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Peace and conflict post #8623: The Ombudsthingie

As long as I'm taking controversial peace and conflict topics on over social media, this one relates to the name of an important conflict role gaining traction over the past few years.

For a while, I used to think the term 'ombudsman' was just a term, and nothing to argue about.

Then, I thought that the fact that the 'man' in it does not indicate the male gender in the Swedish origin of the term was important. It's just a word, right? If it wasn't intended to differentiate,…

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Added by Noam Ebner on June 9, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Why I became a teacher, part 213:

...because just as your children become parents, and bless you with grandchildren – so too, your students become teachers, and bless you with grandstudents. 

And, although you don’t know quite how many there are out there, and you don’t get to hear about the wonderful things they do in the world – every now and then, you see ripples or hear echoes. And sometimes, you get to hear about how one of them goes off and does something outstanding like this. 

I can't claim any credit…

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Added by Noam Ebner on May 28, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

New Book By Dr. Jackie Font: Experiencing Puerto Rican Citizenship and Cultural Nationalism

This is an excellent book on identity, culture and how these relate to conflict. The book exposes the inconvenient truth about the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico that few USAmericans are aware of - and the ramifications this has on the relationship between Puerto Ricans and the United States.

My colleague Jackie Font of the Werner Institute, ladies and gentlemen. This goes into the "and I knew her way back when!" category!…

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Added by Noam Ebner on May 20, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments

New Masters (or: why I always celebrate mid-May)

This is always my favorite weekend of the year: Commencement!

I've just re-read the list of names of forty graduates of The Werner Institute at  at Creighton University who will be designated Masters of their field, this weekend. The field of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution attracts, and develops such wonderful people - and it has…

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Added by Noam Ebner on May 15, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Why I Became a Teacher, Part 83:

...because every so often you get a letter like the following, which I received this week from a student, who is very close to being a graduate of The Werner Institute:

"My practicum is coming to a close and I wanted to share a bit of it with you…

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Added by Noam Ebner on May 6, 2015 at 11:27am — No Comments

Everything I Know About Dispute Resolution Is Wrong – Especially What You Say About It

[John Lande has written up a great piece at Indisputably.org, describing our session at the ABA's Dispute Resolution conference in Seattle last week. Rattling some ADR cages! Enjoy - Noam]

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Everything I Know About Dispute Resolution Is Wrong – Especially What You Say About It

I think that it is accurate to say that at the ABA DR Section Conference we had a lively session entitled, …

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Added by Noam Ebner on April 26, 2015 at 2:50pm — No Comments

EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT DISPUTE RESOLUTION IS WRONG – CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?

Check out this introduction to our upcoming session at the ABA's Dispute Resolution conference in Seattle, courtesy of John Lande at indisputably.org. 

Attending the conference? Come rattle the cages with us (constructively, of course!).

http://www.indisputably.org/?p=6795 

Added by Noam Ebner on April 2, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

New Journal on Mediation: Mediation Theory and Practice

Hi all,

I’d like to call your attention to a new journal focusing on mediation: Mediation Theory and Practice. This peer-reviewed journal of the UK’s College of Mediators is put out by Equinox Publishing. It is an open-access journal (meaning – that its content will not be restricted behind paywalls). The journal’s head editor is Elizabeth Stokoe, of Loughborough University.

Check out the call for papers for the inaugural volume, here:…

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Added by Noam Ebner on March 14, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

Legal education, dispute resolution, and zombies

A great blog post by John Lande on indisputably.org:

Is Legal Education a Zombie?

By John Lande

Lately, we have talked about Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Prince Charming, fairy godmothers, aristocrats, wicked witches,…

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Added by Noam Ebner on December 16, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments

NegMOOC starts today!

Hi all -

My MOOC on Negotiation: Navigating Professional and Personal Interactions begins today. The course is asynchronous, and there are no set times for lectures and meetups. As a result, the kickoff time of 10 am this morning is one of the only set times in the course - so I'm loading a lot of excitement onto it!

Glad to see so many of you with me at the starting line! Want to join? Sign up here: …

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Added by Noam Ebner on October 20, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments

Negotiation and ADR enter the MOOC Age

On October 20th I’ll be kicking off a four-week basic course on Negotiation: Navigating Professional and Personal Interactions

The unique thing about this…

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Added by Noam Ebner on September 19, 2014 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Teaching Negotiation Online: Part II – new resource available

As more and more teachers in the area of negotiation and dispute resolution consider taking their courses (or, parts of them) online, I’ve received many queries of the “How do you get started?” variety. And, I’m not the only one fielding these questions. I'd like to share a resource, addressing these questions.

Together with co –presenters and –authors Jennifer Parlamis (University of San Francisco), Roy Lewicki (Ohio State University) and…

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Added by Noam Ebner on September 4, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments

Simulation game for international conflict resolution & negotiation training

I’d like to share a simulation I’ve  recently written with co-authors Yael Efron and Nellie Munin: FlashPoint: Syria, 2014.

FlashPoint is a simulation-game constructed as a teaching-tool for the topics of conflict analysis and resolution, collaboration, negotiation, mediation and public international law – or any…

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Added by Noam Ebner on August 18, 2014 at 7:45am — No Comments

My favorite time of year... Creighton Commencement

We have an amazing group of people graduating this weekend, from the Werner Institute's graduate program on Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Newly minted Masters of the Field, we are incredibly proud of you, and what an honor it has been to watch you grow!

Creighton family - if my intel is correct, you can watch commencement live on streaming video. Look for a link off 

of www.creighton.edu/commencement on Saturday, May…

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Added by Noam Ebner on May 16, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Negotiation and ADR Teachers - Resource Share

At the ABA's DR conference in Miami, an initiative that had started the previous year turned into a tradition: Several dozen teachers offered each other use of their teaching materials to enhance each others' classrooms. It was such a wonderful environment to be in, and offered a great packet of take-aways for teachers. Below, is a write up of the materials shared, complete with links you can use to access them if these were available. Also see the…

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Added by Noam Ebner on April 29, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Developing "Critical Patience" in dispute resolution professionals

Read this great blog post by on Indisputably, by Jen Reynolds at University of Oregon School of Law. Jen describes an exercise that she presented at the ABA’s recent conference, which aimed at helping students develop “critical patience”, which dispute resolution practitioners need so much. Sure, we say “patience is very, very important” all the time – but how do we teach it, or help our students develop…

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Added by Noam Ebner on April 25, 2014 at 10:36am — 4 Comments

Best negotiation course wrap-up exercise ever!

Check this out: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2419712

I've always thought that end-of-course activities should go far beyond the classic wrap-up – a teacher reviewing what s/he thinks was included on the curriculum…

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Added by Noam Ebner on April 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Video-based mediation – it’s starting to happen. What do we need to know?

[Also featured at http://www.mediate.com//articles/Video_based_mediation.cfm]

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I recently had the pleasure of writing a paper with my student-turned-teacher, Jeff Thompson (an alumnus of our Negotiation and Dispute Resolution program at Creighton and the Wizard Behind the Curtain at ADRHub). Jeff works on non-verbal communication…

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Added by Noam Ebner on April 14, 2014 at 3:07am — No Comments

Teaching Negotiation - Online!

As more and more teachers in the area of negotiation and dispute resolution consider taking their courses (or, parts of them) online, I’ve received many queries of the “How do you get started?” variety. And, I’m not the only one fielding these questions. I'd like to share a resource, addressing these questions.…

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Added by Noam Ebner on April 8, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

A game-changing article on negotiation

NDR, ADR and CONF people:

If you're still into growing in the area of negotiation, you're going to want to read this article by John Lande of the University of Missouri School of Law. It's long, but you'll figure out which parts to read once you start. You'll be glad you read it.

You can download the full-text article here: …

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Added by Noam Ebner on March 29, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments

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