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Maria Volpe

Mediation in the Future of Policing

(11/08/16)Maria Volpe

The future of policing must incorporate mediation. No other profession places its practitioners more in the middle of challenging situations; police officers are regularly expected to make difficult conversations work on the spot.

Brad Heckman

A Quoteload of Sketches

(10/24/16)Brad Heckman

These are a collection of sketches and inspirational quotes by Brad Heckman of the New York Peace Institute, such as "We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming." — Bob Dylan (Nobel Laureate!).

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.

Nina Meierding

Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field?

(10/17/16)Nina Meierding

The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.

Beth Graham

Federally Funded Nursing Homes No Longer Allowed to Require Residents to Sign Binding Arbitration Agreements

(10/07/16)Beth Graham

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a regulation that bans federally funded long-term care facilities such as nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements.

Larry Susskind

Socially-Responsible Real Estate Development

(9/23/16)Larry Susskind

To date, most discussion of social responsibility focuses on what is called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). That is, what do corporations need to do to meet their social responsibilities?

Althea Halchuck

Hospice and Conflict Resolution

(9/23/16)Althea Halchuck

Conflict can touch anyone, at any time of life. In this article, I talk about end-of-life conflict, specifically those disputes related to hospice. I explore who is involved, why disputes arise, and reasons they are hard to resolve. I also speak about the importance of having a mediator as part of the hospice team.

John Lande

Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2

(9/16/16)John Lande

It seems that there are a lot of stories about questionable apologies in the news lately. I don’t intend to discuss all of them, but here are a few more thoughts about some of them.

John Lande

Training Law Students to be Leaders

(9/09/16)John Lande

The Ohio State program teaches students about lawyers’ service as leaders in various ways in their work in addition to lawyers’ generally-recognized leadership roles in civic society, including public service, outside their day jobs.

Nadja Alexander

The Regulatory Robustness Rating in Practice: Conclusion

(9/02/16)Nadja Alexander

Yes, here it is. The final part of the Regulatory Robustness Rating (RRR) trilogy.

Keri Morris

Improving the Lives of Children by Delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand Prisons

(9/02/16)Keri Morris

We share our experience and learnings of delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand prisons to improve the lives of children.

Phyllis Pollack

Are We Our Own Worst Enemies?

(8/12/16)Phyllis Pollack

An article, from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation entitled “Salary Negotiations”, focuses on negotiating the best salary possible, some of its points are equally applicable to negotiations in general.

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.

Maria Simpson

Do Organizations Bully?

(7/29/16)Maria Simpson

I received an interesting update from Civility Partners last week on bullying, citing research showing that “education, government and healthcare are three industries where bullying seems to really thrive.”

Stephen Fritsch

For Senior Caregivers, Mediation Is Often a Must

(7/29/16)Stephen Fritsch

When it comes time to decide on care for an elderly parent, mediation can help family members make tough financial and life care decisions.

CDRC Vienna: Consensual Dispute Resolution

(7/22/16)Stephanie Rohmann, Nataliya Barysheva

These articles are a series of summaries from the CDRC Vienna 2016. This article focuses on an Austrian and a French mediator sharing their views on negotiation.

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.

John Lande

Where the "Puck" is Going -- and What Faculty Should Do to Help Students Get There

(6/27/16)John Lande

Analogizing the puck to the legal and dispute resolution fields, this program addressed where we are going and how, as legal educators, we can best prepare our students to “skate” there.

Gregg Relyea

Managing Negative Personal Mannerisms in Negotiation and Mediation

(6/10/16)Gregg Relyea

Carefully managing negative personal mannerisms can result in a more confident and competent negotiator who is aware of their own and others' negative personal mannerisms and who makes deliberate and conscious decisions about managing them.

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.

Hadassah Fidler

When Sorry Can’t Be The Only Word

(5/27/16)Hadassah Fidler

The latest research into apologising will come as no surprise to those who work in the mediation arena.

Tammy Lenski

6 Ingredients of an Effective Apology

(4/29/16)Tammy Lenski

New research has identified six elements to an apology, and the more of those elements you include, the more effective your apology. Two are particularly crucial to having your apology accepted.

Lorraine Segal

Zen of the Gym—What I’ve learned about workplace conflict resolution at the gym

(4/29/16)Lorraine Segal

I used to get into small verbal arguments with other members using the machines, partly out of my own impatience, and partly because they were violating the rules of courteous use.

Jai Jayaraman

Difficult Conversations

(4/01/16)Jai Jayaraman

Everyone understands the need for wider representation, diversity and inclusion on a Board of directors.

Patricia Porter

Community Mediation: Empowerment and Dialogue

(3/11/16)Patricia Porter

In many communities around the country there are community mediation centers supported by volunteer mediators. Community Boards of San Francisco is the oldest community mediation center in the country, started in 1976.

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