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Michael Lang

Surviving the Pandemic - Advice from 74 Family Experts

(5/17/20)Michael Lang

In this outstanding collection of essays, there are tips for managing disagreements, guidelines for handling children’s needs, information about finances, and even a recipe for Quarantine Cookies.

Jim Melamed

What Is Your Mediation Background?

(5/05/20)Jim Melamed

The "digitization of mediation," now on steroids with the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in dramatic changes and new opportunities for mediators and the mediation field. A part of this includes new meanings for old words.

Bina Patel

The Brain Under Conflict

(4/23/20)Bina Patel

Think "I Can" like it's your first day on the job, everyday.

Peter Adler

Cutback Planning: Consultation in a Time of Retrenchment

(4/21/20)Peter Adler, Kem Lowry

Unexpected belt-tightening is unpleasant. It unravels expectations and invokes fear. The more severe the shock, the more severe the manifestations can be. If you are a leader, you are also suddenly thrust into “crisis management” mode, which raises questions. What is your strategy?

Laila Ollapally

India Signs the Singapore Mediation Convention

(4/10/20)Laila Ollapally

This article examines the Singapore Convention: An opportunity to make mediation the default response.

David Huebner

Expedited Arbitration and Party Autonomy Are Key Solutions to Resolving COVID-19-Related Supply Chain Disruptions

(4/10/20)David Huebner

The equation is immutable: disruption of supply chains + intervention by governments to manage noncommercial priorities = dramatic increase in disputes among private business entities. COVID-19 has brought much production, transport and commercial activity to a near halt.

Martin Weisman

Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Virtual World

(4/10/20)Martin Weisman

The text of that article follows with my update to help readers understand what I previously recommended and what could be recommended going forward.

Lidia Staron

7 Financial Tips for Small Businesses Operating during the COVID Pandemic

(4/03/20)Lidia Staron

As good financial management skills serve as a blueprint for success, bad money management habits may force you into bigger conflicts in the future.

Roseann Vanella

Co-Parenting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

(4/03/20)Roseann Vanella

As our nation deals with the COVID-19 crisis, divorced parents face many unique challenges.

Susan Nauss Exon

Building Trust Online: The Realities of Telepresence for Mediators Engaged in Online Dispute Resolution, 

(3/30/20)Susan Nauss Exon, Soomi Lee

Exon and Lee found that trust in an experienced mediator is the same whether a mediation participant interacts with that mediator via video or face-to-face.

Jean Sternlight

Pouring a Little Psychological Cold Water on Online Dispute Resolution

(3/30/20)Jean Sternlight

This Article examines the strengths and weaknesses of ODR (online dispute resolution) from a psychological perspective. It makes five main points.

Arran Heal

Cope with Conflict During COVID-19

(3/20/20)Arran Heal

Workplace conflict can’t be, ignored, cancelled or put on hold. And there are suddenly all kinds of reasons for employees to feel pushed to their limit.

Jim Melamed

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

(3/14/20)Jim Melamed

"Mediation 20/20: Which Ways Now?" is the theme of Mediate.com's 25th Anniversary Online Conference October 1, 2020. This conference is both a focused think-tank conference dedicated to defining best courses for mediation's continued growth over the next decade and a celebration of Mediate's first 25 years.

Kenneth Cloke

Global Pandemics, National Borders, and Political Problem-solving

(3/13/20)Kenneth Cloke

So far, we’ve been lucky. None of the health emergencies or potential pandemics we have been through in recent years has achieved its deadliest potential.

Nancy White

Moving Online in Pandemic: Preamble

(3/13/20)Nancy White

The emails have been flying, phone and Zoom conversations everywhere asking “how do we move this meeting, event, workshop, whatever online in response to the novel Corona virus outbreak?”

Ranse Howell

Navigating a Business Crisis Resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Video

(3/06/20)Ranse Howell

We live in a connected world with intricate networks of supply chain and service relationships and any delay can result in multiple commercial challenges.

The GPC North America Report

(2/11/20) Emma-May Litchfield and Danielle Hutchinson, Resolution Resources, Australia

The International Mediation Institute is delighted to present the GPC North America Report—a comparative analysis and recommendations based on open text questions asked at GPC events in the USA and Canada.

Lesley Cook

Lesley Cook Interview - Neurodiversity in Mediation

(11/26/19)Lesley Cook

This is an interview with Dr. Lesley Cook discussing the importance of understanding your neurodiverse clients in the educational, family, and workplace fields.

Stephen Kotev

ACR Taskforce on Safety: Recommended Guidelines -- Part 2 in Series

(11/18/19)Stephen Kotev

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Taskforce on Safety in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has drafted the ADR Safety Planning to promote the safety of practitioners and participants in ADR processes. This is part 2 in the series--discussing mediators can do in cases of violence.

Jamie Costello

Mediation vs. Arbitration vs. Litigation: The differences you need to know about in business

(11/15/19)Jamie Costello

As a business owner, it’s extremely important to familiarize yourself with dispute resolution and the processes you need to take depending on the severity of a case.

Ronald S. Kraybill

Worry About Hornets

(11/08/19)Ronald S. Kraybill

On September 11, 2019, President Trump warned about what America would do if attacked again.

Peter Adler

Disputing at a Panchayat Meeting

(9/14/19)Peter Adler

When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.

Susan Podziba

Susan Podziba Interview - The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(9/05/19)Susan Podziba

This is an interview with Susan Podziba, where she discusses how her life has been aimed at resolving public policy disputes and finding the virtue in our society.

Peter Adler

New Interview with Peter Adler - The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(8/14/19)Peter Adler

This is a new interview with public policy mediation leader Peter Adler by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Prathamesh D Popat

ADR In INDIA

(8/11/19)Prathamesh D Popat

Every society, every community, every culture has some or the other form/s of resolving the disputes faced by their constituents. Often, the longer and more prosperous the lineage, the more refined and varied the mechanisms.

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