April 2016 Blog Posts (19)

The Texas Conflict Coach"® May Radio Programs

The Texas Conflict Coach® Blog Talk Radio program announces our series focused on Fights, Disagreements and Misunderstandings.

The following episodes will air every Tuesday 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…

Added by Patricia M Porter on April 28, 2016 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Are You At a Five or a Ten?

I’ve always liked numbers. They seem certain and definite, and we all have “associated” feelings with them. For example, if a waiter asked you which spicy rating you would like your vindaloo, you might say a “3” if you don’t want it that spicy or tell him “9” if you’re ready to have your mouth on fire.

So, I’ve learned how to use numbers to my advantage when it comes to feelings, reactions, and conflict. More specifically, I’ve found that asking my clients to “scale” different…


Added by The Olive Branch Blog on April 28, 2016 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Prince's Death Reminds me of Universal Values

Strength and compassion are universal human values. The transformative theory of conflict assumes that our capacity to live up to those values is diminished during conflict's worst moments.  The reason Prince was so beloved was his embodiment of those values. Read the blog here.

Added by ISCT by Dan Simon on April 27, 2016 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Conflict Chat with....Pattie Porter, Stephen Kotev and Abigail R. C. McManus

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Got Conflict? If you have a conflict with someone, and are not sure how to handle it, then let us know. Here is your opportunity…


Added by Patricia M Porter on April 26, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Teaching Kids to Solve Problems

I remember when kids were taught about the importance of wearing seatbelts or the dangers of smoking; they passed that information along to adults in their lives. “Grandma, please don’t smoke” or “Daddy, don’t forget to buckle-up.” The modern day version is not texting while driving – even when stopped at a light.

Along the same lines, I think we should spend more time teaching kids about problem solving so they can remind us when we get off track and don’t…


Added by The Olive Branch Blog on April 25, 2016 at 11:36am — No Comments

Distance Mediation as a Bridge for Social Inclusion mediate.com



by Alberto Elisavetsky

April 2016

Alberto Elisavetsky

En Espanol.

I’ve been researching on the…


Added by Alberto Elisavetsky on April 23, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

If You Can’t Control Your Feelings…Control Your Reaction

When is the last time you REALLY wanted to “go off” on someone? Today? Yesterday? Last week? If you have children, a crummy boss, or a problematic family member, that moment probably comes at regular intervals.

Yet, what I find truly amazing is that many of us (not all of us, of course) are able to control that urge to really let loose and shout, scream, kick, yell, fight, etc. We understand that the consequences far outweigh the benefits of creating a large-scale…


Added by The Olive Branch Blog on April 21, 2016 at 12:21pm — No Comments

When Dreams Die Young: Stop Youth in Engaging in Gun Violence

Robert Batista

Our guest and author, Robert Batista will share his passion and journey to curb and stop gun violence through his writing and novellas called Street Angel and The City Game. He will talk about the “iron pipeline” and the collateral impact of gun violence. Gun violence is not the…


Added by Patricia M Porter on April 19, 2016 at 9:50pm — No Comments

How can ODR help the courts and improve access to justice? Conference invite

Dear members of the ADR community,

I would like to invite you to this year's Online Dispute Resolution Conference at the Peace Palace, The Hague on 23rd & 24th May, organized by HiiL Innovating Justice.

We will be welcoming Colin Rule, Ethan Katsh, Lord Justice Fulford, First Vice President of the ICC Judge Aluoch, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and others to debate 'How can ODR help the courts and improve access to justice?' I'm sure many of you will have attended previous…


Added by Naomi Gilhuis on April 19, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution [04.19.16]

From Latest Issue of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research…


Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on April 18, 2016 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Finding Hope After Loss

Conflict often involves loss … loss of trust, a future together, a friendship, even loss of life.

What got me thinking about this was a colleague’s story about her nephew whose actions behind the wheel resulted in the death of 3 people, including children.


And it affects so many people, in addition to the victim’s family, including his own daughter who will likely live without a dad at home for many years. His wife who is facing…


Added by The Olive Branch Blog on April 18, 2016 at 10:07am — 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 the…


Added by Patricia M Porter on April 12, 2016 at 11:37pm — No Comments

What's Happening in Conflict Resolution [04.11.16]


Added by ADRhub.com - Creighton NCR on April 11, 2016 at 8:44pm — No Comments

10 Ways to Deal With Conflict

Pattie Porter thinks about conflict resolution every day, just like I do.

I enjoyed reading her second Minibük, “Stop Avoiding Conflict“on the plane a few weeks ago.



Added by The Olive Branch Blog on April 11, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments

When Your Kids Get Divorced–Part II

At the end of March, I wrote a post about what to DO when your adult children get divorced. So, I’m here to follow-up with what NOT to do. Here’s the list, courtesy of Leslie Mann from the Chicago Tribune:


  • Be surprised if your child regresses to the moody, angry teen you thought you’d never see again. Don’t take it personally; he’s mad at the rest of the world now too.
  • Join your child’s meetings with mediators and lawyers unless they invite…

Added by The Olive Branch Blog on April 7, 2016 at 11:03am — No Comments

Restorative Justice is Good Medicine for Youth Violence

Rose Gordon(2) zena Zumeta

Join Rose Gordon and Zena Zumeta as they talk about what Restorative Justice and other Restorative processes are, how they…


Added by Patricia M Porter on April 5, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Career Pathways: Different Approaches for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

As professionals working day to day to ply our craft, we are often focused deeply on serving our clients be it through direct intervention or in a consulting capacity.   We are in business and taking our eyes off the ball in a competitive environment is not in our interests.

However, beyond serving our own needs, we have an obligation to support the greater profession and field.   We need to do this because as professionals, we must ensure that the values of the field continue, and…


Added by David J Smith on April 4, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What lies beneath?

ANGER – we sure are seeing a lot of it these days – just turn on the TV for a few minutes. What does it all mean?

Emotions are like colors.

There are primary colors – blue, red and yellow.

Secondary colors (purple, green and orange) exist only because the primary ones exist.

The same holds for emotions.

Fear, sadness and happiness are primary emotions. They are the ones that we feel first, in response to a situation.  They are…


Added by The Olive Branch Blog on April 4, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Shocking! Apologies help?

It's hard to believe, but legal culture still believes the best strategy is to defend and deny.  So apparently it's newsworthy that hospitals save money when doctors apologize for their mistakes.  Read the blog here.

Added by ISCT by Dan Simon on April 2, 2016 at 11:17pm — No Comments

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