In the aftermath of the Parkland crisis, the surrounding community and mediators/peacebuilders have been called to assist in efforts with the Crime Commission, law enforcement and even SWAT to work in the area of youth violence prevention.
(3/16/18)Donald T. Saposnek
After 911, our lives changed seemingly forever. No longer a safe, secure, innocent society, Americans have come to a tipping point.
This article addresses the relevance of teaching social justice on campus - in the classroom and in student affairs - and the challenge of maintaining a balanced and reasoned approach.
This article will examine suggested conditions that should be examined by the mediator prior to asking the interpreter or translator for their professional service in the mediation session.
Mediation and the “Snowball” Effect in the Mediterranean: How Turkey Went from Virtually Zero to 30,828 Mediations in Just One Month (and Greece is Next!).
The author, a parent of a child in Broward County Schools (where Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School is located), reflects on possible usages of ADR, mediation, facilitation, and consensus-building in the seemingly never-ending national struggle over guns.
(2/09/18)Ronald S. Kraybill
Divided Democrats and Republicans found a way to talk this week, and actually listened to each other, using a talking stick!
Mediation is not neutral. The process itself is full of implicit principles and valuable life lessons.
If you read the articles and blog pieces at www.mediate.com, you stand on ancient shoulders. The impulse to manage conflict constructively goes back 40,000 years and spans 4,000 cultures and language groups.
MIT is looking ahead, trying to figure out what skills the next generation of scientists, engineers, applied social scientists, designers and managers will need.
Guerilla warfare is unconventional. Instead of relying on large, slow moving armies and doctrines of overwhelming force, guerillas depend on invisibility, highly portable weapons, quick ambushes, booby traps, and hundreds of pressuring tactics that achieve practical offensive or defensive results.
When we feel overwhelmed by a difficult conversation, we can get emotionally swamped and lose access to our good conflict resolution, communication, and problem-solving skills.
As they say, if two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Robert Mnookin, faculty at the Harvard Negotiation Project, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
(11/10/17)Daniel Ben-Zvi, Michael Young
The authors have peeled back the protective cloak of confidentiality just enough to provide a glimpse of the wild, the unpredictable, and the utterly preposterous things that have happened in real mediations.
(10/27/17)Ronald S. Kraybill
An Important Choice: What to Do and Say After Violence?
What is the relevance of religion to ADR? This question is very different to considering the relevance of ADR to religion.
While I have known that silence can be a powerful tool in my mediation tool box, I never really thought about until I read a recent article posted on the BBC news website called “The subtle power of uncomfortable silences."
A degree of controversy still surrounds characterising ADR as an ‘access to justice’ issue.
Exploders make up the second category of difficult people; but they are totally opposite from the Snipers we looked at before.
"The blame is theirs. The lesson for us is that America’s hostage negotiation strategy is broken."
(7/21/17)F. Peter Phillips
An upcoming mediation conference looks like it will be very educational.
My colleague, Professor Paul Berkman, has launched a Science Diplomacy Center at Tufts University. This is a campus-wide initiative coordinated through the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Crisis and hostage negotiators, as well as other law enforcement personnel, continually find themselves involved in crisis situations where the pressure is placed on him or her to peacefully resolve an incident.
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Joint Fact Finding (JFF) is a public engagement strategy that creates a needed safe harbor for technical and scientific discussions between all sides.