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  • Post Divorce Mediation

    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337
    Debra Synovec
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    Divorce is not an end-all situation. Life brings many changes, situations often arise involving your former spouse that will need to be addressed long after the papers have been signed. With all the factors that connect a couple when they are legally married, many issues carry over after the divorce is final. Loose ends can be left untied even after the divorce is final, and new issues often arise between the divorced couple. Mediation is often a helpful approach for couples that have run into issues after their divorce has been finalized. Rather than using litigation that can be time…
  • WCML 049: Wild Crazy Meaningful Friendships, with Kylie Bellard

    Pace Smith
    Pace and Kyeli
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s talk about friends old and new: Which to ditch, which to pursue. Today’s special guest Has oft effervesced; We have not one Kylie, but two! Highlights: friendship shame/taboos “A good friendship is important enough to risk awkwardness.” -Pace Smith The Ratchet Effect: “You can deepen, but not shallowen” deconflating friendship internet friends vs. in-person friends Pace’s takeaway: the usual error in regards to the word “friend” Kyeli’s takeaway: know what your friendship style is and communicate that with your friends…
  • Independence Community College Establishes Conflict Resolution Program: Dwight D. Eisenhower Institute for Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

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    David J. Smith
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    By: David J. Smith, April 13, 2015 Independence Community College  (ICC) in Independence, KS recently established a certificate in conflict resolution.  In an email dated April 10, Konye Ori, associate professor of communications,  the program coordinator,  wrote “Independence Community College is set to begin its conflict resolution program in the fall of 2015…. We (will) have experts, dignitaries, and field agents lecture (and)  engage with our students.”  The program will be the cornerstone of ICC’s  Dwight D. Eisenhower Institute for Diplomacy and…
  • Post Divorce Mediation

    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337
    Debra Synovec
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    Divorce is not an end-all situation. Life brings many changes, situations often arise involving your former spouse that will need to be addressed long after the papers have been signed. With all the factors that connect a couple when they are legally married, many issues carry over after the divorce is final. Loose ends can be left untied even after the divorce is final, and new issues often arise between the divorced couple. Mediation is often a helpful approach for couples that have run into issues after their divorce has been finalized. Rather than using litigation that can be time…
  • Big data can make South Asian cities more authoritarian

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    Sanjana
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Nalaka Gunewardene has an interesting article on smart cities published on Scidev.net, in which he makes the case our cities today are just too unhealthy and that the advent of smart cities will “enhance feedback loops within the complex systems” and if processed properly, result in a “the steady flow of data” that  “can vastly improve the design of ‘hard’ physical environment and the provision of ‘soft’ services to citizens”. Though it is true that evidence based decision making around policymaking is better than partisan, expedient or downright…
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    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337

  • Post Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    Divorce is not an end-all situation. Life brings many changes, situations often arise involving your former spouse that will need to be addressed long after the papers have been signed. With all the factors that connect a couple when they are legally married, many issues carry over after the divorce is final. Loose ends can be left untied even after the divorce is final, and new issues often arise between the divorced couple. Mediation is often a helpful approach for couples that have run into issues after their divorce has been finalized. Rather than using litigation that can be time…
  • Divorce Mediation Can Help During Tax Season

    Debra Synovec
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Along with the many other difficulties involved in a divorce, tax season can be an especially tricky time. Although taxes are probably the last thing on your mind when divorcing, the issues involved will have an impact on your tax return as well as your spouse’s tax return. Tax rules are complicated enough, and the legalities of divorce can only make them more problematic. Divorce mediation can help alleviate this process by emphasizing communication between the couple and efficiently coming up with solutions to filling out tax returns. “Many couples going through a litigated divorce are…
  • The Divorce Mediator and Attorney Team

    Debra Synovec
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Video Series Part 3 Divorce: Mediator and Attorney Team from Cimira Studios on Vimeo. A common misconception in divorce mediation is that if you’re using a mediator, you don’t need an attorney; for some couples that may be true. However, often times attorneys/legal advisers play an important and necessary role in the early stage mediated divorce process. While an attorney is the legal advocate for the client, a mediator acts as a neutral guide and facilitator for the divorcing couple. Mediators and attorneys play different but crucial roles in the divorce process. A mediator provides a…
  • Explaining Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Video Series Part 2 Divorce Mediation from Cimira Studios on Vimeo. Divorce is usually an emotional, confusing, and overwhelming time for each person involved. Mediation is a process that provides a safe and productive method for couples to get results, come up with solutions, and avoid messy, expensive courtroom situations. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “mediation” as “intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise”.  Specifically, a divorce mediator works with the divorcing couple and facilitates healthy conversation between them…
  • Choosing a Divorce Mediator

    Debra Synovec
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    Video Series Part 1 Choosing a Divorce Mediator from Cimira Studios on Vimeo. “Divorce is not a battle to be won, it’s a problem to be solved.” Mediation is a valuable method for divorcing couples to make decisions that will keep the acrimony down,  and create solutions that work for both sides. Divorce mediators facilitate healthy discussions in order to help clients solve problems…do you really need a judge to tell you what to do? After all, divorce is a family issue, not a legal issue. Choosing the right mediator is crucial for couples—mediators come from diverse backgrounds,…
 
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    Pace Smith

  • WCML 049: Wild Crazy Meaningful Friendships, with Kylie Bellard

    Pace and Kyeli
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s talk about friends old and new: Which to ditch, which to pursue. Today’s special guest Has oft effervesced; We have not one Kylie, but two! Highlights: friendship shame/taboos “A good friendship is important enough to risk awkwardness.” -Pace Smith The Ratchet Effect: “You can deepen, but not shallowen” deconflating friendship internet friends vs. in-person friends Pace’s takeaway: the usual error in regards to the word “friend” Kyeli’s takeaway: know what your friendship style is and communicate that with your friends…
  • The 3 different kinds of fear, and how to handle each one

    Pace
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Fear #1: Tiger Fear OH MY GOD THERE’S A TIGER RIGHT BEHIND ME! Run. Run away fast. When you’re safe, the fear will pass. Fear #2: Neurochemical Fear Sometimes, nothing touches the fear. No amount of running away from tigers, no amount of emotional processing, no amount of spiritual practice makes the fear subside. This type of fear can be caused by chemicals in your brain, and can be treated by a professional. Fear #3: Anxiety When the fear isn’t an immediate threat like a tiger, and when it’s not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, it’s anxiety. Anxiety…
  • WCML 046: Losing your way with Gemma Stone

    Pace and Kyeli
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    It’s easy to doubt and bemoan When crashing into the unknown. But sometimes the wreck Is part of the trek, Says the lovely and wise Gemma Stone. Being off path is part of the path. Highlights: Gemma’s 25th birthday epiphany clean fear, messy fear, and pathfear losing your way loving being off path Pace losing her way: playing video games Gemma losing her way: chocolate and orgasms Kyeli losing her way: miscarriage and getting hit by a car “There’s purpose in pain; there are lessons in the mess.” the dangerous side of “there’s purpose in pain”…
  • The Heart of the Village

    Pace
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    Emotional DNA I examined a row of spiked strips, all of different colors. Each strip was labeled with an emotion. “What are these?” I asked the chief. “These are the heart of the village,” he replied. “The feelings encoded on these strips are our emotional DNA. New children born into the village will only be able to feel the feelings on these strips.” He pointed at several of the strips. “Joy, strength, love, perseverance, excitement, anger, delight… I wonder what delight feels like.” He stroked his long, grey beard. “I created…
  • WCML 045: Creating Space for Meaningful Conversation, with Heather Plett

    Pace and Kyeli
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    She helps everybody she’s met To live life with zero regret. She helps out Uganda And once was a panda, A warm welcome to Heather Plett. How can we create space for meaningful, deep conversations, whether it’s in a group or one-on-one? Highlights: Heather hosted a conversation about racism in Winnipeg The Circle Way The Art of Hosting World Cafe The 4 levels of listening (Otto Scharmer) speaking to the center how you can use this for difficult one-on-one conversations permission host yourself first Heather takes us through an example of how she creates space for her Women’s…
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  • Independence Community College Establishes Conflict Resolution Program: Dwight D. Eisenhower Institute for Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

    David J. Smith
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    By: David J. Smith, April 13, 2015 Independence Community College  (ICC) in Independence, KS recently established a certificate in conflict resolution.  In an email dated April 10, Konye Ori, associate professor of communications,  the program coordinator,  wrote “Independence Community College is set to begin its conflict resolution program in the fall of 2015…. We (will) have experts, dignitaries, and field agents lecture (and)  engage with our students.”  The program will be the cornerstone of ICC’s  Dwight D. Eisenhower Institute for Diplomacy and…
  • Listening authentically

    Anita Rios
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    In last week’s blog, I personally committed to working on my listening skills. To tamp down that automatic urge I have for interrupting someone before they have finished what they are saying. And to listen fully, without formulating a response in my head while they are talking. I’ve been doing pretty well with my resolution over the week, but it’s amazing how quickly those resolutions to listen authentically can devolve when someone comes to you with a conflict situation and emotions are charged. Last month at a professional development event, Karmit Bulman, executive…
  • Doctors face complaints together with huge stress.

    jobowen1
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    It is a fact of being a doctor these days – some of your patients will sometimes complain about you. Whereas the ‘complaint’ used to be the clinical problem that the patient brought to the surgery- it is now also something that some patients may brew up during a consultation, or else-insulted- leave your care with. The potential of complaint is a constant threat to the personal and working life of a doctor, no matter how justified its communication or substance, and no matter the competency, empathy or humility of the doctor concerned. Whereas before, when a culture of blame…
  • Negotiations: It's all about principles!

    sadhanism
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
    Often you might hear people saying ‘Win that negotiation! It’s extremely critical for our business’ and similar stories unfold… Is negotiation then all about winning? In a recent interview to The Forbes magazine, Prof. William Ury of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation (PON) says, “Most negotiations take place in the context of long-term relationships, as in a marriage. If you are always asking: “Who’s winning this marriage?”, the marriage is in serious trouble. Focus on your interests- short-term and long-term. It may be instructive to…
  • 3 Things I Don't Want to Hurt My Daughter, But Will Nonetheless

    thediaryofsevgijane
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Hello Readers! As a parent, I want to save my daughter from everything that might hurt her. Unfortunately, I can’t do this. None of us can… It is reality to understand that there are some things in life that are inevitable & I must accept them as a parent. While I cannot stop these things from hurting her, I can work on my reactions & how I will teach her lessons through these painful times. No parent is perfect but I can strive for the closest thing to perfection possible & as long as my daughter knows I tried my best, that’s all I can ask for. That’s what…
 
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    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337

  • Post Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    Divorce is not an end-all situation. Life brings many changes, situations often arise involving your former spouse that will need to be addressed long after the papers have been signed. With all the factors that connect a couple when they are legally married, many issues carry over after the divorce is final. Loose ends can be left untied even after the divorce is final, and new issues often arise between the divorced couple. Mediation is often a helpful approach for couples that have run into issues after their divorce has been finalized. Rather than using litigation that can be time…
  • Divorce Mediation Can Help During Tax Season

    Debra Synovec
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Along with the many other difficulties involved in a divorce, tax season can be an especially tricky time. Although taxes are probably the last thing on your mind when divorcing, the issues involved will have an impact on your tax return as well as your spouse’s tax return. Tax rules are complicated enough, and the legalities of divorce can only make them more problematic. Divorce mediation can help alleviate this process by emphasizing communication between the couple and efficiently coming up with solutions to filling out tax returns. “Many couples going through a litigated divorce are…
  • The Divorce Mediator and Attorney Team

    Debra Synovec
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Video Series Part 3 Divorce: Mediator and Attorney Team from Cimira Studios on Vimeo. A common misconception in divorce mediation is that if you’re using a mediator, you don’t need an attorney; for some couples that may be true. However, often times attorneys/legal advisers play an important and necessary role in the early stage mediated divorce process. While an attorney is the legal advocate for the client, a mediator acts as a neutral guide and facilitator for the divorcing couple. Mediators and attorneys play different but crucial roles in the divorce process. A mediator provides a…
  • Explaining Divorce Mediation

    Debra Synovec
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Video Series Part 2 Divorce Mediation from Cimira Studios on Vimeo. Divorce is usually an emotional, confusing, and overwhelming time for each person involved. Mediation is a process that provides a safe and productive method for couples to get results, come up with solutions, and avoid messy, expensive courtroom situations. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “mediation” as “intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise”.  Specifically, a divorce mediator works with the divorcing couple and facilitates healthy conversation between them…
  • Choosing a Divorce Mediator

    Debra Synovec
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    Video Series Part 1 Choosing a Divorce Mediator from Cimira Studios on Vimeo. “Divorce is not a battle to be won, it’s a problem to be solved.” Mediation is a valuable method for divorcing couples to make decisions that will keep the acrimony down,  and create solutions that work for both sides. Divorce mediators facilitate healthy discussions in order to help clients solve problems…do you really need a judge to tell you what to do? After all, divorce is a family issue, not a legal issue. Choosing the right mediator is crucial for couples—mediators come from diverse backgrounds,…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • Big data can make South Asian cities more authoritarian

    Sanjana
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Nalaka Gunewardene has an interesting article on smart cities published on Scidev.net, in which he makes the case our cities today are just too unhealthy and that the advent of smart cities will “enhance feedback loops within the complex systems” and if processed properly, result in a “the steady flow of data” that  “can vastly improve the design of ‘hard’ physical environment and the provision of ‘soft’ services to citizens”. Though it is true that evidence based decision making around policymaking is better than partisan, expedient or downright…
  • Election monitoring in austere contexts using ICTs

    Sanjana
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    The following note was penned to the co-ordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), who asked me to go into some detail around the information security, gathering, archival and dissemination strategies I conceptualised and deployed around the historic Presidential Eleection in Sri Lanka, held on 8th January 2015. CMEV’s information operations are a template for the monitoring of election violence similar austere circumstances, where the independent monitoring agencies, monitors and activists are at risk of violent pushback before, on the day of and after the elections.
  • Tsunami: 10 years hence

    Sanjana
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Technology does not feel. It does not bleed. Its very insensitivity to trauma can be its strength – the tireless information sharing frameworks Info Share created knew no time of day and didn’t clamour for rest. On the other hand, because it is value neutral, technology lends itself to abuse. It cannot by itself create relief processes. No matter how suave and sophisticated the technology, our experience is that it will not be sustainable if it does not recognise the cultural context within which it is used. As such, the use of technology in the tsunami response has wider implications for…
  • Technology and theatre in a library

    Sanjana
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    When I read Where Humbert Humbert Might Whisper in Your Ear in the New York Times on a flight back to Colombo from the US, I immediately thought of doing something along the same lines in Sri Lanka to explore to what degree, post-war, we were still under invisible frameworks of control and censorship. Upon my return, I emailed the British Council in Colombo, and also members of the Floating Space Theatre Company. Detailed exchanges over email around the conceptual basis for the production, the selection of texts, discussions around technology and several long meetings with the cast to thrash…
  • UAVs and peacebuilding: Some thoughts

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

    Dr. Nancy Love
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Good Morning.  What are you celebrating this fine Monday morning?  How was your weekend? Did you get a chance to get out of doors in the crisp Alberta air or whereever in the world you are? What do you enjoy doing on the weekends?  How is your family?  Did the baby cut her tooth yet?  Is your mother feeling better?  How was the drive to Saskatchewan?  Did your son win his game?  Did you enjoy the concert? These are the kind of questions I would ask if you were here.  We could have this great conversation about how you spend your time and that would…
  • Carpet Story

    Dr. Nancy Love
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    I have a Persian rug in my living room, the kind that takes two people two years to make.  I know that because on trips to Turkey we have visited carpet shops and seen the operation and a demonstration of how they are made.  It is tedious work for sure.   When I look at my carpet now I see the little flaws in the pattern, the wiggles in the straight lines that tell me the story behind the carpet.  Of course I don’t really know the story but I can guess.  I think that there were days when the weavers were angry or anxious.  On those days the threads are…
  • Snow at Easter

    Dr. Nancy Love
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:57 pm
    It seems strange to see snow today.  It is April and it is supposed to be spring but here we are wondering why the snow is falling again.  “It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter” as Paul McCartney might say … “It seems like years since its been here.” I welcome snow in the winter.  It provides the base for a lot of wonderful outdoor activites.  Right now though, it is just interfering with the opportunities to get outside and do SPRING things.  It does not hold the same promise as it does earlier in the year.  The shoulder…
  • Spring is here …

    Dr. Nancy Love
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    I have always said that it is important to fall in love every spring.  I still believe that even though this year it may not be true for me.  The spring brings out the best in us … the part we like to share with others.  It signals a new start for all of those living things that have been hibernating and hiding over the winter … including people. Falling in love is different from loving.  Loving is important.  It helps us maintain our emotional health. It keeps us even and happy on the SHIFT scale.  We value our loving relationships with friends and family for sure.  Being…
  • Tap Dancing Through Life

    Dr. Nancy Love
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    This year after many years, no decades, I have taken up tap dancing again.  It was at the instance of my lovely and talented daughter who teaches the class of exceptional adults on Monday nights.  My daughter loves these ladies and the time she spends with them and thought I would too.  She was right of course.  They are wonderful and FUN.  We laugh so hard sometimes I can’t even breathe.  Last night was classic.  It is getting close to performance time so on Saturday we had a stage rehearsal.  With three people missing I got completely lost on the formations.  It was humbling.
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  • All-Expenses Trip to Train on NIFI’s Online Deliberation Tool

    Roshan Bliss
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We want our members to know that the Kettering Foundation and National Issues Forums Institute are offering an amazing opportunity for NIF moderators to attend an in-person training on their new online deliberation tool, Common Ground for Action, this May 18-19 in Ohio. Kettering is generously offering to foot the while bill, but you must register by April 29! Read more below or find the original announcement here. “We need some way to be able to take National Issues Forums online.” NIF moderators and conveners have been telling us this for years. Well, we heard you. NIFI and…
  • The Future of Civic Tech: Open Data and Open Gov’ts

    Roshan Bliss
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    We recently saw a fascinating interview that NCDD supporting member Della Rucker recently published on her website EngagingCities that we wanted to share. Della interviewed the head of a key civic tech company, Accela, on the results of a recent paper on trends in civic technology, and the conversation is quite educational. We encourage you to read the interview below or find the original here. How big is Civic Tech and where is it going? One on one with Mark Headd of Accela In late 2014, Accela released a white paper with the International Data Corporation that quantifies the potential…
  • Register for Frontiers of Democracy 2015, June 25-27!

    Roshan Bliss
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s time to start gearing up again for this year’s Frontiers of Democracy conference in Boston, MA this June 25th-27th! This anual conference has become a key civic infrastructure where leaders in the D&D field and democratic thought to gather to explore ideas at the forefront of advancing democracy, and we highly recommend you join us there! Frontiers of Democracy is sponsored by Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, all of which have NCDD members in their leadership.
  • New Research on Public Engagement Practitioners

    NCDD Community
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This blog post was submitted by NCDD supporting member Caroline W. Lee, associate professor of Sociology at Lafayette College and author of Do-It-Yourself Democracy: The Rise of the Public Engagement Industry… There has been a recent explosion of research interest in public engagement practitioners, much of which uses qualitative research methods and ethnography to capture the rich practices and processes in the field (see, for example, Oliver Escobar’s work here). In this vein, I wanted to share with readers of the blog about a symposium on public engagement professionals I…
  • Confab Call with Pete Peterson is THIS Thursday, 4/23

    Roshan Bliss
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are excited to be gearing up for NCDD’s next Confab Call this Thursday, April 23rd! Are you ready to join us? The call will take place from 1-2pm Eastern/10-11am Pacific. As we recently announced, this week’s Confab will feature a conversation with NCDD Member Pete Peterson. Pete is the Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, and in 2014, he ran for California Secretary of State on a platform of increasing informed civic participation and using technology to make government more responsive and transparent. On this Confab,…
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  • What do you pray for?

    Deidre Combs
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    For the past few  weeks I have been walking the Camino de Santiago. This ancient pilgrimage route runs the width of northern Spain taking you to the Galician cathedral where St. James’ bones are reportedly entombed.  Walking the whole  500 miles in one fail swoop has been on my bucket list after walking it in halves three previous times. Lighting candles for others, and your journey, in the myriad of churches along the route is a common ritual. I have been holding a set of loved ones in my thoughts along this path and lighting candles for them has made sense. I appreciate that a…
  • A Call to Presence

    Deidre Combs
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:36 pm
    My winter held a unique tour of the spiritual traditions. I attended a neuroscience workshop at the Upaya Zen Center before working with Presbyterian ministers/trainers, then on to a workshop on indigenous wisdom with Patrick O’Neill. Last, as you read earlier, I supported a conference of primarily Muslim participants in Morocco. That’s my version of wonderful season! This special tour deepened my understanding of cross-tradition beliefs. I began February sitting in meditation twice a day, which included hearing the following advice sung each evening, “Let me respectfully remind…
  • Awash, a wash, in love

    Deidre Combs
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Head, shoulders, knees and toes I recently supported a conference in Morocco for Middle Eastern and North African university students. They were reconvening to commemorate a shared 6-week summer experience in the US where 120 young university leaders participate in an intensive leadership and civic engagement program in host universities across the US. After the conference closed, my son Cameron and I went to Fez to visit a past State Department teacher fellow who had spent two months with us at Montana State University. We toured the city and its environs with our friend and accompanied him…
  • Show up

    Deidre Combs
    7 May 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I am not the first, nor will be the last, to write about the recent passing of Angeles Arrien. Angeles was an internationally renown and beloved teacher/ cultural anthropologist whose work has been a foundation of my own. She left us suddenly and unexpectedly on April 24th with her pearls of wisdom arising as answers as we each wrestle with her passing. Angeles’ core philosophy included four life practices that are found throughout the world’s indigenous cultures, called The Four Fold Way. They are: 1) Show up, choose to be present 2)Pay attention to what has heart and meaning,…
  • Screen Invasion

    Deidre Combs
    21 Dec 2013 | 10:45 am
    Perhaps no meeting is as good a use of our time as sitting alone in silence, letting go of fear and allowing the wisdom of the universe to emerge with the guidance that will help us take the next healthy action. – Steve Roberts, “Cool Mind, Warm Heart” I am noticing that other consultants I respect, like Steve Roberts above, have been often writing this year about the need to slow down, get quiet and listen. They speak to my soul. A few weeks ago, I was working in Puerto Rico and took a bathroom break to find this. Watching Thor while washing my hands Really, we need screens in the…
 
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • British protests demand solution to migrant crisis

    Ashoka Jegroo
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    by Ashoka Jegroo View image | gettyimages.com Activists in England staged multiple demonstrations over the last week protesting the recent death of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the response by European governments to the growing migrant crisis. The protests come after more than 800 people fleeing Africa through Libya drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on April 19. A week before that, a shipwreck ended in the deaths of about 400 people simply looking for better lives in Europe. “Until now, the British government’s response has been shameful, but finally foreign ministers…
  • Thousands of South Africans march against xenophobic violence

    Ashoka Jegroo
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    by Ashoka Jegroo View image | gettyimages.com On April 23, thousands of South Africans marched in solidarity with foreign nationals and in opposition to recent attacks against immigrants. With at least eight people being killed and thousands of others being displaced over the last few weeks, around 30,000 people marched through Johannesburg in order to assure immigrants that they are welcome in South Africa. Organized by a coalition of different groups along with the help of civil authorities, the People’s March Against Xenophobia, with a procession about three miles long, began in Pieter…
  • The Yes Men’s plan to crowdfund a more creative revolution

    Kate Aronoff
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:23 pm
    by Kate Aronoff Anti-fracking activists marched in front of Dominion Energy’s annual shareholder meeting in February to the tune of the Imperial March. (We Are Cove Point) “Kind of like Kickstarter, but for creative direct action!” So goes an explainer on a new project from The Yes Men, a troupe of political pranksters. The Action Switchboard, or A/S, as it’s called, was appropriately birthed from a successful crowdfunding campaign last year by The Yes Lab, a creative actions platform founded by The Yes Men — otherwise known as Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. Now, A/S seeks to put…
  • New student movement protests 100 years of Armenian genocide denial

    Melanie Nakashian
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    by Melanie Nakashian University of California students held a #StainofDenial silent protest on February 5. (Twitter / CSUN-ASA) April 24, 2015 marks the centennial of the first genocide of the 20th century, when 1.5 million Armenians were systematically annihilated under the Ottoman Empire in what is sometimes referred to as a prototype for the Jewish holocaust. Due to a century of active denial and censorship by the Republic of Turkey, successor state of the Ottomans, much of the world remains ignorant of the existence and history of Armenia and its people. Recently, however, the issue has…
  • Guatemalan campesinos embrace ancestral farming practices to prevent migration

    Jeff Abbott
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    by Jeff Abbott Oswaldo Mauritius cuts up a honey comb, which had just been taken from the youth’s bee keeping project. (WNV/Jeff Abbott) There is a crisis facing campesinos in rural Guatemala, as tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have traveled to the United States over the last year in search of work. Yet the same forces that have driven many onto the migrant trail have led to the emergence of a movement of young campesinos organizing to stay on their land, and not be forced to migrate to the cities or the United States. In the process, they hope to recuperate the ancestral…
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    Crisis Management

  • Tech Issues Mar Target Launch

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Crashed site raises ire of Twitter users trying to purchase items from new collection Target’s refreshed its image and carved out a new niche for itself in today’s crowded market by collaborating with trendy designers to make it a cheap-chic destination. However, during the launch of its new Lilly Pulitzer collection, the retailer’s failure to predict online demand left many would-be customers feeling frustrated. Of course that meant heading to social media to vent, and Target took quite the beating on Twitter. NBC News’ Martha C. White reports: Frustrated consumers…
  • What Not to Say, As Demonstrated by Chip Wilson

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Sometimes crisis management means telling the bossman to stop talking Chip Wilson made his fortune selling yoga pants at $100 a pop, but as we found out last year during the Lululemon sheer pants debacle was that while he had marketing savvy, he was pretty darn stupid regarding how to speak to stakeholders. Wilson went into a semi-forced silence (according to him board members told him it was his “duty” to stop talking), but as his family launches a new business venture he’s stepping into the public eye once again. In February, Wilson spoke with NY Times reporter Amy…
  • Crisis Management Quicky – ‘Net Presence

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    Playing ostrich is not a reputation management strategy Seeing the mistakes of their peers in nationwide headlines has many scared to engage in public Internet use at all. Problem is, avoiding that altogether is just another way to create issues for yourself. Ahh, we can hear you now…“But if I don’t create social media profiles or publish anything under my name, then how can I run into trouble?” Simple really. If you’re not proactive in securing your online presence – creating profiles, publishing information about yourself, and generally making the info…
  • Bored Snapchats Cost RBS Chairman a Job

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Even “private” and “temporary” messages can come back to haunt you Everyone knows Snapchat images are supposed to vanish after a set time period, but since the app’s release many have found out (through painful experience) that isn’t always the case. Well, you can add newly appointed Royal Bank of Scotland chairman Rory Cullinan to that list. Cullinan sent some Snapchats to his daughter during a busy day of work, and they wound up costing him big time. The Telegraph’s Peter Spence has more details: Rory Cullinan used photo-sharing app Snapchat to send…
  • Trevor Noah’s Twitter Troubles

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Crisis management lessons learned painfully by The Daily Show’s new host Comedian Trevor Noah has some massive shoes to fill as Jon Stewart’s replacement on The Daily Show. Noah was bound to face criticism purely because Stewart was so beloved, but thanks to the Internet and social media in particular he’s being taken to task for his past as well. Immediately after Comedy Central’s announcement of Noah as the new host people began poring through his online presence. E-detectives pulled up a number of old posts deemed by some as sexist or anti-Semitic and quickly began…
 
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    Hesketh Mediation Services

  • Warning added to pre-action protocol practice direction

    Philip Hesketh
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    The Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct and Protocols has been updated with effect from 6th April 2015. Here are the ADR headlines. Litigation should be a last resort 8. Litigation should be a last resort. As part of a relevant pre-action protocol or this Practice Direction, the parties should consider whether negotiation or some other form of ADR might enable them to settle their dispute without commencing proceedings Consider settling at all times 9. Parties should continue to consider the possibility of reaching a settlement at all times, including after proceedings have been started.
  • Ignoring offers to mediate could be expensive

    Philip Hesketh
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    Known as the alphabet soup case PGF II SA v OMFS Company 1 Limited is an important case in a recent sequence of cases looking at costs penalties for parties who unreasonably refuse to mediate. The question for the Court of Appeal was how should it deal with a party that simply ignores an invitation to mediate? As many pro forma letters of claim now include an offer to mediate – which is routinely ignored – the case could have significant impact and practitioners may wish to review existing litigation files for this ticking costs time bomb. The first instance judge agreed the…
  • Judge proposes mediation for Robin William’s family

    Philip Hesketh
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    It has been widely reported that a judge has advised the family of the late Robin Williams to consider mediation to help resolve their dispute over his estate. The BBC reported that the comedian’s widow, Susan Schneider Williams, is in dispute with his children over various personal possessions including clothing, watches, photos taken prior to his marriage and memorabilia – including his 1998 Oscar for Good Will Hunting. There is also a dispute over allowances to maintain the house, where Susan still lives. If they do decide to try mediation they can expect the following…
  • What to tell clients about will disputes mediation

    Philip Hesketh
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Parties in contentious probate disputes have clear obligations to consider the use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation. The practice direction on pre-action conduct states at paragraph 8: Starting proceedings should usually be a step of last resort, and proceedings should not normally be started when a settlement is still actively being explored. Although ADR is not compulsory, the parties should consider whether some form of ADR procedure might enable them to settle the matter without starting proceedings. The court may require evidence that the parties considered…
  • Police penalised for not mediating

    Philip Hesketh
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    The latest in a lengthening list of cases where parties have suffered a costs penalty for failing to mediate saw the Metropolitan Police lose one third of their costs in a claim which they successfully defended at court. In Laporte and Christian v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis 2015 the claimant lost a claim against the police but argued there should be no order for costs as the defendant refused to engage in ADR and specifically failed to accept offers to mediate the dispute. This case is another example of the court systematically looking at the “Halsey reasons”…
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    Judy Ringer's Ki Moments Blog

  • What Makes A Presentation Powerful?

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    What are the characteristics of a powerful presentation? Are you engaging your audience with every means available? What is your primary message and how will you convey it? Whether presenting to an audience of one or one hundred, the quality and effectiveness of your presentation is influenced by many factors, and the most important factor is you. The success of a presentation is a direct result of your stage presence and your ability to communicate your core message.   Read more...
  • 5 Tips for Introverts on Tackling Difficult Conversations

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Do tentative conversation skills get in the way of your work? Does lack of confidence stop you from offering a different opinion, saying no, or asking for what you want? As a conflict coach and introvert who engages in difficult conversations, I know we’re not born with these skills. It's all about understanding how to use your natural abilities and have the conversations you want to have with ease and true connection.Read more...
  • Control Your Temper, Improve Your Life

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    "Let's hope this is the worst thing that ever happens to me." Have you ever said that to yourself in a  moment of frustration? These minor energy drains can add significantly to your daily dose of stress. Or.... these "ki" moments can provide perfect practice opportunities to control your temper and improve your life, because ...Read more...
  • Should I Bring It Up or Not? Purpose and Creativity

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    You'd think that after 21 years, I might have heard every possible response to the questions posed by the Aikido activities I use to engage participants in my workshops. Never. There's always a new way to view the activity, because the viewer has his or her own unique experience. That's just one of the many things that make my work so enjoyable. I'd like to share two new insights with you today...Read more...
  • Difficult Conversations: Getting Started

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Is there a conversation you've been putting off? Is there a coworker or family member with whom you need to talk - but don't? Maybe you've tried and it didn't turn out as you had hoped. Or maybe you fear that talking will only make things worse. Whatever the reason, you feel stuck and you'd like to free up that energy for more useful purposes. One of the most common reasons I hear in my workshops for not holding difficult conversations is that people don't know how to begin.Read more...
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    Center for Conflict Dynamics

  • Tips for Maintaining Patience During Conflict

    Nancy Pridgen
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Tips for Maintaining Patience During Conflict by Nancy Pridgen for the Center for Conflict Dynamics The dictionary defines patience as “the state of bearing pain or trials without complaint; showing self-control; calm.” In times of conflict or negotiation, exhibiting patience can have a powerful impact on the outcome. Many conflicts start because of unfulfilled needs [...]
  • 5 Steps to Control Your Anger

    rundece
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    5 Steps to Control Your Anger by Craig Runde, Director of the Center for Conflict Dynamics Conflict is rife with emotion. One that we frequently encounter is anger. While it is often a secondary emotion that is initially triggered by fear, anger is more visible and can trigger ineffective responses to conflict. One of the [...]
  • The Role of Emotional Self Regulation

    rundece
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    The Role of Emotional Self Regulation by Craig Runde, Director of the Center for Conflict Dynamics Recent research has found that improved emotion regulation can prevent task conflict from turning into relationship conflict.(1) This means that improving self-awareness of your own hot buttons, learning how to delay your responses, and developing ways to cool down [...]
  • Take a Personal Time Out

    rundece
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Take a Personal Time Out by Craig Runde, Director of the Center for Conflict Dynamics   One of the passive constructive behaviors measured by the Conflict Dynamics Profile is called Delay Responding. In the CDP context Delay Responding is described as responding to conflict by waiting things out, letting things settle down, or taking a [...]
  • Retaliation leads to Escalation

    rundece
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Retaliation leads to Escalation by Craig Runde, Director of the Center for Conflict Dynamics Conflict escalates because of how someone perceives and responds to your behavior. Controlling your behavior and consciously choosing your response can help you disrupt what the Mediation Training Institute (MTI) refers to as the Retaliatory Cycle. In this article we’ll look [...]
 
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    Scotwork Negotiation Blog - Defining Negotiation in the Modern World

  • Three Stories in One

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    We are in political season, so I make no apology for another observation on the political landscape, from which the negotiator can learn so much. All three stories involve the SNP. Story 1. As the tension and torture of last year’s Scottish independence referendum fade away, the resurgent SNP wants to go again – perhaps as early as next year... >
  • Questions

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Questions, questions everywhere, and not an answer in sight. Asking good questions is productive, positive, creative, and can help get us what we want. Most people believe this to be true and yet often people do not ask enough questions. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that effective questioning requires to be combined with effective listening. Last week I was listening to Eric Pickles, the conservative MP being interviewed on Radio 4’s today programme... >
  • The Deal That Is No Deal

    9 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Somewhat quietly last Thursday, several days after the expiry of an arbitrary deadline which had been set for the finalisation of a agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear capability, a deal was announced. There was rejoicing on the streets of Teheran, ominous rumblings of discontent in Jerusalem and Riyadh, a touch of triumphalism in Washington, and near silence in London, Paris and Berlin. After all the conditioning we had received from the spokespeople and pundits it was probably impossible for there to have been any other outcome. So much ego had been invested on both sides of the…
  • The Meaning of Liff (Part 2)

    2 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to submit words (made up ones) and their definitions as part of a tongue in cheek exploration of a new vocabulary for the seasoned negotiator to describe behaviours, activities, tricks and techniques they have encountered whilst participating in the noble art of negotiation. Regular readers may recall that we suggested that linguists and philosophers recognize that language defines reality. The way we talk about a subject creates the landscape in which that subject lives. Just as we are often said to be what we eat, we are in many respects are what we…
  • Honesty. The best policy?

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    This morning (Tuesday 24th March) the news is awash with the revelation that the British Prime Minister says that he will not serve a third term as the leader of the Conservative party, and therefore leader of the country, should they be re-elected, again and again. Now bearing in mind he has not won the next election it seems remarkably confident, or arrogant to think he could possibly win the one after... >
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    The Red Velvet Lawyer

  • Count Down to Qatar: Qatar?

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Qatar?Over the next several months, I intend to share my process in manifesting an international job change in what is now four and a half months.  I am calling this series Countdown to Qatar.Information About QatarLet me first start with some information about Qatar,  National GoalsAccording to one guide for expats, the King and his administration seek to make Qatar "the Middle Eastern flagship for social development and intellectualism."  "[I]t has worked hard to create a 'knowledge economy,' and to promote ventures like the Museum of Islamic Art and a massive Education…
  • The Field of Intention

    8 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
           Always There Intention, as Wayne Dyer explains the term, is an infinite field of energy and potential that animates life and is the source for all life.  Its explanation ties to what we know about quantum physics.  Many folks would just call it God.Dyer further explains:We are connected to this field of energy.  The more in harmony you are with this field of intention, the more you are able to do all that the field of intention can do: heal, attract, and find.People in harmony with this field are especially concerned with cleansing…
  • Vibrations of Energy in the Field of Intention

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    Alignment with Source and SpiritYesterday, I started a series of posts focused on the inspirational phrases I've collected over the last three years.  Today, I want to share the phrases about "energy." For these purposes, I think of "energy" in very broad terms.  It covers the energy used to take divine inspiration, through thinking about the idea, to voicing and discussing it, to generating even more passion about it, and then to exerting your own will to bring the idea into being. It also covers the energy required to connect with others…
  • Pushing for Wholeness

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    May the Force Be with YouI'm in a very reflective stage right now.  Perhaps the transition to spring reminds me of the path of growth I have walked the last three years.  As part of that process, I wrote phrases that inspired me on index cards.  First, I tacked the cards to my bedroom wall so I could see them throughout the day.  Later, I tucked them into an envelope.  This week-end, I read through them and decided to share them with you over the next several posts.Prayers to the UniverseThis post takes the broadest view as seen through my collection of…
  • Lawyers as Bloggers

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    In for a Penny, In for a PoundIn March 2013, I posted my first post on this blog.  After several months of business coaching with Christine Kane and exposure to the concept of "content marketing," I wanted to explore the platform and its uses. I wanted to run an experiment.  How long would it take the Google bots to find me?  I'd been told it would take a year of daily blogging.  So, I committed to that publication schedule.  In 2013, I made 182 posts over a ten month period.  Not exactly every day, but just about 20 posts a month or 4.5 posts a week.  In…
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    Difficult People Made Easy

  • Communication styles used by difficult people

    Eleanor
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    If you’re dealing with difficult behaviour, you need to accurately assess the communication styles they use. Maybe you’re dealing with aggressive behaviours such as shouting or talking over you. Perhaps […] The post Communication styles used by difficult people appeared first on Difficult People Made Easy.
  • Moving on after team conflict

    Eleanor
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    All teams experience conflict at some stage. But sometimes you might struggle to rebuild harmonious relationships. In this situation, it helps to keep the following points in mind.   Accept your […] The post Moving on after team conflict appeared first on Difficult People Made Easy.
  • How to handle defensive people who take things personally

    Eleanor
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    “I’m going to buy a muffin. Does anyone want anything?” “You know I’m on a diet. You’re always trying to sabotage me.” Yes. Some people seem to think everything you […] The post How to handle defensive people who take things personally appeared first on Difficult People Made Easy.
  • Coaching to prevent conflict leading to resignations

    Eleanor
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Workplace conflict can result in prized staff leaving your business. If you want to retain these employees, you need to show them the value of staying. Conflict coaching helps you […] The post Coaching to prevent conflict leading to resignations appeared first on Difficult People Made Easy.
  • Cartoon about difficult people

    Eleanor
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    The post Cartoon about difficult people appeared first on Difficult People Made Easy.
 
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