This conversation started with my post about planned early dispute resolution (PEDR). My friend, Peter Benner, and I exchanged comments in that post. Here are links to Part 2-ish, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 in this conversation. I had some questions about Peter’s last post. Here I pose the questions and Peter responded. … Continue reading Conversation with Peter Benner about PEDR, Part 6
I just came back from the bi-annual training retreat of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), where I was one of the speakers. I caught the second half of the program and each of these sessions was fascinating, as I describe below. I had never heard of NADN before, and I was impressed … Continue reading Early Neutral Case Management, Tony Piazza, Biases, and Thanks for the Feedback
This conversation started with my post about planned early dispute resolution (PEDR). My friend, Peter Benner, and I exchanged comments in that post. Here are links to Part 2-ish, Part 3, and Part 4 in this conversation. This is Peter’s response to my last post. ________________________________________________ In your question of whether we may be in … Continue reading Conversation with Peter Benner about PEDR, Part 5
After a conversation with friends about the Confederate flag controversy, I sent them the following email, which I thought you might be interested in. _____________________________________________________________ In our conversations, I have talked about the value of trying to see the world through others’ eyes. There are several reasons why I have found it valuable including moral, … Continue reading Seeing the World Through Others’ Eyes
Alert readers have noticed that Peter Benner and I have been having a conversation about planned early dispute resolution (PEDR) in the comments to a recent post of mine on the subject. Peter, a mediator and ironman, is a friend with whom I share an interest in encouraging lawyers and parties – especially businesses – … Continue reading Conversation with Peter Benner about PEDR, Part 2-ish
Have you seen “Inside Out” yet? It’s the delightful Pixar movie portraying the conflicting emotions of an 11 year-old girl grappling with the difficulties of a move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Indeed, the emotions are characters themselves: Anger, Disgust, Fear, Sadness, and Joy. The film’s producers consulted psychologists who wrote a piece in the … Continue reading Damn Emotions!
This post mostly is not about dispute resolution. I just went to see an amazing film, Alive Inside, which was a 2014 Sundance Award winner. It is a documentary about a social worker whose personal mission is to arrange for people with dementia to listen to music. The film shows people who were extremely withdrawn … Continue reading Alive
I can’t resist commenting on Andrea’s lighthearted post showing a sign at a Starbuck’s with President John F. Kennedy’s famous statement, “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate!” This reminds me of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s statement, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I … Continue reading Fear and Negotiation
A short piece in the New York Times by Harvard economists and Yale psychologists has a suggestion that may surprise you – or maybe not – about people’s motivation to cooperate. The authors focus on the “tragedy of the commons” which is the situation “where individuals acting independently and rationally according to each’s self-interest behave … Continue reading Why Cooperate?