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October Month of Conflict Resolution Week 2: Featuring 4 Peacebuilding Think-Tanks Across the World

(10/09/20)Anupriya Kukreja

As part of our special series for Conflict Resolution Month this October, this is our second article where we have highlighted the following research institutes and think tanks across the world.

Phyllis Pollack

The Impermanence of Life

(10/03/20)Phyllis Pollack

Online Yom Kippur discussed was the impermanence of life.

Ronald S. Kraybill

When People Interrupt

(9/30/20)Ronald S. Kraybill

The problem we saw in the recent residential debate is familiar to any mediator: How do you keep angry people from interrupting each other?

Christopher Sheesley

Three Questions to Resolve Conflict

(9/18/20)Christopher Sheesley

Continually asking questions, rather than making declarations, is a core creed in my resolution work.

Michael Jacobs

Taking Control of Mediation

(9/18/20)Michael Jacobs

We like to feel in control. To lose this sense of control is to be open to doubt, anxiety, and fear.

Sean Gander

Therapeutic Alliances in Organizations

(9/18/20)Sean Gander

This article discusses fostering collaboration, mitigating conflict, and improving performance.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

In the Time of Covid-19: The Rush to Modification

(9/15/20)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Today as the coronavirus keeps us isolated, huddled in our homes, fearful of venturing too far or thinking too deeply, we cannot long ignore the pandemic’s impact on contractual deals that we made when we thought we understood the present and even banked on a better tomorrow.

Michael Jacobs

The Paradox of Pain in Mediation

(9/04/20)Michael Jacobs

Pain is a mixed blessing in mediation.

Cinnie Noble

Criticizing Others

(8/29/20)Cinnie Noble

One way that some of us cope when we are in conflict is to criticize the other person for something he or she is saying or doing.

Phyllis Pollack

“Death by a thousand paper cuts.”

(8/29/20)Phyllis Pollack

The term “microaggression” was coined in the 1970s by Dr. Chester Pierce who is a psychiatrist, and refers to “subtle, stunning, often automatic, and nonverbal exchanges which are ‘put downs’ of Black people and members of other minority groups; ‘micro’ refers to their routine frequency, not the scale of their impact.” (Id.)

Kayla Matthews

Employee Contracts Are Becoming Complicated Amid COVID-19

(8/29/20)Kayla Matthews

Employee contracts, which were rarely straightforward before the pandemic, are particularly complicated now.

NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

NAFCM Vulnerable Visions

(8/29/20)NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

The National Association for Community Mediation discusses the importance of having a vulnerable vision, and standing up for it.

Kathleen Kauth

Mind Reading is Not a Communication Strategy

(8/21/20)Kathleen Kauth

Have you ever been in a situation with another individual where you have absolutely no idea what they are thinking?

Michael Lang

I am no good at making masks, so how can I pitch in during the pandemic?

(8/14/20)Michael Lang

Is there something more I could do, as part of the human community that might make a difference?

Roseann Vanella

Divorce Mediation: Using Caucusing to Relieve Pandemic Stress

(8/14/20)Roseann Vanella

Caucusing can be an important tool during the pandemic stress.

Larry Ray

Trust Must Be Earned; Trust is Fragile

(8/07/20)Larry Ray

At the heart of any dispute resolution process is Trust.

Joyce Odidison

In Their Voices: Video with Joyce Oddison

(7/31/20)Joyce Odidison, Michael Lang

This article shares a video of Michael Lang interviewing Joyce Oddison about how to stay resilient through difficult times. 

Christopher Sheesley

Two Words

(7/31/20)Christopher Sheesley

After helping thousands of people resolve disagreements at work, I have found that you can help people with these two words.

Sarathi Susheela

Substance of Negotiation in Mediation

(7/31/20)Sarathi Susheela

The article explains how mediator can facilitate disputing parties to resolve the dispute by making them understand what exactly they want. By using two case studies, the article highlights the skills used by the mediator in assisting the parties in negotiation.

Cinnie Noble

The Conflict Iceberg

(7/28/20)Cinnie Noble

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

Daniel Dana

Simple Magic - A haiku

(7/28/20)Daniel Dana

This is a haiku that discusses the art of dispute resolution.

Lorraine Segal

Feedback, Hot Buttons, and White Fragility

(7/28/20)Lorraine Segal

Being open to difficult feedback, even about racism, can help you grow.

Judy Rashid

Change Power is in the Process: When Listening is Not Enough

(7/17/20)Judy Rashid

Since the untimely and senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, the response from many organizations, places of work, and corporations have been to hold listening sessions specifically for African Americans to “share their story” with their peers.

John Lande

BATNAs and the Emotional Pains from “Positional Negotiation”

(7/17/20)John Lande

If you have problems with BATNA theory, you aren’t the only one.

Cinnie Noble

Facing the Conflict

(7/10/20)Cinnie Noble

The notion that we have the ability to change someone (such as their personality, their needs, their values, their core beliefs, their deeply held views) is unrealistic.

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