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It is without a doubt an understatement to say that the coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis is drastically impacting communities worldwide.
Right now, we are adjusting to an entirely new set of parameters for our lives.
"But how did you flunk the test? We studied together! I know you were prepared!”
The old curse disguised as a blessing “may you live in interesting times” is showing its teeth in the form of pandemic in these early months of 2020.
The infamous meeting all those months ago teetered on the brink of actual violence.
Two haiku poems composed reflecting on the values of mediation.
Being involved in a lawsuit or even just in a dispute can be stressful, worrisome if not anxiety ridden.
Workplace conflict can’t be, ignored, cancelled or put on hold. And there are suddenly all kinds of reasons for employees to feel pushed to their limit.
This article helps mediators, HR, and ombuds offices who are shifting their practice to online meetings.
When we think about getting a divorce, most people immediately start looking for an attorney to represent them.
In 2009 the California Judicial Council adopted a standing resolution recognizing the third week of March as Mediation Week (Proclamation).
When different people work together there are high chances that there will be differences in opinion.
Have you ever worked with someone who came across as angry all the time?
A handful of community and municipal mediation centers throughout the world are committed to providing mediation exclusively in the transformative model.
(3/04/20)Laila Ollapally, Tara Ollapally
This is an interview with Laila and Tara Ollapally discussing the history and present state of mediation in India, and what opportunities they see over the next 10 years.
People are idiots, marriage is dumb, and you’re all going to end up getting divorced eventually--maybe.
The Harvard PONS blog posted (on February 10, 2020) a thought- provoking article by Katie Shonk entitled “Moral Leadership: Do Women Negotiate More Ethically than Men?”
As a parent, it is easy to get sucked into the hovering way of being.
Recently, there have been reports in the news relating to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s (CPR) Employment-Related Mass Claims Protocol (Protocol).
In some research I did a few years ago, I found that the initial altercation or even a set of circumstances that started tension between many people can begin a trajectory that escalates over time (even if no external conflict occurs).
Are you waiting until relationships are broken to deal with workplace conflict? Tip: this is not the most effective way to deal with disagreements and problems!
Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is not a new concept and has received significant scholarly attention.
Have you ever worked with someone who talked about experiences that seemed far-fetched, but you couldn't pin down what was off?
One of the latest blog posts from the Harvard Negotiation Project notes the importance of understanding body language in negotiations.
Managers might scoff at the amount of time they have to put toward mitigating workplace interpersonal conflict instead of managing productivity, overseeing innovation, attending important meetings, and networking for individual or team growth.
The Oscar-nominated film, Marriage Story, by Noah Baumbach, is really a divorce story. It centers on the relationships between Nicole, an actor, her husband, Charlie, a Broadway director, and their eight-year-old son, Henry.
So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?
This month, I spoke with Howard Herman, Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, to learn about his favorite ADR resource.
Judge Danny (as he prefers to be addressed) received the Peacemaker Award and took part in an inspiring conversation that highlighted his commitment to creating peace, resolving conflict and empowering others to do incredible things.
Your wait for the Theory-of-Change book is over.
One of the first things a mediator in training is taught is to listen, really listen what the parties are saying.
How do you handle talking with other family members about serious issues when they don't think anything is wrong?
Everyone talks about knowing one’s BATNA in negotiation and mediation. But that’s a lot easier said than done.
Whether it is a minor slip of the tongue or an entire foot in the mouth, either can lead to some uncomfortable moments followed by the instinct to explain what was “really meant.”
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This jumbo-size post is the last part in the Theory of Change Symposium.