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  • Find Your Balance Mini E-Course with Iona McArdle

    Pace Smith
    Iona M
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Do you feel like you've lost your balance in life? All of us face challenges in life and the odd curve ball that comes from nowhere, to knock us off kilter. Perhaps you’ve; > just left school or college with little idea of ‘what next’ > been left alone with your dreams now that your kids have flown the nest > had a big change of life priorities following a health crisis, or > just been made redundant and need to find a new direction – fast! The Find Your Balance E-course aims to help you get back on track after you have been knocked off course. It will help you to…
  • THE BLESSEDNESS OF FORGIVENESS

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    theresaboudreau
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
     Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Psalm 32:1  What does it mean to forgive? To cease from anger or resentment toward someone who offended you. To make allowances for mistakes. To harbor no grudge. To let bygones be bygones. To absolve. To excuse. To overlook. To pardon. Indeed. All is forgiven in so doing these things. However, the full measure of forgiveness extends beyond borders. The blessedness of forgiveness is to cancel a debt. God cancelled your debt. God expects you to cancel the debts of others. There is permanence in cancelling a…
  • A Happy Heart

    Nancy Love's Weblog
    Dr. Nancy Love
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    “Happy, happy, happy, happy”  What makes you happy? Research is showing the our thoughts control our moods.  In other words, if you think happy you feel happy.  That is cool.  I have always felt more in control of how I think so this research is suggesting to me that if I can control my thoughts I can also control my feelings. I like to feel happy.  I believe that most people do.  I also think that it can be a lot of work sometimes to maintain a level of thinking that keeps us happy.  Reframing our lives, even our past childhoods into positive experiences is always a…
  • A message to the NCDD community from the Board

    NCDD Community News
    Susan Stuart Clark
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Wow. Talk about being inspired by what is possible! The NCDD conference in the DC area last weekend was a potent mix of innovation, connection and motivation for action. 415+ people turned out to share their best thinking, broaden their networks and add their unique contribution to advancing the work of strengthening our democracy. Even as partisan rhetoric heats up in an effort to amplify division and discord in advance of the November elections, the people and organizations involved in NCDD offer a countervailing narrative — one that shows how people can talk across divides and…
  • Chile’s LGBT movement marches united

    Waging Nonviolence
    Monse Sepulveda
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    by Monse Sepulveda The March for the Respect of Sexual Diversity in Chile on October 18. (Agencia Uno) Yesterday, Chile celebrated a historical moment: for the first time, the LGBT movement marched united to demand equal rights. Historically, there has been much reluctance to work together, but in 2013 seven organizations within the movement came together and yesterday’s march was a result of their collaboration. This signals a shift in the movement in Chile as it strives for ever greater steps toward equality. The LGBT movement in Chile has often been criticized for being so divided. In…
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    Pace Smith

  • Find Your Balance Mini E-Course with Iona McArdle

    Iona M
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Do you feel like you've lost your balance in life? All of us face challenges in life and the odd curve ball that comes from nowhere, to knock us off kilter. Perhaps you’ve; > just left school or college with little idea of ‘what next’ > been left alone with your dreams now that your kids have flown the nest > had a big change of life priorities following a health crisis, or > just been made redundant and need to find a new direction – fast! The Find Your Balance E-course aims to help you get back on track after you have been knocked off course. It will help you to…
  • 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.
  • WCML 037: Connection abuse

    Pace and Kyeli
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s awesome to show your affection To customers, with one objection That I must stipulate: Do not manipulate; Do not abuse your connection. Connection can be super helpful for your business – it can help build your reputation by word of mouth and great reviews. But if you abuse that connection with your customers, it can turn sour for both the business owner and the customer. Highlights: How healthy connection can help your business What is connection abuse and how can you recognize it? A near-the-line case of connection abuse on etsy A clear-cut case of connection abuse by a…
  • how do you want to feel today

    Pace
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    (you can read this poem yourself and you can also listen to me read it) every morning, my alarm goes off hey pace get out of bed hey pace shower hey pace pajamas hey pace Remembrance and then every morning, my most important alarm goes off it says “how do you want to feel today?” and i say: wholehearted radiant on my path delight love + gratitude. the tedious bullshit to-do item i approach with rest and with music and with fullness i feel wholehearted the butterflies-in-my-stomach putting-myself-out-there i step into my power i feel radiant the scattered tangled threads of the day…
  • WCML 036: Giving your heart away at the slightest provocation, with Susan Piver

    Pace
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    A 4 and a car crash survivor, She’s also a great deep-sea diver. (I mean of the heart.) And that’s only part Of the beauty that is Susan Piver. Susan Piver is a Buddhist meditation teacher and a New York Times bestselling author of 7 books. She and I talk about the many, many paths that lead toward (and away from) opening your heart. Highlights: a spiritual warrior is one who is not afraid of herself. you can’t put a zebra on a couch. trauma can close your heart or open it. the Open Heart Project “Meditation is a compassion tool of the highest order.” -Susan…
 
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  • THE BLESSEDNESS OF FORGIVENESS

    theresaboudreau
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
     Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Psalm 32:1  What does it mean to forgive? To cease from anger or resentment toward someone who offended you. To make allowances for mistakes. To harbor no grudge. To let bygones be bygones. To absolve. To excuse. To overlook. To pardon. Indeed. All is forgiven in so doing these things. However, the full measure of forgiveness extends beyond borders. The blessedness of forgiveness is to cancel a debt. God cancelled your debt. God expects you to cancel the debts of others. There is permanence in cancelling a…
  • Psychiatric Name Calling: Is it Helpful?

    drjeffreyrubin
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Today I offer a follow-up to my earlier post titled “Name Calling by Psychiatrists: Is it Time to Put a Stop to it?” Among the points that I had tried to make is that psychiatrists falsely claim that the names they use to describe patients are “diagnoses.”  In actuality, all that they do is convert someone’s expressed concerns into medical jargon. I received a great deal of positive and negative comments about the post from readers, but my focus today is on the negative ones. Most of them argue that in contrast to my position, they had personally found their psychiatric diagnosis…
  • How is Your Team Doing? Use Effective Tools to Find Out

    CALMC Blog
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Face it, sometimes teamwork can be frustrating. Impatience can set in as your team works on a task. Answers to problems may not come quickly, and or work may uncover more problems. Sometimes this leads teams to grasp for a quick, easy solution. Unfortunately, these answers rarely are effective, lasting solutions. It takes patience to dig deeply into a problem to better understand its causes and find the best ways to move forward. If a team is going to succeed, it needs to know where it is going and how it is doing along the way. It needs to track its accomplishments and determine its success…
  • Parent Child Conflict

    vegucationmama
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I am fortunate that, for the most part, my life is relatively free of conflict. I live a peaceful, low-stress existence and that is just fine with me. However, there are some conflicts in my life and they are mostly with my sweet, lovely little daughter. I love her to death, I do, but that kid pushes my buttons in amazing ways. She is smart, sassy, beautiful and a whole lot like me and her father.   What I have noticed about my daughter is that she is incredibly perceptive and even more sensitive. She cries easily and yells even easier. It is something that her teacher at school has…
  • “Pluralism:” Another Powerful Theoretical Political Term Wrapped up As a Sweet Nicety

    Donald Ellis
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Lately, Thomas Friedman and a few others have been talking about pluralism and pointing out how extremist groups like ISIS live in a pluralistic world but have no concept of “pluralism”. They have no concept of the many viable approaches to life and knowledge and that these differences can coexist and thrive in non-rancorous competition. Liberal democracy is the political and communication condition most conducive to achieving pluralistic relations. I don’t mean to imply that Western democracy must be forced on Islam in some triumphalist sense, but it remains true that a diverse and…
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    Nancy Love's Weblog

  • A Happy Heart

    Dr. Nancy Love
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    “Happy, happy, happy, happy”  What makes you happy? Research is showing the our thoughts control our moods.  In other words, if you think happy you feel happy.  That is cool.  I have always felt more in control of how I think so this research is suggesting to me that if I can control my thoughts I can also control my feelings. I like to feel happy.  I believe that most people do.  I also think that it can be a lot of work sometimes to maintain a level of thinking that keeps us happy.  Reframing our lives, even our past childhoods into positive experiences is always a…
  • Thanksgiving is two words

    Dr. Nancy Love
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Today is a day to give thanks. Thanks Giving is a verb and the cool thing about it is if you give you often get back in return. Reciprocity is one of my favourite words. We get back what we give. Sometimes we think we are getting stuff we don’t want from others because they are mean or rude or something else less than pleasant but often we have treated them or someone else like that. What goes around comes around as they say. Although we may have inadvertently taken rather than given in a conversation or a social exchange and we may not have intentionally cut someone off when they were…
  • Nouveau Plan

    Dr. Nancy Love
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    One of the things that kind of drives me crazy is the number of identities we have these days.  What I mean is that we have multiple email addresses and multiple phone numbers and multiple addresses that we send things to and live in from time to time.  We carry multiple devices and identification cards and have multiple passwords for multiple favourite webistes.  We have become multiples. Do you wake up each morning wondering where you are and who you have to be that day?  Are you asked for a password or a PIN number more than twice a day. Do you feel like your being is consumed by the…
  • 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…
 
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    NCDD Community News

  • A message to the NCDD community from the Board

    Susan Stuart Clark
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Wow. Talk about being inspired by what is possible! The NCDD conference in the DC area last weekend was a potent mix of innovation, connection and motivation for action. 415+ people turned out to share their best thinking, broaden their networks and add their unique contribution to advancing the work of strengthening our democracy. Even as partisan rhetoric heats up in an effort to amplify division and discord in advance of the November elections, the people and organizations involved in NCDD offer a countervailing narrative — one that shows how people can talk across divides and…
  • Continuing the conversation from NCDD 2014 – now!

    Sandy Heierbacher
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    At the 2014 NCDD conference in the DC area this past weekend, 415 leaders and emerging leaders in our field explored what they’d like dialogue and deliberation work to look like a generation from now. While it’s important to have a clear vision of the future we hope for, it is equally important to be clear about what stands in our way and devise plans for getting around those obstacles. Even if you weren’t able to attend the conference, we invite you to join conference attendees in identifying existing strategies and co-creating new strategies for overcoming persistent barriers to…
  • Reflecting on the Movement at NCDD 2014

    Roshan Bliss
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As we are watching the attendees gather today for the start of NCDD 2014 in Reston, VA, it is a sight to see. Over 400 dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement professionals are coming together to work and learn together, and we couldn’t be more excited! In the spirit of honoring all that our wonderful NCDD community represents, we wanted to share a thoughtful piece adapted from a talk NCDD Board member Susan Stuart Clark gave at San Rafael City Hall on September 26, 2014 to a local community group about the movement we are building with NCDD. You can read it below or find the…
  • A Note from John Gastil, NCDD 2014 Co-Emcee

    NCDD Community
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Before our wonderful community starts arriving in droves for NCDD 2014, we wanted to make sure you all see a message from our  co-emcee, John Gastil. NCDD has inspired John to complete revisions on his best-selling book on democratic methods, and he’s using it to help NCDD continue our work. Read more about it below, and we’ll see in Reston this week! Serving as co-emcee of the NCDD conference spurred me to bring to the finish line a project three-years in the making. I’ve brought into the digital world my very first (and best selling) book, Democracy in Small Groups. And…
  • Democracy Practitioners Under the Microscope?

    NCDD Community
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are happy to share the announcement below from NCDD Sustaining Member Caroline Lee of Lafayette College, which she submitted via our great Submit-to-Blog Form. Do you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post for the NCDD Blog! As I get ready to head to the NCDD conference, I wanted to share with readers of the blog about a symposium on public engagement professionals I participated in at the International Political Science Association conference in Toronto in July. Organized by Canadian and French researchers Laurence Bherer, Mario…
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • Chile’s LGBT movement marches united

    Monse Sepulveda
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    by Monse Sepulveda The March for the Respect of Sexual Diversity in Chile on October 18. (Agencia Uno) Yesterday, Chile celebrated a historical moment: for the first time, the LGBT movement marched united to demand equal rights. Historically, there has been much reluctance to work together, but in 2013 seven organizations within the movement came together and yesterday’s march was a result of their collaboration. This signals a shift in the movement in Chile as it strives for ever greater steps toward equality. The LGBT movement in Chile has often been criticized for being so divided. In…
  • Training sows the seeds of nonviolent civil resistance in Afghanistan

    Ahmadullah Archiwal
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    by Ahmadullah Archiwal A civil resistance training by OSCAR in Kabul, Afghanistan (OSCAR) In September, a cadre of seven trainers was trained in nonviolent civil resistance in a five-day workshop conducted by the Organization for Social, Cultural, Awareness and Rehabilitation, or OSCAR, in Kabul. This marked the first ever Training of Trainers workshop on nonviolence in Afghanistan. Participants of the workshop had already attended previous introductory workshops on nonviolence and were familiar with the philosophy of nonviolent civil resistance and its application. All the participants were…
  • Climate activist argues resistance is necessary to protect the public trust

    Jeremy Brecher
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    by Jeremy Brecher Alec Johnson spoke at a gathering last month about his 2013 act of civil disobedience against the Keystone XL and his upcoming trial. (Tar Sands Blockade) On October 23, Alec Johnson, a.k.a. “Climate Hawk,” is scheduled to go on trial for having locked himself to a construction excavator in Tushka, Okla., on Earth Day 2013, as part of the Tar Sands Blockade campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. He intends to argue that resisting the pipeline was necessary in order to protect the public trust — the common property right of the people to essential natural…
  • Philadelphia students go on strike for teachers’ benefits

    Kate Aronoff
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    by Kate Aronoff Philadelphia students march in Center City earlier this week. (Facebook / Cy Wolfe) Typically when you hear about people striking in schools, it’s the teachers on the picket line. This week in Philadelphia — and potentially for many more — it’s the students who are on strike. At a surprise meeting called on Monday, the School District of Philadelphia unceremoniously cut its ties with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, of PFT, which is the American Federation of Teachers local representing around 15,000 teachers in the district. Since 2001, the School District of…
  • Better bring an umbrella — how protesters in Hong Kong planned to disrupt the social order

    Kate Aronoff
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    by Kate Aronoff Protesters assemble in the Admiralty district of Central in Hong Kong on September 30. (Flickr / Pasu Au Yeung) The protests in Hong Kong over the last couple weeks has blanketed the news. The sheer numbers of people in the streets may be spontaneous, but — like most movements that appear to “just happen” — there have been organizers working tirelessly to make such massive action possible. Since Britain handed governmental control of Hong Kong over to China in 1997, the island has existed somewhat peaceably alongside its northern neighbor under a system known as “One…
 
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    Crisis Management by us

  • Tony Jaques Introduces New Crisis Management Book by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    [Editor's note: Tony Jaques, our friend, colleague, and frequent contributor to our blogs has just released a new book on crisis management, and we'd like to share his introduction to this in-depth work with you.] Companies which think they are crisis-prepared may in fact still be dangerously vulnerable to financial and reputational damage. That’s the conclusion of Australian author and crisis expert Dr Tony Jaques, who says it is increasingly clear that while some organisations establish very basic procedures to respond to a crisis when it strikes, many are failing to take a strategic…
  • When is the Best Time to Reach My Audience? by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Putting out information at the right time will help get your message across Communication is the cornerstone of all crisis management, but what good does it do if you’re putting messages out when your stakeholders aren’t around? Before you start putting information out to the public, take a look at this useful infographic from SurePayroll:
  • Tesco Financial Scandal Leads to Reputation Crisis by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Already hurting, new scandal puts grocer in dangerous position UK-based grocer Tesco is under the microscope of investors and regulators, as well as being lambasted by the public, following the revelation that some seriously shady accounting had been going on. Business Matters summed the situation up: Tesco was once the darling of the high street but now the 95-year old supermarket chain is facing its worse crisis ever as it admitted to inflating its accounts by £250 million last week. This wiped more than £2 billion off its market value, saw shares drop by 40% and put them at the bottom of…
  • PR, Crisis Management, and Content by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Expanding communications to include great content is essential These days you need to deliver information in a manner that’s engaging, and via platforms that allow you to speak directly to your stakeholders (and allow them to respond), especially in the midst of crisis. While traditional PR still has its place, there’s no doubt that content is king. To illustrate the difference, Calysto Communications has created a great infographic we’d like to share:
  • Crisis Management Case Study: Digiornos Social Media Mistake by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Social media crisis management done right DiGiorno landed itself in the middle of a social media firestorm when it accidentally made light of a discussion on domestic abuse by using the #WhyIStayed hashtag, tweeting “#WhyIStayed You had pizza.” Whoever was running the account realized their mistake within minutes, deleting the offending post and sharing a frank apology: A million apologies. Did not read what the hashtag was about before posting. — DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) September 9, 2014 We heard from many of you, and we know we disappointed you. We understand, and we…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery

    Tom Lawson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Denmark has often led the way when it comes to LGBT issues: It was the first country to legally recognize same-sex civil unions in 1989; and back in 1930, Danish artist Lili Elbe became one of the first people in the world to change genders through reassignment surgery. "You can legally change your gender just by filling in a form—it's fantastic.” Now the country has introduced one of the world's most progressive laws for transgender people. As of September 1, Danish citizens have been able to self-determine their legal gender—without the need for medical…
  • Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different

    John Feffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This piece originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Photo by Alex Leung / Flickr In 2000, I organized a meeting in China that brought together independent trade unionists, campaigners for corporate codes of conduct, and human rights advocates. We had spirited conversations about strikes and labor organizing and how to deal with the Communist authorities in Beijing. We didn’t worry about the government monitoring or breaking up our meeting. Hong Kong is not just a playground for the rich. One in five residents lives below the poverty line. True, we were in China, and the Chinese…
  • When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor

    Tom Eblen
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Photo courtesy of LBJ Presidential Library. It has been 50 years since America launched the War on Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act and legislation to outlaw racial discrimination were the centerpieces of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s vision to create a Great Society. These programs helped get a generation of families jobs. We had to find ways to get all sides working together. Today, rather than a war on poverty, we seem to have a war on the poor. Wealth inequality is growing. State support for education is withering. Social safety-net programs are under attack in Congress. Many…
  • Americans on Food Aid Document Their Hunger in Photos

    YES! Editors
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Photo by Sallie Campbell. What does hunger look like in America? According to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, suffer food insecurity each year. So, more and more, hunger looks like you and me. In Colorado, a diverse group of women who receive food assistance benefits chronicled their experience through photography. Their photographs and stories shed light on the reality of hunger with the hope of creating change in how we view and understand the issue. “Hunger Through My Lens,” an exhibit of their work, will be on…
  • Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

    Tiffany Williams
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Pakhi Begum left Bangladesh for Dubai to work as a maid, only to find that her recruiter had sold her into domestic servitude. Photo courtesy of UN Women. “Mariah” is a small woman with an unexpectedly intense stare. All of us in the hotel conference room crane our necks to see her as she rises to address the table of advocates and NGO representatives gathered for a meeting on safe migration. She declares her story: She has just returned from Jordan, where she had been working as a domestic worker. To get there, she had sold her…
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    Hesketh Mediation

  • 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]. I have written about them all but it’s a bit too long for a blog post so you can click here to download it. If you have any examples of courts penalising parties for failing to mediate please post them below.
  • 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: …
  • How to Persuade an Opponent to Mediate

    Philip Hesketh
    30 May 2014 | 2:03 am
    Solicitors often ask me how to persuade an opponent to mediate, or engage in any other form of ADR. There are carrot and stick approaches. My next post will look at pointing out the benefits to both sides of using private methods of dispute resolution. In this post I will look at how you can ask the court to assist. If proceedings have been issued you can ask the court to exercise its power to order a stay of proceedings to give the parties the opportunity to attempt settlement. Courts are frequently doing this of their own volition. If you are unsure of the wording to use in seeking an order…
  • Legal Costs Dispute Mediation

    Philip Hesketh
    30 Sep 2013 | 3:56 am
    I do more mediations about legal costs disputes than any other other subject. This is because nearly every mediation about a disputed will or trust or boundary involves a dispute about who pays the legal costs of the dispute. This requires a negotiation and I act as an independent neutral to support and guide the parties through that negotiation. I can help with a mediation about a costs dispute even when the other matters have been resolved. I have done face to face mediations involving £million plus costs disputes and telephone mediations for costs of less than £50,000. In each case the…
 
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    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog

  • 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,…
  • 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...
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  • Do I Need A Prenup?

    Skinner
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Marriage is not just an emotional and physical union — it’s also a financial union. Although the discussions that go with a prenupial (or antenuptial) agreement may feel uncomfortable, it’s better to have these discussions at the beginning of a commitment than to be surprised later.  By bringing these conversations to the open and encouraging frank discussion of finances and the values they reflect, a prenup can actually help ensure a better foundation for the future your marriage. YOU SHOULD CONSIDER HAVING A PRENUP IF YOU FALL INTO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: You already…
  • Location, Location, Location: It’s Not Just For Real Estate!

    Skinner
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    A safe deposit box may not be the best place for important papers Chances are, when you hear the words, “Location, Location, Location,” you think of real estate.   These are not the only professionals interested in location, however!  Your Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney will tell you that the location of your important papers can make the difference between a care plan that is followed, and a care plan that is not followed.  If your loved ones don’t know where to find your health care power of attorney, living will, or estate planning documents, they won’t…
  • 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…
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    Scotwork Negotiation Blog - Defining Negotiation in the Modern World

  • Complicated Games

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    This week the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Professor Jean Tirole for his writings on the regulation of large corporations. Professor Tirole made his reputation largely on his work about Game Theory; his book (with Drew Fudenberg) called Game Theory is not an easy read. Densely packed with mathematical equations the book tries to explain the behaviour of individuals in a market who make decisions based on their expectations of how their customers, suppliers and competitors are likely to react in the future. Even the first example in the book, which describes how a pie…
  • Get Real About Emotions

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    We’ve all been trained to hide our emotions in a business environment—especially during negotiation. Keep your emotions out of negotiations or the other side may crush you, right? Not exactly, because you can’t negotiate effectively as a detached robot. So how do you find the happy medium? Recognize that emotions—positive and negative—are totally normal during a negotiation. But we’re often so busy driving the conversation, persuading the other party and doing everything we can to close the deal, that in the moment, we lose touch with our emotions. Or we choose not to deal with…
  • The Biggest Sin of All

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    What is the worst thing you can do when negotiating? Lots of things I guess but probably the most obvious one of all is a lack of preparation. Last year was the 30th anniversary of the bestselling book by Chris Ryan, Bravo, Two, Zero. I’ve got to be honest when it first came out I did not read it. I thought it would only be of interest to military types and frankly was a bit embarrassed to read it on the train or tube, which was my main reading time back then...>
  • Universalists of the World – Beware

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Imagine this scenario. You are driving through city streets as a passenger with a colleague at the wheel. He is driving faster than the speed limit, trying to get a meeting on time, and is involved in a minor accident; no one is hurt but the police are called. Passers-by who witnessed the event tell the police they think your colleague was speeding. He asks you to speak as a witness on his behalf; to testify that he wasn’t speeding. What would you do? The Universalist sees this problem in terms of the uniformity of the application of laws and regulations. The issues of loyalty and the…
  • 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... >
 
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  • 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…
  • My Experience with "Flipping" the Classroom

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Feeling Like a Master of the Universe!As many of you know, I spent the last year in a mastermind business coaching program that has made me comfortable with web-based platforms designed to build communities, deliver content, and market services.  I have proved that old dogs can learn new tricks.  In fact, this old dog is teaching the new tricks to folks much younger than myself. My latest focus is on the "flipped" or "blended" classroom. These classes use the best of on-line education married with more traditional classroom approaches.  The Instructional Technology…
  • In Memory of Mom

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Remembering How I Became a TeacherMy mom, Jo Ann Drinkwater Young, died of colon cancer this month seventeen years ago.  She was only 61.Her death caused me to live life with more urgency, intention, and love.Last week, a family friend sent some photos of her as a teenager that I had not seen before.  She is posing with her best friend, Leotta, shortly before Leotta's wedding.  Mom was seventeen or eighteen years old. Even dolled up as the bridesmaid (blue dress on right), she still looks so very young.She married at eighteen, had four kids by the time she was 24…
  • 60,000 Page Views for The Red Velvet Lawyer

    10 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    60,000 Page ViewsFriends, family, and colleagues:Another milestone reached! 60,000 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…
  • Fall Conference of the Virginia Mediation Network

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Meeting of my "Tribe"Plenary Sessions Offered by Leaders in the FieldLast week-end, over 85 members of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN) gathered for its Fall training conference. VMN is the largest state-wide organization of mediation practitioners, trainers, and scholars in Virginia.  Attendees enjoyed clear fall weather at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel in Glen Allen, Virginia, a lovely Colonial-style facility on 20-acres of park/golf course just north of Richmond.  The 2-day event offered three plenary presentations by leaders in the…
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