Peter T. Coleman is the Director of ICCCR and Professor of Psychology and Education. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Social / Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa. He has conducted research on social entitivity processes (ingroup/outgroup formation), gender discrimination in organizations, the mediation of inter-ethnic conflict, ripeness in intractable conflict, conflict resolution & difference, and on the conditions which foster the constructive use of social power. Professor Coleman recently co-edited a book entitled The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000), published by Jossey-Bass and The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts.
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Tentative Teachings on Conflict from Trump’s Tumultuous Tenure in Office
I will attempt to speculate on a few of the possible consequences of the Trump presidency for the field of conflict resolution and negotiation.
Addressing Inequality and Systemic Oppression: How to Interrupt the Increasing Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots?
In honor of Morton Deutsch's passing, I have selected a series of ten major scientific contributions that Deutsch made in his efforts to promote a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Getting Woke: How Do We Awaken A Sense Of Injustice?
This article is number 8 out of 10 Big Ideas on Peace and Justice from the Career of Morton Deutsch.
Addressing Injustice: Why and How Do People Seek Justice?
10 big ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch - this is piece 7 which focuses on justice.
A Grand Theory of Personality and Environment
Ten big ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch. This is article six, focusing on social innovation.
How Conflict Is Like Sex
Another big idea on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.
What Leads to Cooperation and Competition?
This article is part of a series based on the ideas of Morton Deutsch.
What are the Fundamental Dimensions of Social Relationships?
10 Big Ideas on Peace and Justice from the Career of Morton Deutsch: Focusing on Social Relationships.
When Does Conflict Move in a Good or Bad Direction?
We should work hard to approach conflicts as mutually shared problems.
World Peace: How Do We Keep Nations from Thermonuclear War?
This article describes ideas on peace and justice from the career of Morton Deutsch.
Conflict Resolution Meets Social Technology A New App Offers New Ways of Navigating Disagreements When Power Matters
Most of what you have learned about conflict resolution is often wrong. At the very least, ineffective in the workplace.
Resolving Conflict and Building Peace in Social Networks: An Impossible Task?
Given the often overwhelming complexity of many social networks involved in well-intentioned initiatives – reducing urban violence, peacemaking in communities, peacebuilding in nations – one wonders how and if anything ever gets accomplished.
In Mediation, Four Things Really Matter
Although the research on mediation is considerable and proliferating, our field still lacks a basic unifying framework which provides theoretical coherence and integrates our understanding of various research findings. Today, the research presents a piecemeal understanding of what constitutes “effective mediation” and how to achieve it.
It's the Little Things
What are the issues?
Who should be at the table?
Who is the right choice for an intermediary?
When should the talks occur?
Dismantling Systems of Bullying
Bullying is a public health problem that affects 20% to 30% of students on a daily basis and is associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and a decreased sense of empathy for others. It is also a common problem in other adult workplaces.
Why Does Mediation Often Work Better than Litigation?
Over seventy years ago, the psychologist Kurt Lewin and his colleagues had a preposterous idea. They wanted to pit democracy against autocracy in the laboratory in order to provide empirical evidence of the benefits of more egalitarian forms of leadership.
The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts
When faced with complex problems, we typically respond in one of three ways. This excerpt from Peter Coleman's book explains these three responses.