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Michael Leathes

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

(8/02/20)Michael Leathes, 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.

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.

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."

Lucia Kanter St. Amour

George Floyd: What Leaders Need To Do Now

(6/08/20)Lucia Kanter St. Amour

A neuroscience explanation of the reaction to the George Floyd tragedy; specific steps leaders need to take to affect change; and how mediators and facilitators can help in the process.

Peter Adler

Eye of the Storm Leadership

(5/30/20)Peter Adler

This is a video introduction to "Eye of the Storm Leadership" by Peter Adler, Ph.D. - 150 Ideas, Stories, Quotes, and Excercises On The Art and Politics of Managing Human Conflicts. See the book and complete video at www.eyeofthestormleadership.com

Bernard Mayer

Participatory Democracy is Motivation to Mediate

(5/20/20)Bernard Mayer

Bernie Mayer describes his motivation as a mediator which involves promoting participatory democracy, empowering people to control the outcomes of the crises in their own lives.

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.

Donald T. Saposnek

Transcending Mediation Models

(5/05/20)Donald T. Saposnek

Don Saposnek describes how different mediation models, while they may have different qualities and values, are often blended together by experienced mediators.

Joseph P. Folger

Transformative Mediation For All Cases?

(5/01/20)Joseph P. Folger

Joe Folger believes that the purpose of mediation is to give people voice and choice and moments of recognition are powerful and just as important as getting settlement.

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?

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