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  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337
    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
  • Freedom ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Or, “Oomph, chocolate, and vanilla”

    Pace Smith
    Pace
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    In Dan Pink’s Drive, he says that the 3 things you need to feel motivated in your work are autonomy, mastery, and purpose. In Roman Krznaric’s How to Find Fulfilling Work, he says that the 3 things you need to find fulfilling work are freedom, flow, and meaning. Autonomy and freedom are pretty much the same thing. Mastery is an important component of flow. Meaning and purpose are pretty much the same thing. It looks like we’re on to something here. Let’s start with autonomy/freedom. Yes, it totally sucks to have no freedom. The biggest complaint employees have about…
  • Statement from the delegation to Kurdistan and Kobane in November 2014

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    pikcampaign
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    7 November 2014 Following our visit to Kurdistan where we met refugees from the battle for Kobane an
  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337
    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
  • UAVs and peacebuilding: Some thoughts

    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)
    Sanjana
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    My work with UAVs is largely conceptual, framed by growing up in a context of war, deeply informed by having to deal with the enduring legacy of violent conflict even post-war and anchored to the inalienable yet often callously erased rights of communities and individuals around safety, security and privacy. My interest in UAVs results from the potential they bring to bear witness – for me, an active process of recording for posterity that challenges – as a consequence of recording and as a consequence of recorded material published in the public domain – historical…
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    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337

  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
  • Useful Skills in Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Mediation is a constructive, efficient strategy for divorcing couples to reach mutual agreements that will be carried on after the divorce is final. Divorce mediation provides separating couples with a safe space to discuss arrangements facilitated by a neutral third party. How you come to the mediation table can make a big difference on whether you and your spouse are able to come up with an effective solution. These attributes are useful ways of being in a successful divorce mediation: Patience This is perhaps the most difficult skill to achieve, especially for those who are naturally want…
  • Tips for Co-Parenting During the School Year or Anytime

    Debra Synovec
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    One of the most difficult parts about divorce is how it affects the family unit—especially when children are involved. Joint custody may not be easy, but it’s the best way to provide your children with the close parent relationships they deserve. At Whole Mediation, we provide divorce mediation that can help separating couples create an agreeable, mutually beneficial parenting strategy. With the school year back in full swing, follow these co-parenting tips for a cordial relationship with your ex for your children’s sake: Keep the kids out of it The issues that come with a breakup…
  • Divorce Rates in the United States

    Debra Synovec
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Half of all marriages end in divorce. Is this statement really true? It’s been embedded in our minds time and time again, but is the statistic accurate? The answer is actually no, however it’s close. According to divorcerate.org, the divorce rate in the U.S. from first marriages is 41 percent—not quite 50, but definitely close. However, the divorce rate for second marriage is 60 percent and third marriage is 73 percent. The defined divorce rate refers to the number of divorces per 1,000 married persons. The divorce rate in America has decreased steadily since 2000 according to the…
  • Four Tips for a Better Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mediation is a productive dispute resolution process used by divorcing couples  to come to a mutual agreement. The mediator facilitates the discussions and guides the divorcing couple toward solutions and at the same time both parties have a chance to express feelings and needs with dignity. Divorce mediation is an economical alternative to hiring lawyers and dealing with drawn out legal proceedings and court dates. While divorce mediation can be highly effective and less time consuming than legal procession, the attitude of each party is crucial to ensuring productive mediation sessions and…
 
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    Pace Smith

  • Freedom ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Or, “Oomph, chocolate, and vanilla”

    Pace
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    In Dan Pink’s Drive, he says that the 3 things you need to feel motivated in your work are autonomy, mastery, and purpose. In Roman Krznaric’s How to Find Fulfilling Work, he says that the 3 things you need to find fulfilling work are freedom, flow, and meaning. Autonomy and freedom are pretty much the same thing. Mastery is an important component of flow. Meaning and purpose are pretty much the same thing. It looks like we’re on to something here. Let’s start with autonomy/freedom. Yes, it totally sucks to have no freedom. The biggest complaint employees have about…
  • Are you in a hamster wheel or a montage?

    Pace
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s a cloudy day in Philadelphia, 1976. Rocky Balboa sets his intention to become a champion. “Eye of the Tiger” begins to play, and we see months of punching things and running up steps condensed into a two-minute-long montage. Zoom in. It’s Day 91 of the montage. Rocky Balboa’s alarm clock goes off at the butt-crack of dawn. “Shit,” he mutters, and rolls out of bed groggily. He eats a breakfast burrito, then drags himself over to the gym and punches some things. “My legs feel like spaghetti,” he grumbles, but still he works up the…
  • WCML 038: How can King Arthur sit at the Round Table?

    Pace and Kyeli
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    King Arthur sits down at the table. Equality now turns unstable. We ask you, dear readers, How can we, as leaders, Make forums as round as we’re able? As heart-centered leaders, we want to create communities where everyone feels safe and everyone is equal – like a circle. But how can we be leaders at the same time we are peers? It’s like King Arthur sitting down at the Round Table and expecting everyone else to treat him like any other knight. We give several examples (positive and negative) of communities we’ve been part of, both as participants and leaders, and…
  • On sale for $1: An amazing assortment of authentic artifacts and amenities!

    Pace
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Look what the One Perfect Dollar students have created… and buy it for only $1! 30 days ago, the One Perfect Dollar 30-day challenge began. Today’s the day where the students share their offerings with the world. You are the world! (You may or may not be the children.) And since the class is named “One Perfect Dollar,” that means you get to purchase these special products and services for the kind of ridiculously low price of $1. The students get their first taste of selling something online, and you get a superbly good deal. Everybody wins! We’ve got a wide…
  • How the Enneagram changed my life – twice.

    Pace
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    First, shoutouts and gratitude to my Enneagram mentor Aine Ni Cheallaigh. She also wrote about how the Enneagram changed her life twice, and I totally ripped off her title. (; You can read all about her journey here. This is a love story. But it begins as a hate story. For most of my childhood and the first half of my adult life, my #1 goal was to be successful. Successful in school, successful in my career, successful in money. After a couple of decades of this, the screaming of my heart finally became too loud to ignore. I started following my heart – but it came at a high cost. Hate.
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  • Statement from the delegation to Kurdistan and Kobane in November 2014

    pikcampaign
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    7 November 2014 Following our visit to Kurdistan where we met refugees from the battle for Kobane an
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies for Resolving the Conflicts

    TheInspirationAcademy
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:18 am
    Conflict Resolution Strategies for Resolving the Conflicts Conflict resolution strategies are available for both, or all parties that are concerned in a conflict which need to find a way to solve their problem. There are several ways that people and teams can undertake when they are faced with things which will run the chance of destroying a relationship between them. One of the greatest ways to manage the conflict is by maintaining clear way of communication. It’s necessary to remember that communication isn’t concerned about talking but taking the time to concentrate to what the…
  • Why the continued Underdevelopment of the Afrikan Diaspora?

    Change
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Greetings Beloved: How are the children today? This next piece has been around with me for a while, I thought I would share; with big implications for the Afrikan Diaspora and one of the reasons why much of our underdevelopment still in existence today, does so. May we all realise when the time comes. For love of self requires that we do for ourselves; it is the ONLY way things will change for the better. As water droplets that gather inwards, drawing away from all shores after times of mass upheaval, how will the Afrikan Diaspora redefine its own shores? Afrika, ‘rise’ you mighty…
  • My First Sermon!

    aussiedom
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Below you will find the text of the first sermon that I have ever written and preached. It was preached four times starting with the Vigil Mass on the 6th of September and concluding at the Wednesday Mass of the fellowing week. The principal text for the sermon was the Gospel of the day , Matthew 18:10-20. I hope that you enjoy reading it! Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable to you, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Firstly I just want to thank Fr Mike for extending to me the opportunity to speak to you today. It’s only been a couple of weeks since he…
  • Manage your new job like a boss

    SmartBiz
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    By Benita Aalto (Indspire) Meet Taylor, a brand-new college grad with a brand-new job at an engineer
 
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    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337

  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

    Debra Synovec
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals Lots of learning going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law.  Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver B.C.  One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions and networking events. One thing I would…
  • Useful Skills in Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Mediation is a constructive, efficient strategy for divorcing couples to reach mutual agreements that will be carried on after the divorce is final. Divorce mediation provides separating couples with a safe space to discuss arrangements facilitated by a neutral third party. How you come to the mediation table can make a big difference on whether you and your spouse are able to come up with an effective solution. These attributes are useful ways of being in a successful divorce mediation: Patience This is perhaps the most difficult skill to achieve, especially for those who are naturally want…
  • Tips for Co-Parenting During the School Year or Anytime

    Debra Synovec
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    One of the most difficult parts about divorce is how it affects the family unit—especially when children are involved. Joint custody may not be easy, but it’s the best way to provide your children with the close parent relationships they deserve. At Whole Mediation, we provide divorce mediation that can help separating couples create an agreeable, mutually beneficial parenting strategy. With the school year back in full swing, follow these co-parenting tips for a cordial relationship with your ex for your children’s sake: Keep the kids out of it The issues that come with a breakup…
  • Divorce Rates in the United States

    Debra Synovec
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Half of all marriages end in divorce. Is this statement really true? It’s been embedded in our minds time and time again, but is the statistic accurate? The answer is actually no, however it’s close. According to divorcerate.org, the divorce rate in the U.S. from first marriages is 41 percent—not quite 50, but definitely close. However, the divorce rate for second marriage is 60 percent and third marriage is 73 percent. The defined divorce rate refers to the number of divorces per 1,000 married persons. The divorce rate in America has decreased steadily since 2000 according to the…
  • Four Tips for a Better Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mediation is a productive dispute resolution process used by divorcing couples  to come to a mutual agreement. The mediator facilitates the discussions and guides the divorcing couple toward solutions and at the same time both parties have a chance to express feelings and needs with dignity. Divorce mediation is an economical alternative to hiring lawyers and dealing with drawn out legal proceedings and court dates. While divorce mediation can be highly effective and less time consuming than legal procession, the attitude of each party is crucial to ensuring productive mediation sessions and…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • UAVs and peacebuilding: Some thoughts

    Sanjana
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    My work with UAVs is largely conceptual, framed by growing up in a context of war, deeply informed by having to deal with the enduring legacy of violent conflict even post-war and anchored to the inalienable yet often callously erased rights of communities and individuals around safety, security and privacy. My interest in UAVs results from the potential they bring to bear witness – for me, an active process of recording for posterity that challenges – as a consequence of recording and as a consequence of recorded material published in the public domain – historical…
  • 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…
 
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    Nancy Love's Weblog

  • Saints in our Lives

    Dr. Nancy Love
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    I am back in Saint Albert where I live on St Joseph Street and work on St Thomas Street and where on Sunday the down town restaurants and business are still closed. Those who don’t live downtown might not notice and I guess until there are more people who do, things won’t really change. I also spend time at Lac Saint Ann which is a lake with a religious and spiritual history of healing. Saints are everywhere in the place names where I spend time. In Barbados it was the same. Most of the Anglican parishes are named for Saints. Saint Andrew, Saint Michael, Saint Lucie, Saint Paul,…
  • Toronto Pearson

    Dr. Nancy Love
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Back to Canada and half way home. We are at the airport, the Toronto Pearson. I have memories here. A seven hour wait for weather to clear on the way to Nova Scotia. A full out run to catch a flight to Paris and another for New York. A quiet beer on a layover to or from anywhere. AND a memorable encounter with a TSA guy who withdrew my request for my annual renewal of my TN1 because my degree was in Philosophy not business. But that is another story … one many of you know already. I also like Pearson airport because it reminds me of the man… Lester B. I was very young when he was…
  • Another Magical Day

    Dr. Nancy Love
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Today was a perfect day. The weather cooperated and we were on the beach at Mayreau for the champagne and caviar splash. Pictures to follow. The water was warm and soothing. We swam to the float which at first glance I deemed to be well beyond a distance that matched my capabilities as a swimmer. Three of us headed off with our noodles and quite easily reached our destination. Then we climbed a moving ladder to get aboard the trampoline like contraption. Someone had promised us champagne if we actually made it but our cries for recognition and more champagne were met with waves of…
  • Mornings at Sea

    Dr. Nancy Love
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    Tomorrow we dock in Barbados again. Today we visit another small uninhabited island with a gorgeous beach. Three mornings in a row we have anchored off small islands. In fact yesterday we could see the island that Jack Sparrow spent time on in the film Pirates of the Caribbean. We couldn’t find the right tree to pace odd where we might find his stash of rum but then we had a ship full of such provisions so we survived. The little island we visited was delightful complete with locals grilling lobsters and just the right amount of ‘souvenirs’ for sale. The staff is wonderful…
  • Grenada

    Dr. Nancy Love
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Today we stopped at Grenada. It is a beautiful little country and quite impressive. There is no crime even though there is a high rate of unemployment. These people are unionized and proud. they look after each other. They are grateful for the support they have received from Canada over the years and to the USA for their support during the invasion. Fort St George is a pretty little port and so far I liked this port the best. The Star Flyer docked behind us today. It is an older four master. It was quite the sight as it pulled out at sunset, jib sails full of wind. We have had a couple of…
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    NCDD Community News

  • Should Higher Ed Engagement Be More Political?

    Roshan Bliss
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We recently read a great interview on the Kettering Foundation’s blog with NCDD supporting member Timothy Shaffer. Tim contends that community engagement projects in higher education are an important civic infrastructure, but that to be more democratic, they need to be more political. We encourage you to read the interview below or find the original version here. Real Impact: The Challenges of Community Engagement in Higher Education Many communities lack the basic civic muscle necessary to form a strong community. Conflict management and decision-making skills seem far and few,…
  • How should we tackle our field’s biggest barriers to success?

    Sandy Heierbacher
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Ideas & Next Steps from NCDD 2014 Conference The results of NCDD’s recent Codigital engagement project are quite interesting, and having a record of the ideas shared and how our community ranked those ideas is going to be incredibly useful — for NCDD and hopefully for others in our field. As a reminder, on the second day of the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, we created the space for our 415 attendees to launch discussions about four barriers to the dialogue and deliberation community’s success: How might we overcome the lack of trust in our…
  • Key Questions for Beginning Solid Collaborations

    Roshan Bliss
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many of us know from experience that the way in which collaborations begin can mean the difference between success and failure. That is why we appreciated this piece from the New Directions Collaborative, an NCDD organizational member, that offers a few questions to guide our thinking on building worthwhile collaborations. We encourage you to read the piece below or find the original here. Art of the Start: Strategic Questions to Build Focus and Engagement As I write this, I am on my way to a gathering of practitioners who work on networks approaches for large-scale social change, sponsored…
  • Creating Community Solutions Alliance Wins IAP2 USA Project of the Year

    Sandy Heierbacher
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    We wanted to share the great news that last month, the Creating Community Solutions Alliance received the International Association of Public Participation’s USA Project of the Year Core Value Award. NCDD is one of six organizations that make up the core CCS alliance — including the National Institute for Civil Discourse (the lead partner), Everyday Democracy, the National Issues Forums Institute, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and AmericaSpeaks. Creating Community Solutions won for its work in bringing people to the table for the national dialogue on mental health…
  • Join a Live Video Chat on #TextTalkAct Tomorrow

    Sandy Heierbacher
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Join organizers of the award-winning #TextTalkAct in a live video chat hosted by @DocForeman tomorrow (Tuesday, November 18th) at 6:30 pm Eastern / 3:30 pm Pacific. Hear what happened during our national Text Talk Act contest on October 6. We’ll connect you with: Winning youth organizers; Ideas texted in by participants across the country; Resources for taking action. To participate, simply click on this link on Tuesday, Nov 18 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You’ll be connected to the live streaming video on YouTube that begins at that time, and you’ll be able to comment via…
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • Walmart workers strike as they gear up for largest Black Friday protest yet

    Kate Aronoff
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    by Kate Aronoff Walmart employee and their supporters strike outside of a Walmart store in Pico Rivera, Calif., on November 20. (OURWalmart / Aurelio Jose Barrera) Twenty-three Walmart workers were arrested last Thursday for blocking an intersection in Pico Rivera, Calif., outside a Walmart store in the Los Angeles suburb. Those arrested are part of a larger movement of Walmart and other low-wage workers across the country demanding not only higher wages, but better hours, working conditions and an end to corporate retaliation against their organizing efforts. Thursday’s arrests followed a…
  • The second term that movements build

    Kate Aronoff
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:44 pm
    by Kate Aronoff #490833331 / gettyimages.com In the wake of the mid-term elections earlier this month, it might have seemed that there wasn’t much hope to hold onto for progressives, what with climate deniers and tea party fundamentalists rising to some of the highest offices in the land. What we’ve seen since, though, has been a string of executive decisions that might be cautiously described as hopeful. In an official White House statement released early last week, President Obama expressed his support for net neutrality, a framing in itself pushed for by advocates on the issue. “We…
  • Fossil Free Canada Convergence deepens an international movement

    Kate Aronoff
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    by Kate Aronoff The first ever Fossil Free Convergence brought together 80 youth organizers from across Canada. (Facebook / Fossil Free Canada) As a junior in college, I helped to organize a conference at my alma mater, Swarthmore. A number of us had traveled to Appalachia two years prior on a school-funded trip to visit with communities resisting mountaintop removal coal mining there. Upon returning, we decided to start what would become the country’s first fossil fuel divestment campaign. Sitting around a friend’s living room one muggy September night before classes started for the…
  • Movements need whistle-blowers, whistle-blowers need movements

    Kate Aronoff
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    by Kate Aronoff JPMorgan Chase whistle-blower Alayne Fleischmann (Democracy Now) In the last scene of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’s acclaimed new documentary about National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he and Glenn Greenwald are shown chatting over scribbles on pieces of paper. The implication is that there’s a new government whistle-blower, someone higher up than Snowden who has leaked damning new documents to journalist Jeremy Scahill, Greenwald and Poitras’ colleague at The Intercept. Last week, another whistle-blower went public, but not from the government.
  • California nurses plan walkout over Ebola protections

    Kate Aronoff
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:57 pm
    by Kate Aronoff The California Nurses Association has been holding “speak-outs” across the state about their lack of preparedness for Ebola. (Facebook / CNA) The California Nurses Association, an affiliate of the 185,000-member National Nurses United, is planning to go on strike for two days next week across Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern and Central California. Organizers say that at least 18,000 nurses throughout the state will walk out of the job on November 11 as a means to pressure the health giant into providing adequate training and protective equipment for nurses…
 
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    Crisis Management by us

  • Global Social Media Interaction by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Knowing how your stakeholders use social media makes your messaging more effective Social media isn’t limited to one locale, and while the big services tend to span multiple countries, many regions have their own specific services as well. By knowing who uses what social media platforms, and how they’re using them, you can more effectively communicate with your stakeholders. Take a look at this infographic from Wishpond, and gain some valuable social media knowledge: ——————————- For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic: Crisis Management…
  • Another Red Card for FIFA After Crimea Slip by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    Embattled organization makes another mistake leading up to World Cup in Russia FIFA has already taken a great deal of heat over its controversial decisions to hold World Cups in Russa and Qatar, and now the organization is making headlines once again over an immense oversight that shows the world just how little attention they care to little details like, ohhh, human rights and forcible annexation of other countries. In a video premiered on the side of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, the disputed Crimean peninsula was depicted as a part of Russia, a move that did not go ignored by the…
  • Building Your Digital Reputation by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Traditional PR has its place, but if you’re not using digital you’re missing out on your potential Digital reputation efforts are a must these days, but when it comes to convincing your organization to leave room in the budget for this essential part of PR it can be tricky. Sharing tangible benefits always pulls more weight when it comes to loosening the purse strings, making this infographic from digital marketing firm Wedu a fantastic tool: ——————————- For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic: Crisis Management ——————————-…
  • Guest Post: Ebola Crisis and the Blame Game by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    [Editor's note: Thank you to our colleague Tony Jaques for allowing us to reprint this fantastic post that investigates the culture of finger-pointing in the wake of crisis] Blaming the victim is an ugly strategy which is seldom smart in the wake of a crisis The Ebola outbreak is providing endless fodder for commentators and instant experts around the world. But events in the Texas hospital where two nurses contracted the disease provide a stark lesson in the danger of trying to assign blame. When US Centres for Disease Control Director Dr Thomas Frieden declared it had been caused by a…
  • How to Make Smart Choices When Yelp Turns Sour by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Helpful advice for coping with negative reviews on the popular network Yelp is the very definition of a double-edged sword. Good reviews can bring in more business and allow you to charge more for the same services, while bad reviews can sink your operation. It’s perfectly natural to be upset and even a bit angry when you start seeing negative reviews, but overcoming this knee-jerk reaction is critical to turning things around. For more tips, take a look at this infographic from ChatterBox360.com: ——————————- For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic:…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future

    Sarah van Gelder
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Times Square, New York City. Photo by Mo Riza. When I first met Jane Jacobs, I didn’t know that she was the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, that she was dismissed as a “housewife” and “a crazy dame” for her takedown of the orthodox views of cities, and that she had been arrested for inciting a riot. The suburban craze, fueled by highways and suburban sprawl brought with it white flight, car dependence, and congestion. At the time, I was a preteen, trailing behind my mother on…
  • Permanent Housing for 85 Homeless People Saved Taxpayers $1.8 Million (And 18 Other Facts to Think About)

    Natasha Donovan
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by inxti / Shutterstock. Percentage of American children enrolled in preschool who are black: 18 Percentage of all preschool students suspended from school who are black: 48 Percentage of families of fast-food workers who are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs: 52 Cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry: $7 billion McDonald’s net income in 2013: $5.6 billion Value, according to ecological economists, of the planet’s annual “ecosystem services”…
  • The New Grassroots Heroes: They Fight Pollution—and Police Brutality—And They're Changing How Social Movements Happen

    Laura Flanders
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    This article originally appeared at Truthout. A scene from the People’s Climate March. Photo by Light Brigading / Flickr. It’s remembered as the global march for climate justice, but how did that word “justice” get into the title of the huge rallies that took place in New York and other cities this September? Money media typically do such a bad job of covering social movements that you’d be forgiven for thinking the title came about by magic or chance, but far from it—the broader justice framework represented months of concentrated work by experienced organizers. We do a lot with…
  • Video: A Four-Point Plan to Protect Indigenous Lands from the Canadian Government

    James Trimarco
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    In a new film, two indigenous-led grassroots movements—Idle No More and Defenders of the Land—describe what they see as a land grab by the Canadian government and lay out a four-point plan to stop it. Idle No More is calling for tribal groups to pull out of the negotiation tables immediately. The policy in question appears to be a response to a ruling by the Canadian Supreme Court on June 26, which granted the Tsilhqot’in Nation extensive rights over their territory in central British Columbia. The ruling is expected to expand indigenous peoples’ rights in all of Canada’s vast…
  • 25 Years Later: How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Inspired Global Uprisings from Occupy to Ferguson

    Mark Engler
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. The exhibition in the Tränenpalast at Friedrichstraße station showcases real-life stories illustrating everyday life in a divided Germany. Photo courtesy of Roberto Moldeno. On November 9, 1989—25 years ago—huge crowds of East Germans descended on the Berlin Wall. The restless citizens were responding to an announcement by authorities suggesting that the government would loosen travel restrictions. In truth, those in charge intended to make only limited alterations in visa requirements. But these intentions quickly became…
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    Hesketh Mediation

  • Shooting the messenger – delivering offers at mediation

    Philip Hesketh
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    How do you deliver offers at a mediation? I guess most people would answer that they tell the mediator what the offer is and ask him/her to tootle down the corridor and deliver it to the other side in their private room. The mediator might ask you to write the offer out so that there can be no mistake in what gets delivered. Although that is the typical process I think parties who don’t personally deliver offers to the other side risk missing out on important information that people often give, wittingly or otherwise, when they receive an offer. Seeing how the people in a room react to…
  • Suspected fraud not a good reason to refuse mediation

    Philip Hesketh
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Last week I posted a review of recent cases where the courts have identified unreasonable refusals to mediate leading to costs penalties. Well, sorry to say I missed an unreported High Court case of Lynn v Borneos LLP T/A Borneos Linnels 30th January 2014 (it’s a big file so you can download the transcript from DropBox here). The defendant either did not respond or made bland refusals to the offers to mediate. The court noted that: the defendant considered the claim to be a try-on and was considering making allegations of fraud (a step it did not actually take); the defendant doggedly…
  • What is an unreasonable refusal to mediate?

    Philip Hesketh
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    There have been a number of recent cases dealing with the question of unreasonable refusals to mediate such as PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Ltd [2013], Garritt-Critchley and Others v Ronnan and Solarpower PV Limited [2014] and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Europe Ltd v BAE Systems (Al Diriyah C4I) Ltd (No 2) [2014]. [Edit: 6th November 2014 – also see the unreported case of Lynn v Borneos LLP t/a Borneos Linnels 30th January 2014] I have written about them all but it’s a bit too long for a blog post so you can download the paper here. [Edit: 6th November 2014 – paper…
  • Indemnity Costs for refusing to mediate.

    Philip Hesketh
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:23 pm
    It is now beyond doubt that the courts are taking seriously their role in encouraging greater use of ADR to resolve disputes. This is being done through case management orders or through costs penalties. The latest example of the latter is the case of Phillip Garritt Critchley v Andrew Ronnan and Solarpower PV Ltd which came before His Honour Judge Waksman QC in the Manchester District Registry of the High Court. The case was about whether a contractually binding agreement had been made or not. From the outset the claimant had offered to engage in mediation or some other form of ADR. It…
  • The benefits of mediation for legal advisers.

    Philip Hesketh
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    It used to be said that offering mediation was a sign of weakness. I think that is out dated now in the post-Jackson world. Most mediators can readily describe the benefits of mediation to people in dispute. But very often it is the legal advisers who recommend mediation. So what are the benefits to the legal advisers? What’s in it for them? Why is it self-interest rather than weakness that drives the use of mediation? Here’s my little list, please feel free to add to it in the comments. The benefits of mediated settlements for legal advisers: Certainty – reduce risk: …
 
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    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog

  • Attitude Adjustment: Inconvenience or Adventure?

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    "No bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." So says Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, author, and motivational speaker. This simple mantra has applications in all aspects of life. Things happen. The attitude we bring to those happenings either gives us power or robs us of it.Read more...
  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 4)

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's important to have fun with centering and mindfulness practices, and to know that you may not see a difference today or even tomorrow. Keep practicing, and look back in a year or two. You'll see what's changed.Read more...
  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 3)

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I snapped at my husband: "We're going to do it." (Subtext: whether you want to or not.) He snapped back, escalating conversation into confrontation--a common occurrence in uncentered conflict. I don't snap that often, so I had to take a look at my reaction. To do that I had to center myself. As Tracie Shroyer put it in her recent post that began this series on Centering and Mindfulness: "Something about intentionally taking a deep breath slows everything down. It brings perspective, quietness and calmness to a crazy situation." How do…
  • Happier: Thoughts and Practices on Centering and Mindfulness (Part 2)

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of the questions I'm most often asked is: How do you center yourself, especially in a difficult moment?  I found Doug Silsbee's core body practice on centering thoughtful, practical, and easy to understand. As Doug suggests, you center yourself in difficult moments by practicing an excercise like this one over and over again until it becomes your default under pressure. Centering is not automatic. A strong center is similar to any strong muscle. It is developed through practice.Read more...
  • 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,…
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    Scotwork Negotiation Blog - Defining Negotiation in the Modern World

  • Accountants Are All Torque

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    At first glance there may not seem much in common between Formula One racing and chartered accountancy. So the news today that KPMG have teamed up with a division of the McLaren racing team is both unexpected and exciting. McLaren will give KPMG access to the methodology they use to process the amounts of ‘big-data’ such as the information they collect as the racing car speeds round the track so that it can be used to help them make predicative decisions such as when to bring a car in for a pit stop. KPMG intend to use this information in a number of ways, most commonly to help them…
  • A Winning Package

    13 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    There has been much weeping and gnashing of teeth lately amongst the chattering classes and politicians in the UK and, perhaps predictably as we move ever closer to what promises to be the strangest election in recent history, it concerns money and the European Union. Last month (October 2014), it was suddenly and rather breathlessly announced in banner headlines that Britain was going to be hit for a £1.7bn pound deficit bill from the EU. The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, immediately went to Defcon 12 and very publicly rebuked the EU for the procedure it had adopted in making the…
  • Yes But... I Have a Strategy

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Frequently people want to talk about their negotiating strategy. My immediate (if private) reaction to this is “oh dear!!” Negotiation is a means of dealing with conflict; it can be stressful. So, in preparation we tend to surround ourselves with all sorts of tools and defences that will make us feel more powerful or at least more comfortable. For example people like to play out their negotiation strategy before it happens. Their strategy involves a long storyboard, a sequence of exactly what they and the other side will say and do...>
  • Infallibility

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    There is a sweet story about a car mechanic who is fixing the engine of the car belonging to an eminent heart surgeon. The surgeon arrives in the repair shop whilst the job is still not quite completed. The mechanic calls the doctor over to have a look under the bonnet. “You and I do the same job, Doc. I opened the engine’s heart, took the valves out, I am repairing and replacing anything damaged and then I will put everything back together and when it is finished, it will work like new. Just like you do. So how come I earn £40,000 a year and you earn £400,000 a year?”... >
  • Business. Survival of the Nastiest?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    There are three things that stick out for me from the new series of The Apprentice. The first is that at 10 years old it remains remarkably good telly. The introduction of new tweaks and twists on a familiar format makes it essential viewing if you want to have something to say at the water cooler. Not many programs still pass that test... >
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    The Red Velvet Lawyer

  • Advice for Solo Practitioners

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Keeping Track of Good AdviceSeveral of the bloggers I follow write on solo practice.  I want to start aggregating their advice in one of my posts.  So, here I go:20 Law Practice Empowerment Tips by Peggy Greunke.Product Development for Lawyers by Carolyn Elefant.Lead Management: 3 Steps to Slash Your No-Show Rate by Steven Fairley.
  • Debate Begins on Reason for Drop in National Bar Passage Rates

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Graduate Competence or Design and Scoring Problems?On Monday, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported the onset of a debate about the surprising drop in bar passage rates on a national basis.  It said: A steep decline in bar exam scores on the most recent test has led to an outbreak of finger-pointing over who’s to blame for the downward swing. In a sharply worded letter, the dean of Brooklyn Law School on Monday reproached the head of a national bar exam group for suggesting to law school leaders that their graduates who took the July exam were less prepared than…
  • Filling the Needs of Rural Clients

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Another Gap Created by Retiring Baby Boomer LawyersOver the last several years, several state and local bar associations have focused on under-served clients living in rural areas.  Twenty percent of the U.S. population resides in rural counties, but only two percent of law practices locate there.  The October 2014 issue of the ABA Journal re-visits the topic again, profiling a number of lawyers practicing in rural North Dakota and South Dakota.  The article, Too Many Lawyers? Not Here. In Rural America, Lawyers are Few and Far Between by Lorelei Laird, gives a…
  • ASL Lion's Club Shrimp Boil and Corn Hole Tournement

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    A Touch of New Orleans and the Kentucky Derby Melded for a Charitable CauseSeveral years ago, our Dean, Lucy McGough, joined us after having lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana most of her academic career.  Soon, events linked to that history came to campus. First, came the sale of home-made gumbo to raise funds for a local charity.  Then, ASL had its first shrimp boil.  Last month, the local chapter of the Lion's Club sponsored  the second shrimp boil on campus along with a corn hole tournament designed to raise money for its many worthwhile projects.  The…
  • Update On the Aging of Lawyers in Private Practice

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    What Happens When Baby Boomers Retire?In April 2013, I wrote about the possible opportunities for new lawyers created by the increasing age of lawyers -- who will eventually retire. Bill Henderson, of The Legal Whiteboard blog, provides a very interesting analysis of his data on this topic here.  One of his findings:The big surprise here is that the proportion of young lawyers (under age 35) has been declining for several decades. And not by a little, but by a lot. During this period, the median age went from 39 in 1980, to 41 in 1991, to 45 in 2000, to 49 in 2005. Some of…
 
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