to take into account when negotiating in Saudi Arabia or the US.

Cinnie Noble

Preparing to "Be" in Conflict

(1/26/18)Cinnie Noble

There are times we know we will encounter pushback, defensiveness, offensiveness and other negative reactions to issues we want to raise with another person.

Shirli Kirschner

Criminal Justice and ADR

(1/26/18)Shirli Kirschner

What does ADR mean in the criminal justice context?

John Lande

Three Easy Pieces

(1/26/18)John Lande

This post describes three short pieces that you might want to use in courses or continuing education programs.

Ronald S. Kraybill

Shift Dynamics with One Word

(1/26/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

Here’s a strategy to improve dynamics in a difficult conversation: In an argument or tense discussion, replace “but” with “and”.

Gary Clayton

Mediation Models: What is Best?

(1/25/18)Gary Clayton

Principles, Theories, and Models: A persuasive argument about which mediation practice model is better. This document discusses the prevalence of conflict and disputes in daily life.

Bruce Edwards

Making Peace Our Business

(1/19/18)Bruce Edwards

How can we as uniquely qualified and successful commercial mediators find ways to apply our mediation skills to address broader societal conflicts?

Georg Stratemeyer

Language Patterns and Mediation

(1/19/18)Georg Stratemeyer

This article is a summary of techniques I use to identify when parties to a mediation use language patterns intended to avoid responsibility making it difficult to reach an agreement.

Larry Susskind

Interview with Larry Susskind

(1/15/18)Larry Susskind

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Larry Susskind, a leading public policy mediator, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Joe Markowitz

Objections to Joint Sessions

(1/12/18)Joe Markowitz

“Joint sessions are a waste of time,” said the judge conducting a mediation in which I was representing one of the parties.

Bruce Edwards

Champions of Peace

(1/12/18)Bruce Edwards

Remember, we are not just developing an individual practice. We are reshaping a legal culture, while building an industry.

Tom Kosakowski

ACCUO Publishes Study of Ombuds' Impact

(1/06/18)Tom Kosakowski

In 2016, the Association of Canadian College and University Ombudsperson commissioned, "a project to explore and portray in its various guises the work carried out by ombuds offices, with the aim of achieving some clarity on its impact on Canadian colleges and universities."

John Lande

Confusing Dispute Resolution Jargon

(1/05/18)John Lande

In response to my question, “Do you use “BATNA” wrong?,” I plead guilty, with an explanation.

Ronald S. Kraybill

Plan Teambuilding Now

(12/29/17)Ronald S. Kraybill

Good relationships rarely happen by chance. They happen by choice, when people choose to do stuff that facilitates friendship and connection.

Norman Solovay

The Arbitration from Hell and How the New York Courts Got It Wrong

(12/28/17)Norman Solovay

This article will explain why the First Department was wrong in 2015 when it unanimously affirmed a lower court’s arbitration decision.

Peter Adler

Eye of the Storm Leadership: Guerilla Bridge Building

(12/27/17)Peter Adler

Guerilla warfare is unconventional. Instead of relying on large, slow moving armies and doctrines of overwhelming force, guerillas depend on invisibility, highly portable weapons, quick ambushes, booby traps, and hundreds of pressuring tactics that achieve practical offensive or defensive results.

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