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Build the Toolbox

by Clare Fowler
October 2020 Clare Fowler

Announcing a new project: Build the Toolbox.

The purpose of this series will be to create a Toolbox of interactive tools that dispute resolvers can use with their clients. The creators of these tools will be our best and most knowledgeable resource--you!

Please help us Build the Toolbox by adding your thoughts here!

The creators: You! As mediators, ombuds, arbitrators, lawyers, etc., we are seeking your input to design online resource guides, which you can in turn share with your clients. 

The purpose: These resources will be a guide for clients about how to mediate most effectively, with a series of tips and options. We are beginning by creating a property toolkit, to help property clients adversely affected by COVID. 

The ask: Can you fill out our poll here for property disputes, and share your tips, resources, and suggestions for clients? We will compile them and send it back to you once it is prepared. 

We will be sending out polls that we hope you will participate in. Then we'll be using the information you provide to create questionnaires and resource guides that you can provide to your clients. We anticipate focusing on a variety of areas: landlord/tenant, divorce, workplace, community, etc. We hope to create resources for mediators, arbitrators, courts, and community mediation centers.

We look forward to your input and ideas as we roll out this new program and work together to Build the Toolbox!


Clare Fowler is Executive Vice-President and Managing Editor at  Clare received her Master's of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, focused on reducing workplace conflicts, from Pepperdine University School of Education. Clare also coordinated the career development program for The Straus Institute dispute resolution students. In addition to her editorial duties at, Clare coordinates online case management for ADR programs, agencies and courts.

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