Doug Yarn teaches in the areas of conflict resolution and professional responsibility and serves as Executive Director of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, a leading inter-university, multi-disciplinary theory-building center. He has taught at the law schools of Emory University and University of Georgia and in the civil engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining the GSU faculty, Professor Yarn practiced as a litigator, in-house counsel for an investment banking firm, and in-house attorney, mediator, and panelist trainer for the AAA. He has trained mediators and arbitrators nationwide, drafted arbitration legislation, and designed conflict management systems for private and public entities.
Professor Yarn has served as a facilitator and mediator in hundreds of civil legal disputes and numerous public policy disputes involving issues such as access to health care, land use, and the environment. His publications include, practice treatises on alternative dispute resolution, the authoritative dictionary for conflict resolution, and numerous book chapters and articles. His research interests include international environmental conflict resolution, ADR ethics, conflict management in institutions of higher education, history of English arbitration, dueling codes, apology and forgiveness, biological foundations of conflict resolution, and conciliatory behavior in non-human primates. In his spare time, he plays Uilleann pipes in a traditional Irish ceili band.
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Interview with Doug Yarn
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Doug Yarn, a leading conflict resolution academic, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
A Different Future for Mediation
"After toiling in this field for 30 years, I have the strong sense that the patina has worn off and the institutions we have created are fraying and unsustainable in their current manifestations. I’m in good company in this perception; however, that doesn’t mean there is no future for mediation." Read Doug's article here.
Re-conceptualizing the Work as Something Bigger than Ourselves--Reconciliation
After toiling in this field for 30 years, I have the strong sense that the patina has worn off and the institutions we have created are fraying and unsustainable in their current manifestations. I’m in good company in this perception; however, that doesn’t mean there is no future for mediation.
Yarn, Doug: Teaching Conflict Resolution in Universities - Video
Doug Yarn compares teaching conflict resolution systems in schools compared to universities. He found that there was more harm done than good when they tried to incorporate conflict resolution programs in schools.
Yarn, Doug: Field's Vocabulary Important - Video
Doug Yarn discusses how there was a need for common understanding of the field's vocabulary and terminology as professionals came from many different backgrounds and practiced in different areas within conflict resolution.
Yarn, Doug: Goal: Creating Culture of Conflict Resolvers - Video
Doug Yarn discusses how the conflict resolution movement's goal was to change the culture itself, not create an isolated field of mediators.
Doug Yarn: Mediators Should Find Niches - Video
Doug Yarn discusses how mediators and facilitators should be finding niches to provide a more grounded, informed, direct service.
Yarn, Doug: Biology Explains Cooperation Vs. Competition - Video
Doug Yarn discusses the genetic science behind the motivation to cooperate and to compete.
Doug Yarn: From Conflict to Reconciliation - Video
Doug Yarn discusses the mental stages one goes through from conflict to reconciliation.
Yarn, Doug: Using Biological Knowledge to Mediator's Advantage - Video
Doug Yarn talks about people biologically having both a taste for cooperation and competition, and how as a mediator, one might use that knowledge to move forward with parties.
Doug Yarn: Rational Conflict Management - Video
Doug Yarn discusses how he does not handle parties' emotions well, taking a more rational approach and trying to give people tools to manage their conflict in the future.
Doug Yarn: Rational Aspect of Mediation Attractive - Video
Doug Yarn describes the rational aspect of mediation that attracted him to the field. He believes this feeling came from his background where he and his family were more rational than emotional.