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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,…
  • Brain overclaim syndrome: Can I convince you I know something by citing neuroscience?

    Brains On Purpose™
    StephanieWestAllen
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Are so many mediators citing neuroscience these days because it is cool? Hot? Fashionable? I don't know. That the science being cited is often either inaccurate or not helpful to conflict resolution is sometimes a tad disturbing. Even though I have blogged about it before, I had forgotten about the phrase "brain overclaim syndrome" until reading this book review from...
  • WCML 039: Pace and Kyeli’s words of the year for 2015

    Pace Smith
    Pace and Kyeli
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    2015 is nigh here, With oodles of options unclear. We’ve always preferred To choose just one word To set our intent for the year. Highlights: Kyeli’s previous words of the year: courageous, open Pace’s previous words of the year: acceptance, annihilation, surrender Choose what you’ve been given Core Desired Feelings Kyeli’s word of the year for 2015 Pace’s word of the year for 2015 Links: Soul Mantras by Liz Lamoreux the poopsplosion story To subscribe or listen to past episodes of Wild Crazy Meaningful Life, visit WildCrazyMeaningful.com.
  • CLASSROOM ROUTINES & PROCEDURES: APPROPRIATENESS FOR GUIDING STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN VARIED SITUATIONS

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    chryssanta ostrowski
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    CLASSROOM ROUTINES & PROCEDURES: APPROPRIATENESS FOR GUIDING STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN VARIED SITUATIONS CHRYSSI OSTROWSKI, X.T. JUNE, 2011 • LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Class Begin Routine Students will walk immediately to their desk after putting jackets away in an orderly fashion. Students will acquire materials upon instruction of the teacher for their morning activity. Students will not sit on desks, or linger before class, but immediately take their seats to show respect to the teacher and the learning environment. Class End Routine Students will not rush out of the classroom when…
  • 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,…
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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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    Brains On Purpose™

  • Brain overclaim syndrome: Can I convince you I know something by citing neuroscience?

    StephanieWestAllen
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Are so many mediators citing neuroscience these days because it is cool? Hot? Fashionable? I don't know. That the science being cited is often either inaccurate or not helpful to conflict resolution is sometimes a tad disturbing. Even though I have blogged about it before, I had forgotten about the phrase "brain overclaim syndrome" until reading this book review from...
  • Are you sure that's what happened? Most conflicts are part fiction, part distortion, part dead

    StephanieWestAllen
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    When we recall something that occurred in the past, our recollection is not accurate like a video camera. Some if not much of our memory is fabricated. Our fuzzy, faulty memory has been covered before both at this blog and in many books and articles: the memory's shiftiness is by now notorious. So why I am writing about it again?...
  • My absence from posting here will be over soon: Why I have been gone

    StephanieWestAllen
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Due to a death in my family, I have not been an active blogger here or at idealawg. I plan to come back to posting in the very near future.
  • Adding "neuro" to a word supposedly adds credibility but often signals neurohype

    StephanieWestAllen
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Listen to Christian Jarrett, neuroscientist turned science writer, describing the many myths about the brain covered in today's media (kuow.org). The interview of Jarrett is less than 10 minutes long and worth a few minutes of your time. Jarrett has a new book coming out in the fall titled Great Myths of the Brain. I am looking forward to the...
  • Seven challenges when using the neuroscience lens to see the world

    StephanieWestAllen
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    Over the years, I have learned that people reading this blog come from a wide range of belief systems, including atheist, agnostic, and those involved to large or small degree in various spiritual and religious practices. Although this blog post to which I am linking today is written by a Christian and part of the post is from a Christian...
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    Pace Smith

  • WCML 039: Pace and Kyeli’s words of the year for 2015

    Pace and Kyeli
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    2015 is nigh here, With oodles of options unclear. We’ve always preferred To choose just one word To set our intent for the year. Highlights: Kyeli’s previous words of the year: courageous, open Pace’s previous words of the year: acceptance, annihilation, surrender Choose what you’ve been given Core Desired Feelings Kyeli’s word of the year for 2015 Pace’s word of the year for 2015 Links: Soul Mantras by Liz Lamoreux the poopsplosion story To subscribe or listen to past episodes of Wild Crazy Meaningful Life, visit WildCrazyMeaningful.com.
  • Oberon Hour, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Oberon

    Pace
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Remember when I told you how I separate all my tasks into two piles: chocolate and vanilla? Recap: Oomph: Decision-making ability. Chocolate: A task that requires oomph. Vanilla: A task that doesn’t require oomph. The Third Pile I lied! There is a third pile. Since the other two are called “chocolate” and “vanilla”, would you like to guess what the third is called? If you guessed “strawberry”, you’ve obviously mistaken me for a normal human being. The third pile is called “Oberon.” Oberon: A task that I’ll avoid,…
  • 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…
 
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  • CLASSROOM ROUTINES & PROCEDURES: APPROPRIATENESS FOR GUIDING STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN VARIED SITUATIONS

    chryssanta ostrowski
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    CLASSROOM ROUTINES & PROCEDURES: APPROPRIATENESS FOR GUIDING STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN VARIED SITUATIONS CHRYSSI OSTROWSKI, X.T. JUNE, 2011 • LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Class Begin Routine Students will walk immediately to their desk after putting jackets away in an orderly fashion. Students will acquire materials upon instruction of the teacher for their morning activity. Students will not sit on desks, or linger before class, but immediately take their seats to show respect to the teacher and the learning environment. Class End Routine Students will not rush out of the classroom when…
  • Classroom Management Plan: Using techniques for instruction

    chryssanta ostrowski
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PLAN: USING TECHNIQUES FOR INSTRUCTION BY: CHRYSSI OSTROWSKI, X.T. JUNE, 2011 • LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Responses to Guided Reflection Form: 1. During the cooperative middle school labs, the teacher began by introducing the students to the time frame, and requirements of the student to present their findings. Students were required to explain their particular lab station as there were many stations of varying study. The teacher then informed the students of necessary safety information regarding the equipment being used, and how to properly use the equipment. In…
  • EUTCC announces next conference, 10 - 11 December

    pikcampaign
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Press Release: For immediate release 4 December, 2014 11th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EU, TURKEY MI
  • Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill, and the very real sin of spiritual abuse

    Geoff Robson
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Maybe part of the good to come from the Mars Hill disaster will be exposing the reality of spiritual
  • That's Crazy

    michaelkrich
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    So, this isn’t Ferguson. There are two major differences. First, I doubt that anyone will claim that the outcome of the grand jury investigation is racist. If they do make that claim, they really shouldn’t. We’re not talking about Missouri here (not to say that Missouri is racist). We’re talking about New York City, which is probably the most diverse city in the world. And in New York, when there is racism, it is overt and celebrated, as in the classic scene from Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” Second, we don’t need to guess about what…
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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

  • PRESS PAUSE

    Dr. Nancy Love
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    I had lunch with a friend yesterday and as I described how life is for me right now she said “It’s like you are on “pause.” It was an interesting thought. Not stuck or hung in limbo but on pause. I like how that sounds. It explains things well. I find myself waiting for other people to do things that will allow me to move forward. Have you ever been in that situation? Have you ever been waiting for your lap top to come back from repair and the lamp shades you ordered to be brought into the local store because the movers lost the first ones and the furniture store to…
  • Thanks, everyone.

    Dr. Nancy Love
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    It has been a blast.  I have enjoyed the ride and hope you all have too. Remember to prepare for the conversation, uncover the circumstance of the past, learn the significance in the present and search the possibilities for the future before you write your plan of action. Prepare. Uncover, Learn, Search, Explain People Using Language Skills Effectively. Keep in touch….. If you are reading this on http://www.pulseinstitute.com please visit nancylove.me or nancylove.wordpress.com.  Blogs will continue to be shared on facebook and Linked in as well.  The Institute will fade away but its…
  • An Invitation to tomorrow’s wake

    Dr. Nancy Love
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Tomorrow morning at 10:00 am MST I will be hosting a webinar on adobe connect to commemorate the passing of PULSE. I have had wonderful notes from many people expressing their gratitude for the learnings shared through PULSE and some of indicated that they will work toward attending the webinar. It would be quite a testament to have people from around the world say a few words over the body of PULSE. I will do the eulogy. I will talk about the beginnings of an idea for a training and development company, the opportunity to work with MTI, the travels and exploits, the growing number of…
  • The End of PULSE

    Dr. Nancy Love
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    PULSE has flat lined.  We will slowly be moving the PULSE intellectual property and website into mothballs.  It is sad but necessary.  All things must end.  PULSE is no different.  It has run its course, training people around the world how to speak and listen to each other in ways that make peaceful productive workplaces and relationships possible.  It has been a great run. I have had opportunities to work with people in Europe, Africa, the USA, the Caribbean and sometimes even in Canada.  I have learned how difficult it can be to be a profit in your own land.  PULSE has really…
  • 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…
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    NCDD Community News

  • Announcing the New Nevins Democracy Leaders Program

    Roshan Bliss
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    We are excited to congratulate our friends at Penn State University’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy on the recent creation of the Nevins Democracy Leaders program – an innovative program that will expose more young people to “transpartisan” leadership and to the field of dialogue and deliberation. We couldn’t be more pleased to see this happening because the new program has NCDD written all over it. The McCourtney Institute is a key NCDD organizational member and partner – it was one of the generous All-Star Sponsors of this year’s National…
  • Report: How should we tackle our field’s biggest barriers to success?

    Courtney Breese
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    NCDD has completed a report on the October 2014 engagement project focused on addressing barriers in our field. This project was launched on the second day of the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, where during a plenary session our 415 attendees launched discussions about four barriers to the dialogue and deliberation community’s success: How might we overcome the lack of trust in our Democracy, our leaders, and in one another? How might we make our D&D work more equitable, inclusive and empowering? How might we more clearly delineate our field of practice for…
  • Orton’s Community Field Guide Makes Holiday Reading List

    Roshan Bliss
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you are looking for something to read during your holiday down time or gift ideas, we encourage you to check out the great community and economic planning reading list that our partners with CommunityMatters shared on their blog. We especially encourage you to learn more about the Orton Family Foundation’s wonderful Community Heart & Soul Field Guide, a resource on the list that is designed to help those of us doing community & civic engagement work. You can read the list below of find the original post here. The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship shared its list of…
  • Apply for Grants from the Taylor Willingham Fund by Dec. 31

    Roshan Bliss
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    For the third year now, our partners with the National Issues Forums Institute are accepting applications for grants from the Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund. The $500-$1,000 grants are intended to honor the legacy of Taylor Willingham and her contributions to the field of deliberative democracy by supporting projects in the field, and we highly encourage NCDD members to apply for a grant or to donate to the fund. You can download a PDF of the application form by clicking here, and you can learn more about Taylor and make a donation to her legacy fund by clicking here. Applications are due…
  • IF Offers Discussion Guide on Climate Change

    Roshan Bliss
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The next round of UN climate talks began this week in Lima, Peru, and as global leaders debate how to avert the worst effects of climate change, our communities also need to be having conversations about this pressing topic. We learned from our members at the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation that D&D practitioners want more resources that will help them have real and productive conversations on this difficult topic. Lucky for us, the Interactivity Foundation (or IF) – one of the wonderful sponsors of our conference – recently created a resource for…
 
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    Waging Nonviolence

  • Racist violence in Australia repelled by #illridewithyou

    Elise Thomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    by Elise Thomas Muslim youth unite with other faiths to light a vigil for victims of siege in Sydney. (Twitter/@mina_ysf) On December 15 in Martin Place, Sydney, a man with a gun took 17 people hostage and tried to claim it in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Beyond the immediate tragedy of the deaths of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, and the harrowing experiences of the other hostages, this attack on the Lindt Cafe had the potential to deepen racial divisions in Australian society and even perhaps lead to violence. What happened instead was totally unexpected. The…
  • Happy birthday, Chelsea Manning! Thank you for the torture report

    Kate Aronoff
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    by Kate Aronoff A birthday card by artist Molly Crabapple. In a Fort Leavenworth cell block, Chelsea Manning — the Oklahoma-born U.S. Army soldier who released the largest-ever trove of classified government documents to the public via Wikileaks in 2010 — turns 27 today, serving out the second year of her 35-year sentence under the Espionage Act. As reported by the Guardian, a laundry list of artists, philosophers and politicians have penned letters to Manning, thanking her for her service. Fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote, “You have inspired an angry public to demand a…
  • #BlackLivesMatter protesters shut down Oakland streets and police department

    Kate Aronoff
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    by Kate Aronoff Following weeks of protests around the country, 250 protesters shut down the streets in downtown Oakland, Calif., as well as the Oakland Police Department on Monday, calling for “an immediate end to the war on black people.” The blockade started at 7:30 a.m., lasting for four hours and 28 minutes. The four hours was a reference to the amount of time Michael Brown’s body laid on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., after he was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson, while the 28 minutes signifies the fact that every 28 hours a black man is killed, according to a study…
  • What if congressional staffers went on strike until protesters’ demands were met?

    Kate Aronoff
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    by Kate Aronoff   Yesterday afternoon, an estimated 150 Congressional staffers walked out of the job in Washington, D.C., joining the tens of thousands across the country who have already rallied under the growing banner of #BlackLivesMatter. Among those who planned and participated in the event were the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, the Brooke-Revels Society, the Congressional Black Associates, the Congressional African Staff Association, the African American Women on the Hill Network, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic…
  • Climate activists tell fossil fuel companies to ‘Get the FF out’ of COP 20

    Kate Aronoff
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    by Kate Aronoff Protesters at a meeting hosted by the industry-backed Global CCS Institute on Monday in Lima. (Twitter / Hoda Baraka) For those familiar with the annual Conference of Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change — the international talks theoretically tasked with creating guidelines by which the world’s nations can seriously limit greenhouse gas emissions — the presence of the planet’s largest fossil fuel companies at this year’s gathering in Lima, Peru might seem anathema to the task at hand. Yet, Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil, linked not only to…
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    Crisis Management by us

  • car2go Apology Goes Above and Beyond by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:35 am
    Genuine care delivers crisis management dividends We see a lot of apologies these days, but more often than not they fail to hit home. Whether they’re lacking critical components like compassion, competence and confidence dragging or they take the route of the ugly “non-apology”, it seems tough for many to say “I’m sorry”. That’s why, when our colleague Phil Cogan forwarded this spectacular message that went out to customers of car service car2go, we knew we had to share: Yesterday, at 4:30pm CST, our car2go vehicles experienced a disruption in…
  • Instagram’s 300 Million Users and Crisis Management by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    What are the implications for crisis management as the social networks beats out Twitter for most active users? Photo-sharing service Instagram announced this week that it had officially bypassed Twitter to take the title of “most active users”. Boasting more than 300 million monthly active users who share more than 70 million photos and videos each day, the network has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2010. Staying on top of the most popular networks being used by stakeholder groups is a must for crisis management, and after seeing this announcement we asked…
  • Customer Service, a Prime Crisis Management Concern by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Remember, your CSR’s are some of your most valuable crisis management assets Providing great customer service can win you customers for life, and a larger share of those customer’s paychecks, but dropping the ball can, and will, have the opposite effect as well. Properly training customer service agents, giving them the flexibility to problem solve, and ensuring they’re up to date on all policies and practices should be a core component of any crisis prevention plan. If not, you’re asking for pain in the pocketbook, the last thing any organization wants. Need more…
  • Facebook Under Fire in the UK by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Failing to walk its talk is hurting the social network’s reputation Facebook has come under scrutiny repeatedly due to its cavalier attitude towards user’s right to privacy. Sure it claims to support privacy, but case after case has shown that it’s far from a priority for the social network. That approach is drawing fire once again, this time from lawmakers in the UK, specifically those in Parliament’s Science and Technology committee, which is currently drafting guidelines for websites and apps regarding the transparency of how they gather and use personal data. The…
  • Even Twitter Execs Prone to Crisis on Social Network by Jonathan & Erik Bernstein

    Jonathan & Erik Bernstein
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Be careful what you Tweet! This past Monday, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto showed that even execs at the big blue bird are prone to making mistakes when using the platform. Noto sent a cryptic tweet that was clearly meant to be a private discussion of a business deal, and although it was deleted quickly, media outlets like Valuewalk got ahold of the story almost immediately: “I still think we should buy them,” Noto tweeted. “He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. I have a plan.” There was no hint to whom Noto was trying to send the message or which company he…
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    Peace and Justice from YES! magazine

  • Kids on Chicago’s South Side Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Restorative Circles

    Maya Schenwar
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    This article has been adapted from the book Locked Down, Locked Out by Maya Schenwar. Umoja, a Chicago-based group, operates the Community Builders program profiled in this article. Students in Umoja’s Peace Room participate in restorative justice practices, such as the circle shown here, to resolve conflicts. Photo courtesy of Umoja. As a rising call to close prisons and reduce prison population takes hold, skeptics continually ask what will “replace” them. Of course, for many who are currently in prison, the answer is “nothing”—they are incarcerated for crimes that have harmed…
  • "Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past

    Desmond Tutu
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Photo by Joshua Wanyama / Flickr. Editor’s note: Last week, YES! published an article by Fania Davis, director of a restorative justice center and sister of civil rights activist Angela Davis, called “This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now.” In light of the recent refusal to indict police officers in the killings of both Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, Davis called for a truth and reconciliation process to address the abysmal—and often lethal—racial inequalities that persist in the United…
  • Video: Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Reconciliation Process—Which Is Needed Now More Than Ever

    Kayla Schultz
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Video from KarmaTube. Days after the grand jury rulings to reject the indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, this South African flash mob’s beautiful song shines light on the importance of reconciliation, which we at YES! have argued offers a way for the United States to begin healing the trauma caused by racialized violence. As groceries are bagged at the checkout and shoppers cross off items from their lists, a man from the Soweto Gospel Choir starts to sing. Others walk in from the aisles, harmonizing in tribute to the passing of Nelson Mandela, who had died…
  • An Indigenous View on #BlackLivesMatter

    Leanne Simpson
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    This piece originally appeared at the author’s blog. Indigenous activists participate in the People’s Climate March in September 2014. Photo by Allan Lissner / Flickr. Like many others, I watched the live stream of St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivering what was clearly a public relations campaign, justifying the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I have seen an expression of tremendous black love for children and family. Although few were surprised by the decision, McCulloch’s…
  • Why I Want to Burn Everything Down Right Now—And Why I’m Not Going To

    James Edwards
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Photo by Joshua Sinn / Flickr. One week after a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson came word Wednesday that a grand jury in New York would not be indicting NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner; that’s despite the fact that Garner’s death was: 1. Ruled a homicide; 2. Due to a chokehold maneuver that has been banned by the NYPD; 3. Captured on video. Garner’s haunting last words, “I can’t breathe,” have become a rallying cry for the many demonstrating in New York and elsewhere—just as “Hands Up” did in the wake of Michael Brown’s…
 
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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

  • Paying Attention on My Morning Walk

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I noticed the first feeling about 20 minutes into the walk. I’m sure there were many others before this one. It’s just that I happened to perceive this one and pay attention. It wasn’t new--a familiar combination of anger, regret, disappointment, and a general wishing I could go back and do things over.Read more...
  • Start Your Holidays Off with Inspiring Christmas Music and Stories

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Whether you lose your center in the chaos of the holidays or look forward to each moment, This Little Light: The Gift of Christmas will reinforce the reason for the season. Learn more about Judy's new CD of holiday songs and stories...Read more...
  • 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...
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    Scotwork Negotiation Blog - Defining Negotiation in the Modern World

  • Pipes of Peace

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    On Christmas Day 1914 the guns fell silent on no mans land. English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish Soldiers emerged from their trenches to meet the German enemy to shake hands and exchange gifts. Despite that only hours previously they had been involved in a vicious and unrelenting exchange of bullets, they engaged in an improvised and good humored football match on the battlefields, Germany V Great Britain. Germany it is rumored won 3 – 2. Did it happen? And why?... >
  • Chore Wars

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who does the housework in your house? Seems this is a much bigger issue than you might think. Or maybe it is already a huge issue for you. I suspect it depends on who does it and whether you care. It certainly seems to cause significant conflict if the radio is to be believed. I have a confession to make. As someone who works a lot from home I find myself in an office in my garden with very little company apart from the radio. A guilty highlight (sometimes) is Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4... Remarkably there has been a controversial theme over the last few weeks focused exclusively on…
  • Bhopal

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    An American President (depending on your politics it could be any American President since Eisenhower) visits a class of 9 year-olds. The class is discussing the meaning of the word tragedy. The President asks ‘Can anyone give me an example of the word ‘tragedy’. Peter says ‘My friend ran into the road and was killed by a passing car – that is a tragedy’. ‘No’, says the President, ‘that is an accident’. Jane says ‘There is a chemical leak at a factory and 2500 people are killed – that is a tragedy’. ‘No’, says the President, ‘I would call that a devastating…
  • 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…
 
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    The Red Velvet Lawyer

  • Goal Reminding Words for 2015

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Live with HeartLast Year’s WordsA year ago, I shared the three words I wanted to represent my goals for 2014. They were: Robin, Launch, and Wealth. So, how did I do? Robin was a bit of a miss. I had wanted it to remind me to work towards greater fitness. But, year-long problems with my orthotic shoes, which compensate for a fused ankle and heel, made regular exercise difficult without access to an indoor swimming pool. Yes, I launched my web-based mediation training program – Mediation with Heart -- and got terrific feedback from enrolled students. Now, I need to implement my…
  • 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.On Building a Digital Law Library by Jean P. O'Grady.
  • 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…
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