Community Mediation Articles
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.
Some debates, arguments, and bickering go on and on, without leading anywhere (except to more frustration).
When we’ve put in effort to solve a problem, we want our solution, decision, or agreement to have every chance at long-run success.
(11/06/17)F. Peter Phillips
In addition to the usual high level of discourse and the unparalleled opportunity to meet new friends and keep the old, this particular Forum offered the additional opportunity to reassess the extraordinary richness of Singapore as a world center for international commerce and commercial dispute resolution.
On September 28, 2017, the California Law Revision Commission met to review the public comments it had received to its Tentative Recommendation (issued in June 2017) following its study to create an exception to mediation confidentiality (Study K-402).
I share a tale of two wrongful dismissal mediations conducted weeks’ apart.
What is the relevance of religion to ADR? This question is very different to considering the relevance of ADR to religion.
(8/30/17)Michael Lang, Rochelle Arms Almengor
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While mention of reflective practice in the field of mediation has grown in recent years, its use is still not standardized in the work of most mediators.