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Michelle Brenner

Children Find Peace in the Forest

(8/15/18)Michelle Brenner

Nature Deficit Disorder, a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in The Woods, is used to describe the impact that urbanisation along with the technological era has had, in reducing the time children are having in nature, nearby nature.

Leonardo d'Urso

Italian Mediation Model - Video

(8/15/18)Leonardo d'Urso

This article discusses how Italy has approached the initial mediation session.

Dick Harris

Dissing of Civil Discourse pt. 3

(8/15/18)Dick Harris

Interestingly, since beginning of this series of posts several months back, the topic of seeking greater respect and civility in our political and social interactions has ratcheted up significantly, even becoming mainstream!

Phyllis Pollack

Past the Time Is the Right Time!

(8/10/18)Phyllis Pollack

Many, many years ago, someone once said to me that people do not begin to negotiate until it is past the time to negotiate.

Joy Rosenthal

Families Belong Together

(8/10/18)Joy Rosenthal

Several experts have commented on the trauma the children must have experienced being separated from their families.

John Lande

In Praise of a Trial

(8/03/18)John Lande

The trial of Paul Manafort is a good illustration of an important value of trials.

Jeff Thompson

Crisis Counselor Skills: Helping People In Crisis… in 160 Characters or Less

(8/03/18)Jeff Thompson

This article discusses how mediators can apply the communication skills used by Crisis Counselors to help people in crisis.

Ian MacDuff

The Narrative Arc of Conflict

(7/27/18)Ian MacDuff

This article discusses Kahneman's words “Odd as it may seem, I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.”

Cinnie Noble

Up Against a Wall

(7/20/18)Cinnie Noble

Sometimes, when involved in an interpersonal conflict, we find ourselves “up against a wall”.

Lorraine Segal

Nonverbal Communication, Difficult Conversations (and autonomous cars)

(7/20/18)Lorraine Segal

Whenever I teach conflict and communication skills classes or coach someone, I always include the important role nonverbal communication plays.

Cinnie Noble

Being Grateful for Some Conflicts

(7/13/18)Cinnie Noble

It might seem strange to use the words ‘grateful’ and ‘conflict’ in the same sentence.

Cinnie Noble

Bee in Your Bonnet

(7/06/18)Cinnie Noble

The expression “to have a bee in one’s bonnet” has a variety of meanings.

Phyllis Pollack

Doing Nothin’!

(7/06/18)Phyllis Pollack

Acceleration in conflict begets acceleration until we become mice on a treadmill.

Michael A. Zeytoonian

Thinking About Using Mediation to Resolve Your Employment Dispute Without Going Through Litigation First?

(7/06/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

One of the things we would find out very quickly through an employment litigation assessment was whether both sides were open, willing and able to exchange all relevant information in good faith about the facts in dispute right away.

Phyllis Pollack

Dispute Resolution 101!

(7/02/18)Phyllis Pollack

My husband’s stay in the hospital has taught me a very basic lesson: knowing how to resolve disputes is a necessary tool in every aspect of life, especially in stressful situations such as hospital stays.

Joy Rosenthal

Keep Your Enemies Closer

(7/02/18)Joy Rosenthal

We are all capable of hating; but we are all capable of loving, as well.

Cinnie Noble

People Pleasers in Conflict

(6/22/18)Cinnie Noble

Some of us have a pattern known as people-pleasing.

Bruce Edwards

Building a Golden Bridge and Other Lessons from Dr. William Ury

(6/22/18)Bruce Edwards

Dr. Ury says that in modern day conflict, where we seek to win at the expense of our adversary. In doing so, we invariably ensure mutual loss. “Instead,” he said, “The aim of modern day conflict resolution must focus on finding mutual gains.”

Cinnie Noble

The Conflict Iceberg

(6/14/18)Cinnie Noble

The metaphor of an iceberg has commonly been used as a metaphor about conflict.

Dan Simon

Why Is Conflict Such a Big Deal?

(6/14/18)Dan Simon

Conflict is a big deal because it affects our two most basic values – strength of self and care of other.

Alexia Georgakopoulos

Review of Mediation Handbook

(6/07/18)Alexia Georgakopoulos

The handbook doesn’t reflect a Western Perspective, rather it reflects a global perspective of mediation and that is the only way we can have a holistic view of mediation.

George Siedel

BATNAs: A Practical Tool for Mediators and a Risk

(6/04/18)George Siedel

Understanding BATNAs is especially important in mediation because they provide disputing parties with power.

Cinnie Noble

Being Good to Ourselves When in Conflict

(5/25/18)Cinnie Noble

Interpersonal conflict is often deflating. Our egos, self-esteem, confidence, mood and other parts of us can all be negatively influenced when we are in dispute.

Dan Simon

Transformative Dialogue – The Salvation of Democracy?

(5/25/18)Dan Simon

While some conversations result in “getting to yes”, others lead to clarity that no agreement is possible at that time.

Dick Harris

The Dissing of Civil Discourse pt. 2

(5/25/18)Dick Harris

The idea of civility must be built upon standards of conduct towards others and a willingness to accept the consequences for your words.

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