Happiness, Conflict and Social Networking
In many ways, social networks and social capital may be seen as at the very heart of the major factors contributing to happiness while enabling superior processing of conflict. Factors contributing to both happiness and conflict management are catalyzed by the presence of social networking with limitless possibilities for positive feedback loops. There has been a disappointing lack of research on the implications of social networks for the field of conflict resolution. Now that social networking has taken on even greater significance with the advent of the Internet and the explosion in online connections and relationships, it is long past time for those in our field to examine ways of leveraging the power of social networking in the superior engagement in, and management of, a wide variety of conflicts.
Arthur Pearlstein, Professor of Law and Director of the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, received his B.A from Haverford College, his J.D. from Harvard Law School cum laude, and his Master?s in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. Immediately prior to joining the Creighton faculty, Professor Pearlstein served as the general counsel and director of Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Programs at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). In addition to his work as a lawyer, mediator, and facilitator, Professor Pearlstein has an extensive background in teaching and training both overseas and in the U.S. He has written widely on law, dispute resolution, and popular culture and has been a speaker, panelist and guest lecturer on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution at a wide variety of institutions, conferences and symposia around the world. His research and praxis interests include dispute systems design, emergence and private ordering in conflict resolution, interdisciplinary education, and collaborative professional practice. Professor Pearlstein also serves on Creighton University?s Graduate Board and chaired the committee on interdisciplinary education of Creighton?s Graduate School Task Force.