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Jonathan Rodrigues

No Mo Fo Mo

(9/08/20)Jonathan Rodrigues

All you need to know is – there is No Mo Fo Mo. Everything prior to 2019 B.C. (Before Corona) was a rehearsal; we are now living in the real digital age.

Judy Rashid

Racial Justice Conflict: How “Historical” Racial Symbols Shape Perception, Practices, and Policy

(9/03/20)Judy Rashid

As the world continues to grapple with racial injustice and unrest as masses of people from all ethnicities protest in the streets, this article examines the subliminal influence of historical racial symbols and practices namely, statues and monuments, slave plantation sites and tours, market houses where slaves were sold, and street names that bear the scars of slavery.

Catherine Gillespie

‘Emotional Agility’ as a Workplace Mediator

(9/03/20)Catherine Gillespie

A psychologically safe space must be offered and maintained if a participant is going to be invited to and chooses to explore any underlying drivers to their thoughts and behaviours which may have contributed to the formation or perpetuation of conflict with another.

Lisa Derr

Survey results: What Do Wisconsin Judges Think About Mediating Cases?

(8/31/20)Lisa Derr

A survey of judges provides some insight on the mediation landscape in Wisconsin.

Thoughts on Addressing Racial Injustice

(8/28/20)Richard Barbieri, Bernard Mayer, Richard Susskind

This work juxtaposes an announcement by AAA-ICDR with articles that promote dialogue to address racial: 1) Are We Ever Neutral?  Should We Be? 2) Staying with Conflict - Election Edition: A Conflict Practitioner’s Lens on the US Election 3) What's the Right Thing to do When You are Really Angry About What's Happening in America?

Andrea Maia

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: South America

(8/24/20)Andrea Maia, Gregg Relyea

This article discusses the "Community Spread" of Mediation in a Post COVID-19 World.

Apologies and Alternative Dispute Resolution Utility in Medical Malpractice

(8/20/20)Ava Hacopian

Apologies for medical errors and poor medical outcomes are typically omitted from the practice of medicine in the classic tort malpractice approach to managing communication to the detriment of injured patients.

Jim Melamed

Comparing Mediation Websites

(8/17/20)Jim Melamed

According to brand new 8/16/2020 data from Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website, by far!

Nadja Alexander

Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age - The Introduction

(8/02/20)Nadja Alexander, Lela Love

Mediate.com has published a series of peer reviewed articles and videos under the collective title Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. The objective of the Seven Keys is to encourage discussion among all stakeholders on navigating mediation’s best future.

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Mediate.com's 25th Anniversary "Mediation 20/20" Online Conference

(8/01/20)Mediate.com

"Mediation 20/20: Navigating Mediation's Best Future" is the theme of Mediate.com's 25th Anniversary Online Conference taking place online September 30 to October 2, 2020. This conference is both a focused think-tank conference dedicated to defining the best course for mediation's continued growth and a celebration of Mediate.com's first 25 years.

Colin Rule

Separating the People from the Problem - Colin Rule and the Rise of Online Dispute Resolution

(7/31/20)Colin Rule

This article from Harvard's "The Practice," shines a light on ODR and its evolution using Colin Rule’s career as a guide. In building ODR systems for the world’s largest online marketplace and for court systems across the country, Rule’s career offers a window through which to observe and understand the larger ODR movement—a movement that is all the more important as the world grapples with the continued impacts of COVID-19.

Frank Sander

Concerns and Optimism for Future

(7/31/20)Frank Sander

Frank Sander reflects on his concerns within the field, which include the tension of quality vs. quantity of the practice, the lack of studies of cost effectiveness, disappointments with the court system fees, and the difficulty of getting more young people/apprentices into the field. However, he's optimistic about the future of mediation.

Gabriela Szlak

If a Crime is Admitted, What Then?

(7/31/20)Rich Smukler, Gabriela Szlak

If a person during a caucus session tells the mediator that he committed a crime which had nothing to do with the case in mediation, what does the mediator do?

Emma-May Litchfield

2nd Key-Data: Run the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series Every 5-7 Years

(7/28/20)Emma-May Litchfield, Danielle Hutchinson

As insights and priorities continue to emerge from the data from the 2016-17 Global Pound Conference, its unique value becomes increasingly apparent.

Tim Hicks

3rd Key-Education: Include Learning in Psychology & Brain Science to Enhance Mediator Practice

(7/25/20)Tim Hicks, John Sturrock

Fundamentally, mediators work with people’s psychologies and identities, their worldviews and self-views - everything that makes up what it is to be a human being.

Bruce E. Meyerson

The AAA-ICDR Foundation and How to Apply for Current Grant Funding

(7/22/20)Bruce E. Meyerson

The Foundation’s 2020 funding cycle is intended to make contributions in two important areas: 1) making ADR processes more accessible and available; and 2) creating innovative ways to engage citizens in meaningful dialogue with one another and/or with government authorities, including the police, to address long-standing racial discrimination.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Use Mediators and Police as Conflict Resolution Partners

(7/16/20)Forrest (Woody) Mosten

In recent efforts to improve law enforcement’s role in serving our communities, a major issue is whether police departments can be assisted or replaced by professionals better suited to handling citizen calls on some issues.

Heather Kennedy

Recent Court ADA Case Review for Conflict Resolution Practitioners

(7/16/20)Heather Kennedy

This paper discusses the emphasis of Alternate Dispute Resolution in the field of ADA and Disability Discrimination and then provides a more detailed review of recent Title I and Title III cases.

Alicia Kuin

6th Key-Government: Actively Support UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, & Security

(7/10/20)Alicia Kuin

Resolution 1325 marks the first time that the UNSC affirmed the critical role of women in conflict resolution and peace building.

David Kellem

Mediators Needed in this Time Which Tries Our Souls

(7/10/20)David Kellem

I am calling upon all Professional Mediators to deploy as a powerful peacemaking force in our current national crisis.

The Complete Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation

(7/01/20)

The complete compilation of all 7 Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age.

Roger Fisher

Working with People Who Don't Want to Negotiate

(6/30/20)Roger Fisher

Roger Fisher explains that when one party doesn't want to negotiate, talk to others around them to find out their motivations, interests, concerns, and worries.

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: North America

(6/22/20)Gregg Relyea, Kenneth Cloke

This article series includes viewpoints on the current state of conflict resolution from all 7 continents. This article focuses on North America.

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Online Dispute Resolution Pioneer Colin Rule Named Mediate.com CEO

(6/13/20)Mediate.com

Mediate.com announced today that Colin Rule has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim Melamed, the company’s co-founder and CEO for 25 years, is now chair of the board and general counsel.

Bernard Mayer

Constructive Conflict and Strategic Disruption: A Statement from Conflict Engagement Practitioners

(6/08/20)Susanne Terry, Bernard Mayer

Over the last week, a group of conflict engagement practitioners have created a statement of intent regarding racism. The idea started with Susanne Terry who, with Bernie Mayer and input from a number of other interested persons, created, "Constructive Conflict and Strategic Disruption: A Statement from Conflict Engagement Practitioners."

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