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Bernard Mayer

The Future of Mediation: Be Less Certain—and More Flexible

(10/24/16)Bernard Mayer The challenge we face is how to be adaptable, but still focused and effective. To meet this challenge, we need to remain clear about our fundamental purpose, to keep working on refining our skills and enhancing the range of approaches we can take to achieving those purposes, to commit to diversifying our field, and to maintain a clear hold on our values and ethical principles.
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!).
Michael Leathes

Deal Facilitators Can Help Transform The Brexit Negotiations

(10/24/16)Michael Leathes Days after June's UK Brexit Referendum, US Secretary of State John Kerry advised: 'It is absolutely essential that we stay focused on how, in this transitional period, nobody loses their head, nobody goes off half-cocked, people don't start ginning up scatterbrained or revengeful premises.'

Opening the Mediator’s Toolbox: Practical Skills for the Investigator

(10/24/16)Samantha Blake, Milan Slama Although they have distinctive practices that differ in purpose, goals, and approach, workplace investigators and mediators share certain common objectives.
David Smith

Police Choices During a Crisis and a Marine Using His "Calm" Voice

(10/21/16)David Smith This article discusses the May 6 incident where a Weirton WV police officer attempted to negotiate with an assailant and then other officers arrived and shot the person. This article discusses the importance of using negotiation in seeking to deescalate violence and the need for police to have this training.
Irma Isabel Salazar Mastache

Gestión Pacífica Latinoamericana de Conflictos Escolares

(10/21/16)Irma Isabel Salazar Mastache El objetivo de la presente investigación tiene que ver con conocer y analizar, desde la perspectiva teórica-conceptual de la paz integral, algunas de las posibles causas que imposibilitan u obstaculizan los diferentes procesos de mejora de la convivencia escolar, para después sugerir alternativas posibles que ayuden una cultura de paz integral.
Nina Meierding

Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field?

(10/17/16)Nina Meierding The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.
Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update)

(10/17/16)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D. The divorce rate began its sharp increase in the early 1960's and more than doubled by the end of the 1970's. This was accompanied by dramatic changes in cultural traditions, societal expectations, and divorce and child custody laws.

Mediation: Duels to Handshakes

(10/14/16)Daniel Ben-Zvi, Caroline Vincent Walk into a mediation and you walk into a world of possibilities. Lawyers need to leave their weapons at the door and be open to opportunities that can arise in mediation.

U.S. Tax Court Alimony Decisions: Five Cases You Should Know

(10/14/16)Justin Kelsey, David Goodman This article summarizes five U.S. Tax Court cases in which the Court ruled against the taxpayer on issues involving deductible alimony.
Ivo Bari

A Brief Report from Down Under (Brazil)

(10/14/16)Ivo Bari To the same extent that Brazilian market agents excel in their passion, enthusiasm, and capacities as business (wo)men, these fail miserably when disputes emerge with their peers, competitors, clients and/or suppliers. ZZZZZ

In Memory of Tim Pownall, 1948-2016

(10/11/16) Our friend and colleague, Tim Pownall, passed away October 9, 2016 Tim was a gifted teacher and a committed peacemaker–known for his dedicated work in reconciliation and thoughtful, constructive dispute resolution through initiatives like the PACIS Project for Interfaith Dialogue.
Robert Benjamin

On Being Too Fussy About Values In Mediation: Consider The Hedgehog And The Fox

(10/10/16)Robert Benjamin The origins of the mediation profession are anchored in the practical necessity of managing disputes. But mediators, as all human beings, have a need to imbue their work with special meaning--it is part of our evolutionary biology and psychology. Undergirding practice with value structures can be beneficial and give greater focus and depth to our everyday work, but there are risks.
L. Randolph Lowry

Interview with Randy Lowry

(10/10/16)L. Randolph Lowry This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Randy Lowry, President of Lipscomb University and founder of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Greg Rooney

Applying Cynefin Complexity Theory to Mediation

(10/08/16)Greg Rooney Cynefin is a Welsh word that means we are influenced by multiple factors in our environment that we can never fully understand. It is a good way to describe the complex world we are experiencing in this early part of the 21st century.
Sebastian Llanos

La Mediación Escolar Como Herramienta de Andamiaje

(10/07/16)Sebastian Llanos El conflicto constituye una constante básica en el desenvolvimiento cotidiano del aula. Sin embargo, esta realidad conflictiva puede mostrarnos un dinámico potencial educativo si es observada como oportunidad de aprendizaje.
Amy Sereday

Three Secrets About Difficult Conversations

(10/03/16)Amy Sereday This article promotes the use of elder and adult family mediation to approach issues of aging and geriatric care. Targeted towards family caregivers, it outlines 3 reasons mediation can be beneficial when approaching difficult conversations.
Tammy Lenski

The Key to Handling Arguments About Respect

(10/03/16)Tammy Lenski Feeling dissed? Here’s how to raise concerns about disrespect in a way that increases dialogue and decreases pushback.
Althea Halchuck

Hospice and Conflict Resolution

(9/23/16)Althea Halchuck Conflict can touch anyone, at any time of life. In this article, I talk about end-of-life conflict, specifically those disputes related to hospice. I explore who is involved, why disputes arise, and reasons they are hard to resolve. I also speak about the importance of having a mediator as part of the hospice team.
Paul Rajkowski

Shameful Performance

(9/23/16)Paul Rajkowski Mediation, which is intended to be a neutral performance by a mediator, is slowly sliding into a performance by a mediator that is anything but neutral. Current mediation processes defined by lawyers are more courtroom than collaborative.
Larry Susskind

Socially-Responsible Real Estate Development

(9/23/16)Larry Susskind To date, most discussion of social responsibility focuses on what is called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). That is, what do corporations need to do to meet their social responsibilities?
David A. Hoffman

Interview with David Hoffman

(9/20/16)David A. Hoffman This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with David Hoffman, founder of The Boston Collaborative and former President of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, filmed as part of's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Hadassah Fidler

Mediation is Not Magic

(9/16/16)Hadassah Fidler Mediation is the buzz word of conflict resolution. Reading around mediation would make it appear that if you have a conflict, a mediator, like a magician, can wave it away without a frown crossing anyone’s face.
John Lande

Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2

(9/16/16)John Lande It seems that there are a lot of stories about questionable apologies in the news lately. I don’t intend to discuss all of them, but here are a few more thoughts about some of them.
Zulma Dinca

Observando la Educación desde paradigmas del siglo XXI

(9/15/16)Zulma Dinca Con el ingreso en la era de las políticas socioeducativas, el sistema educativo y, por ende, la escuela, entró en un proceso de profunda transformación. Ya la Educación no es responsabilidad sólo de la Escuela, se convierte, en ese evento, patrimonio de la Sociedad.
Robert Benjamin

The Risks Of Neutrality - Reconsidering The Term And Concept

(9/12/16)Robert Benjamin As mediators, we seem to be drawn to the word "neutral" as a descriptive term for what we do and as a conceptual frame for our professional role. Beyond the theoretical discussion, however, there are some very practical risks for mediators to consider in continuing to describe themselves as neutrals.
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