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Read. Engage. Learn... Are You In?

by Jeff Thompson
January 2011

From Jeff Thompson's Enjoy Mediation Blog

Jeff Thompson
I would like to let everyone know I am going to take part in the ADR Book Club starting February 6th, 2011.

The idea and concept behind the book club is to bring various conflict resolution professionals, academics, students and practitioners together.

I am not making money on this, nor is any group or organization (well, except for the the authors who write the books). This is simply an opportunity for all us to learn and be better at helping others in conflict.
Will you join me?
We will be reading books and analyzing each through a conflict resolution person's lens. The motto of the book club is Read, Engage and Learn. We engage by sharing our thoughts, reading other's comments and discussing various topics the book raised and how it applies to conflict resolution. This is how we can learn and grow and be more effective in conflict resolution and prevention.

The book club is open to everyone and free to participate.

The first book we will be reading is The Tipping Point (
here at Amazon) by Malcolm Gladwell. If you already read it, read it again with us and share your thoughts.

This really has the potential to be fun as well as thought provoking and I look forward to engaging everyone.

We are set to begin February 6th so you have more than enough time to get your book.

Here's the schedule and format:

* It Begins February (2/6/11)
* It will be hosted at in a group section just for the book club

* The book is Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

* Each week starting on Sunday, a set of pages will be assigned to read
- Week one February 6th
Introduction, Chapter 1 & 2
- Week two February 13
Chapters 3 & 4
- Week three February 20
Chapters 5 & 6
- Week four February 27
Chapters 7, 8 & Endnote

* For each week, there will be a starter-discussion topic to get things going. The starter discussion will be based on the book while looking at it through a conflict resolution professionals lens. That said, you can post/write on anything you want.

* I ask that each participant to post an initial comment by Wednesday 9pm est. for each week

* I ask each participant to reply to at least one other person's comment by Friday 9pm est for each week
* Posting, comments and questions will be hosted by ADRhub in a new group created just for the book club: as that will be easiest. No one owns the book the club and the rules are open to change. I am simply trying to get things moving. Btw, I do not view this as being successful if there are hundreds of people- success lies in each of the participant getting something beneficial out of this.

* Please help promote the book club. Feel free to put any of the attached graphics on your site, blog, group, etc. with the message below or one of your own as well as use #adrbookclub on twitter.



Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor at Lipscomb University, researcher, mediator, and trainer. He is also involved in crisis and hostage negotiation as well as a law enforcement detective. His research includes law enforcement crisis and hostage negotiation in terrorist incidents. He received his doctorate from Griffith University Law School having researched the impact nonverbal communication has in conflict situations with respect to developing rapport, building trust, and displaying professionalism.

Dr. Thompson has presented and trained on the topic of conflict, mediation, (crisis and hostage) negotiation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally for a variety of audiences including police personnel, government officials, judges, attorneys, physicians, sales people, business professionals, and both graduate and undergraduate students. He has also been published in numerous professional and academic publications.

He is the co-chair of ACR's national Crisis Negotiation Section, and he is an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple academic journals. He received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute, Creighton University School of Law.

(All posts by Jeff Thompson represent his personal reflections and opinions and not that of any organization.)

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