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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.

Juliana Birkhoff

Interview with Juliana Birkhoff

(11/07/16)Juliana Birkhoff

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Juliana Birkhoff, national leader in the field of public policy mediation, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Joshua Neuder

Embracing Imperfection: One Aspect of Eastern Philosophy that Strengthens the Mediator

(11/04/16)Joshua Neuder

As mediators, it is important that we present as professional and competent in our relational expertise with parties.

Michael Toebe

Mediation in Multi-billion Dollar Dispute

(11/04/16)Michael Toebe

Two medical-testing firms have a $5.8 billion deal ready to go yet there are serious legal, risk and ethical issues in the way. The firms have agreed to mediation, which is an encouraging sign of progress in corporate business.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Beyond Arbitration and Mediation: Designing the Dispute Resolution Process to Fit the Situation

(11/04/16)Michael A. Zeytoonian

We live in a specialized world, one in which access to information is so overwhelming that there literally is “an app for that” to satisfy even the most specific and narrow of needs.

Ian MacDuff

Lost for Words

(11/04/16)Ian MacDuff

A few recent observations prompt this blog about language and the world of words that we work with in mediation.

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.

Jim Melamed

After Trump v. Clinton: How “Stronger Together” and “Great Again” Can Become “Great Together”

(10/31/16)Jim Melamed

Wow, what a divisive election! Some reasonably fear that this is the end of civility in American society. One reasonably wonders whether things have ever been worse. So, what do we do on November 9?

Ute A. Joas Quinn

Mediation Users Make their Mark

(10/31/16)Ute A. Joas Quinn

The International Mediation Institute (IMI) has just released its 2016 International Mediation and ADR Survey. The results, which were generated by 815 individuals representing 67 countries and varied stakeholders (users, advisors, mediators, educators, students, providers, governments), are seriously thought provoking.

Brian Jerome

The Attorney, the Client and the Mediator

(10/28/16)Brian Jerome

The success of a mediation is not always told in the settlement agreement. While it’s great to "Get to Yes,” understanding the nuances of getting there so as to repeat the process is, for most, the undiscovered area. Here we will explore the roles and relationships between lawyer, client, and mediator.

Sandra Untrojb

Mediación Aplicada a la Resolución de Conflictos Surgidos por Cambios de Temperatura Frío y Calor en la Escuela Secundaria

(10/28/16)Sandra Untrojb

El caso de investigación se basa en los problemas que genera el cambio de temperatura según las diferentes estaciones del año en un aula de una escuela secundaria de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.

Michael Jacobs

Don't Ask

(10/28/16)Michael Jacobs

"So, when can I see the children?"

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.

Tom Kosakowski

Tom Kosakowski TEDx Talk on Organization Ombuds

(10/27/16)Tom Kosakowski

Tom Kosakowski, Ombuds at UCLA HHS office, shares a TEDx talk discussing how ombuds can play a role in the future of organizational conflict resolution.

Michael Leathes

Deal Facilitators Can Help Transform The Brexit Negotiations

(10/25/16)Michael Leathes

Days after June's UK Brexit Referendum, US Secretary of State John Kerry advised: 'It is absolutely essential that we stay focused on how, in this transitional period, nobody loses their head, nobody goes off half-cocked, people don't start ginning up scatterbrained or revengeful premises.'

Bernard Mayer

The Future of Mediation: Be Less Certain—and More Flexible

(10/24/16)Bernard Mayer

The challenge we face is how to be adaptable, but still focused and effective. To meet this challenge, we need to remain clear about our fundamental purpose, to keep working on refining our skills and enhancing the range of approaches we can take to achieving those purposes, to commit to diversifying our field, and to maintain a clear hold on our values and ethical principles.

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!).

Opening the Mediator’s Toolbox: Practical Skills for the Investigator

(10/24/16)Samantha Blake, Milan Slama

Although they have distinctive practices that differ in purpose, goals, and approach, workplace investigators and mediators share certain common objectives.

David Smith

Police Choices During a Crisis and a Marine Using His "Calm" Voice

(10/21/16)David Smith

This article discusses the May 6 incident where a Weirton WV police officer attempted to negotiate with an assailant and then other officers arrived and shot the person. This article discusses the importance of using negotiation in seeking to deescalate violence and the need for police to have this training.

Irma Isabel Salazar Mastache

Gestión Pacífica Latinoamericana de Conflictos Escolares

(10/21/16)Irma Isabel Salazar Mastache

El objetivo de la presente investigación tiene que ver con conocer y analizar, desde la perspectiva teórica-conceptual de la paz integral, algunas de las posibles causas que imposibilitan u obstaculizan los diferentes procesos de mejora de la convivencia escolar, para después sugerir alternativas posibles que ayuden una cultura de paz integral.

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.

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update)

(10/17/16)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

The divorce rate began its sharp increase in the early 1960's and more than doubled by the end of the 1970's. This was accompanied by dramatic changes in cultural traditions, societal expectations, and divorce and child custody laws.

Mediation: Duels to Handshakes

(10/14/16)Daniel Ben-Zvi, Caroline Vincent

Walk into a mediation and you walk into a world of possibilities. Lawyers need to leave their weapons at the door and be open to opportunities that can arise in mediation.

U.S. Tax Court Alimony Decisions: Five Cases You Should Know

(10/14/16)Justin Kelsey, David Goodman

This article summarizes five U.S. Tax Court cases in which the Court ruled against the taxpayer on issues involving deductible alimony.

Ivo Bari

A Brief Report from Down Under (Brazil)

(10/14/16)Ivo Bari

To the same extent that Brazilian market agents excel in their passion, enthusiasm, and capacities as business (wo)men, these fail miserably when disputes emerge with their peers, competitors, clients and/or suppliers.

Mediate.com ZZZZZ

In Memory of Tim Pownall, 1948-2016

(10/11/16)Mediate.com

Our friend and colleague, Tim Pownall, passed away October 9, 2016 Tim was a gifted teacher and a committed peacemaker–known for his dedicated work in reconciliation and thoughtful, constructive dispute resolution through initiatives like the PACIS Project for Interfaith Dialogue.

Robert Benjamin

On Being Too Fussy About Values In Mediation: Consider The Hedgehog And The Fox

(10/10/16)Robert Benjamin

The origins of the mediation profession are anchored in the practical necessity of managing disputes. But mediators, as all human beings, have a need to imbue their work with special meaning--it is part of our evolutionary biology and psychology. Undergirding practice with value structures can be beneficial and give greater focus and depth to our everyday work, but there are risks.

L. Randolph Lowry

Interview with Randy Lowry

(10/10/16)L. Randolph Lowry

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Randy Lowry, President of Lipscomb University and founder of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Greg Rooney

Applying Cynefin Complexity Theory to Mediation

(10/08/16)Greg Rooney

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.

Sebastian Llanos

La Mediación Escolar Como Herramienta de Andamiaje

(10/07/16)Sebastian Llanos

El conflicto constituye una constante básica en el desenvolvimiento cotidiano del aula. Sin embargo, esta realidad conflictiva puede mostrarnos un dinámico potencial educativo si es observada como oportunidad de aprendizaje.

Dan Simon

Is the Other Side as Bad as We Think?

(10/07/16)Dan Simon

How can they possibly support ____ for president?!

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