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John Lande

Paul M. Lurie on Guided Mediation

(4/16/21)John Lande

Guided Mediation is a collection of best practices and tools in actual use that increase mediation efficiency, get earlier settlements, reduce legal and consultants’ fees, and minimize business disruption.

Larry Susskind

Preparing the Next Generation of Professors of Environmental Studies

(4/16/21)Larry Susskind

This article identifies four approaches to environmental policy-making or problem-solving.

Colin Rule

Mediate is Top Ranked Mediation Website

(4/15/21)Colin Rule

Mediate.com is ranked the top mediation website by Alexa in its April 14, 2021 global website rankings. In business since 1996, Mediate.com has over 25,000 searchable mediation articles, blog posts, news items and videos and hosts the most utilized mediator directory in the world.

Phyllis Pollack

Trust and Rapport - ODR Style!

(4/10/21)Phyllis Pollack

One of the most important things a mediator must do- if not the most important- is to build trust and rapport with the parties. In pre-Covid days, this was a bit easier; the mediator could sit face to face with each party and schmooze.

Reflection as a Manifestation of Recognition Beyond Relational Weakness and Self-Absorption

(4/10/21)Robin Brzobohatý, Tereza Hanajová

While debriefing immediately after a co-mediation, an interesting question arose: “Does a reflection always have the same function regardless of the context?”

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The 2020 Tax Conundrum: Questions Facing Couples Whose Divorce is Pending

(4/09/21)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

2020 has been a year of too many upsets, too many uncertainties, and too many confusions.

Kenneth Cloke

20 Ways to Improve UNFCCC Meetings and Climate Change Negotiations

(4/02/21)Kenneth Cloke

In preparation for the next international meeting on climate change in Glasgow in November 2021, it is important to begin thinking together, not only about outcomes, but ways of improving the process of meeting, discussing, and negotiating agreements on climate change.

Andrea Schneider

ADR & Activism Through Art - Maya Angelou and Frida Kahlo

(4/01/21)Andrea Schneider

This article focuses on creativity and negotiation role models.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Mediate.com Announces 5 Online Mediation Training Forums

(3/16/21)Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Jim Melamed

Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Task Force Chair, and Jim Melamed, Mediate.com Board Chair, invite you to participate in five (5) open Forums seeking to further Online Mediation Training. See the Forum Schedule and Register!

Colin Rule

Evolution of the Mediation Field: Monthly Conversation Series with Field Leaders

(3/10/21)Colin Rule

As an ongoing Mediate.com Premium Membership benefit, Mediate is now hosting, on a monthly basis, an ongoing series of live online conversations with top mediators and conflict resolvers from around the world.  Here is detailed description of the first 9 live conversations.

Arran Heal

After Lockdown, Businesses will Need to be More Human Than Ever

(3/08/21)Arran Heal

Working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for organizations to demonstrate their emotional qualities.

Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

Why Mediation Fails

(3/08/21)Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

The process of mediation, the opening of how to meet the people, how to engage with them, how to listen to them, how to manage them, how to explore them, how to take them closer to the resolution and how to get to the settlement from the horse’s mouth.

Bhavya Mahajan

Mediating Workplace Sexual Harassment: The Road Less Taken

(3/08/21)Bhavya Mahajan

This piece on mediating workplace sexual harassment cases provides an overview of what the mediation process would entail, the advantages of mediating such cases, and a brief discussion about the Indian perspective as regards workplace sexual harassment.

Veera Mahajan

Domestic Harmony For Better Future Of Our Children

(3/08/21)Veera Mahajan

I remember standing by the wall with my brothers and crying while my father was beating my mother.

Lena Borrelli

How to Find Help From Domestic Violence

(2/18/21)Lena Borrelli

This article looks at how to prevent violent conflicts, especially while quarantined.

Kenneth Cloke

20 Proposals to Resolve Electoral Conflicts and Strengthen Democracy

(2/08/21)Kenneth Cloke

Electoral democracy has gone through a period of profound conflicts, yet each unique conflict points us toward potential solutions and more collaborative processes.

Nina Meierding

Mediate.com Instructor Discusses Implicit Bias: We All Have It

(1/27/21)Nina Meierding

Nina Meierding discusses her training on implicit bias, and what we can do to become "bias aware."

John Sturrock

Recognizing Trauma: Litigation and Politics are Harming Us

(1/22/21)John Sturrock

I write this in the aftermath of yet another mediation in which the protagonists exhibited symptoms of having been seriously traumatized by the litigation process to which they had been exposed. Depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, loathing, destroyed relationships, large amounts of money spent with no discernible value.

Lorraine Segal

Conversation, Kindness, and Democracy

(1/22/21)Lorraine Segal

Are kindness and conversation still possible? What about the many other people who share a perspective with those folks and are not themselves violent?

Michael Leathes

A Negotiation Innovation: An intelligent negotiation assistant

(1/14/21)Veronique Fraser, Barney Jordaan, Michael Leathes

I am sitting in a room, negotiating a sale, and I’m thinking: Which is likely to be more favorable to me: put a figure on the table, or insist the Other does so first?

Kenneth Cloke

10 Actions We Can Take to Turn Adversarial, Autocratic, Power-Based Political Conflicts into Collaborative, Democratic, Interest-Based Social Problem Solving

(1/08/21)Kenneth Cloke

Because democracy is open, it is vulnerable to demagogues and autocrats; yet because it is open, it is also resilient, able to learn and improve, and responsive to popular wisdom.

Ronald S. Kraybill

How to AVOID Conflict Gracefully

(1/08/21)Ronald S. Kraybill

If you’re good at selective conflict avoidance, you will have a greater sense of order and control in your life.

Charles Crumpton

Egalitarian Change – Our Roles and Responsibilites

(1/08/21)Charles Crumpton

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” – Alistair McIntosh

Colin Rule

Let’s Make 2021 the Year of Resolutions

(1/05/21)Colin Rule

2020 was a tough year for many of us, from the pandemic to shutdowns to political chaos. Let's use the fresh start of the new year to set our sights on a more optimistic horizon.

Katherine Graham

Anti-Vaxxers and the New Workplace Divisions

(12/18/20)Katherine Graham

With a clear divide between the ‘anti-vaxxers’ and the rest, what happens to day-to-day employee relations and attempts to return to normal office routines and face-to-face meetings?

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