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Introduction to Online Mediation – Virtual Mediation Lab 30-min Free Webinar & Demo - August 3, 2016

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Social Movements, Elections, and Political Transformation - Staying w/Conflict - Election Edition 2016

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What's Happening in Conflict Resolution" is a weekly round up of the all the ADR news, jobs, events and more. Check it out each week and view past versions [HERE].

How to negotiate with a liar

Steve Kelman- I suspect that most of us engaged in a negotiation assume the party we are negotiating with lies during the negotiations.  I am an unusually trusting if not outright gullible person -- a colleague once said that for me April Fool's Day was every day of the year!  But even I assume that others often lie during negotiations, at least by withholding the "whole truth," and often by actually misrepresenting their situations and how much they value certain things. 

As Leslie John, a young faculty member at Harvard Business School, writes in a recent short article, "Deception is…one of the intangibles that negotiators have to prepare for and take steps to prevent."

...Instead, John recommends focusing on efforts that reduce the tendency of negotiators to lie to those with whom they are negotiating. She presents strategies -- backed up by discussions of academic research on the topics covered -- that can help you conduct conversations in a way that makes it more difficult for your counterpart to lie.

Read more from FCW.com [HERE].

Ransomware customer service: Negotiation is always on the table

 for Zero Day- Cyberattackers running ransomware campaigns are usually willing to negotiate if it means exhorting any payment at all from victims, researchers claim.

...On Monday, cybersecurity firm F-Secure released a new report, "Evaluating the Customer Journey of Crypto-Ransomware and the Paradox Behind It," which claims that three out of four ransomware criminal gangs were willing to negotiate the ransom fee.

Read more from ZDnet.com [HERE]. 

Local police veteran providing empathy training for officers

DENVER -- As tensions run high on both sides of the issue, communities across the U.S. are searching for answers on how to bridge the gap between law enforcement officers and the community.

A local police veteran said it begins with equipping them with the right tools.

Phil Saraff is a Marine veteran who spent 20 years as a police detective. He’s now a behavioral analysis expert, conducting training across the U.S.

He said officers often don’t recognize the difference between someone who’s fearful and someone who’s threatening and empathy training could be a solution to some of the situations we’ve recently seen.

Read more and watch the video from KVDR.com [HERE]. 


In an interview with Bloomberg BNA, the Honorable John K. Trotter (Ret.) weighed in on the evolution of alternative dispute resolution, from its impact on the practice of law to the future of the field and what practitioners can do to stay on the cutting edge of this ever-changing industry.

Justice Trotter joined JAMS, the world’s largest private alternative dispute resolution provider, in 1987 upon early retirement from the California Court of Appeal. 

Bloomberg BNA: As one of the first neutrals to join JAMS, in what ways have you seen alternative dispute resolution evolve over the years?

Justice Trotter: Alternative dispute resolution has grown dramatically. When I started at JAMS in 1987, we had one office with three hearing rooms. Now, nearly 30 years later, we have 25 offices throughout the United States, and hundreds of hearing rooms. JAMS had about five neutrals then—now we have more than 300 neutrals. ADR was relatively unknown, but it’s become a commonplace occurrence and it’s utilized much more than before. It’s part of every lawyer’s vocabulary and toolbox of talent.

Read more from BNA.com [HERE]. 

Project to get Peer Mediation in every school launched

Peace Foundation launches project to get Peer Mediation in every school in New Zealand to tackle horrific violence and aggression. 

New Zealand Peace FoundationAt midday on 7 July at www.givealittle.co.nz/project/peacefoundation, the Peace Foundation launches its most important project in 41 years with the goal to fund the expansion of its flagship Peer Mediation Programmes for primary, secondary and kura kaupapa Maori schools across New Zealand. 

In the last 22 years, the Peace Foundation has given peer mediation skills training to teachers and students from a total of 2000 schools. It currently provides resources to about 450 schools, and has in the last year given dedicated trainings in 80 schools. 

“We have two goals with this Givealittle campaign: firstly to raise $300,000 to get peer mediation into 160 schools, and secondly to develop the project to ensure Peer Mediation will be established in each and every school in New Zealand,” says Christopher Le Breton, the Peace Foundation’s Co-General Manager. 
With $300,000 we will
1). recruit 2 full time teacher trainers so that we can deliver Peer Mediation to 160 schools up and down the country;
2). Improve dramatically the online resources we provide to schools, workplaces and to the public, on practical ways to reduce conflict through Peer Mediation.

More than two decades ago, the Peace Foundation launched its peer mediation training in primary schools. It now reaches into secondary schools and, to date, there are approximately 450 schools implementing the Foundation’s programmes. The Peer Mediation Programme involves a neutral person, usually a peer, who facilitates a process to help the disputants find positive, mutually acceptable solutions to solve their problem. Mediators as young as five years old can do it successfully with their peers. Research results from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education show how powerfully effective the Peer Mediation Programme is in reducing violence in school and raising pupil attainments. The programme is NZ-made and developed. It works. Kids love it (they take responsibility for their own behaviour) and teachers love it (they can refer minor conflicts to the peer mediators and enjoy hassle-free playground duty). When minor conflicts are resolved, they do not escalate into major conflicts.

New Zealand has the worst rate of family and intimate partner violence in the world. As media recently reported, a shocking 80% of incidents go unreported, so what we know of family violence in our community is barely the tip of the iceberg (The New Zealand Herald, 13 May 2016). New Zealand is at a pivotal moment in its history with its horrific family violence. The Peer Mediation Programme, proven to be effective in nurturing lifelong skills and abilities, is loved by teachers and children. 

“Already we have had interest from the UK, Ireland, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Australia and Fiji to use our methods and materials. It is time to get the skills of peer mediation into every school to prevent violence, raise standards and help make our communities safer,” says Christina Barruel, the Head of Peace Education for the Peace Foundation

“The Peace Foundation has over 20 years experience teaching skills for peaceful conflict resolution, life skills for schools and families, to help prevent violence and aggression in our communities" says Christina Barruel, the Head of Peace Education for the Peace Foundation, experienced primary school teacher and accredited adult mediator with Resolution Institute.

“We’d like people from across New Zealand to join us as members and volunteers to help us raise funds to get Peer Mediation into schools and workplaces across NZ. This will increase tolerance and respect, and reduce violence and bullying”, says Christopher Le Breton.


Introduction to Online Mediation – Virtual Mediation Lab 30-min Free Webinar & Demo - August 3, 2016

Started by Giuseppe Leone in General News & Articles on Sunday. 0 Replies

This Virtual Mediation Lab Free webinar and demo is an excellent opportunity for family, workplace and commercial mediators to learn in 30 minutes:1 – How mediators can do online everything they are used to do face-to-face: e.g. joint and private…Continue

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Seeking Experienced Peer Mediation Trainers to Partner with Online Peer Mediation Platform - July 20, 2016 Webinar

Started by Giuseppe Leone in General News & Articles Jul 18. 0 Replies

The Online Peer Mediation Platform (OPMP) http://goo.gl/gK45Vd is an innovative 2-year project sponsored by the JAMS Foundation, currently managed by the National Association of Peer Program Professionals and…Continue

Tags: foundation, webinar, jams, project, peer

Mediación Online / Online Mediation Webinar – July 13, 2016 – 97-Min Video

Started by Giuseppe Leone in General News & Articles Jul 14. 0 Replies

On July 13, 2016 Giuseppe Leone, founder of Virtual Mediation Lab, presented to a group of Spanish-speaking mediators a webinar on online mediation with the following Panelists:>> Beatriz Rodriguez de la Flor de Marcos – Host and…Continue

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Eating Similar Food Helps Build Trust, Friendship In Adults

Started by ADRhub.com- Werner Institute in General News & Articles Jul 13. 0 Replies

Building a rapport with someone on a first date may be as simple as eating the same food as them, suggests a new study that found that similar food consumption facilitates a sense of closeness and trust between adults.Researchers from the University…Continue

Meditation: A Secret Superpower For Negotiation

Started by ADRhub.com- Werner Institute in General News & Articles Jul 13. 0 Replies

Dina Kaplan- When I started meditating, I knew it would make me calmer. It would slow my racing mind and help me project a less frantic energy. I wanted to feel, and be, more…Continue

Mediation Can Lower The Cost of Divorce

Started by ADRhub.com- Werner Institute in General News & Articles Jul 13. 0 Replies

Edward M. Krauss- I respond to the Sunday Dispatch column Wholly Matrimony, in which a reader expressed concern about the costs of divorce and asked "Is there anything I can do to keep the cost down?"Costs can be kept markedly lower by utilizing…Continue

Seeking Schools Interested to Share Their Peer Mediation Success Story

Started by Giuseppe Leone in General News & Articles Jul 6. 0 Replies

Our Online Peer Mediation Platform (OPMP) http://goo.gl/gK45Vd is a project funded by the JAMS Foundation https://goo.gl/EGn73m , currently managed by the National Association of…Continue

Tags: webinar, story, success, mediation, peer

Mediacion Online – Que Significa, Cómo Funciona y Cuáles Son Sus Beneficios - Webinar - 13 de Julio 2016

Started by Giuseppe Leone in General News & Articles Jun 27. 0 Replies

Realizada por Giuseppe Leone, fundador de “Virtual Mediation Lab”, Beatriz Rodriguez de la Flor y tres mediadores – Ana Sambold, Ana Fletes y Antonio Parra – este webinar de una hora de duración tendrá lugar el próximo 13 de Julio a las 18:00 horas.…Continue

Tags: dispute, resolution, online, webinar, Online

The Power of Mobile Devices in Online Mediation – Virtual Mediation Lab Free Webinar - June 30, 2016

Started by Giuseppe Leone in General News & Articles Jun 22. 0 Replies

As shown in this 2-min video https://goo.gl/CRqnJF mobile devices like iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or smartphone can play a powerful role in the online mediation of consumer/merchant, homeowner/contractor,…Continue

Tags: dispute, resolution, devices, mobile, mediation

The Power of Mobile Devices Like iPad and iPhone in Online Mediation

Started by Giuseppe Leone in General News & Articles Jun 19. 0 Replies

During the June 16, 2016 Annual Conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution Greater New York Chapter (ACRGNY), Giuseppe Leone, founder of Virtual Mediation Lab, gave a 1-hour presentation titled “How to Incorporate Online Mediation Into…Continue

Tags: odr, mobile, devices, consumer, merchant

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