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Community Mediation Articles

Community Mediation Articles


A Toddler's Wisdom on Conflict Resolution

(6/15/18)Jan Frankel Schau

The values we share matter more than our differences.

The Edinburgh Declaration of International Mediators

(6/04/18)John Sturrock

I write this in the aftermath of the really uplifting and wonderfully diverse conference which I had the privilege to host and chair recently in my home city, under the auspices of the International Academy of Mediators.

The Gang of Fourteen

(5/29/18)Peter Adler

These are dark times, especially if you are part of the loose community of people who by virtue of nature and/or nurture, are of a mediative persuasion.

The Time for Dispute Resolution Alternatives (DRA) has come

(5/25/18)Michael A. Zeytoonian

There was a time, not long ago, when those who found themselves in a dispute had two basic choices: They could either file a lawsuit/initiate some formal complaint process or they could just walk away from the conflict and try to move on.

ODR for All: Digital Accessibility and Disability Accommodations in Online Dispute Resolution

(5/22/18)David Larson, Lainey Feingold

The promise of online dispute resolution (ODR) depends on accessibility.

Two-Step to Prioritize Relationship

(5/11/18)Ronald S. Kraybill

A great move for improving your effectiveness in conflict is mastering the two-step discussion process.

3 Reasons Why You Want to Mediate Guardianship Disputes

(4/27/18)Lee Drizin

Settling the issue of who should take legal guardianship over a ward can be a long, drawn out, and tedious process.

Comparative Data on Mediation Websites: Most Visited and Most Linked

(4/18/18)Mediate.com

According to Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website. In business since 1996, Mediate.com has over 6 million annual site visitors and serves as a bridge between professionals offering dispute resolution services and people needing these services.

Optimizing the Use of Joint Sessions in Mediation

(4/13/18)John Sturrock

Much has been said and written about the demise of the joint meeting in mediation. In my experience, such a view is premature and, I fear, is potentially wasteful of the power that mediation brings for creative problem-solving.

Social Media-tion: A Bridge for Young Mediators to Enter--and Re-Define--The Profession?

(4/05/18)Gregg Relyea

For years, a gap has existed between mediation training of young students and entry into the field as professional mediators.

What it Takes to be Conflict Masterful

(3/09/18)Cinnie Noble

How we define conflict mastery and the characteristics needed to be and be seen as such varies.

Teaching Social Justice on Campus for Self Awareness, Community Sustainability, and Systems Change

(3/02/18)Judy Rashid

This article addresses the relevance of teaching social justice on campus - in the classroom and in student affairs - and the challenge of maintaining a balanced and reasoned approach.

How Turkey Went from Virtually Zero to 30,828 Mediations in Just One Month

(2/22/18)Leonardo d'Urso

Mediation and the “Snowball” Effect in the Mediterranean: How Turkey Went from Virtually Zero to 30,828 Mediations in Just One Month (and Greece is Next!).

Reflections on Parkland, from a Broward County Parent / Conflict Resolution Practitioner

(2/22/18)Larry Schooler

The author, a parent of a child in Broward County Schools (where Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School is located), reflects on possible usages of ADR, mediation, facilitation, and consensus-building in the seemingly never-ending national struggle over guns.

Juries of Their Peers

(2/02/18)Maria Simpson

When I was in fourth grade, a few millennia ago, our teacher established a system so we could settle a lot of our own disputes.

Three Quotations from Lincoln on Conflict Resolution

(2/02/18)Joe Markowitz

It’s ironic that the president who led us through by most measures our most destructive war had some of the most profound things to say about peace-making.

Criminal Justice and ADR

(1/26/18)Shirli Kirschner

What does ADR mean in the criminal justice context?

On the Road to Solutions that Work for All

(1/05/18)John Sturrock

The idea of our bus tour was to engage local communities in conversations about what was important to them in their area and explore how effective dialogue can aid problem-solving, help resolve contentious issues and reduce conflict.

Eye of the Storm Leadership: Guerilla Bridge Building

(12/27/17)Peter Adler

Guerilla warfare is unconventional. Instead of relying on large, slow moving armies and doctrines of overwhelming force, guerillas depend on invisibility, highly portable weapons, quick ambushes, booby traps, and hundreds of pressuring tactics that achieve practical offensive or defensive results.

I Would Never ...

(12/22/17)Cinnie Noble

The other day a coaching client told me that she became angry at a man she works with who criticized how she managed a situation.

How Will the Way We Resolve Our Workplace and Family Business Disputes Impact our Thanksgiving Meal?

(11/17/17)Michael A. Zeytoonian

The opposition in disputes is not “the other side”, because I don’t see a workplace in terms of having two sides – employees vs. employers.

The Question That Brings Hamster Wheel Debates to a Standstill

(11/10/17)Tammy Lenski

Some debates, arguments, and bickering go on and on, without leading anywhere (except to more frustration).

Go Back to the Future to Discover How Your Agreement Could Fail

(11/06/17)Tammy Lenski

When we’ve put in effort to solve a problem, we want our solution, decision, or agreement to have every chance at long-run success.

Singapore: The Hub of International Commercial Dispute Resolution

(11/06/17)F. Peter Phillips

In addition to the usual high level of discourse and the unparalleled opportunity to meet new friends and keep the old, this particular Forum offered the additional opportunity to reassess the extraordinary richness of Singapore as a world center for international commerce and commercial dispute resolution.

Sunk Costs and the California Law Revision Commission

(10/06/17)Phyllis Pollack

On September 28, 2017, the California Law Revision Commission met to review the public comments it had received to its Tentative Recommendation (issued in June 2017) following its study to create an exception to mediation confidentiality (Study K-402).

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