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Mordechai Rhine

Your Rearview Mirror

(5/13/22)Mordechai Rhine

Experiences and relationships of the past form us to be the people that we are. There are lessons, treasured moments, and fond experiences. Don’t discard the rearview mirror.

Phyllis Pollack

BATNAs and Anchors

(4/28/22)Phyllis Pollack

We are all taught that before entering into any negotiation, we should give some thought to what our best alternative is if we do not settle (that is, our Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement or BATNA.)

Phyllis Pollack

Perhaps the Eyewitness is Correct!

(4/26/22)Phyllis Pollack

In various blogs throughout the years, I have discussed the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and of misidentification. But I am realizing the issue is more complex.

Bruce Edwards

[PODCAST] Demystifying Mediation Myths in the Construction Industry

(4/17/22)Bruce Edwards, Patricia Thompson

A podcast from JAMS featuring neutrals Patricia H. Thompson, Esq., FCIArb, and Bruce A. Edwards, Esq., on some of the top myths on ADR within the construction industry.

Jim Melamed

Paths Forward for Online Mediation: Final Report of Online Mediation Training Task Force - Introduction

(4/11/22)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Now that online mediation, and online mediation training, have so substantially impacted (if not taken over) the mediation field, Mediate.com again here offers our Online Mediation Task Force's Final Report and Recommendations.

Mediate.com ZZZZZ

The Complete Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age

(4/10/22)Mediate.com

This seminal compilation of "Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age" is now available for FREE! This is a work by 40 authors from around the world brought together for Mediate.com's 25th Anniversary Conference.

Harshitha Ram

Structuring Dispute Resolution Clauses in International Contracts

(4/04/22)Harshitha Ram

In international contracts, cultural differences and working styles are most often the potential aspects of disputes.

Jacqueline Font-Guzmán

Mediate.com Great Reads Book Club - Bernard Mayer & Jacqueline Font-Guzman, interviewed by Michelle LeBaron

(3/31/22)Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, Michelle LeBaron, Bernard Mayer

Recording of the tenth episode of Mediate.com's Great Reads Book Club: Bernard S. Mayer and Jacqueline Font-Guzman talking about their book "The Neutrality Trap: Disrupting and Connecting for Social Change," hosted by Michelle LeBaron.

Tatyana Bilyk

Saving Myself by Saving Others

(3/31/22)Tatyana Bilyk

Today is the 35th day of the war in our country, the 35th day of opposition to Russian aggression and the struggle for our freedom and independence. We are fighting for our Ukraine, we want to live in our own country.

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Will Smith: For the Love of Your Spouse

(3/28/22)Sherry Ann Bruckner

What do you say when you feel someone disrespects your spouse?

Bruce Ally

Can Lawyers Mediate Proficiently Based on their Training

(3/17/22)Bruce Ally

While it is true that lawyers are eminently trained in the art of negotiating by virtue of the rigors of their profession, arguably some have suggested that these skill sets and the competence achieved provide them with a sound basis to act as mediators.

S.O.R.T.E.D.: A Model to Move from Complexity to Clarity in Conflict Discussions

(3/04/22)Dawn Bedlivy, Kim Faircloth

Despite many well-intentioned training and intervention efforts to help leaders deal with conflict, a vital piece is missing: how to take useful notes and still be present as you listen.

Lynn O'Malley Taylor

Five Common Mediation Mistakes That Create Obstacles to Settlement

(2/25/22)Lynn O'Malley Taylor, Rachel Gupta

Mediation is often a grueling and exhausting process. The right mediator should be instrumental in helping the parties reach a resolution.

How Mediation in the Workplace Improves Employees' Mental Health

(2/17/22)Arturo Osorio

Organizational psychologists have found that mediation can decrease tension in the office.

Peter Adler

COVID Consequences: Slouching Toward Civil War

(1/24/22)Peter Adler

A COVID Screed on What it Means and What We Can Do.

Gina Miller

The Power of Feedback: Keeping Client Satisfaction Front and Center

(1/24/22)Gina Miller

Most people see the new year as an opportunity to take stock and recommit to what matters most to them.

Georgia Daniels

Exploring Agreement - Readiness for Divorce Mediation

(1/07/22)Georgia Daniels

This article describes a private reflective exercise that may be helpful in assessing your current state of readiness to mediate your divorce.

Jim Melamed

Better Reflecting Mediation to the World

(12/28/21)Jim Melamed

While mediators often assist in the creation of near miracles behind closed doors, our miraculous work and effective approaches are still not well-understood by general society. Might a more effective way of "reaching the masses" be to take advantage of "MEDIATION ART," be that in our physical and virtual offices, on our websites, and, perhaps in time, at bus stops and on highway billboards?

Martin Rosenfeld

Being Nice Helps

(12/27/21)Martin Rosenfeld

This brief article looks at the need to engender good will in a contested divorce.

Phyllis Pollack

Further Reflections on the last 525,600 minutes (x 2)!

(12/20/21)Phyllis Pollack

What has the last 21 months taught me?

Richard Moore

Mediate.com Great Reads Book Club - Richard Moore, interviewed by Colm Brannigan

(12/20/21)Richard Moore

Another episode of Mediate.com's Great Reads Book Club: Richard Moore talking about his book "A REALISTC Framework for Enhancing Communication Relationship-building & De-escalation Skills," hosted by Colm Brannigan.

Howard Bellman

Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution Interview Series: Howard Bellman

(12/14/21)Howard Bellman, Colin Rule

From the Mediate.com interview series -- a conversation with Howard Bellman about his chapter in the book "Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution."

Grande Lum

Mediate.com Great Reads Book Club - Grande Lum, interviewed by Colin Rule

(12/14/21)Grande Lum, Colin Rule

Another episode from Mediate.com's Great Reads Book Club: Grade Lum talking about his book "America's Peacemakers: The Community Relations Service and Civil Rights," hosted by Colin Rule.

Ben Coltrin

To Mediate or Not to Mediate Your Child Custody Case

(12/09/21)Ben Coltrin

There are many benefits of using mediation in your child custody case. Mediation gives you the final say over the type of custody you get and the other terms of your parenting plan.

Susan Raines

Mediate.com Great Reads Book Club - Susan Raines, Workplace Conflict

(11/30/21)Susan Raines

Recording of another episode of Mediate.com's Great Reads Book Club with Prof. Susan Raines talking about the new edition of her book "Conflict Management for Managers: Resolving Workplace, Client and Policy Disputes," hosted by Chidera Didigu.

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