When a friend told me how he overcame a bully, my curiosity peaked, and I asked him to show me how he defused a situation like that.
The difference in opinions, beliefs, views, values, and desires, plus the need to establish supremacy of one over the others often causes conflicts to arise in different situations.
(1/05/21)Keshia Osbourne, Bruce Ally
After spending four months and 140 hours of intense theoretical study, I walked away from one of Toronto’s leading Universities with a certificate in Dispute Resolution. This was what happened when I stepped in to the real world.
This paper helps Conflict Resolution Practitioners update their expertise by summarizing current federal legal guidelines, laws and regulations, and expectations from Public Authorities, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The paper also reviews the expectations and rights of State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, and parents or guardians of children with disabilities during this unprecedented time.
(11/20/20)John Brand, Felicity Steadman
Many South African Schools are facing demands to change and even to radically transform themselves. Some of these demands relate to the ‘isms’ such as racism, and other identity related issues.
Probably every student and instructor has had difficult challenges this year accommodating to the routines needed because of the pandemic.
(7/30/20)Aloysius Goh, Sean Lim, Samantha Lek, Megan Tay
Humbling as it may be for adults to admit, the sages who can unlock the Golden Age of mediation may actually be the youth.
Folklore was the class at university that fundamentally altered how I view the world.
Margaret Shaw talks about what she hopes to see in the future for mediation: that mediation in schools will make a difference; certification regulations will form slowly, so as not to lose the flexibility of the field; that there will be an increased emphasis on collaboration in society.
(7/25/20)Barney Jordaan, Deborah Masucci
Mediation is rarely taught as a core subject in business schools, law schools and other professional curricula, despite the fact that an increasing number of jurisdictions now provide for some form of court sponsored mediation.
(7/25/20)Angela Herberholz, Emma Ewart Keir
Practicing mediators with advanced knowledge, skills and experience need to support the next generations of mediators to ensure a positive and vibrant future of mediation.
Perplexed by the slow uptake of mediation in many places, is it time to wonder whether the mediation field has taken sufficient account of the centrality of culture?
(6/08/20)Susanne Terry, Bernard Mayer
Over the last week, a group of conflict engagement practitioners have created a statement of intent regarding racism. The idea started with Susanne Terry who, with Bernie Mayer and input from a number of other interested persons, created, "Constructive Conflict and Strategic Disruption: A Statement from Conflict Engagement Practitioners."
(6/08/20)Jonathan Rodrigues, Tanu Mehta
Mediation in India has taken giant strides over the last few years. The new course offerings are a testament to these advances.
This links to a free course for practitioners, or to show to their clients as a resource, for resolving home conflict during the quarantine.
Mediation is a young, exciting, and expanding field of practice.
In this outstanding collection of essays, there are tips for managing disagreements, guidelines for handling children’s needs, information about finances, and even a recipe for Quarantine Cookies.
Many ADR teachers around the world have responded to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic by closing down campus operations and moving all teaching activity online. This essay aims to provide a helpful and demystifying first read for faculty who have just received online transition orders.
Is there then something that can be said to be a ‘Right Education?’
So what happens when an older adult experiences a health crisis that takes them away for a time, or becomes unable to live independently?
Schools need to manage conflicts effectively, maintaining a positive environment for students, and enabling the involved sides to learn from their conflict.
(2/01/20)L. Randolph Lowry
Randy Lowry speaks of the developments in the mediation field he foresees: more educational programs in schools, more institutions, more agencies practicing mediation, growth of programs, program expansion at Pepperdine, contribution to medical field.
Leonard Riskin saw certain unahappiness in law schools that he linked to the adversarial process of settling disputes. Instead of a win-lose scenario, he attempted to help lawyers see and use mediation as a way to open their minds to a more positive process that would satisfy parties' underlying interests and needs.
One way schools can equip students with the skills to address conflict is through peer mediation.
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This weekend, I saw the movie, Harriet, a riveting film about Harriet Tubman. I learned about how to guide people through conflict.