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  • Family Mobile Plans Presenting an Economical Solution

    best cell phone plans
    Rafik
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    The family mobile plans are great options for parents having kids spending minutes, messages and data plan. But it’s also very important to know everything about it, which carrier to choose and review every different offer in order to choose the best to be able to save some money. Always got to choose what’s best recognized in your area with the best reputation and review all of
  • Listening: The Key to Divorce Mediation

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    Debra Synovec
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Divorce mediation works for separating couples because it accounts for each perspective, is more cost-effective than litigation, and creates a mutually agreeable outcome. But beyond that, why does it really, really work? What is one major element that makes the process of mediation successful in resolving conflict? LISTENING! While speaking up and expressing concerns are vital to reaching an agreement during divorce mediation, good listening is the root of why this strategy works. Genuine, active listening is a skill that can be difficult to master, especially in a stressful situation such as…
  • The role of the conflict professional's self-reflection in effective conflict resolution

    Brains On Purpose™
    StephanieWestAllen
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    What is the role of self-awareness and self-reflection in effective conflict resolution? To hear a teleconference on that topic, click here. The title of the teleconference is "Inside Out: How Conflict Professionals Can Use Self-Reflection to Help Their Clients" and it features long-time mediator and lawyer Gary Friedman.
  • WCME 011: The Enneagram as a tool for Fourth Way study, with Aine Ni Cheallaigh - Pace Smith

    Pace Smith
    Pace and Kyeli
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Who is Gurdjieff (an 8) and why was he so creepy? The history of the Enneagram, including Seekers After Truth, P.D. Ouspensky (a 1), Oscar Ichazo, and Claudio Naranjo Hameed Ali (aka A.H. Almaas) and the Diamond Approach What is the Fourth Way? (And for that matter, what are the other three ways?) What is a personality, anyway? And what is the point of all this inner work? The 3 centers: Head, Heart, and Belly Oscar Ichazo said that the Passions are The Seven Deadly Sins plus Fear and Deceit. Here they are by enneatype: Anger Pride Deceit Envy Avarice Fear Gluttony Lust Sloth “The…
  • Lay Down your trumpets and Your Guns/Mia Leventhal

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    Mia
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:23 am
    When all has been Said and Done Where will you lay Your Trumpets and your Guns..? Loud Roars Turn to Weeps No Sorrow Can you sweep All Conquer is Defeat For every Brother You have Fought So hard to Delete One day again You will Meet. Lay down your Trumpets And your Guns Cherish and Celebrate All Life Beneath the Sun. Cant you see I Am You And You Are Me We Are All Children of The Holy ONE. Lay Down your Trumpets And Your Guns Come Shine Together With All of Creation Let Go of Your Illusion For We Are All ONE.
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    best cell phone plans

  • Family Mobile Plans Presenting an Economical Solution

    Rafik
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:46 am
    The family mobile plans are great options for parents having kids spending minutes, messages and data plan. But it’s also very important to know everything about it, which carrier to choose and review every different offer in order to choose the best to be able to save some money. Always got to choose what’s best recognized in your area with the best reputation and review all of
  • Discover The Best Cell Phones for Seniors

    Rafik
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    The main objective of designed phone for senior to improve their quality of life, from the ease and simplicity of use. These mobile devices must use technological advances to provide services to older people to enable them to communicate with your partner, family and emergency services. But this is not always so. In usphoneplans.com we will highlight some of the features that
  • Best Cell Phone Plans for Seniors Worth a Look

    Rafik
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    Cell phones are important, especially for seniors who can live, driving and spend a lot of time alone. The benefits of owning a cell phone safety are obvious; call for help can be a necessity. Many wireless companies have changed their marketing efforts to push wireless packages for seniors that offer many of the same standard features as other wireless plans and similar and monthly
  • Best Cell Phone Plans Updated in 2015

    Rafik
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:47 am
    As a wide variety of mobile phone plans and deals are coping up these days, sometimes the mobile phone buyers feel helpless and confused rather than finding the comfort of shopping. This happens just because right after entering into a shop for buying a handset you get loaded with a bunch of offers and deals knowing about all of those in detail and then deciding to go for one on the
  • Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans in 2015

    Rafik
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    Nowadays having a Smartphone is simply another one of life basic needs. Understanding all too well about reliance on those devices, mobile phone service providers are capable to charge high costs for monthly data plans and all of the other extras. For people who just need a simple wireless plan or don't like the idea of joining a 2 or 3 years agreement, a prepaid cell phone is a good
 
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  • Listening: The Key to Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Divorce mediation works for separating couples because it accounts for each perspective, is more cost-effective than litigation, and creates a mutually agreeable outcome. But beyond that, why does it really, really work? What is one major element that makes the process of mediation successful in resolving conflict? LISTENING! While speaking up and expressing concerns are vital to reaching an agreement during divorce mediation, good listening is the root of why this strategy works. Genuine, active listening is a skill that can be difficult to master, especially in a stressful situation such as…
  • Divorce Mediation Dos and Don’ts

    Debra Synovec
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    Divorce mediation can only work when both parties are actively participating throughout the entire process. If one side is passive while the other is aggressive, a solution will most likely not be mutually beneficial as it would if both parties are equally expressive. Coming to an agreement is a two-way street, with the help of a neutral third party in mediation. A divorcing couple will have a more successful separation if these three dos and three don’ts are followed: DO speak up. Mediation is the time to lay it all out on the line, to express your concerns and needs so that your issues…
  • Four Styles of Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    There is no set formula when it comes to divorce mediation. Each couple’s circumstances, goals, and issues are different, making the process unique to every situation. I have been mediating for over 25 years and have never seen the same divorce circumstances twice.  A mediator uses their expertise combined with mediation techniques to help each unique couple create a successful plan. Four types of mediation are: Transformative mediation theorizes that the process has the capability to transform and change the individuals involved. This inner transformation is affected by “empowerment”…
  • Dogs and Divorce

    Debra Synovec
    14 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    A divorce affects more than the two people. Everyone knows that divorce impacts families, friends, children, business relationships, neighbors and others. However it’s not always humans who are affected—pets may be an important piece to the divorce puzzle. Mediation helps separating couples reach outcomes based on each individual’s needs, wants, and lifestyle, and can help reach an agreement for custody of pets. When going through a divorce that involves furry companions keep the following in mind: Who owns the pet? If one of you had the dog or cat before you met each other and married,…
  • How To Successfully Parent After A Divorce

    Debra Synovec
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Divorce is difficult and a divorce becomes even more difficult when children are involved. While separation can be the best option for the individual, it creates conditions within the family that largely affect your kids for the rest of their lives. Divorcees must learn to work together even though they are no longer legally bound to make the transition as easy on the children as possible. Mediation is an effective strategy during the separation process, but is also incredibly helpful after the divorce is finalized. Post-divorce mediation allows parents to discuss child support, logistics,…
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    Brains On Purpose™

  • The role of the conflict professional's self-reflection in effective conflict resolution

    StephanieWestAllen
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    What is the role of self-awareness and self-reflection in effective conflict resolution? To hear a teleconference on that topic, click here. The title of the teleconference is "Inside Out: How Conflict Professionals Can Use Self-Reflection to Help Their Clients" and it features long-time mediator and lawyer Gary Friedman.
  • Current edition of MINDFULNESS RESEARCH MONTHLY is now available

    StephanieWestAllen
    6 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    May's edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly includes 19 Interventions 14 Associations 11 Methods 8 Reviews 2 Trials. Click to read the new edition.
  • That's not how it happened! Let me tell you the true story

    StephanieWestAllen
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    How can two or more people sincerely, earnestly, and confidently have such widely divergent versions of events? As mediators, we often have heard stories from parties in which the facts are conflicting and yet no one seems to be deliberately deceiving. Research continues to show us our memories are malleable and pliant so we are not surprised at the inconsistency....
  • Newest edition of MINDFULNESS RESEARCH MONTHLY now available

    StephanieWestAllen
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    The March edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly is now posted for your reading pleasure. It includes 50 new cites: 15 Interventions 15 Associations 9 Methods 11 Reviews.
  • Are you or your clients remembering that story accurately? Some ways to check

    StephanieWestAllen
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    I recommend to you this excellent article written by the authors of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us. They offer 10 ways to check the accuracy of our very malleable and faulty memory. Journalists know that when they hear something from one source, they should corroborate it with independent sources before reporting it. The science of memory has...
 
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    Pace Smith

  • WCME 011: The Enneagram as a tool for Fourth Way study, with Aine Ni Cheallaigh - Pace Smith

    Pace and Kyeli
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Who is Gurdjieff (an 8) and why was he so creepy? The history of the Enneagram, including Seekers After Truth, P.D. Ouspensky (a 1), Oscar Ichazo, and Claudio Naranjo Hameed Ali (aka A.H. Almaas) and the Diamond Approach What is the Fourth Way? (And for that matter, what are the other three ways?) What is a personality, anyway? And what is the point of all this inner work? The 3 centers: Head, Heart, and Belly Oscar Ichazo said that the Passions are The Seven Deadly Sins plus Fear and Deceit. Here they are by enneatype: Anger Pride Deceit Envy Avarice Fear Gluttony Lust Sloth “The…
  • WCML 059: Self-care is a form of social justice, with Marsha Philitas - Pace Smith

    Pace and Kyeli
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Marsha’s backstory Sandra Bland feeling like you’re a movement of one let it be okay for it to not be your work “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” -Jack Kornfield what’s the line between self-care and an excuse? “I need to be the embodiment of what it is I believe.” -Marsha Philitas Reclaiming Our takeaways You can find Marsha at marshaphilitas.com, with a special welcome for WCML listeners at marshaphilitas.com/free-resources! Thanks for listening to Wild Crazy Meaningful Life! If you enjoyed this episode, please…
  • When your path takes you farther “out there” than is comfortable - Pace Smith

    Pace
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being pushed out to the edge When you’re a Pathfinder – when you follow your own path instead of the norm – you often feel like you’ve been pushed out to the edge – by society, by circumstances, by other people. The edge is uncomfortable. The things that work for most people don’t work for you. You feel different, alone, unsteady. And then someone starts talking about ‘finding your path’ and you think to yourself, “Whoa, hold your horses. I’m doing my best to survive out here on the edge. If I do have a path, it would surely lead me…
  • WCME 010: A conversation with Dyana, an 8 (Challenger) - Pace Smith

    Pace and Kyeli
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We talk with Dyana about her experience of being an 8. “I’m a bitch on wheels, man!” -Dyana Valentine “I’m not really into limits, but boundaries are great.” -Dyana Valentine control + perceived power ↔ chaos + joy Links: WCME 002: Change CAN be easy, with Andrea Isaacs Dyana’s website Thank you, Dyana, for sharing what it’s like to be you! If you enjoyed this episode, would you be so kind as to leave us a review? You can find us by going to the Podcast page in iTunes and searching for “wild crazy meaningful enneagram”. Thanks!
  • WCML 058: Technically accessible but not really - Pace Smith

    Pace and Kyeli
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    A glimpse into Kyeli’s life: what it’s like to be disabled. Presented in the spirit of fostering understanding and compassion. the usual error What it’s like for Kyeli to go to a restaurant that claims to be accessible but isn’t really What it’s like for Kyeli to go to a movie theater with wheelchair seating What it’s like for Kyeli to wait in a waiting room My picture of Kyeli making the ridiculous sink gesture came out unusably blurry, sorry. How to be a good ally: Be flexible, because what’s an inconvenience for you could be someone else’s…
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  • Lay Down your trumpets and Your Guns/Mia Leventhal

    Mia
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:23 am
    When all has been Said and Done Where will you lay Your Trumpets and your Guns..? Loud Roars Turn to Weeps No Sorrow Can you sweep All Conquer is Defeat For every Brother You have Fought So hard to Delete One day again You will Meet. Lay down your Trumpets And your Guns Cherish and Celebrate All Life Beneath the Sun. Cant you see I Am You And You Are Me We Are All Children of The Holy ONE. Lay Down your Trumpets And Your Guns Come Shine Together With All of Creation Let Go of Your Illusion For We Are All ONE.
  • A Falling Out

    vjearle
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:49 am
    I would entertain confidence, but here, on the edge of emotion (others before self ) I am ungrounded. I gesture kindness (a shady, alluring reconciliation) your heart unavailable distracted and driven. Pushed aside, I am (non-conformist) ostracized, still raw. I ponder relationships (incensed and violated) worthy of investigation – these many sides of self. Sidestepping social niceties (I am righteously enraged) personal indignation makes for interesting dynamics. Exile is hurtful, unacceptable – I look for a voice – pause – your expectations a brick wall. Obligations…
  • Mullah Mansour biography

    Tim Foxley
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:42 am
    Summary: In the context of Taliban unity difficulties, the bland biography of new leader of the Tali
  • 2015 Canadian Federal Elections and Peace Building. Time to ask Questions !!!

    Paul Maillet
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:25 am
    During elections voices are heard. Questions teach. Questions open doors to learning and discovery for both the one who asks and those to whom the question is directed. Ask your candidates when they come around, speak up at debates, send them an email or letter, put up a window poster. Be informed. Vote for honest politicians. This is how I see the issues and questions. Use what you wish. Ask questions. I have an interest in international foreign policy and peace. I believe we need a country and a government of honest ethical MPs that understand national wellbeing, namely: Good honest…
  • The ISIS Group Nightmare

    Donald Ellis
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:20 am
    Just when you thought you had heard of about every atrocity and psychotic group behavior, ISIS creeps into your dreams like a nightmare from ancient history. Beheadings, chemical warfare, mass murder, destruction of cultural, religious, and artistic sites are all tools for new political theory. Then, as the world sort of drifts into a coma rather than sleep we get nightmare 2.0 in the form of theocratized rape and slavery. Apparently, the Quran justifies rape and slavery as long as you pray properly beforehand and stay within the religious leaders “Handbook Governing Rape”. Yes, as David…
 
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    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337

  • Listening: The Key to Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Divorce mediation works for separating couples because it accounts for each perspective, is more cost-effective than litigation, and creates a mutually agreeable outcome. But beyond that, why does it really, really work? What is one major element that makes the process of mediation successful in resolving conflict? LISTENING! While speaking up and expressing concerns are vital to reaching an agreement during divorce mediation, good listening is the root of why this strategy works. Genuine, active listening is a skill that can be difficult to master, especially in a stressful situation such as…
  • Divorce Mediation Dos and Don’ts

    Debra Synovec
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    Divorce mediation can only work when both parties are actively participating throughout the entire process. If one side is passive while the other is aggressive, a solution will most likely not be mutually beneficial as it would if both parties are equally expressive. Coming to an agreement is a two-way street, with the help of a neutral third party in mediation. A divorcing couple will have a more successful separation if these three dos and three don’ts are followed: DO speak up. Mediation is the time to lay it all out on the line, to express your concerns and needs so that your issues…
  • Four Styles of Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    There is no set formula when it comes to divorce mediation. Each couple’s circumstances, goals, and issues are different, making the process unique to every situation. I have been mediating for over 25 years and have never seen the same divorce circumstances twice.  A mediator uses their expertise combined with mediation techniques to help each unique couple create a successful plan. Four types of mediation are: Transformative mediation theorizes that the process has the capability to transform and change the individuals involved. This inner transformation is affected by “empowerment”…
  • Dogs and Divorce

    Debra Synovec
    14 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    A divorce affects more than the two people. Everyone knows that divorce impacts families, friends, children, business relationships, neighbors and others. However it’s not always humans who are affected—pets may be an important piece to the divorce puzzle. Mediation helps separating couples reach outcomes based on each individual’s needs, wants, and lifestyle, and can help reach an agreement for custody of pets. When going through a divorce that involves furry companions keep the following in mind: Who owns the pet? If one of you had the dog or cat before you met each other and married,…
  • How To Successfully Parent After A Divorce

    Debra Synovec
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Divorce is difficult and a divorce becomes even more difficult when children are involved. While separation can be the best option for the individual, it creates conditions within the family that largely affect your kids for the rest of their lives. Divorcees must learn to work together even though they are no longer legally bound to make the transition as easy on the children as possible. Mediation is an effective strategy during the separation process, but is also incredibly helpful after the divorce is finalized. Post-divorce mediation allows parents to discuss child support, logistics,…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Peacekeepers in the Sky: The Use of Unmanned Unarmed Aerial Vehicles for Peacekeeping

    Sanjana
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:07 am
    The ICT4Peace Foundation just released an excellent report by Helena Puig Larrauri and Patrick Meier on the use of UAVs for peacekeeping operations. My foreword is reproduced below. The full report can be accessed here. Helena and Patrick are two of the most thoughtful individuals I know of interrogating the opportunities and challenges around the use of UAVs for non-combat operations around peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian aid. At the invitation of Patrick, I was a founding member of UAViators.net, which aims to “promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for…
  • Social media and elections: Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Election, August 2015

    Sanjana
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Cross-posted from the website of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV). Wrote this note to follow up a presentation made to CMEV’s international monitors the day after the Parliamentary Election, held on 17th August 2015. Access the presentation here or see below. Overview The information and communications operations of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) for the Parliamentary Election held on 17 August 2015 was anchored to the foundations laid for the Presidential Election in January this year. Operational security from an information and communications…
  • Code4Good: Using ICTs for social good in Sri Lanka

    Sanjana
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    Code4Good, Sri Lanka’s first social good hackathon kicked off today, an initiative of Internews Network implemented in partnership with International Alert, and with the support of SLASSCOM, Facebook internet.org, Google Business Groups and the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. The event today attracted a wide range of civil society organisations from as far North as Jaffna. Nalaka Gunawardene and I spoke at the event, and each of focussed on what role technology could and should play in addressing social needs. My presentation, in three parts, looked at how information and…
  • Power mapping

    Sanjana
    28 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    Cross posted from Groundviews. I was asked to contribute an article to an up-coming issue of The Architect, the journal of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. The issue will be anchored to the idea of ‘democratic space’. After the guest editor accepted my article without any reservations or edits, he was informed by the Editor in Chief a few weeks ago that references to the Rajapaksa’s were problematic. With some reservations, I agreed to delete these references. A hugely apologetic guest editor informed me this morning that the Institute and Chief Editor had further…
  • Speaking notes: The future of tech and peacekeeping, re:publica 2015

    Sanjana
    7 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Invited by ZIF – Center for International Peace Operations and representing the ICT4Peace Foundation, I spoke today at re:publica15 in Berlin, Germany on the future of peacekeeping and technology. The session this morning had a very compelling title: NERDS WITH BLUE HELMETS? DIGITAL INNOVATION AND PEACEKEEPING. My submission was anchored to the following points: Following from the ‘Performance Peacekeeping’ report, what are the central challenges for peacekeeping in our digital age? What impact will the Internet of Things (IoT) tomorrow, and the democratisation of mobile devices today…
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    Nancy Love's Weblog

  • POWER of PULSE: Deep Listening ( #2 of 4 installments)

    Dr. Nancy Love
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    No matter how well you know a person you simply cannot read their mind.  When you attempt to do that you are actually making assumptions about that person which may or may not be true.  Clarifying assumptions is what the POWER tool box was created to do.  It is made up of five elements, each a power tool in its own right.  Individually they can help you deal with any circumstance AND as a set they provide sustainable energy for conversations, relationships and organizations. POWER stands for Paraphrase, Open Questions, Wait, Empathize, Reframe.  Think of it as an address in your brain…
  • The POWER of PULSE: Deep Listening (the First of four installments)

    Dr. Nancy Love
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:26 am
    In advance of next week’s webinar on POWER listening I have been thinking. For the next couple of days I will share with you pieces of the ebook that is the result of that thinking.  Listening is essential.  Getting better at it takes skill and practice.  Let me share some ideas about the attitudes, skills and knowledge that could help you improve your listening …. The POWER of PULSE: Deep Listening Dr. Nancy Love Listening is something we do every day.  It is what helps us find our way in the world.  It works with our other senses to help us interpret our world.  Even…
  • SHIFT – Nancy’s Big Adventure

    Dr. Nancy Love
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    In just one week I start my new adventure on the Island of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.  I am equal measures of excited and anxious.  I look forward to being there, being part of something larger than myself and I am anxious about leaving my very comfortable home and the way of life I have developed over the past few years.  I will be staying on campus at UVI and I anticipate a very steep learning curve over this first month of offering classes and moving the intellectual property of PULSE to its new owners. Am I ready? My suitcases are packed.  I have my airline bookings and my…
  • Up-coming Events for UVI PULSE

    Dr. Nancy Love
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
        Continue on your path to UVI-PULSE mediation certification and build valuable skills with these courses coming to the University of the Virgin Islands: Understanding and Experience PULSE Techniques (Free online events) Sep. 8 / Webinar: The POWER of Deep Listening Oct. 14 / Webinar: Listening with HEART Nov. 12 / Webinar: The PULSE Grid Dec. 9 / Webinar: PULSE Ways of Knowing Introduction to Conflict Mediation Sep. 9-10 I St. Thomas Campus (St. Thomas) Sep. 15-16 I Albert A. Sheen Campus (St. Croix) SHIFT Sep. 11 I St. Thomas Campus (St. Thomas) Sep. 17 I Albert A. Sheen Campus…
  • Time Travel

    Dr. Nancy Love
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    I know that I have written about the relationship between time and space before but tonight, as I sit back in my apartment after a week away in Edinburgh and  an extended (30 hour) journey home, I am once again struck by the feeling of never having left.  Traveling is weird… and wonderful.  There is so much I enjoy about it and so much I tend to endure rather than savour. It seems like yesterday that I was at the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo, at the spectacular Edinburgh Castle enjoying the precision of pipes and rums and dancers from around the world with thousands of other…
 
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    NCDD Community News

  • A Time of Transition for NCDD

    Sandy Heierbacher
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    It has been a crazy summer — a crazy year so far, really — for me and for NCDD. Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook or who have seen me at events likely know what’s been going on. But this is an overdue update to the whole network. As many of you know, NCDD was co-founded in 2002 (13 years ago now!) by me and Andy Fluke. The vision for NCDD was primarily mine, but Andy’s skills in website and graphic design were critical to the organization’s success. Back in 2002, everything we did to initially build this largely virtual network, from online survey…
  • Public Conversations Project Founder: “Invest in NCDD”

    Roshan Bliss
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Please take a minute to read this wonderful letter from Laura Chasin – founder of one of our long-standing members, the Public Conversations Project – endorsing the value of an NCDD membership. As we’ve recently mentioned, NCDD is in the midst of an important membership drive. If you are a non-dues member of NCDD, if your dues have lapsed, or if you’re not a member at all, we hope this letter encourages you to support our work! We encourage you to look yourself up in the NCDD member directory at to find out your membership and dues status and join or renew…
  • Building on the “Hope Spots” in Our Democracy

    Roshan Bliss
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our friends at NCDD member organization The Harwood Institute recently shared an article that Rich Harwood wrote on the state of our democracy for the Kettering Foundation‘s “Connections” newsletter that we want to share. It features relevant insights from Rich, prominent D&D leaders, and a few NCDD members on the question of how to scale up the nation’s democratic and collaborative efforts, and we encourage you to check it out. An article excerpt from the Harwood blog is below, and you can find the rest in the full newsletter here. Yes, Our Democracy Is a…
  • Everyday Democracy Wins CT Humanities Award

    Roshan Bliss
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In case you missed it, we wanted to share the press release that Everyday Democracy – a long-time NCDD member organization – published last month about an important grant they’ve received that will help them plan for a statewide civic health project. We encourage you to join us in congratulating them! You can read the release below or find the original here. Connecticut Humanities Awards Planning to Grant to Everyday Democracy in Support of its Projects “Connecticut’s Civic Health: A Humanities Perspective” Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Humanities…
  • Join Journalist & Community Gathering for Civic Impact

    Roshan Bliss
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We hope our members will consider attending the Experience Engagement gathering this October 1-4 in Portland. This unique gathering is being supported by NCDD Board member Marla Crockett and NCDD Sustaining Member Peggy Holman, and we encourage you to learn more in the announcement that Peggy recently shared with us below. Take advantage of their freelancer and student rates by registering here! Experience Engagement Experience Engagement, How Journalism and Communities Can Thrive Together takes place October 1-4 at the University of Oregon’s facility in Portland, Oregon. This meeting is…
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • Rival movements duel over the future of Brazil

    Marianna Olinger
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:17 am
    by Marianna Olinger Women at the fifth annual Margarida’s march in Brazil on August 13. (Mídia NINJA) In recent weeks, the mainstream media has forwarded a narrative that the political crisis in Brazil is a result of internal corruption and the lack of economic growth over the last year, which is blamed on the Workers’ Party. The corruption charges have been fueled by an investigation — known as Lava Jato, or Car Wash — in which a number of directors of the state-owned oil company Petrobras are accused of taking bribes from construction companies and funneling funds to…
  • Brooklyn stands up for trans women of color

    Ashoka Jegroo
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    by Ashoka Jegroo (Facebook / Audre Lorde Project) The Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant hosted the fifth annual Bed-Stuy Pride on August 30, finishing off a month where activists held multiple actions in the borough to bring awareness to the struggles and violence faced by queer, trans and gender nonconforming people of color. The event was put together by the New York City-based Audre Lorde Project, which describes itself as a center for community organizing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, trans and gender nonconforming, or LGBTSTGNC, people of color. Bed-Stuy Pride is part…
  • Germans make refugees feel welcome after neo-Nazi riots

    Ashoka Jegroo
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    by Ashoka Jegroo View image | gettyimages.com After hundreds of far-right protesters rioted last week in the small town of Heidenau, Germany in opposition to the temporary housing of asylum seekers there, a group of anti-fascists decided to throw a welcome party for refugees. German authorities attempted to ban the party at first, but widespread outrage and a court decision soon changed all of that and allowed the party to go on. “It was important for us to show solidarity with other refugees,” Adam Bahar, a member of a refugee group that helped organize the party, told Deutsche…
  • Seneca Lake activists arrested for blocking fracked gas storage facility

    Ashoka Jegroo
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    by Ashoka Jegroo Protesters gathered outside Crestwood’s gates on Wednesday. (Facebook / We Are Seneca Lake) Over 370 arrests have been made since October 2014 in an activist group’s campaign against a fracked gas storage facility near Seneca Lake in New York’s Schuyler county with 13 of those arrests happening on August 26 during a blockade of the facility by protesters. Shortly after sunrise on Wednesday, the protesters, led by students from multiple universities, blocked two tanker trucks at the north entrance of energy company Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility on…
  • Ga. activists challenge Coke’s support for ‘heritage of hate’

    Kate Aronoff
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    by Kate Aronoff Rise Up members unveiled a banner at Stone Mountain on Saturday, calling out Coca-Cola for sponsoring racism and white supremacy. (Facebook / Rise Up) At a towering 1,600 feet, Stone Mountain is a majestic outgrowth from the suburbs of Atlanta. Less majestic, for many, is the three acre bas-relief monument to the Confederacy on its north side. Originally forged by Mount Rushmore creator Gutzon Borglum, the project was abandoned over creative differences in the 1920s, only to be completed once Stone Mountain’s grounds were purchased by the state of Georgia in 1958. The…
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    Crisis Management

  • The Age of Karma by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Live up to expectations, or get what’s coming to you [Editor’s note: This special post by Jonathan Bernstein touches on a point we’ve been discussing more and more internally over the past year. Whatever you really are, however you behave “behind closed doors” will come out, and if it doesn’t match up to the image you’ve been pushing you’ll be left hurting when it does.] The Digital Age has become the Age of Karma. The Internet has given virtually everyone the power to expose information that, in the past, would have remained hidden. The…
  • Ashley Madison Using Cash for Crisis Management by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Throwing money at the problem isn’t always the best solution As part of its continuing crisis response for the massive hack that exposed the personal data of cheating site Ashley Madison’s customers, page operator Avid Life Media is offering up a $500,000 CDN (~ $380,000 US) reward for information that leads to capture and arrest of the perpetrators. The bounty was announced during a press conference at Toronto Police Headquarters, headed by acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans, who stated, “Today, I can confirm that Avid Life Media is offering a $500,000 reward to anyone…
  • Bringing Stories to Social Media by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Attributes that will help land your story in front of social media users One of the primary goals of crisis communications is to get your side of the story out there. Not just anywhere, though. What you’re aiming for is to put it square in front of specific target audiences. Today that often means getting your story covered on social media platforms by both mainstream media outlets and the average person with an interest, and knowing how to do so can make or break your efforts. Researchers at the Edelman Media Network recently dug into what makes news stories likely to play well on…
  • Conflict Resolution as a Crisis Management Tool by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Keep clashes from creating lasting damage Conflict will occur. It’s a natural part of human interactions, and the extra factors just about any business throws in the mix means you can never completely avoid it. That said, conflict doesn’t have to result in damage. In fact, handled properly it is entirely possible to have both parties coming out satisfied. How does it work? Let this infographic from Gettins’ Law explain: ——————————- For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic: Crisis Management ——————————- [Jonathan…
  • Bic Steps in it with Sexist #HappyWomensDay Ad by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    A bad decision made more damaging by poor crisis management Bic has long been criticized for its line of pens marketed toward women, called “Miss Bic” and Bic for Her”, but an ad the pen manufacturer created for South Africa’s Women’s Day pushed the disgust beyond sideline conversation and into the mainstream. Words really can’t do the outrageousness of this ad justice, so have a look: The backlash from all corners of the social mediaverse and web-at-large came immediately. Critics denounced the ad and the culture behind its creation, media outlets did…
 
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    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog

  • The Enduring Question: What If They Won't Change?

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Trying not to change someone--in fact realizing you can't--and holding that space from center may feel like you're suspended in mid-air, not knowing, just taking one breath at a time, one step at a time, relinquishing control. As challenging as it may be, this is a place of learning and growth. Being comfortable with discomfort, as my yoga teacher says.Read more...
  • Closure: Ki Moments and the Importance of Ritual

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    There's a song from a wonderful 1970's musical -- The Last Sweet Days of Isaac. The title is: "My Most Important Moments Go By," and in another life I was an actor (yep!) and sang this song. Maybe because of that, I've always appreciated the importance of certain moments in my life. I've tried to take note of them. When we let moments go by without paying attention, we lose something--something that won't come again. And, sometimes it makes it harder to go on to the next moment. Something is holding us back, and we're not even sure what it…
  • Being Present With It: Centered Anger

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    My last post was about being present with happiness. I reflected on how it can be as difficult to be present in happiness as in anger and that meditation and reflection offered ways to appreciate happiness without losing ourselves to it or letting it slip by unnoticed. The same principles apply to anger. You'd probably just as soon let angry moments go by. Why would you want to stay present with anger?Read more...
  • An Interval of Meditation: Centered Happiness

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Have you ever been so happy you ... were afraid it wouldn't last? lost your equilibrium?  couldn't stay present with it? Such is Anne Elliot's happiness at the end of Jane Austen's Persuasion, that she engages in "an interval of meditation" as the best way to preserve and appreciate the feeling. I write a lot about centering in conflict. Searching this phrase on my website turns up 112 results. And yet, what about being centered in happiness? Read more...
  • Be More: Turn Gossip Into Direct Communication

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It's always great to hear from past and current clients about how they utilize my work and writing personally and within their organizations. And sometimes I get a surprise, as I did last week when I received an email from someone I'd never met--an employee in a major global financial institution. The financial institution included my Checklist for Managing Difficult Conversations in a regional communication program encouraging staff to "Be More."  In the 9-day program, there were a number of challenges participants had…
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    Scotwork Negotiation Blog - Defining Negotiation in the Modern World

  • Lesser of Two Evils

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    I was interested by a report I read on the NHS website on 21 August in which Public Health England published an “evidence review” about e-cigarettes, stating that they were 95% safer than cigarettes and that, further, they were an effective quitting aid for smokers. As a result of the review, e-cigarettes are to be licensed and regulated as an aid to quit smoking from 2016...>
  • Green Lights

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    A few years ago I was talking to a guy at a dinner party and he, in the effort to engage in small talk, asked me what I did for a living. When I told him that I trained and consulted in the area of negotiation skills he was intrigued but also fairly dismissive. His view was that he never negotiated. He always got his own way by simply making an ultimatum. His view was that agreeing to negotiate was a sign of weakness and that when dealing with his suppliers he simply told them what they had to do and they did it, or he went elsewhere... >
  • Mind the Doors Please

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:56 am
    Last Wednesday evening was a bad time for two different groups of Londoners. At five o’clock the doors of several walk-in centres run by a high profile children’s charity called Kid’s Company closed for the last time, and thousands of children who depended on the charity for both physical and educational support were stranded. There had been suspicions about the financial affairs of this charity for some time – allegations that it was not well managed and that it was not in control of its finances. Central government was a major contributor and when the media picked up stories of…
  • Don’t Confuse Negotiating With Persuasion

    6 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    I was recently invited to teach at a company that purchases the debts of financial institutions and then pursues the people that owe the money. This company buys the debts through a tender process and they then present the debtors with the facts about the law and the unpleasant consequences of non-payment. They called Scotwork because they wanted to improve their negotiations with debtors. They said that they were talking to a number of companies who had issued quotations to them for negotiation training. I told them as politely as possible that they were wasting their money... >
  • Engendering Negotiations

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Although news of a pay differential between men and women doing the same or similar jobs is nothing new, recent studies suggest that even when women are on the employer’s side of a negotiation, men can feel more threatened by a female boss, and tend to negotiate using more extreme positions. In one survey, male and female college students at a U.S. university were asked to negotiate their salary at a new job in a computer exercise with a male or female hiring manager. Once they had, the participants were asked to guess words that appeared on a computer for a fraction of a second. Those who…
 
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    The Red Velvet Lawyer

  • Countdown to Qatar: Letting Go of my Support System

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:13 am
         My Sister from Another MotherI've been in Doha for a little over two weeks.  I had planned a few more posts in my "Letting Go" series, but simply ran out of time in the run up to my departure date.But, I'm pausing before the semester starts to complete the series.  Today, I want to talk about my support system in Grundy.  This morning on Bloomberg International TV, I watched an interview of photographer, Sally Mann.  She talked about aching for her home state of Virginia and the deep kindness of its people.  I understood exactly what she…
  • Countdown to Qatar: Farewell Letter from my Dad, Jerry

    9 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Praise from my Risk-Taking Role-ModelI shared Dottie's farewell email earlier.  Dad's farewell email follows.  Some of the references require some explanation. Many relate to his pioneering work in dentistry. As background, I am the eldest child and only daughter in a family of four kids.  My Dad and Mom married when my Mom was 18 years old and my Dad was 20 years old.  As newlyweds, they moved from a small farming town in central Illinois to St. Louis while my dad completed dental school at Washington University. They lived in a new public housing…
  • Countdown from Qatar: Farewell Letter from my Stepmom

    6 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    I've talked about letting go of family in an earlier post.  After the visit in July from my Dad, Jerry, and my Stepmom, Dottie, I got a couple of emails that I'd like to share.  If you want to know how I have the "courage" to make this move as a 61-year old woman, these emails provide some insight.  I am reproducing them with permission.  My Dad married Dottie several years after my Mom, Jo Ann, died of colon cancer at the age of 61.  Dottie, with a Ph.D. in education, brought along a large extended family that placed its large and loving reach securely around Dad.
  • Countdown to Qatar: Reflections on My Past

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Happy in the Present Moment"Sometimes, in order to be happy in the present moment, you have to be willing to give up all hope for a better past."  Robert HoldenI found this quote recently and pinned a copy of it on my office bulletin board for the colleague who will be moving into my office. However, as I spent the last two days shredding financial documents and tax records as part of the process of letting go, I was shocked at how those documents raised strong emotions tied to the events reflected in the pages of those files.  I've found:My first tax return, filed in…
  • Countdown to Qatar: Letting Go of My Files

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Pitching Part of my Professional IdentityI don't know what it says about me, but I am a very organized pack rat.  My ADR books are alphabetized by author.  They are now neatly packed in boxes with labels showing the alphabetical run included in each box. For years, I have created elaborate filing systems for research materials.  At two former law firms, I created "Brief Banks" that allowed our lawyers, especially newer ones, to easily access different forms, sample pleadings, and research.After joining ASL, I created a filing system for the expanding materials I…
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    Difficult People Made Easy

  • Cartoon about passive aggression

    Eleanor Shakiba
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    The post Cartoon about passive aggression appeared first on Difficult People Made Easy.
  • Giving feedback on passive-aggressive behaviour

    Eleanor Shakiba
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Are you an HR practitioner looking for tips on handling passive aggression at work? If so, you’re not alone. Of all the non-assertive styles of communication, passive aggression is the hardest to handle. It is hard to pin down because it is incongruent. Typically, a passive-aggressive communicator sends a perfectly acceptable verbal message. Meanwhile, their voice tone or body language communicates disrespect or hostility at a meta level. You need to deal with this incongruence when giving feedback to passive-aggressive people. There are four steps involved in doing so. Explain the business…
  • NLP – Generalisations, distortions and deletions

    Eleanor Shakiba
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Would you like to become a more effective communicator? If so, you need to listen closely to what other people say. Language reflects the ‘internal reality’ of the speaker. This means the words someone uses can tell you a lot about what they’re thinking, where they’re placing their attention and what they believe. Words have meaning because they are tied together in ‘sentence structures’. Three ‘universal’ sentence structures to listen out for are generalisations, distortions and deletions. This video explains what each pattern is, as well as how to detect and respond to…
  • How to draw out introverts in meetings: skills for HR practitioners

    Eleanor Shakiba
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    To get the most out of your meetings, you need everyone to participate. So how can you encourage shy, introverted people or passive communicators to speak up more in meetings? Hear people skills expert Eleanor Shakiba describe how you can get everyone involved and contributing to your meetings. She outlines three techniques professional facilitators use for running productive meetings and groups. You can use these techniques to help shy people speak up, draw contributions from introverted personalities, encourage passive communicators to have their say and turn boring meetings into effective…
  • Passive behaviour: how it kills teamwork

    Eleanor Shakiba
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Timidity. Reluctance to speak up. Deferring to others’ opinions. All of these are ‘passive’ behaviours. At first glance, they don’t seem too problematic. But in team contexts, passive behaviours can create problems. For example, if no-one is prepared to challenge the status quo, change never happens. If team members refer every problem to their manager, business efficiency is reduced. So what are the top three passive behaviours which wreak havoc in teams? And how can you shift them? Failure to speak in meetings Passive people feel uncomfortable expressing their ideas, opinions or…
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