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  • Choosing a Divorce Mediator

    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337
    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,…
  • Why chocolate/vanilla swirl is killing your productivity and creativity

    Pace Smith
    Pace
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    My oomph is a precious resource! I treat it as such by unswirling all my chocolate/vanilla swirls. If that didn’t make any sense to you, then let’s unpack it: Oomph: Decision-making ability. Chocolate: A task that requires oomph. Vanilla: A task that doesn’t require oomph. For example: Teaching is chocolate/vanilla swirl Teaching is chocolate/vanilla swirl, so I separate it out into: Decide what to teach and create an outline (chocolate) Show up and teach the class from the outline (vanilla) Podcasting is chocolate/vanilla swirl Podcasting is also chocolate/vanilla swirl. I…
  • Remember and confess!

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    Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    On November 11, Canadians remember and reflect. When I remember it doesn’t take long until I realize I need to confess.  So, on this day I offer a prayer of confession, out of the amazing pictured resource, with thanks to Mennonite Central Committee Canada. Not only does it help us confess, it also helps us move toward a world without war. The Talmud encourages us: “do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obliged to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. Long-suffering God,…
  • Choosing a Divorce Mediator

    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337
    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,…
  • Technology and theatre in a library

    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)
    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…
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    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337

  • 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,…
  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

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

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

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

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

  • Why chocolate/vanilla swirl is killing your productivity and creativity

    Pace
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    My oomph is a precious resource! I treat it as such by unswirling all my chocolate/vanilla swirls. If that didn’t make any sense to you, then let’s unpack it: Oomph: Decision-making ability. Chocolate: A task that requires oomph. Vanilla: A task that doesn’t require oomph. For example: Teaching is chocolate/vanilla swirl Teaching is chocolate/vanilla swirl, so I separate it out into: Decide what to teach and create an outline (chocolate) Show up and teach the class from the outline (vanilla) Podcasting is chocolate/vanilla swirl Podcasting is also chocolate/vanilla swirl. I…
  • Freedom ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Or, “Oomph, chocolate, and vanilla”

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

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

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

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

    Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    On November 11, Canadians remember and reflect. When I remember it doesn’t take long until I realize I need to confess.  So, on this day I offer a prayer of confession, out of the amazing pictured resource, with thanks to Mennonite Central Committee Canada. Not only does it help us confess, it also helps us move toward a world without war. The Talmud encourages us: “do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obliged to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. Long-suffering God,…
  • Why Is Listening So Hard?

    moderatebridge
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today I want to share with you two very short video clips featuring Dr. Mark Goulston, a business psychiatrist, author of Just Listen, and coauthor of Real Influence.  In these clips from an interview, he shares some observations about how well the average person listens and why people might not listen.
  • The Peace of Wisdom is Process and Habit of Seeking the Truth over TIME

    Dr Pano Kroko
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Wisdom teaches you that everything that happens in this theatre of life has profound significance. Amd yet as the bard says — it’s only an act. Don’t take it too personally… Yet in the gradbn scheme of things, what you sow is what you reap. And over time this has a cumulative effect. Thus what you see and experience today is not the fruit of chance but a fruit from the seeds planted in the past by none other than you. So seek out the truth and only plant seeds of the fruits you weant to taste in the garden of Life. Plant the seeds for the fruit bearing treess you want…
  • The Two Basic Traits That Make Relationships Last

    alexrothschild
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
     Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity. Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth. Except, of course, it doesn’t work out that way for most people. The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction. Of all the people who get married, only three in ten…
  • Doing Your Part

    bntroadstar
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    A video blog as promised, but I closed tonight, so I’m looking a little on the rough side, maybe a little tired, and the lighting could definitely be improved, but what are ya gonna do?
 
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    Seattle Divorce Mediation | Whole Mediation | (206) 568-5337

  • 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,…
  • Knowledge Resources for Divorce Professionals

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

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

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

    Debra Synovec
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Half of all marriages end in divorce. Is this statement really true? It’s been embedded in our minds time and time again, but is the statistic accurate? The answer is actually no, however it’s close. According to divorcerate.org, the divorce rate in the U.S. from first marriages is 41 percent—not quite 50, but definitely close. However, the divorce rate for second marriage is 60 percent and third marriage is 73 percent. The defined divorce rate refers to the number of divorces per 1,000 married persons. The divorce rate in America has decreased steadily since 2000 according to the…
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    ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace)

  • 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…
  • Technology: Progress and Potential

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

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

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

  • GHOSTS

    Dr. Nancy Love
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Gentle, honest, open, specific talk. This is the protocol that I use when speaking to others. It is also the protocol for successful conversations and sustainable outcomes that I have taught to more than 1000 people over the years some of whom have taught others and so on and so on. It goes like this: Speak Gently so that others can keep listening and can hear what you have to say. Speak Honestly so that others can hear your truth. Without honesty no agreement or decision is sustainable because you are not psychologically prepared to move on, to let go of the past. Speak openly, say what you…
  • Reverence and Irreverence

    Dr. Nancy Love
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Can you tell the difference between someone who is being reverent and someone who is being irreverent?  I think they can mean somewhat the same thing.  if you are being irreverent is because at some level you feel a certain mount of reverence for the person, place or thing.  Otherwise you wouldn’t take the time to be irreverent.  It is kind of like “irregardless” to me. That’s not really what I wanted to talk about today but it has been in my head for about a week.  I was introduced to Mrs. Brown on YouTube a week ago.  It is a BBC sitcom now I believe and it is…
  • Saints in our Lives

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

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

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

  • Resources for Dialogue After the Ferguson Decision

    Roshan Bliss
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    With yesterday’s announcement of a grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the need for dialogue in our communities about race, police, deadly use of force, and our criminal justice system is high. In moments like these, it is hard to know where to even begin with these kinds of conversations, so we want to offer some resources to help those of our NCDD community who may be working to facilitate conversations about the issues swirling around Ferguson. NCDD’s Director, Sandy Heierbacher, put…
  • Help Everyday Democracy Learn, Win $30

    Roshan Bliss
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Our partners with Everyday Democracy, one NCDD’s long-term organizational members, are offering a great opportunity – from now until December 19th, they are seeking input from the engagement community about what kinds of issues we care about and what resources we need. They have created a survey that they will use to help develop future tools and resources for dialogue on community issues – on top of the great resources they already offer – and if you take the survey, you will have a chance to win one of five $30 Amazon gift cards. We know that many of our NCDD…
  • Should Higher Ed Engagement Be More Political?

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

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

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

  • Protests against tuition hikes continue to spread across UC system

    Kate Aronoff
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    by Kate Aronoff UC Berkeley students outside Wheeler Hall. (The Open UC) At noon on Monday, students from across the University of California system walked out of classes as part of an ongoing protest for affordable education. Protests were sparked as students attended a meeting of the university’s Board of Regents last Wednesday, where the Board voted 7-2 in favor of a fee hike to raise tuition 5 percent in each of the next five years. In-state-tuition students would see a rise to $15,560 in 2019, as opposed to $12,192 in the 2014-2015 school year. Out-of-state students would see an even…
  • We’re all tired — protests against state violence go worldwide

    Kate Aronoff
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    by Kate Aronoff #459086552 / gettyimages.com Yesterday, on the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, activists across Mexico called for a general strike — an action that is the culmination of weeks of protests following the abduction and likely murder of 43 students from the traditionally left-leaning Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa, in the city of Iguala. It is widely believed that the students, who were on their way to protest unequal hiring practices, were intercepted by drug gangs coordinating with the police and state government of Guerrero, the southwest Mexican state…
  • Walmart workers strike as they gear up for largest Black Friday protest yet

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

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

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

  • Global Social Media Interaction by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

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

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

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    More facts and figures detailing the effect crises have on business and reputation We found the infographic below, put together by MediaMiser, particularly interesting because provides specific figures in connection with the multitude of problems Carnival Cruise Lines experienced early this year. ——————————- For more resources, see the Free Management Library topic: Crisis Management ——————————- [Jonathan Bernstein is president of Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc., an international crisis management consultancy, author of Manager's Guide to Crisis…
  • Building Your Digital Reputation by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

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

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

  • “I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March

    Kayla Schultz
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Seattle protesters march with arms raised yelling "Hands up! Don't shoot!" Photo by Mary Hansen. On Tuesday, students from Seattle’s Garfield High School walked out of their classes, receiving unexcused absences. Members of the Black Student Union at Garfield made an announcement in the morning that they were joining the march, which was organized by the United Black Clergy and the local chapter of the NAACP. The students joined protesters and together they walked to the federal courthouse, shouting, “Hands up! Don't shoot!” and holding signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop…
  • #Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today

    Jedediah Purdy
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Huffington Post. Ferguson, Missouri. October, 2014. Photo by Sarah-Ji. This is a strange year, even an awful one, to celebrate Thanksgiving. A grand jury's refusal to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has crystallized ugly truths. Many Americans feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods, not despite law enforcement but because of it. In some places, the police act like an occupying force. If the law does not represent you but only governs you, you are a subject, not a citizen. Taking satisfaction in national blessings feels grotesque just…
  • Why It's OK to Be Angry on Thanksgiving

    Shannon Hayes
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. This holiday I will join my family in giving thanks for loved ones, for the harvest, for our healthy food. But quietly, I will offer another prayer of gratitude: for my inner tyrant. The stars are still beautiful, and I am still angry. It is 1:30 in the morning. I am wide awake. I blame Bob. His blood sugar took a plunge during the night, and he had to get up to deal with it. In the drunken state caused by low blood sugar, he was about as silent and subtle as a turkey trying to run on a hardwood floor. In the final crunch of farm season leading up to the Thanksgiving…
  • Undercover University: Palestinians Study Up in Israeli Prisons

    Emily Mulder
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Snapshot from a book collection previously used by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, currently held in the Nablus Public Library. Photo by the author. A Palestinian inmate walks down the corridor of an Israeli jail. He stops at a cell door to deliver meals, but food is not the only thing he carries. He also has a sheet of paper sent by a Palestinian leader within the jail, containing the numbers of all Fatah-affiliated cells where the paper should be delivered. The paper lists names of prisoners and their elected positions within the Fatah faction of the jail. “I read 300 books in the…
  • When the City Turned Off Their Water, Detroit Residents and Groups Delivered Help

    Larry Gabriel
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Activists, including actor Mark Ruffalo, union members, and Detroit residents streamed through downtown Detroit on July 18, 2014, protesting the controversial water shutoffs and calling for local democracy and economic justice. Photo from Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The Detroit water-rights movement really got into gear when Charity Hicks was taken to jail while trying to stop shut-offs on her block. “It started a windstorm of people rising up and speaking out, knowing what was happening regarding…
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    Hesketh Mediation

  • When is the right time to mediate?

    Philip Hesketh
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    I once mediated a case just one day before the matter was listed for trial. That’s as late in the proceedings as I have ever mediated (although you can get later, some mediations take place between final hearing and appeal). On the other hand I have mediated plenty of cases before proceedings have been issued. So, is there an ideal time to mediate? Carol Park-Conroy, writing recently for JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, suggested the right time to mediate is when the individuals with settlement authority have “decision-quality information” which she defined as…
  • Shooting the messenger – delivering offers at mediation

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving. May it be full of good friends, wonderful food, and warm memories. And may the inevitable conflict be handled with peace, power, and presence!Read more...
  • Attitude Adjustment: Inconvenience or Adventure?

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

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

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

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

  • The Sin of Greed

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    It is a very simple equation to look at how margin is impacted by the price a company charges for its products. Take a very easy example of a company whose P&L sheet looks like this; Sales - 100 Materials - 60 Labour - 20 Other - 10 Profit - 10 If this company has to respond to market forces and drop its sales prices by 5% and other costs remain the same the impact on profit is a dramatic 50%....>
  • Accountants Are All Torque

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

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

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

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

  • Peacemaking in Ferguson -- My Heart Goes to all St. Louisians

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    My Home Town's JourneyThis recent communication from my mediation community touched me deeply.From: Sandy Heierbacher [mailto:sandy@NCDD.ORG] Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 8:11 AM To: NCDD-UPDATES@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: [NCDD-UPDATES] What can the dialogue & deliberation community do after Ferguson?Message to the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation community, from NCDD’s Director...Hi, everyone. Many of us are reeling from the events in Ferguson. Some of you may be involved in protests in your own cities right now.Last night, President Obama addressed the nation…
  • Advice for Solo Practitioners

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

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

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

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