August 2011 Blog Posts (51)

Transparent mediation: taking clients backstage.

My colleague Alan Gross and I have this ongoing banter about spoiler alerts.  We co-teach a mediation course at New York University's Center…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 31, 2011 at 4:51pm — No Comments

On candystores and mediation orthodoxy.

Yesterday I blogged about sugary cereals.  Here's more on the confectionary theme, and an explanation of the provenance of my own unmanageable sweet tooth.


My grandfather, Luther, was a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer, married to my…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 30, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

Sweet talk and grains of truth.


I have a thing for sugary cereals. (I came about this honestly, as evidenced by my father's vast collection of 20 years' worth of cereal box prizes).  Lucky Charms is currently in regular rotation chez nous.


This is (somewhat) embarrassing:  When I was really poor and had too much time on my hands, I got in the…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 29, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict-Courageous Peace Leaders Wanted

In the lull after the media frenzy around Irene, it is a good time to reflect on the Israeli-Palestinian situation. In a few weeks, the Palestinians will submit a resolution to the UN General Assembly that asks that Palestine be declared a new nation-state. Regardless of where you might stand on this issue, there are a lot of practical problems with the resolution. Besides the fact that the US will veto it in the Security Council, it is politically meaningless as long as Hamas and Fatah…


Added by Doug Noll on August 28, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

NYC's Turducken of Disaster!

As I'm writing this, we're awaiting isolated tornadoes within Hurricane Irene...and we just had an earthquake.  Let's hope the first two ingredients of this meteorological turducken are mild as the third one was.




Added by Brad Heckman on August 27, 2011 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

Conflict Resolution Symposium 2011 at Georgia State University

The annual event hosted by GSU's Office of the Ombudsperson is set for Thursday October 27, 2011. Emerging, seasoned and advanced conflict resolution practitioners and students will discuss significant trends, and meet and mentor emerging leaders. Presenters are expected to include:

  • Shinji Morokuma, Director of the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Georgia Geiger, Past…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on August 26, 2011 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Mediation needs men!

I've blogged before about the diversity of professions and personalities amongst New York Peace Institute mediators.  I don't think I mentioned that our mediator pool is predominantly female.  My mediation center comrades at home and abroad report that same is true with them.


Explanations for this phenomenon have…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 26, 2011 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Shake and wake.

So I emerged from the subway on Tuesday to see the streets jam-packed with people standing still, infused by a vibe I couldn't quite put my finger admixture of low-level panic, consternation, solidarity, and an odd hint of celebration.  It was evocative of a Japanese monster movie streetscene, with choreographed crowds gawking in awe and horror at an enormous…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 25, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments

This is what a peacebuilder looks like.

Folks, please go see The Interrupters, an amazing documentary about violence interrupters in Chicago...formerly gang-involved peacebuilders who literally take mediation to the streets.  Here's the film's homepage:…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 24, 2011 at 4:21am — No Comments

JAMS Foundation Awards Nearly $200,000 in New Grants

The nonprofit JAMS Foundation announced today that it approved nine new grants to organizations using innovative ways to promote and advance conflict prevention and dispute resolution. The foundation will distribute the money in the form of Foundation Grants, which provide financial support up to $50,000 for ADR initiatives with national impact, and Opportunity Grants, which award up to $10,000 for smaller scale and more localized projects.


“We’re very proud to continue…


Added by Lisa Altman on August 23, 2011 at 8:58am — No Comments

On Lasik Surgery and Mediation.

Five years ago, I saved up enough scratch to get Lasik surgery and said adieu to my coke-bottle lenses forevermore.  On the whole, I'm delighted with the results, mainly because I can see better.


But there are two drawbacks: 1) I kind of missing wearing my nerdy-chic glasses and 2) I used to enjoy taking my…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 23, 2011 at 8:14am — 1 Comment

Libya at the Cross Roads: Genocidal Civil War or Peace?

I just read a paper by Rotary Peace Scholar Duncan Autry that paralleled the ideas I present in my latest book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts. What we concluded from entirely different approaches is that the traditional means of achieving peace is doomed to fail. This is especially true if applied to Libya. Libya has a choice, and the wrong choice will lead to disintegration of its…


Added by Doug Noll on August 23, 2011 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

What's Happening 08.23.11

Episode #26 JAMS CEO Chris Poole & the New JAMS Blog


Join host Jeff Thompson and JAMS CEO Chris…


Added by - Creighton NCR on August 23, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Au revoir, clichés.

When choosing a logo for the New York Peace Institute, we insisted on avoiding the commonly-used images of our, ixnay on the doves, peace signs, roundtables, and handshakes. (We did toy with the idea of a peace pigeon...a scrappy urban bird gobbling an olive branch).  We wanted to carve out our own identity --and…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 22, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

Civic Engagement Meets the Internet


Civic Engagement Meets…


Added by Werner Institute Blog on August 22, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

ADRhub Podcast #26: JAMS CEO Chris Poole & The New JAMS Blog

Episode #26

JAMS CEO Chris Poole & The New JAMS Blog

Join host Jeff Thompson and JAMS CEO Chris Poole as they discuss the new JAMS Blog.  Findout from Chris why the blog was created, the vision and goals of the blog, and what to expect from future posts.…


Added by ADRhub Podcast on August 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Lobsters, Scorpions, Parallel Evolution and Mediation.

Ever wonder why lobsters and scorpions look so much alike?


It's all about parallel evolution -- when different species evolve similarly. So, though lobsters and scorpions shared a common exoskeletal ancestor, they separated eons ago -- one chose to chill on the ocean floor, the other opted to kick it…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 21, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

A Muslim, a Sikh, a Hindu and a Buddhist walk into a Mediation Center...

You may remember the Seinfeld episode in which George, for ulterior motives, attempts to convert to the Latvian Orthodox religion.  The priest, attired in somber black vestments and a trapezoidal headpiece, asks George why. I like the hats? was the best he could come up with.


New York is chock-a-block with different faiths and cultures, but we often don't know much more about…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 19, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Super Shuttle Diplomacy!


I had just moved into a ramshackle shoebox in New York's East Village, a neighborhood slouching toward gentrification while nostalgically clinging to its gritty bohemian 1980's past. People were starting to pay top dollar to move into the very tenements their immigrant great-grandparents couldn't wait to get out of.


In New York, the word "super" can be an oxymoron.  Short for…


Added by Brad Heckman on August 19, 2011 at 8:11am — No Comments

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