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Michael Leathes

A Negotiation Innovation: An intelligent negotiation assistant

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

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?

Mark Baril

What to Do When Abrasive Behavior Disrupts Your Mediation Process

(12/18/20)Mark Baril

As mediators, we are hired and trusted to come into a situation and use our best judgment and experience to deliver results in the form of durable negotiated agreements and changed behavior. In rare situations we will encounter abrasive behavior by one or more parties, and in those cases we must be prepared to shift our process to accommodate the landscape and serve the parties in the best way possible.

Kwame Christian

How Simple Mediation Skills Can Bring Peace After The Election

(12/18/20)Kwame Christian

Regardless of who you supported during the 2020 election, it’s inevitable that you’ll hear, see, or experience the increased emotionality brought about by our current political climate, especially during the holiday season.

Sanjeev Ahuja

To ‘Unlock’ the Disputes Post the Lockdown, Use Mediation as ‘The Key’

(12/18/20)Sanjeev Ahuja

This article looks at using mediation to resolve post-quarantine disputes.

Thomas Wahlrab

Healing and Civility – What Mediation can Teach Us About Bridging Social Divides

(12/11/20)Thomas Wahlrab, Robert Baruch Bush

Even after the election results are finalized and the new President inaugurated, one thing will remain unresolved – the deep divide within the nation that the campaigns for the presidency confirmed.

Ariel Kirzner

Should Employment Matters with Religious Connotations be Dealt with in Court or by Mediations?

(12/07/20)Ariel Kirzner, Bruce Ally

This article focuses on a specialized class of employment law and human rights issues where there an overlap exists between matters of creed or religion and the legal relationship. In heterogeneous societies, people will disagree, sometimes passionately and fundamentally, over socio-politics, economics, spirituality and other beliefs and conduct.

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APFM, NAFCM, MBB & ACR Co-Sponsor National Mediation Policy Act!

(11/30/20)Mediate.com

The APFM, NAFCM, MBB & ACR have joined Mediate.com's groundbreaking efforts to set America on a better path by sponsoring the "National Mediation Policy Act" (NMPA). The Act declares a national policy favoring voluntary mediation over disputes being litigated, remaining unresolved or resulting in violence.

Jim Melamed

How Mediation Saved the World

(11/27/20)Jim Melamed

Greetings from the future, 10 years in the future to be exact, November 28, 2030 to be even more precise. It is Thanksgiving Day 2030, and we are here testing a previously secret joint project of Mediate.com and Zoom wherein future text and image communications, up to 10 years into the future, can now be sent and published “backward in time.”  Crazy, I know.

John Brand

A Process for the Formulation of a School's Change Strategy

(11/20/20)John Brand, Felicity Steadman

Many South African Schools are facing demands to change and even to radically transform themselves. Some of these demands relate to the ‘isms’ such as racism, and other identity related issues.

David Zacks

Why Mediation Is the Holy Grail for Health Care Disputes

(11/16/20)David Zacks

After trying cases for most of my career and having served as a full-time neutral for the past five years, I’m convinced mediation is the best option for resolving cases while keeping your clients’ interests in mind, particularly for health care disputes.

Kwame Christian

How to Bring Civility to Political Arguments

(11/12/20)Kwame Christian

Civility, respect, understanding, and the willingness to listen. These are core conversational virtues that are universally appreciated.

Sharon Woodhouse

Top 10 Tips for Property Disputes

(11/06/20)Sharon Woodhouse

This article looks at how to resolve your property dispute as a commercial tenant, home renter, or landlord.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Mediate.com Announces Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board to Support Online Mediation Training

(11/02/20)Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Jim Melamed

Jim Melamed, Board Chair of Mediate.com, has announced the establishment of a blue-ribbon Online Mediation Training Task Force, to be headed by Forrest R. (Woody) Mosten, to make recommendations on best practices and possibilities for both generally training mediators online and training mediators to perform online mediation. The Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board have now been named.

Donna Silverberg

Married Mediators: Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins

(11/01/20)Donna Silverberg, Charles Wiggins

An interview with Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

Sarah Daitch

Group Decision-Making on Complex Public Issues: An experiment with structure.

(10/26/20)Sarah Daitch, Jordi Honey-Rosés

This article is a comparison of two facilitation approaches to group decision-making.

Jim Melamed

Mediation 20/20 Conference - Day 3 Video

(10/19/20)Jim Melamed, Clare Fowler, Colin Rule

Mediation 20/20 Complete Day 3 Video: (1) Envisioning Mediation for a New Generation - Where Should We Go? Technology and New Generational Expectations; and (2) Moving Forward - How Do We Get There?

John Sturrock

Mediators Green Pledge

(10/19/20)John Sturrock

Promoting the Mediators Green Pledge is now the purpose of a new WoMACC site. It seems to be one way to commit to our future. I invite you to sign up to the Green Pledge and to promote it to those you know and work with.

Vicki Assegued

Mediating Conflict in the Time of Covid-19

(10/16/20)Vicki Assegued

This article addresses internal and external skills for mediators to use during this time of Covid-19, to raise awareness of internal biases, and shift those biases in order to skillfully mediate for our clients.

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.

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