What's Happening in Conflict Resolution [09.22.14]

"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].

Negotiation & ADR enter the MOOC Age

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

The unique thing about this basic course on negotiation is that it will be offered as a MOOC - a Massive Open Online Course. Got an internet connection, interest in the topic and a dash of motivation? You're in.

Read more [HERE]. 

The Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program provides opportunities for qualified individuals from outside the United States to study dispute resolution processes and practices in the U.S. in order to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.
Fellowship funding of up to $20,000 is available to support activities in the U.S. that will serve to expand the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) internationally.
Read more [HERE]. 

Conflict Promotion (not Prevention) On Social Media

Donald Ellis- The media in general, and new media in particular, are increasingly effective tools used by extremist in Syria or ISIS. Even their extraordinary brutality is no match for the skill in which they are using new media to attract new recruits, send propaganda messages, scare the enemy, and promote their goals of a single Muslim state. ISIS is now one of the more sophisticated users of technology and they are intent on strutting their stuff to show the world what they can do. You can read more by Gabriel Wiemann.

Read more [HERE]. 

Nathalie Al-Zyoud- Mediation is a change process whose impact can be felt at different levels 

of society, measured across time and evaluated from different stakeholders' point of view. For this reason mediators should take an expansive view of success, beyond just the signing of an agreement. The indicators described below should be seen as inter-dependent variables that can help demonstrate a measurable impact on the peace process.


  • Causes and consequences of the conflict: in his/her initial assessment, a mediator can find a large number of indicators specific to the nature of the conflict. Data about the way the conflict has affected the parties, its root causes and its symptoms, creates a baseline measure of the conflict environment and provides indicators against which to measure change post-intervention.
Read more from Communities in Transition [HERE]. 

How Virtual Mediation Lab Free Online Simulations Help ADR Students...

Cinnie Noble- Recently on the Conflict Coaching Guild on LinkedIn I asked members if they would share idioms, phrases, metaphors and other expressions on conflict that they like. There are many I had not heard of and one of those is the title of today’s blog – never cut what you can untie.

Conflict and Miscommunication Across Cultures - Practical Skills fo...

Patricia M PorterNina Meierding has worked with many cultures in her decades of mediation work. She will share concepts such as the different ways of looking at fairness, how cultures respond to conflict and why they have dissimilar desires as to their goals and outcomes, how people express the same emotion in a variety of ways, and why it is a common mistake to "pretend to be in someone else's shoes". This very practical 30 minutes will help you understand some of the diversity across cultures that can create problems and explore positive steps in working through the conflict.

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