What's Happening in Conflict Resolution [07.15.14]

"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].

Pastors and Imams co-mediating local conflicts

Modeling collaboration in your process design

Nathalie Al-Zyoud- In this adversarial world of power politics, collaborative peace-making processes are emerging as providing surprisingly sustainable outcomes. Unlike power negotiations, participatory mediation is based on the premise that differing worldviews are able to co-exist peacefully and that solutions that meet both sides’ needs can be created by the parties.

Read the full article at CommunitiesinTransition.com [HERE]

Giuseppe Leone- Charlie Irvine is a freelance mediator and teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland. And he is visiting Professor at Strathclyde Law School, leading Masters programme in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

On July 12, 2014 Irvine posted an article which reads:

Many of us have been hearing about Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for years but haven’t quite got round to using it. It sounds like a nice idea when face-to-face mediation isn’t an option through distance and/or cost. And yet I suspect that for most mediators the ‘gold standard’ is being in the same room as our clients. We can see people, hear them, feel the emotional temperature; we can also speak, use our eyes, use our hands; even jump to our feet when things get stuck. A small screen, by contrast, seems flat, miniature and limited.

However, if precedent is anything to go by, it would be foolish to bet against the forward march of technology. The first PCs were large, expensive and had tiny memories; early mobile phones look like props in a cult comedy. Moore’s law (see Moore’s Law) more or less predicts that computer processing power will double every two years...

Read more [HERE].

"Can" vs "how can" we resolve this?


Tammy Lenski- What a difference a single word makes.

When we're in conflict, our own egos and the level of hope (or hopelessness) we feel can become obstacles to finding resolution. Sometimes, a simple reframing of a key question can help us overcome these obstacles.

I was reminded of this while listening to a public radio interview of Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, who pointed out that "can" and "how can" are vastly different from one another. She said,...

Read more [HERE]. 

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