March 2013 Blog Posts (25)

Transformative Mediation Conference in Rome in June

If you're in Europe this June, swing by the transformative mediation conference organized by Quadra.  More information available here.

Added by ISCT by Dan Simon on March 31, 2013 at 11:29pm — No Comments


I have used the expression “the straw that broke the camel’s back” or a similar idiom when referring to an incident that pushes an ongoing situation too far across a line of tolerance. I didn’t know the derivation of this particular expression and when I looked it up I found the meaning is consistent with this same notion.

According to Wikipedia, the straw that broke the camel’s back is…


Added by Cinnie Noble on March 28, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Dangers of Teen Sexting

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann StephenKotev2

In this age of instant communication and instant gratification sexting has become all too common for those in love. Teenagers are no different, while many teens openly admit that they know it's wrong to send these sexual photos, many feel the odds of getting caught are…


Added by Patricia M Porter on March 26, 2013 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Video Interview with Dan Rainey (National Mediation Board) about Collective Bargaining and Online Mediation

In this episode of the Conflict Specialists Show, Dave Hilton interviews Dan Rainey- Chief of Staff of the National Mediation Board. This was the debut episode of the show from October 2012.

Some of the topics in today's episode:

  • The National Mediation Board (NMB)
  • Online Dispute Resolution…

Added by Dave Hilton on March 26, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

What's Happening [03.26.13]

Impasse Is A Fallacy…


Added by - Creighton NCR on March 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Quiet Cars & Conflict Resolution

I just read this and enjoyed it so I thought some here on, especially those familiar with the "quiet cars", will too.



A Conflict Resolution Scholar Explains How to Resolve Conflicts in the Quiet Car…


Added by Jeff Thompson on March 25, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Impasse Is A Fallacy


Impasse Is A Fallacy


Guest writer Lee Jay Berman is a professional mediator and President…


Added by Werner Institute Blog on March 25, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Antidote to Community Mediation Centers' Plights?

Michelle Zaremba, coordinator of the Dayton Mediation Center, believes that her center's commitment to the transformative approach is central to their success.  My latest blog post, which you can see here, includes comments form Michelle, as well as her presentation to the City Commissioners of Dayton.

Added by ISCT by Dan Simon on March 22, 2013 at 8:40pm — No Comments

ACR Blog Radio - Helping Mediators Around the World Practice and Improve Their Skills via Skype

Join us as our next guest, Giuseppe Leone, discusses Helping Mediators Around the World Practice and Improve Their Skills via Skype. 



Added by ACR Podcast on March 22, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments


Forgive me. I apologize. I was an idiot. You didn’t deserve what I said. I was so wrong. I didn’t mean it. You are a saint for putting up with me. Will you please forgive me? In whatever form requests for forgiveness take, it is not incumbent upon the receiver to forgive. For some reason many people think they ‘should’ forgive or at least say they do. It’s just not always that straightforward.

When it comes to interpersonal conflict, we all have our own range of thresholds – what is…


Added by Cinnie Noble on March 21, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Being Transparent Does Not Always Payoff, Mediators

To all of the mediators who believe in transparency, take a look at this short clip and let me know if being transparent is always good.  Enjoy  :)

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 20, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Identifying Campus Bullies By Empowering The Bystander

Tim Porter mia

Appddiction Studio’s Stop Bullies district wide smartphone app empowers bystanders to capture bully events as they occur and report them to school administrators in real time. School administrators can then begin to investigate…


Added by Patricia M Porter on March 19, 2013 at 10:43pm — No Comments

What's Happening [03.19.13]

Cinnie Noble- When considering that one response to being provoked is to freeze, this week’s blog encourages thinking about what that means and what to do about it. So, what does freezing mean in the context of conflict? It may…


Added by - Creighton NCR on March 18, 2013 at 8:37pm — No Comments

New Blog: New research, professional challenges and ethical dilemmas in mediation practice

Hi all -

Passing on this announcement by Susan Raines, introducing her new blog. Worth keeping an eye on!


Hello Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing because we share an interest in mediation, negotiation and conflict management.…


Added by Noam Ebner on March 17, 2013 at 11:49pm — No Comments

UN Mediation & Peacemaking Website

Did you know the UN has a site dedicated to peacemaking?

They also have a mediation response team always on standby ready and able to help when called upon.  

From the site:


Established in 2008, the Standby Team is a group of full-time mediation experts that can be rapidly deployed to provide technical advice to United Nation’s officials and others leading mediation and conflict…


Added by Jeff Thompson on March 15, 2013 at 9:24pm — No Comments


It may seem a strange coupling – threat or treat – when it comes to talking about conflict. Threat is, of course, more straightforward, since we commonly sense some type of challenge when we are in conflict. That is, if we perceive that something undermines our values, beliefs, or needs, we may experience that as a threat to us and our identities. Sensing any sort of threat when we are in conflict causes feelings of insecurity and vulnerability. This may, for instance, be due to…


Added by Cinnie Noble on March 14, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

SAVE and National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Kit Evans Mia Brooms

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is proud to be a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school…


Added by Patricia M Porter on March 12, 2013 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Choices are sharper, when your finger is on the trigger

It's been a while since a story on CNN took my breath away, but this one did just that.


No matter what your take on transformative mediation, this story demonstrates how conflict presents participants with critical opportunities for decisionmaking, decisions of a sharper nature than day-to-day life usually presents us with. And, with these moments of…


Added by Noam Ebner on March 11, 2013 at 6:51am — No Comments


When I first started to practice law some years ago I heard the expression and then, observed the act of “posturing” - as referred to lawyers who became positional during negotiations or court proceedings. As I observed it, posturing is typically demonstrated through body language, mannerisms, and words. These came together, it seemed, in an adversarial effort to ‘win’ and assert a position about a legal dispute. While posturing may be considered strategic and just part of the game of…


Added by Cinnie Noble on March 7, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

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