Tara West has studied all of the approaches to mediation.
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?
Have you been wanting to up-level your negotiation skills and wondering how to control your emotions during a difficult conversation so you can get what you want?
What has the last 21 months taught me?
So, what does it mean to the recalcitrant lawyer when it comes to ODR resistance?
Abby Silverman and Cyrus Dugger offer their thoughts on various topics related to employment mediation, including negotiation strategies, tax considerations and goodwill gestures.
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.
(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.
Divorce mediation has great advantages over the aggressive and unpredictable process of divorce litigation.
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.
This panel had many highlights, including FOI Tom Stipanowich, who coined the term mixed-mode and who now refers to it as “lane-changing.”
Provide insight about the developmental phase of elders, for the purpose of closing the communication gap and improving outcomes. Mediators can play a unique role by translating insights about elders’ developmental stage into actionable outcomes for everyone.
Progress in the mediation field is often a bit abstract, if not illusory. Related, humor in mediation has historically often been frowned upon as risky, if not insensitive. These spells have, however, now seemingly been broken by, of all things, readily available mediator mugs!
(11/16/21)Tim Hicks, Bernard Mayer
This is an additional episode of Mediate.com's Great Reads Book Club with Tim Hicks talking about his book "Embodied Conflict: The Neural Basis of Conflict and Communication." This interview is hosted by Bernie Mayer.
The relevance of this quote by Tuli Kupferberg to interpersonal conflict may not be immediately evident. But, through my work as a conflict management coach, and in my own experience, I am aware that we tend to get into patterns about how we react to things that provoke us.
I see many examples of people struggling to get beyond everyday gridlock. Still, in Hawaii, we seem stuck in a stewpot of persistent, unresolved, larger political, economic and cultural conflicts.
(10/21/21)Donald T. Saposnek
This book review of Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution, co-edited by Howard Gadlin and Nancy A. Welsh, presents an overview, with snippets of personal and autobiographical material, of this penetrating collection that comprises the “personal stories” of 23 leading practitioners and scholars in the field of conflict resolution.
(9/28/21)Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed, Colin Rule
This is a 90 minute video from the September 24, 2021 Forum sharing the Final Report of Mediate.com Task Force on Online Mediation. This video features Woody Mosten, Colin Rule, Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed, Tara Ollapally, Bruce Edwards, Donna Silverberg, Susan Guthrie, Angelia Tolbert, Michael Aurit, Tricia Jones, Michael Lang and John Sturrock.
Bringing five percent more compassion can really make a difference in conflicts.
(8/12/21)Cinnie Noble, Patricia Porter
Conflict coaching, also known as conflict management coaching, is a one on one process in which a trained coach supports clients to strengthen their conflict competence, including their confidence and comfort to engage more effectively in their interpersonal disputes. This process may also be used for pre-mediation to prepare parties to participate more effectively in the mediation process or to prepare for any facilitated dialogue/discussion.
One thing that all humans can agree upon is that we make assumptions. Whether we like it or not it is part of our nature.
RSI’s Director of Research, Jennifer Shack, and Professor Shestowsky are working with the Pew Charitable Trusts to evaluate online platforms that courts are using to assist parties in engaging in mediation and negotiation.
(6/27/21)Lydia Ray, Jonathan Rodrigues
Individuals sinking in personal or professional problems may turn to a mediator; Businesses troubled with contractual and commercial disputes may appoint a mediator; Nation-states imploding in racial or communal tension may call on a mediator – and after all this giving, who does the Mediator call on in times of need?
As a society, we have not resolved many enduring disputes, or convinced each other, or even discussed them intelligently, but ended up instead screaming at one another, clashing violently, and being prepared to manipulate, and even jettison the entire democratic process if it doesn’t back the candidates and policies we support.
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Since writing my recent short article, Courts Should Make Mediations Good Samaritans Not Frankensteins, I have been thinking about how to maximize the substantial benefits of court-connected mediation while minimizing the risks of coercion.