February 2011 Blog Posts (24)

Help is needed for IDPs in Cote d'Ivoire.

Hello all! Hope all is well!



This is an informal post, but I am hoping those of you with UN or other IDP agency contacts will heed these words and help to get rapid assistance for the IDPs living in Cote d'Ivoire. I am currently living in Abidjan and have been watching as civil war is breaking out all around me.



There are an estimated at least 30,000 newly displaced persons within Abidjan alone right now (and thousands upon thousands more across the country), because of… Continue

Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 28, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Radiohead and Conflict

Alright, I'm excited...last Friday Radiohead's newest album was released. It's called "King of Limbs" and I downloaded it from their website the first opportunity I got.  If you haven't already figured it out, I'm a fan of them.  So you can imagine my surprise when I loaded it on my Ipod, listened to it on the way to work, and was less then impressed.  Yes, I said it, I was not impressed.  So I talked to my community and… Continue

Added by Jason Dykstra on February 27, 2011 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Podcast #17: Transformative Mediation With Robert A. Baruch Bush

Episode #17

Transformative Mediation with Robert A. Baruch Bush

 

Join host Jeff Thompson and Robert A. Baruch Bush as they discuss Transformative Mediation- the history, its use and applications, as well as the the recently published source book on…

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Added by ADRhub Podcast on February 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

This week in conflict... February 19th-25th, 2011.

Hello all! Hope everything is well with you!

My internet has been intermittent due to escalating fighting within Abidjan this week, where I am currently living. Due to this, I may have difficulty posting and searching out stories for This Week in Conflict in upcoming weeks.

As always, just a reminder that if you have any information about conflicts (or efforts towards peace) happening each week, I would love your feedback and inclusions. As the weekly…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 27, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

USIP Losing It's Funding?

The following was sent to me from ACR (I am a member) and thought it is relevant and important to pass it also along here:



As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to eliminate funding for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for the remainder of the fiscal year as part of a $61 billion package of budget cuts.  We in ACR leadership were shocked by this action and hope for its reversal in the Senate. 



USIP was created by Congress in 1984 as a… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on February 26, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Podcast #17: Transformative Mediation With Robert A. Baruch Bush

Episode #17

Transformative Mediation with Robert A. Baruch Bush

 

Join host Jeff Thompson and Robert A. Baruch Bush as they discuss Transformative Mediation- the history, its use and applications, as well as the the recently published source book on…

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Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on February 25, 2011 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Whats Happening 02.22.11

1000 Out Of A 1000 People Love This Concept

Steve Mehta- Which one convinces you more?  If I told you that 90% of the time people lose their medical malpractice actions…

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Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on February 22, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

5 Negotiating Tips For The First Time Home Buyer

Today's post comes from one of EnjoyMediation.com's faithful reader (yes, I do have some!), Ann Douglas.

If you are interested in submitting a guest blog post, feel free to send it along to me at mediator.jeff[at]gmail.com.…
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Added by Jeff Thompson on February 20, 2011 at 3:27pm — No Comments

This week in conflict... February 12th-18th, 2011.

World

  • The World Bank (WB) estimates that 44 million people have been pushed into poverty since last summer by soaring commodity prices. Food prices are said to have risen by almost 30% over the past year.
  • The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 18, 2011 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

The Illusion of Communication

(Originally posted at Absolution Mediation)

Take a moment to read this quote,

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw
This is a problem that I think we have all had at one time or another.



You ask your wife to pick up Sally after school while she is reading a… Continue

Added by Jason Dykstra on February 16, 2011 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Reducing poverty or new breed of eugenics? Sterilization in Rwanda.

[originally posted at http://apeaceofconflict.com]

A recent announcement calling for vasectomies (sterilization) of 700,000 males over the next two years by Rwandan authorities has many fearing a new eugenic depopulation attempt in Rwanda. The…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 16, 2011 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Politicizing the holidays. Maouloud in Côte d’Ivoire.

Today in Côte d’Ivoire there is public holiday; at least for some. Others will take the holiday tomorrow.

Sadly, the holiday to commemorate the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him), known as Maouloud/Mawlid (and numerous other spellings), is now being used as a political weapon between Gbagbo and Ouattara’s camps. On Monday, Imam Idriss Kudu Kone, chairman of the National Islamic Council (CNI), declared Tuesday the paid holiday, which was supported by the Gbagbo government.…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 16, 2011 at 4:54am — No Comments

Whats Happening 02.15.11

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Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on February 15, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Do you want to be a driver or a passenger?

(Originally posted at Absolution Mediation)

I drive everyday.  I love it.  I drive to work, friends house’s, long trips, you name it, I drive there.  So whenever I become a passenger in a vehicle, I feel a little strange.  It’s like someone else is controlling my fate, and taking me towards my destiny.



Dramatic?



Probably.  This is one of the things that… Continue

Added by Jason Dykstra on February 14, 2011 at 7:10am — No Comments

ADRhub.com Podcast #16: College of Commercial Arbitrators

Episode #16

College of Commercial Arbitrators

 

Join host Jeff Thompson and Edna Sussman as they discuss the recent College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) award they received from CPR for their protocols on "Expeditious, cost-effective, commercial…

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Added by ADRhub Podcast on February 13, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Fairly Legal - Mediation Truth or Fiction?

A hotly debated topic in the dispute resolution field is the new television series on USA Network "Fairly Legal". The show's entertaining focus is on a female, attorney mediator, Kate Reed and her alternative approach to dealing with conflict unlike her aggressive, litigious and now deceased, attorney father. For the dispute resolution field, this is an awesome opportunity to educate…

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Added by Patricia M Porter on February 13, 2011 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Discipline: Are you Focused on your 95%?

Originally posted at www.thebusinessmediator.blogspot.com

I was shocked recently as I read a blog entry on change by Tony Schwartz on the Harvard Business Review Online.  In it, he states that 95% of our behaviors are habitual, and only 5% are consciously self-selected.   How can this be?  Are we so programmed that we literally only choose to do things 5% of the time?  This hit home for me in particular, since I believe so…

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Added by Susan M Diehl on February 9, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

What's Happening 02.08.11





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Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on February 8, 2011 at 2:00am — No Comments

Are we hard-wired for litigation?

(originally posted at Absolution Mediation)

I am currently reading “A is for Asshole: The ABC’s of Conflict Resolution” (Review coming soon) by Victoria Pynchon and one of the chapters is called “J is for Judge.” All of a sudden it hit me. We are hard-wired…

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Added by Jason Dykstra on February 6, 2011 at 11:50pm — 2 Comments

When Families Need Mediators (Elder Mediation)



(Originally posted at www.EnjoyMediation.com)
 
The Wall Street Journal published an article on February 5th, 2011 on the topic of Elder Mediation.

The second paragraph touches on an…
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Added by Jeff Thompson on February 6, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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