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  • WCML 035.5: Authentic Connection vs. the Facebook “Like” button, with Schmutzie aka Elan Morgan

    Pace Smith
    Pace and Kyeli
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    For two weeks, a self-imposed strike From clicking the button marked “Like.” Now Schmutzie’s agreed To speak of her feed And chat with a queer and a dyke. Schmutzie has been experimenting with not clicking the “Like” button on Facebook, and inspired by her, Kyeli and I have too. Here’s what we’ve noticed about our Facebook feeds, our connections, our illusions of connections, and vulnerability. And Instagram, because why not. Highlights: Schmutzie’s “don’t click Like” experiment How it affected her feed How it affected her…
  • CONFLICT & How to Resolve a Tiff with Your Boss

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    bobwhitesel
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Retrieved from … http://hbr.org/tip/2014/09/05/resolve-a-tiff-with-your-boss
  • Charlotte Anger Management Classes New website

    ANGER ON MY MIND
    Carlos R. Todd
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Visit us at www.masteringconflict.com to access anger and conflict management programs in Charlotte, North Carolina        
  • Technology: Progress and Potential

    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)
    Sanjana
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster, and also how much more needs to be done in this regard. I end by asking, The progress, potential, and new challenges of technology provoke a simple question of us: we all often say technology saves lives, but how far and much are we willing to really invest to make sure it really does? Read the article here. Also worth reading is ‘Technology and the…
  • PULSE Level 2 and other thoughts on learning in the new world

    Nancy Love's Weblog
    Dr. Nancy Love
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Today I had a call from someone interested in taking our PULSE level 2 course.  It is the second 40 hours of mediation training using the PULSE Frame.  We haven’t had much call to offer it lately so it is exciting to see some renewed interest.  Anyone with a basic mediation course could register and if we get enough interest we will offer it sometime in late November.There is some flexibility for us to set up the first 2 days as an online program though Jig saw box and have participants come to the St Albert Office for the 3 day intensive practice sessions. Please send an email to me…
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    Pace Smith

  • WCML 035.5: Authentic Connection vs. the Facebook “Like” button, with Schmutzie aka Elan Morgan

    Pace and Kyeli
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    For two weeks, a self-imposed strike From clicking the button marked “Like.” Now Schmutzie’s agreed To speak of her feed And chat with a queer and a dyke. Schmutzie has been experimenting with not clicking the “Like” button on Facebook, and inspired by her, Kyeli and I have too. Here’s what we’ve noticed about our Facebook feeds, our connections, our illusions of connections, and vulnerability. And Instagram, because why not. Highlights: Schmutzie’s “don’t click Like” experiment How it affected her feed How it affected her…
  • Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless?

    Pace
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    The other day, I was reading a book in which a woman was described as “businesslike.” I instantly knew what the author meant: cold, no-nonsense, efficient, and without kindness or empathy. I did a double-take. Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless? I started writing about this, but I got carried away by my passionate rant, and it turned into a manifesto. Warm and Businesslike I’m an entrepreneur. I do business. But I’m not cold. I’m not heartless. I care about my clients and customers. I want to do good in the world and make money. There…
  • WCML 035: The 3 Circles of Pathfinding (and how perfectionism can skew them) with Julica Hermann

    Pace and Kyeli
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    For your path to proceed unimpeded There are three things that must all be heeded. You’re on the right map When these 3 overlap: What you love, what you rock, and what’s needed. The “Holy Grail” of Pathfinding is to find the intersection of these three circles: what you love, what you rock, and what’s needed. But perfectionists can make this harder than it needs to be, and Julica Hermann, life coach and aspiring post-perfectionist, is gonna tell us how. Highlights: What you rock: Don’t hold yourself to such a high standard of excellence. You’re good…
  • I want to make more money, but it’s like I’ve got one foot on the brake and one foot on the accelerator.

    Pace
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    I’m 35 years old. My business isn’t growing as quickly as I had hoped. There are things I could do to make more money, but it’s like I’ve got one foot on the brake and one foot on the accelerator. Why is my foot on the brake? Don’t I want to make more money? As if in answer, my memory takes me back 20 years… I’m 15 years old. My friend Rob wants to buy something that costs $50. He doesn’t have the money, and he asks me if he can borrow $50. I have the money. I like to save up, but there’s nothing urgent that I’m saving for. I want to…
  • WCML 034: The 38th day, the geography of loss, and disability

    Pace and Kyeli
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    “Live like it could go away,” As Patti Digh’s been known to say. But here is the quandary: Why do the laundry? We’ll stink on the 38th day. In Life is a Verb, Patti Digh wrote about living life as though you had 37 days to live. If I only had 37 days to live, I would spend my life savings and not bother doing the laundry. How can we have both? And we end up talking a lot about grief and disability. Highlights: the 38th day “I’m playing this game of life to learn, not to win.” -Patti Digh The 3 steps in dealing with loss: embrace what is honor what was…
 
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  • CONFLICT & How to Resolve a Tiff with Your Boss

    bobwhitesel
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Retrieved from … http://hbr.org/tip/2014/09/05/resolve-a-tiff-with-your-boss
  • Back to My Roots

    hopecouncil
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    I’ve had a rough patch recently, and I’m realizing that, as I age, my capacity to stomach what I believe to be bad behavior toward me and mine from others is diminishing –- and I never tolerated it much in the first place. My husband David was recently dragged into a 50-year-old rivalry, and I defended him, figuratively slapping the challenger into place in less than 10 seconds flat. I wasn’t proud of myself, and David seemed a little embarrassed. And that’s when it hit me: I worked HARD to become the person I am. And now I have to work to preserve her. I had a friend, Patt C., who…
  • A Tale of Three Discussions: Part Two

    kerenkandel
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    “That to which I cannot see, I shall not cease pursuing.” As promised, part two awaits. As I’ve adapted the work of Soloviev’s Tale of Three Discussions to fit my year up to this point, up next is “Progress”. As we know, throughout life we progress in a myriad of ways. In specific, the progress of this past year has brought me to a point of reflection and deliberation. I’ve spent the past three weeks visiting family and friends in rural northeast Ohio. (A wonderful time spent with grandparents on the farm!) This time was intended for just this…
  • SONGS OF A RESOLUTION

    amoafowaa
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Sing me a song Sing me a song whose cords Will massage my scalp better than shea butter A song whose
  • Power to the People! A Call for Citizen Engagement in Israel Palestine

    Donald Ellis
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve got an idea that is not really so bold as much as it is ignored. My idea responds to what I consider to be a weakness in the political considerations that characterize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And that weakness is the failure of sufficient input from the general populace. I mean meaningful input taken seriously. Polls in both Israel and Palestine indicate that upwards of 60% of the population wants peace and find the two state solution to be sensible. It is true, according to a new poll of Palestinians, that the two state solution is falling away in popularity. But it can be…
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    ANGER ON MY MIND

  • Charlotte Anger Management Classes New website

    Carlos R. Todd
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Visit us at www.masteringconflict.com to access anger and conflict management programs in Charlotte, North Carolina        
  • I am back

    Carlos R. Todd
    13 Jan 2011 | 8:16 pm
    Hello all, After not posting for almost a year I am back. I have just concluded a grueling dissertation in conflict management (very few of these are written each year despite the pervasive use of conflict management). I am pleased with the end result but the work will have to continue. I will moving my blog post to CarlosTodd.com in the coming weeks. In the meantime I will be working on my new office space and getting ready to launch my new websites and services. It has been a tough year but I have accomplished my objective and am ready for the next steps. Stay tuned…
  • Affordable Online Anger Management Classes in Charlotte, North Carolina

    Carlos R. Todd
    2 Feb 2010 | 6:22 am
    For anger management classes in North Carolina visit www.masteringanger.com or call 704-804-0841.
  • How to see change as my only option—what is at stake if I continue in my anger and conflict?

    Carlos R. Todd
    2 Feb 2010 | 6:16 am
    What happens if your idea goes over like a lead balloon? What happens if no one is interested in your idea? Do you continue to persist and for how long?  While it is always good to be persistent, it is also good to understand when you have to throw in the towel. No one wins all of the time. It is impossible. When you see that you continue to run into a brick wall time and time again, it may be time for a change.  It can be tough to give up on a dream. But many successful people have had many dreams that failed. Even successful corporations have hit upon some real clinkers. They did not give…
  • The Most Affordable Online Anger Management Class $99

    Carlos R. Todd
    22 Jan 2010 | 12:30 pm
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Technology: Progress and Potential

    Sanjana
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster, and also how much more needs to be done in this regard. I end by asking, The progress, potential, and new challenges of technology provoke a simple question of us: we all often say technology saves lives, but how far and much are we willing to really invest to make sure it really does? Read the article here. Also worth reading is ‘Technology and the…
  • Lankacorps Fellows 2014 presentation

    Sanjana
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:29 pm
    A presentation made at The Asia Foundation in Colombo to the 2014 cohort of the Foundation’s Lankacorps Fellows. Filed under: ICTs in general
  • Video of keynote: New media, peacebuilding and conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. The organisers have just uploaded a video of the full keynote. A write up, based on the notes I spoke from, can be read here. Filed under: ICT for Peacebuilding
  • Between Scylla and Charybdis: Harnessing the potential of new media for conflict transformation

    Sanjana
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Photo by Jareeya Arttanuchit I was invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference on “Communication, Conflicts and Peace Processes: Landscape of Knowledge from Asia and the Deep South of Thailand”, from 21 – 22 August in Pattani, Thailand. As an aside, half an hour before I left for the airport, my Mac completely crashed, which forced me gather my thoughts on paper en route and deliver a 40 minute address without the aid of a presentation, for the first time in my life. Looking back, I think it was useful to have the audience focus on exactly what I…
  • Ten years after the Asian tsunami, new ideas for DRR: Keynote address at ISCRAM 2014

    Sanjana
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the ISCRAM Asia Conference 2014 held in Sri Lanka from 20 – 21 June 2014. My session was held at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing and was titled ‘The more the technology, the more it stays the same?’. Had my keynote been a week earlier, I would have begun in a different manner. As it happened, the keynote was during a week that saw some of the worst violence against the Muslim community in recent history, covered at the time not by mainstream media or official government sources, but by social media that…
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    Nancy Love's Weblog

  • PULSE Level 2 and other thoughts on learning in the new world

    Dr. Nancy Love
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Today I had a call from someone interested in taking our PULSE level 2 course.  It is the second 40 hours of mediation training using the PULSE Frame.  We haven’t had much call to offer it lately so it is exciting to see some renewed interest.  Anyone with a basic mediation course could register and if we get enough interest we will offer it sometime in late November.There is some flexibility for us to set up the first 2 days as an online program though Jig saw box and have participants come to the St Albert Office for the 3 day intensive practice sessions. Please send an email to me…
  • A Sharp Mind

    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Thursday is the 4th. The 4th of each month I have scheduled a free webinar for PULSE people which includes anyone who is interested in what PULSE is and how it works. This months Webinar is on a Sharp Mind. It deals with the magnificent brain, neuroscience and many other amazing things that help us maintain and increase our mental capacity and our intellectual strength. Of course in forty minutes we can only scratch the surface. I invite you to join in the conversation especially if you have an interest in what research is saying about brain function and capacity or the difference between…
  • The Maritimes

    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Good friends. Cousins. Good food. Great music. Home. I am sure that most people have a place that they go to where they immediately feel at home. For me it is here in the Maritimes. Of course I was born and mostly raised here so it is familiar, but there is more than that. It’s the salt air. It’s the friendly chatter at the Walmart. It’s the cadence of the language and the stories in the songs. It’s the laughter and the smiles and the people that share them with each other. I had a chance to attend a show at the Tidnish Community Hall this week. “The Elderly…
  • Aloha – Back to the big island

    Dr. Nancy Love
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    My girls and I are back on the big island for our mother daughter trip. It is beautiful here. It is relaxing and each time I come I feel more at home. My goal is to learn a few more hawaiian words this trip. We head home today. Those of you following my girls on face book know we had a great time. WE hunkered down for Iselle but aside from a little wind and rain this side of the Island was spared any damaging impact. It wasn’t so bad. I learned a new card game. It isn’t just the beauty of Hawaii that calls me back. it is the feeling in the air. The negative ions I have written…
  • Connected….

    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Today I had the internet access installed at the lake. I thought I would be able to leave connectivity for a while…even a year but it’s no use.I have succumbed to the threat of 3G bills and installed something on my roof that ensures that I can see the world and the world can see me. Even at the lake. I guess that’s alright. It was nice to be “offline” for a couple of weeks. At least in my own mind I was off-line and feeling pretty self-righteous about it too. I found myself bragging about not having internet. How weird is that? Our society has shifted so much in…
 
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    NCDD Community News

  • Day One “Short Talks” at NCDD 2014

    Andy Fluke
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    New to this year’s NCDD national conference, Friday’s Short Talks will provide conference participants the opportunity to hear directly from leading innovators and thought leaders in the field.   Scheduled from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on our first day, we’ll have ten rooms set aside for two “back-to-back” repeated sessions, so that attendees can choose two of the ten short talks. With topics including “lessons learned in the course of carrying out a multi-year, multi-project CDC public engagement initiative” presented by Roger Bernier and Caitlin Wills-Toker…
  • 50 “Next Generation” Digital Engagement Tools

    Roshan Bliss
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The theme for this year’s NCDD conference, “Democracy for the Next Generation“, is meant to invite us to build on all the innovative tools and practices that have been invigorating our field in recent years. Many of those innovations are digital, and that is why a major goal for NCDD 2014 is to help our field better understand how to utilize technology for engagement and to provide insights and know-how for harnessing the emerging technologies that support dialogue and deliberation. NCDD 2014 will feature tons of “next generation” engagement tech, so…
  • On David Mathews… a featured speaker at NCDD 2014

    Sandy Heierbacher
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    We are thrilled to have David Mathews, President and CEO of the Kettering Foundation, joining us at the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation next month. David is our featured plenary speaker on the first day of the conference, Friday, October 17th. (See the full conference schedule here.) Many people in our field know David, and are familiar with his work at the Kettering Foundation. Under David’s leadership, Kettering plays a vital role in our field by advancing and funding leading edge democracy research. Because one of the key ways they conduct research is through…
  • Updates from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium

    Roshan Bliss
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    We recently received a newsletter from NCDD supporting member Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), and we wanted to share it with you. The DDC has been working on some important and exciting projects, and they have 3 big announcements. First, the DDC has released a significant new white paper: Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection is the latest white paper from PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement). Written by the DDC’s Matt Leighninger, the report – downloadable here - describes the innovative collision of…
  • Opening at Univ. of Utah’s Environmental Dispute Resolution Program

    Roshan Bliss
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are pleased to share with our NCDD community that our friends at the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law have an opening for a new Associate Director that they recently posted here. The EDR program is an NCDD organizational member, and we know that plenty of folks from our network would be a great fit for the position. The general description of the position is below, but you can find the full description and more info about the position at https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/35519. Please make sure to share the…
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • ‘Foodies, feds and factory farms’ writer Sangamithra Iyer on Truthdig Radio

    The Editors
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    by The Editors Truthdig Radio, in association with KPFK in Los Angeles, invited Waging Nonviolence contributor Sangamithra Iyer on their show last week to discuss her recent longform article “Foodies, feds and factory farms — Why we need vegans now more than ever.”
  • Cecily McMillan: On being a woman inside and outside of the criminal justice system

    Anna Lekas Miller
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    by Anna Lekas Miller Cecily McMillan, Occupy Wall Street Activist, makes a speech to members of the press as she is released from Rikers on July 2, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/WireImage) On March 17, 2012, Cecily McMillan, a graduate student and Occupy activist was arrested at Zuccotti Park and charged with assaulting a police officer, a felony that carries a seven-year prison sentence. McMillan did elbow the officer in the eye; however, it was a reflexive response to him violently groping her breast while arresting her. Although she has the scars to prove it, she was still…
  • Climate documentary builds excitement for the People’s Climate March

    Kate Aronoff
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    by Kate Aronoff The documentary film “Disruption” premiered online and in a series of viewing parties across the country on September 7. The community screenings being held across the country are intended to build momentum for the People’s Climate March happening next weekend in New York, touted by organizers as the “largest climate march in history.” Whether or not this turns out to be true, which it well might, “Disruption” itself is a testament to the considerable movement building work that’s happened over the past several years around climate change and…
  • Protests in Pakistan demand end to corruption

    Mariam Elba
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    by Mariam Elba Members of the Pakistan Tahreeki-e-Insaf political party, founded by Imran Khan, rally on May 10, 2014, before heading to the Islamabad protests. (Flickr/Ground Report) Over the last few weeks, the growing protests in Islamabad have been a source of inspiration for Pakistanis demanding an end to governmental corruption. Since August 14, the date of Pakistan’s Independence Day, thousands of protesters throughout the country have been calling for the resignation of the recently elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif due to the country’s continuing and immense problem of…
  • YA dystopias teach children to act against inequality — let’s not abandon them

    Kate Aronoff
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    by Kate Aronoff “The Giver,” a big-budget film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s beloved 1994 novel, hit screens across the country last month. Since its release, writers on the left have come out criticizing the past few years’ new wave of dystopian young adult fiction. Pointing to “The Giver” and successful film adaptations of the “Hunger Games” and “Divergent,” Andrew O’Hehir of Salon and Ewan Morrison of The Guardian, each claim that these popular series promote a radical free-market ideology, with O’Hehir going so far as to call them “capitalist agitprop.” However,…
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    Crisis Management by us

  • Home Depot Hack Dethrones Target as Largest Data Breach by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Would your organization have a plan in place? The Target hack has been dethroned as the largest known data breach after less than a year following Home Depot’s revelation that some 56 million credit and debit cards were exposed to hackers due to an assault via customized malware. The Wall Street Journal’s Robin Sidel reports: Home Depot Inc. said 56 million cards may have been compromised in a five-month attack on its payment terminals, making the breach much bigger than the holiday attack at Target Corp It was the first time the do-it-yourself retailer had defined the scale of a…
  • To Share, or not to Share? by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Your reputation hinges on making the right choice It seems every day now a new name is in hot water over improper use of Twitter, Facebook, or some other social media network. Although we, and many others, share content addressing this regularly, few seem to be getting the message. As long as people, and businesses, continue to create major crises for themselves by posting inappropriate content to social media, we’ll keep sharing guides like the one below, from OnlineClasses.org: ——————————- For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic: Crisis Management…
  • Lessons from Malaysia Airlines’ “Bucket List” Contest by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Even easily avoidable crises don’t dodge themselves When we saw that Malaysia Airlines was holding a contest asking travelers which places were on their “bucket list”, our jaws just about dropped through the floor. Even in a company that’s proven to be insensitive to the feelings of stakeholders this seemed an impossible mistake, yet here it was making headlines around the world. Even worse, after the negative backlash surrounding its compassion-less communication following the crashes of both MH370 and MH17, the airline showed it’s learned nothing, giving an…
  • CDC Director Urges Rapid Crisis Management for Ebola by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    A call to action through education The longer crises are allowed to go on without definitive action being taken, the more damage is caused. When you have events like the current Ebola outbreak, that involve not one individual or organization, but many, the response becomes far more complex. In a continuation of its tried-and-true tactic of crisis management through education, the CDC sent its director on a media blitz, where he spread powerful statements like those below, from a CBS News article, to large national audiences: Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…
  • Some People are Media Naturals – Even at Age 5 by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Incredible example of media prowess from a five year old While media training can make anyone better at speaking to the press, some people are just naturals, even at the age of five. If you haven’t seen the viral video of a young boy absolutely dominating an interview with his local news channel, have a watch: Besides being ridiculously cute, this kid showed some serious media chops. - Voice: You heard every single word he said, VERY clearly. - Eyes: He makes eye contact with the reporter and eye contact with his audience through the camera when delivering his message. - Body language:…
 
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • The Key to a Sustainable Future Is Resisting Violence Every Day

    Yessenia Funes
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Photo by H. Kopp-Delaney / Flickr. From Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, people have been rising up in recent years to fight oppression. But success isn’t the inevitable outcome of protest, and revolution, even for just causes, can lead to further oppression. In The Nonviolence Handbook, Michael Nagler provides a clear and accessible guide to what he sees as the only path to sustainable justice: the philosophy and practice of nonviolence. Click here to subscribe to YES! Nagler prefers the Gandhian term satyagraha, generally used to mean nonviolent struggle, but which literally means…
  • The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It

    Valerie Schloredt
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Khakimullin Aleksandr / Shutterstock. It’s fortunate for our understanding of the dynamics of oppression that the writer Rebecca Solnit attended a certain party one evening in Aspen years ago. That’s when she encountered an instance of everyday sexism so staggering it sparked her widely shared and quoted 2008 essay, “Men Explain Things to Me.” Her description of a man unheedingly explaining to her what she already knew—the subject of her own recently published book, in fact—struck a familiar chord for those who had experienced their own encounters with the…
  • Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?

    Dean Paton
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Tomasz Wagner. I am driving my old red Jeep near my house. I stop for a traffic light and see a disheveled man, trying to smile, wanting to look me in the eye, and holding a cardboard sign on which he has printed in thick, black letters: “No job. Anything helps. God bless.” Do I roll down my window and hold out some coins? Or pretend I don’t see him? Do I avoid eye contact because, deep down, seeing him forces me to confront a scary reality—that I, too, could wind up begging on the streets? Do I let his presence reinforce the common belief that poverty is inevitable, a…
  • How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights on the First Day of School

    Liz Pleasant
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Photo courtesy of US Department of Education / Flickr. With the first day of school just around the corner, teachers across the country are wondering how to incorporate discussions of the violent clashes between the Ferguson, Mo., police department and protesters in the weeks after the killing of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. How can teachers lead classroom discussions on such difficult and emotional topics as racism and police militarization? How do these types of conversations change based on students’ age or socio-economic background? A growing number of teachers have connected on…
  • Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    Deirdre Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This essay originally appeared at 350.org, where the author works as a strategic partnership coordinator. Photo by Elvert Barnes/ Flickr. They're all over the news: images of police in military gear pointing war-zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Mike Brown, his family, and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and remembered feeling the same fear for my own family, many times in any given year. The events in Ferguson are important if you're a climate…
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    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog

  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 1)

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today, Ki Moments begins a series of posts on practices to increase centering and mindfulness. Its purpose will be to answer these questions: How do I actually do it? How do I get centered, become grounded, more mindful and present in life's difficult moments. As Dan Harris puts it in his new book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--how do I know when I've achieved it? In the next weeks, invited guests and I will share thoughts and practices for achieving a more balanced, aware,…
  • Finding Center in Back to School

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This month there are parents all over the country with a need to find center.  Maybe you’ve left a child at school or maybe your youngest is starting kindergarten and you’re faced with your first day of not knowing what he’s up to every single moment.  Perhaps this is the first year you have no children at home, or even are longing for a child you can send off to school one day.Read more...
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 5: Bringing the Parties Together

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    How do I manage conflict between employees? What should I do when coworkers don't get along? In May, Ki Moments began a series, The Manager as Mediator, designed to help leaders address organizational and personality conflict involving coworkers, management, and leadership teams. The 5-step model offers a coaching intervention and step-by-step process for developing skills in yourself and the people you support. This post focuses on the last step in the process: Step #5: Bring the Parties Together.Read more...
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 4: Build and Teach Conflict and Communication Skills (Part 2)

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the last Ki Moments post, we left our Manager as Mediator 5-step model in the middle of Step 4: Build and Teach Conflict and Communication Skills. Step 4 has two parts: Quality of Being: With what attitudes and awareness do I approach the conversation? Communication Strategies: How do I communicate my point of view and willingly entertain and acknowledge another? We covered Part 1 in the last post. Today the focus is Part 2: Communication Strategies. We are preparing the parties to meet jointly. When that happens, you'd like them…
  • The Manager as Mediator--Step 4: Build and Teach Conflict and Communication Skills (Part 1)

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve seen in my work the difficulty leaders and managers have dealing with personality conflicts between employees. In workshops and coaching, leaders most often tell me they want to: help employees get along better. skillfully address disagreements between coworkers. model the conflict skills they want for their team. Recently, Ki Moments began a series, The Manager as Mediator, designed to help leaders address organizational and personality conflict involving coworkers, management, and leadership teams. As a coaching intervention, the 5-step model offers a…
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  • Mediated Divorce vs. Divorce Mediation

    Skinner
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    “Equus grevyi (aka)” by André Karwath aka Aka – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons If you are exploring mediation as an option for reaching settlement terms in your divorce, please be aware that there is a difference between “mediated divorce” and “divorce mediation.”  I would like to explain that these two creatures are as different as a horse and a zebra.  Both involve use of a neutral mediator.  Both can be used to arrive at settlement terms of your divorce agreement.  There, the…
  • Medicare Payment for Rehab After Hospital Stays

    Skinner
    5 May 2014 | 6:32 am
    I want my clients who are eligible for Medicare (and their families) to understand that whenever they go to a hospital, it is important to know and to clarify their billing status.  Hospitals are increasingly categorizing stays as for “observation” or “outpatient” even if the patient is in the hospital for several days.  This is because hospitals have a large financial incentive to classify an individual as outpatient.  (An outpatient stay is covered under Part B of Medicare.  An inpatient stay is covered under Part A of Medicare.) The rub for you is that, under…
  • Elder Mediation

    Skinner
    9 Nov 2013 | 1:07 pm
    WHAT IS ELDER MEDIATION? The term “Elder Mediation” generally refers to mediation of matters relating to care or financial decisions of a vulnerable adult.   When families have disagreement concerning care for a person who has diminished capacity to make decisions or to care for themselves, a specially trained mediator is needed. Like all mediation, key goals are to facilitate communication, to reduce barriers to agreement, and to empower the parties to make good decisions that reflect their shared values and ideals.  The mediator must have skill, however, to manage…
  • Adoption in South Carolina

    Skinner
    17 Oct 2013 | 7:13 am
    God makes families in many ways, and one of those ways is through adoption.  Helping families cement their ties through the legal bond of adoption is one of the most joyous things an attorney can be privileged to do. Legally, even a simple adoption requires a relatively complex procedure.  Every “I” must be dotted and every “T” crossed, “just so.”  This is because the right of a parent to be a parent to their child is a basic, fundamental liberty which can only be removed through the most stringent of legal processes.  In even an uncontested case in…
  • Legal Needs of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Individuals and Families

    Skinner
    11 Oct 2013 | 8:33 am
    Parties in non-traditional, but committed, relationships have special needs with regard to legal planning and resolution of conflict when needed.   Non-traditional families do not presently enjoy equal protection of the law in South Carolina with regard to marriage, divorce, adoption, intestacy, or guardianship, just to name a few areas where protection of committed relationships can be important.  I cannot “fix” the law, but I am happy to help LGBT and transgender people plan preventively and implement measures designed to provide some protection for your loved ones.
 
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    Scotwork Negotiation Blog - Defining Negotiation in the Modern World

  • Why I Like Negotiating

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    Publishing this on the day the Scottish population votes on Independence, we are no different from any of the other pundits - unable to forecast the result. But we can forecast that whatever the result the Scottish people will lose their ability to function truly as a democracy. This is because whichever side has the majority the result will be extremely close – 51/49, or 52/48 or something similar. In practical terms therefore about half of the population will getting exactly what they don’t want... >
  • Time Is Running Out

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    On 18 September voters in Scotland will be asked the Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" The final push for votes comes as a YouGov poll run by the Sunday Times suggested that, of those who have made up their mind, 51% planned to back independence, while 49% intended to vote no. Looks like the vote is going to go to the wire... >
  • How Do You Read It?

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    I am a big fan of the Kindle. It is convenient, easy to read at night, can carry lots of product, etc., etc. But whilst I still also love books, the Kindle’s massive advantage is the price you pay and the ease by which you can get hold of pretty much any book in print at any time, provided you have internet access. Brilliant...>
  • Where Were You?

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Just as they say that everyone remembers what they were doing when they heard that JFK had been assassinated, the same applies to 9/11. In my case I was in a Dixons electrical shop; I watched the second plane fly into the building on a wall of about 50 TVs which were on display for sale, all showing the identical picture. I commented on the devastating nature of the spectacle to the sales assistant who was completing my purchase. ‘It’s just TV’ he said, not recognising that the event was real. The result of that attack, the War on Terror and the subsequent events in Afghanistan and…
  • Show Me the Money

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    As ever it feels like little or no time has elapsed between the end of one season and the beginning of another. The World Cup serves to heighten those feelings, but here we are on the eve of new season, that blissful period where our hopes, dreams and aspirations are as yet undashed. The glorious “Transfer Window” (unless of course you are Southampton) enables teams to offload a dodgy left back or temperamental winger (should that be whinger) and land a top quality striker ‘Who is going to give us 30 goals a season’... >
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  • ASL Student Organizations

    4 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Opportunities to Serve the School, the Community, and the ProfessionThis week, we held a bar-b-que that gave student organizations an opportunity to recruit members.  I profiled all, or nearly all, of ASL's student organizations in a series of posts beginning in August 31, 2013 that continued through October 2013.They are:Pro Bono Legal Service Providers:Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) VITA Tax Services (VITA) Great Eastern Trail Project (GET) Law Journals:Appalachian Journal of Law (AJoL)Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal (ANRLJ)Student Government:Student…
  • ADR as a First Career: Stories from the Field

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Tell Your Story!This invitation comes from one of my very ambitious ADR colleagues. Please take her up on the invitation to share your stories. Hi all,I wanted to share with you a new video blog project I started focusing on ADR as a first career. This video blog is a place to share and read about individuals who chose to begin their professional career in the ADR field. Check it out at here.The purpose of the blog is to explore how successful the next generation of ADR professionals has been in pursuing careers in ADR straight out of law school or graduate school. To do so, I am trying to…
  • Master Mediator Bob Creo Visits Mediation with Heart

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Pioneer in Field Discusses Five Impasse Breaking TechniquesThis week, I was very fortunate to interview nationally known mediator, Bob Creo, for one of my webinars for my online course: Mediation with Heart: Web-Based Training for Change Agents. I launched the online course in mid-May. This interview was the first one in which I used the expertise of a leader in the field to enhance the learning experience for my students.  It was such a great experience, I plan to record more webinars with leaders in the field. The link to the replay of the webinar is here.  Don't…
  • Back from Vacation

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Celebrating my "Silver Jubilee"I took three weeks off this summer to travel with two friends for my "silver jubilee" celebration of my 60th birthday.   We drove across the U.S. to the redwood forests of Northern California, then caught up with two alumni in Lake Tahoe, then spent three days in Yosemite. The trip reinforced many ideas I have.  First, we live in a land of great abundance: cropland, trees, natural beauty, wildlife, energy resources, and people.Second, money is just a form of energy according to my business coach, Christine Kane. The happiness experts advise to buy…
  • 50,000 Page Views for the Red Velvet Lawyer

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    50,000 Page ViewsFriends, family, and colleagues:Another milestone reached! 50,000 page views!My blogging experience started in March 2013. Like everything, success relates directly to the attention and energy invested in the project.As I blogged more frequently, built my relationship with other bloggers, got more posts shared by my FB friends, and continued to create content I hoped you would like, page views grew exponentially.Here is a summary of my experience:5,000 page views on August 2013.10,000 page views on November 7, 2013.15,000 page views on November 27, 2013.20,000 page views…
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