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Introducing the Great Reads Book Club

by Colin Rule
June 2021 Colin Rule

I’m very pleased to share the news that we’re kicking off a new book club at called “Great Reads.” We plan to convene periodic conversations focused on recently published conflict resolution volumes from both popular and academic presses. Our objective is to choose books that will be of interest to a wide range of mediators, arbitrators, and conflict specialists.

Each gathering will be hosted by an experienced dispute resolver, and will feature a live interview with the author followed by comments, questions, and discussion from attendees (who will be primarily mediators, arbitrators, and negotiators). These book club gatherings will be free and open to anyone, but we do ask that you pre-register just so we can have a sense of how many people will show up on the day of the event.

We are starting our series with New York Times bestselling author Amanda Ripley’s great book High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, just published by Simon and Schuster. Our good friend Peter Adler will interview Amanda, pose some of his own thoughts, questions, and observations, and then open the floor for discussion.

This first gathering will be on Friday, June 25, 2021 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. We encourage you to read Amanda’s book beforehand if you get a chance (it’s a great read, hard to put down) which is available HERE (as well as at your local bookseller).  But if you don’t get a chance to read the book in advance, no worries -- you can check out the New York Times review of the book and read a related piece by Amanda on Politico to get a good sense of her thesis.

Stay tuned -- we’ve got more great programs coming up soon.  In July we’re going to host Dr. Susan Raines, talking about workplace disputes and her book Conflict Management for Managers (interviewed by Chidera Didigu), and then in August we’ll have Prof. Janet Martinez talking about her book Dispute Systems Design with Howard Gadlin.


Colin Rule is CEO of Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. ("RIS"), home of,,, and a number of additional leading online dispute resolution initiatives.  From 2017 to 2020, Colin was Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired, an ODR provider that Colin co-founded, in 2017.  Previously, from 2003 to 2011, Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal.  Further, Colin co-founded Online Resolution in 1999, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, and served as its CEO and President.  Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002, and co-author of The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, published by the ABA in 2017. Colin received the first Frank Sander Award for Innovation in ADR from the American Bar Association in 2020, and the Mary Parker Follett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in 2013. Colin holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from UMass-Boston, a B.A. from Haverford College, and Colin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997.  You can read many of Colin's articles and see some of his talks at


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