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Meredith Richardson

Outwitting Cognitive Dissonance

(5/22/15)Meredith Richardson

We like to believe that we are rational beings who make rational decisions. Sometimes, we are. And sometimes, we are not.

Uma Ramanathan

Torch Bearers in Mediation

(4/24/15)Uma Ramanathan

Goals, predictions, vision statement. Frame it in any manner, what stakeholders are looking for is the fulfilment of the promise of mediation.

Ricardo Padilla

(Instrumental) Reconciliation Without (authentic) Forgiveness (and Social Justice): A Recurrent Paradox in Political Conflicts

(4/24/15)Ricardo Padilla

After a conflict between communities or nations has been led to an ending phase, political reconciliation requires that both parties be brought closer to the point they may have respect for each other’s rights and can live peacefully together. When the conflict passed through war or mass atrocity, reconciliation is especially hard to achieve. There are limits to forgiveness that may state significant barriers on the pathway to reconciliation.

John Wade

Negotiation Lessons from the Book (not the Film) of Exodus

(3/06/15)John Wade

The recent film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has sparked some renewed interest in the actual written record of those events.So I share some of the themes which have emerged belatedly for me in this case study extraordinaire. One of the indicators from research of an “expert” modern day negotiator is someone who takes time to reflect systematically on past negotiations and attempts to record lessons from those events.

Doris Tennant

Reflections on Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

(10/31/14)Doris Tennant

Everything is Workable (Shambhala, 2013) is Hamilton’s book about how to live consciously in a world sated with conflicts. She acknowledges that learning conflict skills asks something of us: 'The more intimate we become with human suffering, the greater our compulsion to serve others.'

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Lessons from Jerusalem, Part II: The trouble with false assumptions

(10/21/14)Michael A. Zeytoonian

I wanted to continue the theme from my last Blog post about the Sea of Galilee and the notion of “being a Galilee” a bit with this blog post. This article discusses what I learned over this trip and the trouble with false assumptions.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Lessons from Jerusalem: What Attitude Do We Bring to our Conflicts?

(10/13/14)Michael A. Zeytoonian

Strange as this might sound, I had the good fortune of being in Israel during a war, a declared cease fire and its aftermath, and experiencing how these impacted the people involved. While it was a source of some tension and heightened vigilance, it provided a rare opportunity to experience the shifts and changes that occur when a war stops and a cease fire is in effect, in this place that has been a historical hotbed for conflict.

Kevin Boileau

The Myth of Mediation Neutrality - book excerpt

(8/08/14)Kevin Boileau

The traditional view is that a mediator is a neutral, third party who helps two or more conflicting parties cooperatively resolve their differences. Interestingly enough, this belief is analogous to the Cartesian-Newtonian epistemological position that holds that one can be an independent observer of an objective world, in science or in daily life. However, I am skeptical about this position, both epistemologically and clinically. What remains an open question is whether a mediator can actually ever be a 'neutral third.'

Faith-Based Mediation: What is it and does it matter?

(6/21/14)Leslie Short, Joyce P. Dugger

This article is defining what we believe a faith based mediation is seen and practice through the lens of being inclusive of all faith and belief system. This article asks two question "What is faith" and "Does it Matter" we explore these two questions understanding the process of embracing all faith. To create a dialog that opens all faith to come to the table without being judge.

Jerry Green

Three Distinct Embodied Languages

(6/18/14)Jerry Green

As a mediator, I am often in the middle of tense situations. Through Aikido, I have learned to be aware of how that tension affects me physically and to prevent it from spilling into the mediation room.

Meditation Enhances Mediation: A Six Sigma Perspective (excerpt)

(6/13/14)Tony Belak, Pradeep Deshpande

The importance of including meditation in mediation efforts is explained. A considerable body of evidence in the scientific literature, as well as reputed media publications, are supportive of the hypothesis meditation will enhance workplace mediation programs. Together they will lead to less workplace discord and workforce conflict, as well as offer improvements in health, wellness, quality, productivity, and competitive position.

Larry Gaughan

Roles of Religious Culture in Peaceful Settlements

(5/09/14)Larry Gaughan

The area that is now occupied by the United States has always been a place of multiculturalism and religious diversity. This was the case many generations before the arrival of the first undocumented immigrants coming from Spain, England, the Netherlands, and France. Those immigrants had long been preceded by hundreds of different native tribes of somewhat diverse ethnicity, often with different languages and religious practices.

Mary Aderibigbe

5 Steps for Strengthening Your Marriage

(4/14/14)Mary Aderibigbe

You can make your marriage strong but you’ve got to acknowledge that disagreements are inevitable. Preventing conflict begins identifying what are common conflict points in your marriage. Preventing conflicts also means strengthening your marriage to withstand outside conflicts. This is a faith-based article discussing Biblical viewpoints for strengthening marriage.

Joseph Grynbaum

Roots Of Construction Project Disputes Flow From Biblical Past

(3/21/14)Joseph Grynbaum

Have you ever wondered why the construction industry is still saddled with its culture of adversity, contractual conflict and a “who’s to blame” attitude? Or what causes job disputes to quickly escalate into full-blown claims despite the well intentioned calming efforts of the site managers?

Ricardo Padilla

Understanding Faith-Based Mediation: A Multidimensional Model

(3/14/14)Ricardo Padilla

This paper reflects on the necessity and efficacy of a Faith-Based Mediation approach for Dispute Resolution, and intends to answer three leading questions: First, why is Faith-Based Mediation necessary for the religious communities and people? Second, what are the fundamental referents of a Faith-Based mediated process? And third, how can a Mediator be useful in Faith-Based Mediation?

Morghan Leia Richardson

5 Ways That Divorce Mediation Can Help Resolve the 'Get' Crisis

(2/07/14)Morghan Leia Richardson

Without the religious divorce, Leah would not be able to remarry -- or even date -- in her community. Her life was on hold, tied to her ex -- at his whim. And she is not alone. This article discusses the conflict that many in religious communities are trying to resolve.

Greg Stone

Making Peace in Mediation: Authority, Rights, and Interests - Video

(1/16/14)Greg Stone

This is one of a 40-day video reflection series about conflict resolution. It is produced by the Taming the Wolf Institute and discusses the use of power, rights, and interests in mediation.

Roxie Hollingsworth

Accusations, Mediation, and Closure

(9/19/13)Roxie Hollingsworth

This article uses a case study to examine whether mediation is a sign of guilt and what the Bible says about resolving disputes. Biblical Based Mediation can help churches prevent embarrassment, devastating notoriety, church splits, and possibly legal actions that do permanent damage to one or both parties.

Dan Simon

Tough Questions About Human Nature and the Purple House

(8/02/13)Dan Simon

Baruch Bush and Joe Folger conducted a training in May called “Responding Effectively to Workplace and Family Conflicts”. This workshop focused on how we might best manage our own conflicts, taking into consideration the transformative framework. A participant in that course posed the following questions afterward.

Jeff Thompson

Farah Pandith TEDx Boston Talk: "Dismantle" Hate With "Counter-Narratives"

(7/19/13)Jeff Thompson

Watch this TEDx Boston event featuring peace and conflict resolution promoter, Farah Pandith. She is also the first ever US Department of State Special Representative to Muslim Communities. She talks about the global Muslim youth community, perspectives, and particularly the diversity of what it means to be Muslim.

Lester L. Adams

Congregational Conflict: Why Don't We Seek Help

(5/18/13)Lester L. Adams

This article addresses two congregational issues: why we do not seek help to settle our disagreements, and the misguided reasons we use to justify it.

Laurie Israel

Reframing the Seven Deadly Sins

(3/15/13)Laurie Israel

As mediators, we learn to “reframe” issues. This mediator asks if it's possible to even reframe the seemingly unreframeable: The Seven Deadly Sins.

Joel Lee

Relooking at Sacred Cows . . .

(3/15/13)Joel Lee

I teach mediation skills at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and it has always been something that I have found tremendously fulfilling. Apart from influencing generations of lawyers to consider the resolution of conflict in non-adversarial, more amicable ways, there is the occasional personal transformation on the part of the student that makes a lot of the grief (yes, there is grief) worthwhile.

Susan Yates

Twelve Hours of Conflict

(12/27/12)Susan Yates

For the first hour of conflict, my neutral gave to me a round table with a great view For the second hour of conflict, my neutral gave to me two succinct summaries And a round table with a great view

Ann Begler

Beginnings, Middle, and the End

(10/19/12)Ann Begler

This articles talks about the natural, cyclical process of holidays and mediations. They all have a natural beginning, middle, and end.

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