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.
This article discusses how Italy has approached the initial mediation session.
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!
Many, many years ago, someone once said to me that people do not begin to negotiate until it is past the time to negotiate.
Several experts have commented on the trauma the children must have experienced being separated from their families.
The trial of Paul Manafort is a good illustration of an important value of trials.
This article discusses how mediators can apply the communication skills used by Crisis Counselors to help people in crisis.
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.”
Sometimes, when involved in an interpersonal conflict, we find ourselves “up against a wall”.
Whenever I teach conflict and communication skills classes or coach someone, I always include the important role nonverbal communication plays.
It might seem strange to use the words ‘grateful’ and ‘conflict’ in the same sentence.
The expression “to have a bee in one’s bonnet” has a variety of meanings.
Acceleration in conflict begets acceleration until we become mice on a treadmill.
Thinking About Using Mediation to Resolve Your Employment Dispute Without Going Through Litigation First?
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.
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.
We are all capable of hating; but we are all capable of loving, as well.
Some of us have a pattern known as people-pleasing.
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.”
The metaphor of an iceberg has commonly been used as a metaphor about conflict.
Conflict is a big deal because it affects our two most basic values – strength of self and care of other.
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.
Understanding BATNAs is especially important in mediation because they provide disputing parties with power.
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.
While some conversations result in “getting to yes”, others lead to clarity that no agreement is possible at that time.
The idea of civility must be built upon standards of conduct towards others and a willingness to accept the consequences for your words.