Community Mediation Articles
There are many keys to reaching possible agreement. The list includes, among others, discovering not incompatible interests, soothing a hurt relationship, or finding a common enemy. Uncovering a transcending vision can accelerate and amplify the coming together of contending parties. Vision helps achieve agreement.
In our mediation efforts, once we are in the realm of “public policy,” we are inevitably poking our noses into questions of intergenerational equity and “governance” and how authentic collaboration can be achieved or improved.
(7/02/18)Peter Adler, Nicole Brodie
Ok, we’ve got a problem: Britain has announced a new Minister of Loneliness.
The high court's opinion will resolve a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeal regarding whether a court may decide the issue of arbitrability in situations where the arbitration claim is groundless.
(6/15/18)Jan Frankel Schau
The values we share matter more than our differences.
I write this in the aftermath of the really uplifting and wonderfully diverse conference which I had the privilege to host and chair recently in my home city, under the auspices of the International Academy of Mediators.
These are dark times, especially if you are part of the loose community of people who by virtue of nature and/or nurture, are of a mediative persuasion.
(5/25/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian
There was a time, not long ago, when those who found themselves in a dispute had two basic choices: They could either file a lawsuit/initiate some formal complaint process or they could just walk away from the conflict and try to move on.
(5/22/18)David Larson, Lainey Feingold
The promise of online dispute resolution (ODR) depends on accessibility.
(5/11/18)Ronald S. Kraybill
A great move for improving your effectiveness in conflict is mastering the two-step discussion process.
Settling the issue of who should take legal guardianship over a ward can be a long, drawn out, and tedious process.
Much has been said and written about the demise of the joint meeting in mediation. In my experience, such a view is premature and, I fear, is potentially wasteful of the power that mediation brings for creative problem-solving.
For years, a gap has existed between mediation training of young students and entry into the field as professional mediators.
How we define conflict mastery and the characteristics needed to be and be seen as such varies.
This article addresses the relevance of teaching social justice on campus - in the classroom and in student affairs - and the challenge of maintaining a balanced and reasoned approach.
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 I was in fourth grade, a few millennia ago, our teacher established a system so we could settle a lot of our own disputes.
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.
What does ADR mean in the criminal justice context?
The idea of our bus tour was to engage local communities in conversations about what was important to them in their area and explore how effective dialogue can aid problem-solving, help resolve contentious issues and reduce conflict.
Guerilla warfare is unconventional. Instead of relying on large, slow moving armies and doctrines of overwhelming force, guerillas depend on invisibility, highly portable weapons, quick ambushes, booby traps, and hundreds of pressuring tactics that achieve practical offensive or defensive results.
The other day a coaching client told me that she became angry at a man she works with who criticized how she managed a situation.
(11/17/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian
The opposition in disputes is not “the other side”, because I don’t see a workplace in terms of having two sides – employees vs. employers.
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Some debates, arguments, and bickering go on and on, without leading anywhere (except to more frustration).