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Joe Markowitz

Winning

(5/08/17)Joe Markowitz

In the analyses of this week's budget deal, whether from the politicians of both parties or from the pundits, mostly we are hearing about which side scored the most points.

Michael Lewis

Interview with Michael Lewis

(4/20/17)Michael Lewis

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Michael Lewis, a long-time leader in the field of mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's ' Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

John Lande

Fascinating Simulation of Political Mediation in Scotland

(4/03/17)John Lande

The deliberative process this mediator conducted is such a stark contrast to the sharp political polarization and poor communication in the US these days.

Negotiating Like a Woman - How Gender Impacts Communication between the Sexes

(3/22/17)Nina Meierding, Jan Frankel Schau

Anyone who has ever been married will admit that men and women argue differently. It should be no surprise to learn that women and men negotiate differently as well.

Justin Kelsey

Let the Judge Decide! - The End of Conflict or Just the Beginning?

(3/17/17)Justin Kelsey

I have talked about peoples assumption that bringing a divorce case in front of the judge would end their conflict. On the contrary letting the judge decided might cause more conflict in the end.

Peter Adler

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.

Phyllis Pollack

On Apologies…. Once Again!

(3/10/17)Phyllis Pollack

If poorly worded, an apology can only exacerbate the situation rather than ease the hurt and pain caused by the initial faux pas.

David Weiss

New Jersey Mediation will Create a Hub for Mediation of International Disputes

(3/10/17)David Weiss

David Weiss, the Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University. , is interviewed by Laura A. Kaster, President of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi New Jersey Alternative Dispute Resolution Inn of Court.

John Sturrock

Putting Away Childish Things

(2/24/17)John Sturrock

This article discusses engaging with “the enemy,” building relationships, separating people from the problem, listening to and understanding deeply, finding “win-win” solutions to intractable problems based on interests rather than polarised positions, and accepting and acknowledging our own imperfections.

Tammy Lenski

De-escalate Anger With This Straightforward Invitation

(2/24/17)Tammy Lenski

When someone is emotionally swamped by anger, it can be helpful to redirect them temporarily away from their feelings and engage their cognitive capacities.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Navajo Dispute Resolution, Trump’s Tweets and the Lessons of Little Big Horn

(2/17/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

I recently read a Daily Good story about Navajo Indian peacemaking, a seven-step process focused on restoring relationships, a notion the Navajo refer to as “K’e”.

Richard Barbieri

The Election Wasn’t About What You Make, But About Who You Know

(1/27/17)Richard Barbieri

Two theories about conflict, and particularly about means of diminishing conflict, hold promise in understanding the election, though not necessarily in ameliorating the conflicts revealed there.

Camaron Thomas

What I Learned from Studying Neuroscience about the Future of Mediation

(1/20/17)Camaron Thomas

Individual differences matter. To be of value, mediation has to draw on these differences to elicit how the parties make sense.

Jan Frankel Schau

Why Civility Matters in Mediation

(1/13/17)Jan Frankel Schau

We are living in interesting times here in America. It is the first time in my lifetime that I can recall a conscious effort to keep my politics and views on issues of ethics and morality to myself–rather than risk making enemies of those whom I trusted to be friends.

Marvin E. Johnson

Interview with Marvin Johnson

(1/11/17)Marvin E. Johnson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Marvin Johnson, a national leader in the field of dispute resolution generally and on issues of elevating diversity in the ADR field, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

John Lande

Building Common Ground Between Bubbles - Part 4 of 4

(12/23/16)John Lande

Troubled by the corrosive conflict stirred up by the election, I have written a series of posts about how we might move forward constructively, particularly on the personal (as distinct from the political) level.

John Lande

Building Common Ground Between Bubbles - Part 2 of 4

(12/09/16)John Lande

The Presidential election and the week following has brought the deep divides in this nation to a head, and brought to light numerous issues in our country.

Scott McCreary

CONCUR case in just-published book: Joint Fact Finding in Urban and Environmental Planning Disputes

(12/09/16)Scott McCreary

The article describes CONCUR's Chapter in the book: Desalination in California: The California Coastal Commission Poseidon Joint Fact Finding Process” and provides insight into this JFF process by highlighting quotes from participants involved in the case.

John Lande

How Can We Build Common Ground Between Bubbles? Part 1 of 4

(12/03/16)John Lande

This article analyzes Republican and Democratic 'bubbles" and how we can build bridges between them.

America at a Crossroads

(11/28/16)Tony Belak, Pradeep Deshpande

Is intervention possible that will permit the US society to continue to rise or to keep the decline at bay longer?

Michelle Brenner

The Power of Context

(11/17/16)Michelle Brenner

The key to cross cultural communication in mediation, is tuning into the dynamic of directional awareness.

Janet Wiseman

Are They Ready to Divorce?

(11/17/16)Janet Wiseman

How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?

Arthur Rosenbloom

Mediating Valuation Disputes In Minority Oppression Litigation

(11/03/16)Arthur Rosenbloom

This article describes how the mediator can assess the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s valuation position as well as the disarray in the New York courts in ruling on valuation issues.

Bernard Morrow

The Mindful Mediator

(10/28/16)Bernard Morrow

I have written in the past about how “being present” (or, in the moment) is the single-most important ingredient I bring to a mediation.

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.

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