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Shirli Kirschner

ADR and Religion

(9/08/17)Shirli Kirschner

What is the relevance of religion to ADR? This question is very different to considering the relevance of ADR to religion.

Todd Jarvis

Spirit of Dialogue - Book Review

(9/06/17)Todd Jarvis, Aaron Wolf

This is a book review by Todd Jarvis of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron Wolf.

Gregg Relyea

Mediating in the Shadow of Faith: Personal Beliefs, The BATNA Analysis, and Dealmaking

(4/21/17)Gregg Relyea

This is a fictional story based on fact, teaching an example about mediation.

Uma Ramanathan

Thought Synergy Trajectory in Conflict Management

(3/10/17)Uma Ramanathan

"Between the Fact and Non-Fact is the Conflict," this statement is so blatantly simple that one wonders why we have not been able to dwell on this and recognize that this pulsating split second wonder can have appalling or astounding consequences.

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.

Jan Frankel Schau

What does Faith have to do with Mediation?

(10/14/16)Jan Frankel Schau

During the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish people declare that “The Book of Life” is still open.

Claudia Maffettone

Principles and Practices of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam. The Case of Morocco.

(8/19/16)Claudia Maffettone

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.

Jason Dykstra

Practicing Forgiveness, Holding Boundaries

(7/29/16)Jason Dykstra

Several months ago, a friend asked me how one goes about practicing forgiveness with respect to someone who persists in crossing relational boundaries, making unkind remarks, refusing to take responsibility for his/her behaviour, etc.

John Paul Lederach

Convincing Violent Groups to be Non-Violent - Video

(7/22/16)John Paul Lederach

John Paul Lederach describes discussing alternatives to violent conflict with groups who felt powerless and that violence was their only avenue of action. One method he uses is to ask them what violence has achieved historically.

Jason Dykstra

Carrying the Pain: A Mediator's Journey

(6/06/16)Jason Dykstra

I tried to figure out an answer for the client. Then went home and withdrew into myself.

David Steiner

A Rabbi-Mediator's Meditations on The Binding of Isaac

(2/19/16)David Steiner

This article is based on a sermon that grapples with the difference between law and morality by examining the purpose of the recitation on Rosh Hashanah of the story of the Binding of Isaac. The author’s objective is to explain why we need a place for mediation beside the justice distributed in the legal system.

Jan Schau

Shining a Light on the Quiet Revolution of Mediation

(12/04/15)Jan Schau

Behind closed doors, the workplace is changing for the better each day with mediation as it’s catalyst.

John Lande

How Can We Help in Major Social Conflicts, If At All?

(11/13/15)John Lande

I have gotten emails from dispute resolution colleagues asking what we, in Missouri’s dispute resolution center, might do (or might have done) to help manage the conflict at our university more constructively.

Andrea Schneider

Our Peacebuilding Pope

(10/02/15)Andrea Schneider

The Pope, a rabbi and an imam…sounds like the beginning of a very funny joke but last week was a reality. elliot pope As you likely know, last Friday the Pope hosted an interfaith prayer gathering at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. This was trailblazing and I’ve linked to the video here for those you who have not yet seen it.

Andrea Schneider

Sacred DR Story–The Wise Woman of Abel of Beth-maacah

(8/14/15)Andrea Schneider

There’s a sacred ADR story in the Second Book of Samuel, which relates how the negotiating skills of a “wise woman” saved her city of Abel of Beth-maacah. 2 Samuel 20: 1-22*. A man named Sheba son of Bichri tried to incite a rebellion among the people of Israel against King David and the people of Judah.

Meredith Richardson

Outwitting Cognitive Dissonance

(5/22/15)Meredith Richardson

We like to believe that we are rational beings who make rational decisions. Sometimes, we are. And sometimes, we are not.

Uma Ramanathan

Torch Bearers in Mediation

(4/24/15)Uma Ramanathan

Goals, predictions, vision statement. Frame it in any manner, what stakeholders are looking for is the fulfilment of the promise of mediation.

Ricardo Padilla

(Instrumental) Reconciliation Without (authentic) Forgiveness (and Social Justice): A Recurrent Paradox in Political Conflicts

(4/24/15)Ricardo Padilla

After a conflict between communities or nations has been led to an ending phase, political reconciliation requires that both parties be brought closer to the point they may have respect for each other’s rights and can live peacefully together. When the conflict passed through war or mass atrocity, reconciliation is especially hard to achieve. There are limits to forgiveness that may state significant barriers on the pathway to reconciliation.

John Wade

Negotiation Lessons from the Book (not the Film) of Exodus

(3/06/15)John Wade

The recent film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has sparked some renewed interest in the actual written record of those events.So I share some of the themes which have emerged belatedly for me in this case study extraordinaire. One of the indicators from research of an “expert” modern day negotiator is someone who takes time to reflect systematically on past negotiations and attempts to record lessons from those events.

Doris Tennant

Reflections on Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

(10/31/14)Doris Tennant

Everything is Workable (Shambhala, 2013) is Hamilton’s book about how to live consciously in a world sated with conflicts. She acknowledges that learning conflict skills asks something of us: 'The more intimate we become with human suffering, the greater our compulsion to serve others.'

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Lessons from Jerusalem, Part II: The trouble with false assumptions

(10/21/14)Michael A. Zeytoonian

I wanted to continue the theme from my last Blog post about the Sea of Galilee and the notion of “being a Galilee” a bit with this blog post. This article discusses what I learned over this trip and the trouble with false assumptions.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Lessons from Jerusalem: What Attitude Do We Bring to our Conflicts?

(10/13/14)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Strange as this might sound, I had the good fortune of being in Israel during a war, a declared cease fire and its aftermath, and experiencing how these impacted the people involved. While it was a source of some tension and heightened vigilance, it provided a rare opportunity to experience the shifts and changes that occur when a war stops and a cease fire is in effect, in this place that has been a historical hotbed for conflict.

Kevin Boileau

The Myth of Mediation Neutrality - book excerpt

(8/08/14)Kevin Boileau

The traditional view is that a mediator is a neutral, third party who helps two or more conflicting parties cooperatively resolve their differences. Interestingly enough, this belief is analogous to the Cartesian-Newtonian epistemological position that holds that one can be an independent observer of an objective world, in science or in daily life. However, I am skeptical about this position, both epistemologically and clinically. What remains an open question is whether a mediator can actually ever be a 'neutral third.'

Faith-Based Mediation: What is it and does it matter?

(6/21/14)Leslie Short, Joyce P. Dugger

This article is defining what we believe a faith based mediation is seen and practice through the lens of being inclusive of all faith and belief system. This article asks two question "What is faith" and "Does it Matter" we explore these two questions understanding the process of embracing all faith. To create a dialog that opens all faith to come to the table without being judge.

Jerry Green

Three Distinct Embodied Languages

(6/18/14)Jerry Green

As a mediator, I am often in the middle of tense situations. Through Aikido, I have learned to be aware of how that tension affects me physically and to prevent it from spilling into the mediation room.

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