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Patricia Porter

Renewing And Strengthening Relationships In The New Year

(1/03/17)Patricia Porter

As you enter 2017, reflect and commit to being intentional on the small gifts you can provide to strengthen, honor and acknowledge those important relationships in your life. Here are some ideas to consider.

Geoff Sharp

A New Seat at the Mediation Table? The Impact of Third-Party Funding on the Mediation Process

(12/09/16)Geoff Sharp

Third party funding (TPF) of claims has been around for quite some time. Historically however, some jurisdictions have prohibited a stranger to a lawsuit financing the claim of another in return for a share of the spoils.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

Meredith Richardson

Parenting Across the Miles

(11/28/16)Meredith Richardson

When people with young children divorce, they create a schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. What happens when life disrupts this schedule?

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.

Phyllis Pollack

Different Ways of Looking at the Same Thing!

(11/04/16)Phyllis Pollack

Emotions, not logic, control our decision making.

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.

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.

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.

Sabine Walsh

Making Mediation Sexy?!

(10/07/16)Sabine Walsh

It’s that time of year again! Mediation Awareness Week is about to kick off in Ireland, the UK and many other countries around the world.

Phyllis Pollack

Random Thoughts

(10/03/16)Phyllis Pollack

Recently (as part of a book club), I read The Psychology of Conflict by Raul Randolph (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London 2016) who is a barrister and mediator. His approach is to use existentialism as the vehicle through which to discuss the psychological aspects of mediation.

Joe Markowitz

Meet and Confer

(10/03/16)Joe Markowitz

For those who still think that litigation must always be conducted in an adversarial manner--that litigants must oppose anything suggested by the other side, and bring every dispute before the court for resolution--consider that the courts are telling you otherwise.

John Sturrock

Olympian Mediation

(9/16/16)John Sturrock

The Olympics have come and gone with all of the emotion and inspiration they bring. In our recent, fully-subscribed, residential Summer School on mediation skills for leaders, we reflected on the learning from Rio. We watched a video replay of the men’s taekwondo -80kg final in which Team GB’s Lutalo Muhammad lost to his Ivory Coast opponent in the last second of the bout, giving the latter his country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.

Phyllis Pollack

Emotions Control

(9/16/16)Phyllis Pollack

Researchers discovered that when the LSU Tigers unexpectedly lose a football game, the juvenile judges take their anger/frustration at the loss out on the juveniles before them by imposing longer sentences.

Meredith Richardson

When Your Game Face Makes You Out of Touch With Your Emotions

(9/16/16)Meredith Richardson

Our game face, or our poker face, is the face we put on for the outside world that masks what is happening for us internally.

Elly van Laar

Want to Transform Enemy Images? Start with Selflove

(9/16/16)Elly van Laar

You owe it to yourself to move to a place of compassion and empathy.

Self-help Mediation Tool for Couples

(9/02/16)Søren Braskov, Asger Neumann

This article presents a self-help tool for people in the marriage or relationship. The tool includes principles for mediation and refers to the use of a mediator if conflicts are too difficult for themselves to solve.

Meredith Richardson

Could Your Relationship Survive a Crisis?

(9/02/16)Meredith Richardson

The bigger story when you are in a crisis is how it impacts your relationship with your spouse and what that says about your relationship.

Maria Simpson

So Much Anger to Manage! Part 2

(8/26/16)Maria Simpson

“Anger management works – if you’re not angry.”

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