This is a taped interview with well-known mediator Antonio Piazza. Mr. Piazza pioneered the development of mediated negotiations as the preferred alternative to protracted conflict in complex civil disputes.
Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? The theory is that 80% of consequences are a direct result of 20% of causes.
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.
When my sister had just been born, my mother boarded a crowded war time train with my sister in her arms, then turnd and handed the baby to a trusting stranger.
Over the years, I have sensed a profound need for the development of a spirituality of conflict transformation within the peacebuilding community generally and within the Mennonite peacebuilding community specifically.
There are times we get so caught up in a dispute that we become defined by it.
Many of us have a vocal inner critic, who tells us what we’re doing wrong, how what we’re trying won’t work, how we’ll never be good enough.
Many people resort to retaliation to protect their own authority. Yet, conduct in such situations rarely happens within ethical means.
An unforgettable experience that facilitative mediators encounter is the experience of being part of a truly transformative mediation.
This article illustrates the power of the mediation process to transform conflict into common ground.
Adapted from Prof Tania Sourdin, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 5th ed, 2016, Thomson Reuters. ADRAC gratefully acknowledges the authorship of Professor Sourdin, who kindly prepared this paper.
Sometimes we are sorry about what we said in a conflict and say so. Sometimes we are not sorry but say we are anyway.
Whether the bully is your boss or another employee, setting boundaries can be challenging.
Couples can have big fights, frequent conflict, and even bicker all the time and still have healthy, fulfilling, and lasting relationships. How so?
Whether you are just opening the doors of your divorce mediation practice, or you have been a professional family mediator for many years, considering these 4 Game Changing Tips with potential clients can be game-changers for developing your more successful mediation practice.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Joe Stuhlberg, a leading mediation law professor, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
One of the challenges in using educational programs to collect data is a tension between the goals of having speakers provide material to participants and gathering information from them.
I often present to mediators for an hour or so on the transformative approach. These are certain questions that come up regularly.
With the new year being still fresh enough that some of us, and hopefully not just me, continue to write 2017 on their checks, the future is at the forefront of many of our minds.
The ICC Mediation Competition in Paris, and the growing number of others like it, are contributing to a change in the way disputes are going to be resolved in the future.
(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.
It is important to Praise Publicly & Quadrate Privately.
Strive to create a conflict free zone in your work and home interactions.
In January 2018, the Ombudsman for the international public health agency told leadership that managers lack the interpersonal skills required for effective team communications, constructive conversations about performance, and conflict resolution.
A group of protesting NFL players recently submitted a request to enter formal mediation with the NFL owners and management. They are absolutely correct – this situation screams out for mediation!
This article describes the different cultural aspects to take into account when negotiating in Saudi Arabia or the US.
(2/02/18)Guest Author, Sherrill Ellsworth
As long as you and your coParent are committed to working together to create a Parenting Plan that’s best for your children, there is no need for extra costs.
It’s ironic that the president who led us through by most measures our most destructive war had some of the most profound things to say about peace-making.
I sat down with Jill Boynton of Cornerstone Financial Planning to find out how this law will effect divorcing couples.
Lawsuits are products.
When I was in fourth grade, a few millennia ago, our teacher established a system so we could settle a lot of our own disputes.
A hot button or trigger word can be words, a tone of voice, or a particular way someone conveys body language that sets you off.
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.
Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.
(1/27/18)Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed
Ombuds offices have elevated and unique needs for managing personal and case information and for meeting International Ombudsman Association (IOA) best practice standards.
This post describes three short pieces that you might want to use in courses or continuing education programs.
It’s hard to get fresh perspective about our situation or the other person when we’re trapped inside a conflict.
There are times we know we will encounter pushback, defensiveness, offensiveness and other negative reactions to issues we want to raise with another person.
What does ADR mean in the criminal justice context?
(1/26/18)Ronald S. Kraybill
Here’s a strategy to improve dynamics in a difficult conversation: In an argument or tense discussion, replace “but” with “and”.
In the midst of an unstable Middle East, occupied with a combination of authentic civil protests, and illegitimate ISIS attacks, Lebanon seems to be a promising spot to true reconciliation.
Today we lost an irreplaceable member of our community, Joe Markowitz, to cancer.
Principles, Theories, and Models: A persuasive argument about which mediation practice model is better. This document discusses the prevalence of conflict and disputes in daily life.
It is significant that self-determination shows up at the top of the list of standards that mediators are encouraged to follow.
This article is a summary of techniques I use to identify when parties to a mediation use language patterns intended to avoid responsibility making it difficult to reach an agreement.
People are often looking for a chance to debate, yet mediators push them into separate sessions.
John Keith wrote the following: “It is inherent in our role that we fight other peoples’ battles, but this duty encourages us to identify with our clients and view their battles as our own.”
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