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John Lande

Which is Better: To Be Strong or Smart?

(2/03/22)John Lande

Political and opinion leaders should focus on whether our policies are smart, not whether we create the (possibly misleading) image of strength.

Donna Silverberg

Married Mediators: Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins

(2/01/22)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.

Greg Rooney

Mediation is about Necessary Endings- Constructal Law

(2/01/22)Greg Rooney

Every ending is just a new beginning. We just don’t know it at the time.

Todd Jarvis

Collective Aquifer Governance: Dispute Prevention for Groundwater and Aquifers through Unitization - Book Review

(1/30/22)Todd Jarvis

This is a book review of Todd Jarvis's recent book about mediation in natural resources.

Concerns that COVID has Escalated into a Media Conflict

(1/25/22)Mary Williams

Covid, as it stands, is a serious disease but only the over-promotion of it in the media has elevated this strain from any mutation of the flu. This is preventing the nation from having a civil discourse about it.

Peter Adler

COVID Consequences: Slouching Toward Civil War

(1/24/22)Peter Adler

A COVID Screed on What it Means and What We Can Do.

Daniel Rainey

Dan Rainey on the Universal Disclosure Protocol for Mediation

(1/18/22)Daniel Rainey

Dan Rainey speaking about the launch of the Universal Disclosure Protocol for Mediation (UDPM).

Laura Athens

The Blame-Shame Game in Mediation

(1/18/22)Laura Athens

Our legal system, which focuses on determining fault, liability and culpability, encourages parties to make accusations and to blame one another.

John Lande

My COVID Perceived Injurious Experiences

(1/17/22)John Lande

This article details a mediator's experience with COVID, and vocalizing feelings of anger and perceived conflict.

Colin Rule

Confronting Stigma Around Mental Illness in Mediation

(1/07/22)Colin Rule

This article discusses the impact of stereotyping mental illnesses.

Roseann Vanella

Why is the Pandemic Causing a Spike in Divorce?

(1/07/22)Roseann Vanella

At the outset of the Covid-19 outbreak, many experts predicted a sharp increase in divorce rates. This has played out a bit differently than expected.

Paul Rajkowski

Do We Understand Traditional Mediation?

(12/31/21)Paul Rajkowski

It looks like we’re coming to the end of this dig. I can see a part of the canister holding the remains of traditional mediation.

Jim Melamed

Better Reflecting Mediation to the World

(12/28/21)Jim Melamed

While mediators often assist in the creation of near miracles behind closed doors, our miraculous work and effective approaches are still not well-understood by general society. Might a more effective way of "reaching the masses" be to take advantage of "MEDIATION ART," be that in our physical and virtual offices, on our websites, and, perhaps in time, at bus stops and on highway billboards?

Lucia Kanter St. Amour

The Law of Conformity - Conflict Lessons from 2021

(12/27/21)Lucia Kanter St. Amour

Also known as the 95 percent law, Peter Sage calls it the law of conformity. If you hang out with nine motivated, go-getting, positive individuals you’re going to become the tenth.

Lela Love

Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution Interview Series: Lela Love

(12/20/21)Lela Love

From the Mediate.com interview series -- a conversation with Lela Love about her chapter in the book "Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution."

Richard Moore

Mediate.com Great Reads Book Club - Richard Moore, interviewed by Colm Brannigan

(12/20/21)Richard Moore

Another episode of Mediate.com's Great Reads Book Club: Richard Moore talking about his book "A REALISTC Framework for Enhancing Communication Relationship-building & De-escalation Skills," hosted by Colm Brannigan.

Uma Ramanathan

Conflict Assessment and Management - Systemic Mediation

(12/17/21)Uma Ramanathan

This article looks at how to address unconscious biases in order to tackle miscommunication and misbehavior. It begins with an examination of brain processes, and then looks at a practical understanding of how to tackle and change those processes.

Greg Enos

How To Prepare For Your First Divorce Mediation Session

(12/17/21)Greg Enos

The decision to get divorced is often not an easy one. But what happens when you don’t want a full-blown series of court cases surrounding this experience?

Howard Bellman

Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution Interview Series: Howard Bellman

(12/14/21)Howard Bellman, Colin Rule

From the Mediate.com interview series -- a conversation with Howard Bellman about his chapter in the book "Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution."

Grande Lum

Mediate.com Great Reads Book Club - Grande Lum, interviewed by Colin Rule

(12/14/21)Grande Lum, Colin Rule

Another episode from Mediate.com's Great Reads Book Club: Grade Lum talking about his book "America's Peacemakers: The Community Relations Service and Civil Rights," hosted by Colin Rule.

Karen Brown Willcutts

Essential Tips for a Successful Oil and Gas Mediation

(12/06/21)Karen Brown Willcutts

As the oil and gas industry continues to evolve, oil and gas companies will no doubt see new types of claims asserted against them.

Rachael Bicknell

What Kaizen and Sir David can Teach Mediators About the Green Pledge

(12/06/21)Rachael Bicknell

The “Mediators’ Green Pledge”, as it has become known, has been translated into 14 languages and has over 500 signatories from over 50 countries. The purpose of the Pledge is to promote more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment and climate.

Cinnie Noble

Your Gut Instincts and Conflict

(11/30/21)Cinnie Noble

Many of us have fine-tuned instincts that help guide us through challenges we face when we encounter situations and interactions that perplex us.

Lorraine Segal

Changing Hearts, Minds, and Behavior around Conflict

(11/30/21)Lorraine Segal

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.

Ian MacDuff

Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution Interview Series: Ian Macduff

(11/30/21)Ian MacDuff

Professor Ian Macduff's interview as part of the Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution interview series offered by Mediate.com.

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