Individual differences matter. To be of value, mediation has to draw on these differences to elicit how the parties make sense.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
This article analyzes Republican and Democratic 'bubbles" and how we can build bridges between them.
(11/28/16)Pradeep Deshpande, Tony Belak
Is intervention possible that will permit the US society to continue to rise or to keep the decline at bay longer?
The key to cross cultural communication in mediation, is tuning into the dynamic of directional awareness.
How many times do clients come into your divorce mediation office when they aren't on the same page?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cynefin is a Welsh word that means we are influenced by multiple factors in our environment that we can never fully understand. It is a good way to describe the complex world we are experiencing in this early part of the 21st century.
How can they possibly support ____ for president?!
Nobody likes to be told they are biased – usually. Most of us would like to think that we are fair and open-minded, willing to explore the unknown – to a degree, accepting of other people’s differences. At least that’s what I used to think.
This article discusses early cooperation between parties and insurers in resolving complex environmental disputes. It summarizes strategies that recently succeeded in a six-way dispute over the costs of investigating and remediating an extended plume of PCP groundwater contamination.
In this article I will offer a panoramic view on the concept of peace in Islam and on Islamic conflict resolution principles and practices. Albeit the overwhelming negative narratives on Islam, this religion and tradition is rooted in an articulate philosophy of peace, justice, reciprocity, and community.
(8/08/16)Jan Frankel Schau
So many conflicts seem to arise out of a simple lack of tolerance. Whether it arises from diversity of style, world-view, religion, values or backgrounds, folks sometimes just shut down and refuse to engage with others–and then trouble brews.
If Brexit were an ancient Greek tragedy, David Cameron would be the tragic hero.
This article discusses hope and despair in the landscape of today.
The decision to leave the EU has drawn the UK into the Nash Trap.
This is a video sample from Nina Meierding's seven-hour online course on Culture & Gender Issues in Negotiation & Mediation.
(7/22/16)John Paul Lederach
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