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How Will the Way We Resolve Our Workplace and Family Business Disputes Impact our Thanksgiving Meal?

(11/17/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

The opposition in disputes is not “the other side”, because I don’t see a workplace in terms of having two sides – employees vs. employers.

The Question That Brings Hamster Wheel Debates to a Standstill

(11/10/17)Tammy Lenski

Some debates, arguments, and bickering go on and on, without leading anywhere (except to more frustration).

Go Back to the Future to Discover How Your Agreement Could Fail

(11/06/17)Tammy Lenski

When we’ve put in effort to solve a problem, we want our solution, decision, or agreement to have every chance at long-run success.

Singapore: The Hub of International Commercial Dispute Resolution

(11/06/17)F. Peter Phillips

In addition to the usual high level of discourse and the unparalleled opportunity to meet new friends and keep the old, this particular Forum offered the additional opportunity to reassess the extraordinary richness of Singapore as a world center for international commerce and commercial dispute resolution.

Sunk Costs and the California Law Revision Commission

(10/06/17)Phyllis Pollack

On September 28, 2017, the California Law Revision Commission met to review the public comments it had received to its Tentative Recommendation (issued in June 2017) following its study to create an exception to mediation confidentiality (Study K-402).

Joint Session: A Tale of Two Mediations

(9/14/17)Bernard Morrow

I share a tale of two wrongful dismissal mediations conducted weeks’ apart.

ADR and Religion

(9/08/17)Shirli Kirschner

What is the relevance of religion to ADR? This question is very different to considering the relevance of ADR to religion.

Why Case Consultation/Reflective Practice Groups Matter for Mediators

(8/30/17)Michael Lang, Rochelle Arms

While mention of reflective practice in the field of mediation has grown in recent years, its use is still not standardized in the work of most mediators.

Negotiation - Part 6

(8/17/17)Pete Desrochers

Exploders make up the second category of difficult people; but they are totally opposite from the Snipers we looked at before.

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?

How to Talk About Mental Health Without Offending Everyone - TEDx

(8/11/17)Dan Berstein

Mediator Dan Berstein shares his journey to being open with his bipolar disorder, and how conflict resolution skills can help us overcome barriers to having conversations about mental health. In this profound story, learn how to get past the assumptions, paternalism, and stigma to make room for the other person's story and connect.

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.

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.

Comparative Data on Mediation Websites: Most Visited and Most Linked

(6/13/17)Jim Melamed

According to Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website.

Improving Professionalism by Improving Judgment: Keys to Advising about Settlement and Mediation

(5/22/17)Laura Kaster

When a client is involved in a dispute, we must also develop the ability to evaluate the best next step, including whether settlement negotiation or mediation would best serve the client and how to advise the client on an appropriate value at which settlement would be better than ongoing dispute.

Nursing Homes May Continue to Use Arbitration Agreements

(5/22/17)Sarah Cole

In a very unsurprising decision, the Supreme Court ruled 7-1 that a Kentucky nursing home can enforce contracts signed residents’ relatives that required all disputes involving the nursing home to arbitration.

What's Happening in the Field of Urban Planning?

(5/08/17)Larry Susskind

Today’s planners are committed to taking action – helping to implement improvements in the quality of life, particularly for the most vulnerable segments of society, often through public-private partnerships of various kinds. They are attempting to establish peaceful societies and minimize community conflicts.

Conflict: The Unexpected Gift - Video

(4/15/17)Elisabeth Seaman, Jack Hamilton

This is an interview of my business partner, Jack Hamilton and me, about mediation, conflict resolution and our book, Conflict - The Unexpected Gift.

Achieving a Balanced Relationship between Mediation and Judicial Proceedings in the European Union

(3/17/17)Leonardo d'Urso

This article identifies four distinct mediation models that EU Member States have used in implementing the Directive: Full Voluntary Mediation; Voluntary Mediation with Incentives and Sanctions; Required Initial Mediation Session; and Full Mandatory Mediation.

Disputing at a Panchayat Meeting

(3/14/17)Peter Adler

When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.

Peace is a Tough Sell

(2/24/17)Michael Jacobs

Peace is, and will continue to be, a pain in the butt.

Socially Responsible Real Estate Development

(2/03/17)Larry Susskind

Direct engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, using the tools of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, is required.

Two Smart Principles for Resolving Everyday Disagreements

(1/27/17)Tammy Lenski

Not all disagreements require long talks to resolve them sufficiently.

Are You Trying to Defy the Laws of Gravity in Your Conflict?

(1/27/17)Meredith Richardson

In their book, "Designing Your Life," authors Burnett and Evans talk about "gravity problems," things like gravity that you cannot change no matter how hard you try.

Building Common Ground Between Bubbles - Part 5

(1/13/17)John Lande

President Obama gave his farewell address, which dealt, in part, with building common ground between people divided across so many boundaries.

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