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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.”

Ian MacDuff

The Power of the Unexpected Question

(8/26/16)Ian MacDuff

As mediators, it is great to reflect on the challenge and the power of finding just the right question – usually one that can’t be planned, but one that reflects an intuition about what “tweaks” the conversation could withstand and what might just provide a new direction.

Maria Simpson

So Much Anger to Manage!

(8/19/16)Maria Simpson

Everybody seems to be angry lately, and a lot of people are writing about it.

Patrick Moulsdale

How Do You Deal with Conflict as a Leader?

(8/12/16)Patrick Moulsdale

A unique combination of nature, nurture and life experiences means that every one of us sees the world from a different perspective.

Lorraine Segal

We’re All in This Together: Listening to Each Other in Troubled Times

(7/29/16)Lorraine Segal

This article discusses hope and despair in the landscape of today.

Jason Dykstra

Practicing Forgiveness, Holding Boundaries

(7/29/16)Jason Dykstra

Several months ago, a friend asked me how one goes about practicing forgiveness with respect to someone who persists in crossing relational boundaries, making unkind remarks, refusing to take responsibility for his/her behaviour, etc.

Joe Markowitz

Fear

(7/15/16)Joe Markowitz

Someone renting the house across the street from us has been blasting loud music very late at night, and I've been wondering how to deal with it.

F. Peter Phillips

“Procedural” Apology

(7/11/16)F. Peter Phillips

Richard Nixon was responsible for many teaching moments. One of my favorites is the advance in American appreciation of the difference between the passive voice (“Mistakes were made”) and the active voice (“I made mistakes”).

Jason Dykstra

What All New Leaders Should Understand

(7/11/16)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.

Lou Marlin

Selecting a Neutral at Case Inception

(7/01/16)Lou Marlin

Every attorney who works as a litigator knows that litigation is a stressful and often frustrating exercise.

Richard Peachey

Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator

(6/27/16)Richard Peachey

Behind closed doors, in more than 500 locations across England and Wales, a network of National Family Mediation (NFM) services are meeting separated couples attempting to resolve their disputes over money, children and property – without a courtroom battle.

Jason Dykstra

4 Steps to Developing a Conflict Resilient Mindset

(6/10/16)Jason Dykstra

“Hey Mick, what are you doing hammering on that boulder?” To which Michelangelo responded, “There’s an angel inside and I’m trying to let it out!”

Ronald S. Kraybill

How Do You Call to the Deep?

(6/06/16)Ronald S. Kraybill

By adopting practices of interaction largely stripped of symbols and moments to engage Depth, we cut ourselves off from the most powerful source of energy for creativity, connection, and change available to us.

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