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Beth Graham

Misclassification in the Sharing Economy: It’s the Arbitration Agreements

(8/11/17)Beth Graham

Elizabeth Chika Tippett, Associate Professor and Conflict & Dispute Resolution Program Faculty Co-Director at the University of Oregon School of Law, and Bridget Schaaff, University of Oregon School of Law, have published “Misclassification in the Sharing Economy: It’s the Arbitration Agreements.”

Susan Yates

Mediators, Can We Shift Perspectives on the “Blind Men and the Elephant” Story?

(8/11/17)Susan Yates

I have a problem with a story that we in the conflict resolution field use and I’m hoping we can find a replacement for it.

Andrea Maia

Elementary, My Dear Watson!

(8/11/17)Andrea Maia

Nowadays, there are two recurring questions regarding Artificial Intelligence that are very difficult to be answered: How far will humans interact with machines? And until what point humans can be replaced?

Dan Simon

Why Don’t Transformative Mediations Get Violent?

(8/11/17)Dan Simon

“It’s important to set ground rules at the start of a mediation, and then you can remind the parties of those rules if they get off track later,” said a trainee in one of my mediation courses.

Phyllis Pollack

Time, Money, and Happiness

(8/11/17)Phyllis Pollack

This article discusses a study in which individuals reported greater happiness when they paid others to do their chores.

Maria Simpson

Soft Skills Are Back in Style

(8/08/17)Maria Simpson

In this digital world, the so-called “soft skills” are suddenly getting a lot of attention and being recognized as a key element of organizational development and improved performance.

Joy Rosenthal

Prenup? That’s Good News!

(8/08/17)Joy Rosenthal

Your wedding day is only a few months off and your fiancé nervously mentions that he would like a prenuptial agreement.

Phyllis Pollack

The Need to Dance; the Fear of Failure

(8/08/17)Phyllis Pollack

The other day, I received a telephone call from an attorney wondering if I could conduct a mediation on very short notice.

John Sturrock

Knowing our Neighbours – a Mediator’s Reflection

(8/08/17)John Sturrock

I am travelling back from a couple of days in and around Dublin, discussing an initiative on respectful political dialogue with politicians, academics and conflict resolution professionals.

Shannon Rios Paulsen

Children, Divorce, and Dating

(8/01/17)Shannon Rios Paulsen

In my role as a counselor for children of divorce, my focus is the children. The question about dating arises in every session of “Co-parenting Through Your Divorce” that I facilitate. This article addresses this question for parents of divorce and for those who are dating others who are divorced with children.

Richard Peachey

Student Welfare at the University of Cambridge Received a Funding Boost

(7/28/17)Richard Peachey

Student welfare at the University of Cambridge received a funding boost today as part of a sector-wide drive to embed a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of harassment on campus.

Jeff Thompson

Bill Richardson: America’s hostage negotiation strategy is broken

(7/28/17)Jeff Thompson

"The blame is theirs. The lesson for us is that America’s hostage negotiation strategy is broken."

Larry Susskind

Contemplating the Need for more Peacebuilders

(7/28/17)Larry Susskind

Peacebuilders are trained professionals who deal with conflict inside organizations and between individuals, groups and organizations (including countries).

Michael A. Zeytoonian

If You Want Your “Day in Court”, Don’t Go to Court

(7/28/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

“I want my day in court.” This is one of the most frequent desires and sentiments expressed by a new client in our initial conversation about their legal dispute.

Charlie Irvine

Cooperation with a Competitor

(7/21/17)Charlie Irvine

Morton Deutsch, the great social psychologist of common sense, explained the difference between competition and cooperation thus: “if you’re positively linked with another, then you sink or swim together."

Joy Rosenthal

Why Do I Love What I Do?

(7/21/17)Joy Rosenthal

We transition from the family we were born into to the ones we create.

F. Peter Phillips

Interesting China Conference

(7/21/17)F. Peter Phillips

An upcoming mediation conference looks like it will be very educational.

Katherine Graham

A Lovely Story That Explains How We Manage Our Feelings …

(7/21/17)Katherine Graham

Once there was a very small person who had feelings.

Lorraine Segal

How Yes/And Defuses Workplace Conflict

(7/21/17)Lorraine Segal

Many conflicts at work and everywhere expand and linger because people believe there is only one right answer or one way to see or do things.

Maria Simpson

Let It Go? You're Kidding!

(7/14/17)Maria Simpson

One of the most conflict-ridden situations is that moment when our emotions take over our ability to respond thoughtfully, especially to a disagreement with a colleague.

John Lande

Introduction to the Stone Soup Project Mini-Course

(7/14/17)John Lande

This is the first installment of an online mini-course about social science research methods relevant to the Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project.

Joe Markowitz

Ten Duel Commandments

(7/14/17)Joe Markowitz

We may think we have progressed far beyond the barbaric practice of dueling, but based on the way dueling is described in this show, it appears to function in much the same way as as our more modern systems of dispute resolution today.

Phyllis Pollack

If Only…?

(7/14/17)Phyllis Pollack

Have you ever asked yourself, “What if I had taken a different route? Then I would not have been involved in the auto accident?”

Meredith Richardson

Why Bother with Yellow Flowers When You Really Want a Turtle?

(7/14/17)Meredith Richardson

It’s better to be transparent and tell the person how the proposed solution could benefit everyone involved.

Patricia Porter

When Change Happens: Embracing The End First Before Starting Anew

(7/07/17)Patricia Porter

When a significant change in our life suddenly occurs, we experience a jolt. What’s going to happen next?

Phyllis Pollack

The CLRC’s Tentative Recommendation on Mediation Confidentiality!

(7/07/17)Phyllis Pollack

If passed by the legislature, new Evidence Code section 1120.5 would allow parties to pursue claims against counsel for “legal malpractice” occurring in a mediation context.

Bernard Morrow

Reality Testing: The Right Dose at the Right Time

(7/07/17)Bernard Morrow

No one begins a dispute thinking they might be wrong.

Michael Mcilwrath

The Global Pound Conference Reaches Its Conclusion: User Focus Is Now Mainstream

(7/07/17)Michael Mcilwrath

Mark Twain once wrote that a person with a new idea “is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

Bruce Edwards

The ADR Imperative to Ensure Access to Justice

(7/07/17)Bruce Edwards

On July 6, 2017 a diverse group from the dispute resolution community—lawyers, judges, academics, arbitrators, mediators, policy makers, among others—gathered in London for the latest event in the Global Pound Conferences Series.

Jennifer Shack

Conscious and Unconscious Thinking in Mediators

(7/07/17)Jennifer Shack

The mediation field now has more information in our push to unlock the black box of mediation.

How Mediation Works: Theory, Research, and Practice - Book Review

(6/30/17)F. Peter Phillips, Stephen Goldberg

This is a review of Stephen Goldberg's book How Mediation Works: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Joe Markowitz

California Law Revision Commission Recommendations

(6/30/17)Joe Markowitz

The California Law Revision Commission has issued its draft recommendations for an amendment to the Evidence Code carving out a new exception to mediation confidentiality.

Beth Graham

When the Empty ADR Chair Is Occupied by a Litigation Funder

(6/30/17)Beth Graham

Discussion about the ethical implications of having a litigation funder support a party in arbitration or mediation.

Martin Svatos

WIN-WIN in Practice: Mediation Helping with Sports Disputes and Sports Disputes Helping Mediation

(6/30/17)Martin Svatos

Minor sport arbitration was heading towards rendering of an award which none of the parties would have been happy about.

Marcy Einhorn

Why Should I Mediate?

(6/23/17)Marcy Einhorn

If you've reached an impasse in a dispute with someone, why bother bringing in yet another person to complicate things?

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