Dispute Resolution leader Kenneth Cloke discusses how we can discuss politics to bring about change instead of division.
The shutdown over a wall on the southern border shows how the political parties have ignored and violated several tenets of bargaining essential to reach an agreement.
This article discusses facilitating political dialogue with Make America Dinner Again.
Interestingly, since beginning of this series of posts several months back, the topic of seeking greater respect and civility in our political and social interactions has ratcheted up significantly, even becoming mainstream!
Several experts have commented on the trauma the children must have experienced being separated from their families.
(8/10/18)William Scott Harralson, J.D.
In April 2018, the U.S. Justice Department implemented a new “zero-tolerance” policy for the detention and arrest of undocumented immigrants. This article discusses how mediation techniques can be used to handle such a difficult situation.
The trial of Paul Manafort is a good illustration of an important value of trials.
Everyone’s talking polarization these days.
(7/06/18)Milan Slama, Kenneth Rasmussen
This article discusses the ideological divide looking at conflict from both a mediator's (Part 1) and a therapist's perspective (Part 2).
So… is the attorney in the Daniels/Trump case in a no-win situation here?
Richard Barbieri, the general editor of ACResolutions, the quarterly magazine of the Association for Conflict Resolution, was struck by my series of posts after the November election about building common ground between “bubbles” in our society.
In the analyses of this week's budget deal, whether from the politicians of both parties or from the pundits, mostly we are hearing about which side scored the most points.
In my sometimes over-simplified way of looking at negotiated agreements, I have argued that the most useful way to evaluate a potential deal is to compare it to alternatives that are actually available.
Those people [who share your political perspective] are vile and despicable and should be ashamed of themselves!
After this political year, we ask: why will the publis only accept facts which support their current beliefs?
In the wake of our extremely polarizing election this year, is moderation a virtue today?
The current linguistic environment is instructive, scary, and actually great fun.
Two theories about conflict, and particularly about means of diminishing conflict, hold promise in understanding the election, though not necessarily in ameliorating the conflicts revealed there.
President Obama gave his farewell address, which dealt, in part, with building common ground between people divided across so many boundaries.
Troubled by the corrosive conflict stirred up by the election, I have written a series of posts about how we might move forward constructively, particularly on the personal (as distinct from the political) level.
People should first try to understand others, especially those with whom we disagree – perhaps disagreeing quite strongly.
The Presidential election and the week following has brought the deep divides in this nation to a head, and brought to light numerous issues in our country.
This article analyzes Republican and Democratic 'bubbles" and how we can build bridges between them.
There seems to be no way around it: In the aftermath of a contentious US presidential election, conversations between voters all along the political spectrum either devolve into shouting matches and insults, or irreconcilable platitudes.
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Transformative theory acknowledges people’s propensity to fall into a vicious cycle of feeling threatened, losing compassion for each other, and then behaving in ways that perpetuate or worsen those experiences.