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Many of us have fine-tuned instincts that help guide us through challenges we face when we encounter situations and interactions that perplex us.
Before I start teaching a course or workshop about conflict management, I always tell my students that I have a modest goal for the class: to change their hearts, minds, and behaviors.
According to the Singapore Convention on Mediation’s website, the Convention is a “multilateral treaty which offers a uniform and efficient framework for the enforcement and invocation of international agreements resulting from mediation.”
(11/09/21)Peter Adler, Colin Rule
From the Mediate.com interview series -- a conversation with Peter Adler about his chapter in the book Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution.
I see many examples of people struggling to get beyond everyday gridlock. Still, in Hawaii, we seem stuck in a stewpot of persistent, unresolved, larger political, economic and cultural conflicts.
The relevance of this quote by Tuli Kupferberg to interpersonal conflict may not be immediately evident.
(10/21/21)Donald T. Saposnek
This book review of Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution, co-edited by Howard Gadlin and Nancy A. Welsh, presents an overview, with snippets of personal and autobiographical material, of this penetrating collection that comprises the “personal stories” of 23 leading practitioners and scholars in the field of conflict resolution.
One of the hardest problems that a divorcing couple may face is how to divide up marital property.
This article is a mantra for those who are navigating difficult conflicts.
(9/28/21)Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed, Colin Rule
This is a 90 minute video from the September 24, 2021 Forum sharing the Final Report of Mediate.com Task Force on Online Mediation. This video features Woody Mosten, Colin Rule, Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed, Tara Ollapally, Bruce Edwards, Donna Silverberg, Susan Guthrie, Angelia Tolbert, Michael Aurit, Tricia Jones, Michael Lang and John Sturrock.
One of the most important aspects of mediation is self-determination. Standard 1 of the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediation is entitled “Self-Determination.”
Bringing five percent more compassion can really make a difference in conflicts.
(9/21/21)Colin Rule, Jim Melamed
One of the Primary Recommendations of the Mediate.com Task Force on Online Mediation is to update mediation practice and ethical standards to fully embrace online mediation. In response, Mediate.com has now formally adopted the Task Force's Recommended Practice Standards for Online Mediation effective January 1. 2022.
(9/20/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten
In addition to the many Committee Recommendations, the Task Force’s Executive Committee offers these 8 Primary Task Force Recommendations to support the field of mediation fully embracing online mediation and online mediation training:
(9/20/21)Clare Fowler, Colin Rule
This index of resources is intended to assist readers to conveniently identify and access specific portions of the Mediate.com Online Mediation Task Force Report that are of the greatest interest.
(9/19/21)Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Jim Melamed
Here are Committee Reports, Recommendations and Resources from the Mediate.com Online Mediation Task Force Final Report.
Conflict in the workplace is inevitable when people with different values and opinions come together.
It is difficult to understand anything fully until we recognize its limits -- the places where it falls apart, or miraculously comes together -- where it begins and ends, or transforms into something entirely different.
Why talk about negotiation tactics, manipulative moves designed to slant an outcome in one side’s favor more than the other, based on “tricks” or gamesmanship versus merit?
One of the principal difficulties with political conflicts is that, in addition to disagreements over ideas, facts, proposals, beliefs, and values, there are significant differences in the languages we use to describe ourselves, our opponents, and the issues that divide us; as well as in the disparate cultural norms, expectations, myths, assumptions, and ways we attribute meaning to political ideas and assertions.
Providing Florida LEP Individuals Meaningful Access to Mediation: Bilingual Mediator Guidance on Standards of Conduct.
Vulnerability as quoted from THE vulnerability researcher Brene Brown “is not winning or losing, it’s having the courage to show up even when you can’t control the outcome”.
I read a Mediation Agreement that struck me as odd, perhaps unenforceable, maybe even unethical
Earlier this month, Gary Friedman, co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict, of Santa Rosa, Calif., conducted a video breakfast roundtable titled “Inside Out: Confessions of a Mediator in Politics.”
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I think it might be time for a refresher on ADA Mediation, * a topic I have written and trained on frequently – but not for a while now.