What's Happening in Conflict Resolution [10.07.14]

"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].

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Crisis Negotiations and Negotiation Skills Insights from the New Yo...

Here are the essential skills of a NYPD HNT Negotiator:

“Talk to Me”

The motto for NYPD HNT emphasizes communication as an essential negotiation skill for their crisis negotiators, and for good reason. Opening up avenues of communication to your counterpart signals that you are ready to listen, an integral first step to building rapport between negotiating counterparts by “build[ing] trust…as well as display[ing] empathy” which can lead to further mutual gains at the bargaining table as the negotiation progresses beyond the initial stages.

Read the full article at the Harvard Program on Negotiation Blog [HERE].

Tom A. KosakowskiOn September 15, 2014, the Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group, the group that promotes ADR within the U.S. government, published the first issue of a newsletter, Resolving Conflict. Victor Voloshin, IADRWG Steering Committee Chair explained that the inaugural newsletter gives some background about the IADRWG and provides a historic perspective on the development of the Federal ADR. It also features some of the current ADR programs within Federal agencies. 

Articles in the newsletter include: [MORE]

Patricia M Porter- The Texas Conflict Coach® Blog Talk Radio program announces the following episodes starting in the month of October held every Tuesday night from 5:00-5:30 pm PST/7:00-7:30 pm CST/8:00-8:30 pm EST. 

To participate, go to the designated link for each program or call-in live at 347-324-3591.

October 7th:  Beyond the Click - How Social Media is Being Used to Build Peace

In this digitally connected age, social media has become a powerful tool to advance peace.  Join Dr. Craig Zelizer as we discuss how to move beyond the click and utilize these powerful tools to promote peace.  Listen in on October 7th  and meet us at this intersection of technology and peace.

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October 14th: Narrative Mediation:  Loosening The Grip Of Conflict

October 21st:  Lowballing the Public:  Mediators serving without a binding ethics code on 40 hours of training

October 28th: Dealing with  Intractable Conflict - Knowledge and Skills for Constructive Conversations

More on each episode [HERE]. 

Online Mediation - 3 Options for Learning What It Means, How It Wor...

Feel the Energy in the Room

The Olive Branch Blog- According to the presenter, Laura Scott, you have choices on how to handle conflict … including what energy you bring to a room.

I thought it might be easier to explain with examples. How do you feel when you read these phrases below?

  • The problem with …..
  • I’m afraid that ….
  • They should have ….
  • What’s the point of …

I don’t know about you, but they sound pretty negative to me. These all have CATABOLIC energy...

Cinnie Noble


Ombuds at the University of the Pacific

Ombuds at Columbia University

Ombuds at Transportation Security Administration

Ombudsperson at Howard University

Ombuds at Department of the Interior

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