Articles and Video:
Peter Adler discusses mediation as a form of leadership. He also talks about his philosophy of when circumstance meets person: one can be a leader or a follower depending on their capabilities and values within that circumstance.
A User's Guide to Joint Fact Finding — "JFF" (05/13/14)
Joint Fact Finding (JFF) is a public engagement strategy that creates a needed safe harbor for technical and scientific discussions between all sides. 1 Comment
The Limelight Hypothesis, Part 2 (05/05/14)
Being an essay of opinions and observations on sundry issues related to the practice of negotiation; politics and electioneering; dickering over debt in the nation’s capital; Otto von Bismarck’s admonition about watching laws and sausages being made; a budding theory on the effect of constant attention-mongering from MSNBC, FOX News, and other bloggers, pundits, and blabbermouths; the creation of statutes, ordinances, rules, policies, regulations, and standards; and the making of hot dogs, chorizos, kielbasas, and bratwursts.
The Limelight Hypothesis (04/28/14)
There is a Yiddish proverb that says God made man because he loves stories. The world is made of stories and good stories make the world. So here is a good story about negotiation.
From Peter Adler (10/14/13)
Terrific materials from all corners of the mediation world. You have achieved excellence and impact so here's a toast to continued health, wealth and wisdom and the 1000th edition!
Expectation and Regret - A Look Back At How Mediation Has Fared In The U.S. (05/17/13)
In May, 2013, I gave a keynote talk to the Civil Mediation Council in London for their 7th National Conference. The question I was asked to address was: “What should we in England learn from the U.S. mediation experience?” Said differently, what might others profitably take from the explosive growth of court, community and privately offered mediation over the last 25 years in the U.S.? What hind-sights can we offer now that, by some measures, both countries have succeeded in marrying mediation into their civil law systems and legal cultures and what regrets and appreciations do Americans hold? 2 Comments
"We Are Not a Field" with Peter Adler (05/20/12)
Peter Adler discusses how conflict resolution is not a field at the Keystone Conference.
Interview with Peter Adler (11/07/11)
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Peter Adler, President of The Keystone Center and long time leader in the area of public policy mediation, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series.
Making Hot Dogs (08/29/11)
If you like negotiation -- doing it, helping others do it, teaching it, studying it, thinking about it – I hope you paid close attention to the recent beltway debt deal and didn’t avert your eyes. If you watched, you might, depending on your political predilections, have come away with a few conclusions. 2 Comments
Joint Fact Finding A Strategy for Bringing Science, Policy and The Public Together When Matters Get Contentious (06/06/11)
JFF procedures are flexible, but have six essential characteristics. (1) They involve multiple stakeholders who may have very different viewpoints; (2) they are collaborative and require people to work together; (3) they are structured, meaning, JFF processes and meetings are not left to chance but are well designed and highly focused dialogues; (4) they are inquiry based and require a robust exploration to understand the problem from all angles; (5) they are interest driven study processes rather than forums for arguing value positions; and (6) they are integrative and multidisciplinary.
The Seven Deadly Sins Of Collaboration (01/03/11)
In the yin and yang universe of problem solving and decision-making, collaboration strategies have great appeal. They are friendlier, often more creative, and have the latent possibility of fashioning more enduring and tractable solutions. They also have limitations. 5 Comments
Peter Adler: The Risks of the Increase in Mediation Specializations - Video (09/14/10)
Peter Adler speaks of the negatives that come with the increase of specializations in the mediation field; mediation will become more rigid, rule-bound, and will develop professional castes and classes.
Peter Adler: Background of Ho'oponopono - Video (07/02/10)
Peter Adler describes the meaning of "Ho'oponopono," the practice in native Hawaiian culture that helps to restore harmony and normality among family members, extended families.
Peter Adler: Developing Intuition in Mediation - Video (04/29/10)
Peter Adler describes the art of mediation and how it takes a development of intuition to recognize what a mediator should say and when he/she should say it in a mediation session.
Video: Eye of the Storm Leadership (03/08/10)
This is a video introduction to "Eye of the Storm Leadership" by Peter Adler, Ph.D. - 150 Ideas, Stories, Quotes, and Excercises On The Art and Politics of Managing Human Conflicts. See the book and complete video at www.eyeofthestormleadership.com
Preview: "The Keystone Conference" DVD (10/22/09)
This is a preview of the "Keystone Conference DVD" from the Consolidating Our Collective Wisdom Conference. This DVD includes: "Are We A Field?" with Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Juliana Birkhoff and Peter Adler; and "Megatrends for Mediators" with Colin Rule, Glen Sigurdson, Kirk Emerson, Ann Gosline, Richard Reuben, Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Chris Honeyman. More information on the DVD is at www.mediate.com/keystone.
Peter Adler: Mediation in India: Panchayat - Video (09/14/09)
Peter Adler speaks of his experiences of observing how mediation occurs in rural India, by Panchayats, rural governing bodies that parties in conflict would go to seeking resolutions.
Peter Adler: Problem Solving and Helping Others Determine Solutions - Video (09/14/09)
Peter Adler describes what he likes most about mediation: being a problem solver and guiding people to negotiate their own solutions.
Peter Adler: Increase in Specializations - Video (09/14/09)
Peter Adler describes his disappointment in the fact that the field has grown, but separated into many specializations, which divide mediators, making it difficult to come together and discuss the field overall.
Peter Adler: Background and Early Training in Hawaii - Video (09/13/09)
Peter Adler describes his entry into the mediaton field and the background training he had from an outward bound program in Hawaii, learning a native practice called "Ho'oponopono".
Peter Adler: Experiences Leading to Interest in Mediation: Conflict in India - Video (09/13/09)
Peter Adler describes his Peace Corps experience in India and how it may have led to his interest in mediation. He lived in a community with much violent conflict between and among different Indian groups and was intrigued with how the community handled these issues.
Peter Adler: Utilizing Techniques from all Schools of Mediation - Video (09/13/09)
Peter Adler discusses what he would emphasize if he were to be a trainer. Mostly, he would attempt to teach how a mediator can use tools from all the schools of mediation instead of being orthodox in mediating from one school.
Peter Adler: Advice to Novice Mediators - Video (09/13/09)
Peter Adler talks about advice he might give to novice mediators: have perseverence, be realistic in the work mediators do, don't have high expectations of soap-opera style mediation.
The End of Mediation: An Unhurried Ramble On Why The Field Will Fail And Mediators Will Thrive Over The Next Two Decades! (04/23/09)
Brothers and sisters, mediators and facilitators, consensus-builders and collaboration gurus: let us gather down by the river. We have much to discuss, not the least of which is that the end of mediation is upon us. 11 Comments
A Credo For Facilitators (06/23/08)
I recently was asked to state clearly and unequivocally to a group of prospective clients what my “philosophy” of facilitation is. To prepare for that, I went back through my files and dug up a “credo” that various colleagues and I put together in 1998 in Hawaii. The statement grew out of a series of discussions about the use and occasional abuse of “facilitation” in the public, private, and civic sectors. The following tenets have held up well over the years and may be of use to others. We encourage readers to copy and disseminate the statement to other groups and individuals who have an interest in facilitation, collaboration, and consensus-building.
Appeasement and Diplomacy: When There is a Tempest in a Teapot, Keep Your Eye on the Teapot! (05/27/08)
George Bush recently visited Israel on the occasion of its 60th birthday and, in a speech to the Knesset, put forward thinly veiled criticisms of Barack Obama suggesting that his willingness to negotiate with Iran and Syria is the “false comfort of appeasement.” Out on the campaign trail, John McCain chimed right in. “The President is exactly right.” Various Democrats instantly fired back. Joe Bidden called the president’s comments “bullshit.” Hillary Clinton (rising to Obama’s defense) said Bush and McCain failed to understand the distinction between appeasement and diplomacy. Well, what is the difference between appeasement and diplomacy?
Eye of the Storm Leadership - Chapter One (04/01/08)
Peter Adler is pleased to here provide Chapter One of his new book "Eye of the Storm Leadership." This chapter is entitled: Guerilla Bridge Building and includes free access to the accompanying video.
Ten Questions on Leadership for Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama (03/24/08)
The U.S. presidential run-up is a time to think about politics, conflict and leadership. The collective challenges we face -- balancing freedom and security, maintaining economic and environmental sustainability, educating our young people, and assuring the health of those who cannot take care of themselves -- crisscross all sorts of historic borders, jurisdictions, and purviews. Making headway on these challenges will necessarily be a team sport.
How will Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama approach them? Imagine for a moment that we could engage all three candidates in an extended dialogue that goes beyond the sound bites and platform promises we have grown too accustomed to. Here is what I would ask: