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Rukmani Menon

Dealing with VIP Privilege in Mediation

(2/02/21)Rukmani Menon

Working with egos and emotions is considered an obvious task for a Mediator and this responsibility is heightened when the parties involved are high profile individuals or global brands.

Colin Rule

Book Review - Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution

(2/01/21)Colin Rule

The new book "Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution" is now available. It collects personal histories from 23 experienced mediators, chronicling the paths they took to arrive at their work resolving disputes. 

Nina Meierding

Mediate.com Instructor Discusses Implicit Bias: We All Have It

(1/27/21)Nina Meierding

Nina Meierding discusses her training on implicit bias, and what we can do to become "bias aware."

Jim Melamed

How Can We Best Make and Maintain Quality Mediators?

(1/23/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Under the leadership of Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Mediate.com's Online Mediation Training Task Force is tackling a huge issue: "How can the mediation field now and in the future best make and maintain quality mediators?

John Sturrock

Recognizing Trauma: Litigation and Politics are Harming Us

(1/22/21)John Sturrock

I write this in the aftermath of yet another mediation in which the protagonists exhibited symptoms of having been seriously traumatized by the litigation process to which they had been exposed. Depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, loathing, destroyed relationships, large amounts of money spent with no discernible value.

Phyllis Pollack

Start 2021 with Apology and Forgiveness!

(1/22/21)Phyllis Pollack

It struck me that as we start 2021, perhaps it is a good time to “turn over a new leaf” by apologizing for our acts and/or omissions and forgiving others for their acts/omissions committed in 2020.

Lorraine Segal

Conversation, Kindness, and Democracy

(1/22/21)Lorraine Segal

Are kindness and conversation still possible? What about the many other people who share a perspective with those folks and are not themselves violent?

Bruce Edwards

The Vanishing Jury Trial and Other Important Lessons for Mediators

(1/22/21)Bruce Edwards

The article helps demonstrate the widespread acceptance of ADR, and mediation in particular, in the legal profession.

Gregorio Billikopf

Non-Directive Empathic Listening

(1/15/21)Gregorio Billikopf

In this paper I will share how I found out that the listening approach I have used for almost two decades was completely unique--based on a happy misunderstanding.

Scott Levin

The End Game

(1/15/21)Scott Levin

Deciding to divorce is likely going to be the biggest decision of your life, bigger than even deciding to get married in the first place, and how you choose to proceed will make all the difference.

Kathleen Kauth

When the Cure is Worse Than the Disease: Civil liberties Under Attack

(12/28/20)Kathleen Kauth

As COVID concerns spread, conditioning from the media and celebrities talking about how everyone needed to comply with random, and often contradictory orders began to make the rounds of TV and social media.

Don Cripe

Is My Bias Showing?

(12/27/20)Don Cripe

In his recent book, Online Courts and The Future of Justice, author Richard Susskind posits, “…litigants do not really want courts, judges, lawyers, rules of procedure, and the rest. More likely, they want not to have a problem at all."

Phyllis Pollack

Reflections on the last 525,600 minutes!

(12/22/20)Phyllis Pollack

This article looks at: What three things have I learned in the last 525,600 minutes?

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.

Julian Granka Ferguson

Navigating Cybersecurity in ADR

(12/18/20)Julian Granka Ferguson

Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems like hardware, software and data from cyber-threats and unauthorized access that can be designed to access, delete, or extort a user’s sensitive and personal data.

Kenneth Cloke

The 2020 Elections, Mediation, and the Political Divide -- What Next?

(12/14/20)Kenneth Cloke

Biden and Harris won the election, but what exactly did they win? What was lost in the process? And, as mediators and citizens, what do we do next?

John Lande

Concepts that Can Help Practitioners Help Parties Make Decisions in Disputes

(12/11/20)John Lande

My main premise is that our dispute resolution community fundamentally is about helping people make decisions about processes, procedures, and issues in managing their conflicts.

Phyllis Pollack

The Importance of Flexibility, Creativity, and Being Prepared!

(12/11/20)Phyllis Pollack

Recently, I conducted two mediations that revealed the importance of flexibility, creativity, and being prepared.

Kathleen Kauth

Entrenched Views Make Resolution Tricky

(12/11/20)Kathleen Kauth

The word Entrenched calls to mind war zones with soldiers dug into trenches to protect themselves and still be able to fire upon the enemy.

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.

Lisa Derr

Mediating with Cultural Competence

(12/07/20)Lisa Derr

Starting with ourselves is the first step to cultural competence.

Maria Shanks

Bridging the Gap Between Us

(12/07/20)Maria Shanks

Republicans and democrats have historically been divided by their strongly held belief systems. In the wake of recent events regarding racial injustice, many republicans and democratic lawmakers have attempted to come together to find common ground on the increasingly important social issue of racial injustice.

Sean Gander

How Can American Democracy Survive its Latest Conflict?

(11/23/20)Sean Gander

The world is watching one of the most divisive periods in American history.

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.

Cinnie Noble

Do You Always Like You?

(11/06/20)Cinnie Noble

There are times many of us interact in ways we’re not very proud of.

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