Tag Archives: seeing the world through others’ eyes

Building Political Common Ground

Probably like many readers of this blog, I have been very uncomfortable with our highly polarized politics lately.  I have written about my conflicted feelings about how to deal with these issues, including this article, How Can We Build Common Ground Between Bubbles? Clearly, it is counterproductive to try to build common ground with people … Continue reading Building Political Common Ground

What Do Litigants Really Want?

GFOI Donna Shestowsky (California-Davis) recently wrote the latest in a series of her studies asking actual litigants about their procedural preferences.  The article is Inside the Mind of the Client:  An Analysis of Litigants’ Decision Criteria for Choosing Procedures, 36 Conflict Resolution Quarterly 69 (2018).  Here’s the abstract:     This article presents findings from … Continue reading What Do Litigants Really Want?

Charity Scott’s Reflections on Stone Soup

I have been getting in touch with lots of friends and colleagues encouraging them to consider using a Stone Soup assignment in one or more of their courses next year. Charity Scott, Georgia State, who used Stone Soup last year once in Negotiation and twice in Mediation, responded with this lovely email. “Nice to hear … Continue reading Charity Scott’s Reflections on Stone Soup

Stone Soup:  Student Papers From Gely’s Negotiation, Simcox’s Trust & Estates, and Dauber’s Evidence Courses

Faculty using Stone Soup assignments have required students to write papers summarizing interviews or observations of actual cases.  Like the assignments themselves, these papers vary quite a bit, as illustrated below. This post provides sample papers to give faculty ideas about what you might assign your classes in the future and provide papers you might … Continue reading Stone Soup:  Student Papers From Gely’s Negotiation, Simcox’s Trust & Estates, and Dauber’s Evidence Courses

Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media

Virtually everyone in our field knows about the wonderful book, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen.  It focuses on everyday conversations and not just crystalized disputes.  It describes how people can better understand what is (and is not) happening in their interactions, identify erroneous assumptions, … Continue reading Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media

Ten TED Talks You Might Enjoy

On the Kluwer Mediation Blog, Greg Bond wrote a nice post, TED Talks I Have Enjoyed – And that Resonate with the Mediator in Me.  He provides brief descriptions of ten talks that he has “found inspiring and that relate to mediation, in the broadest sense of the word.”  One of them is Andrea’s talk,  Why Women Don’t … Continue reading Ten TED Talks You Might Enjoy

An Example of The Power of Apology and Forgiveness

Our field aspires to promote restorative justice and healing when  one person has wronged another.  This can truly happen only when the person committing the wrong takes responsibility, typically reflected in an acknowledgment of having done the wrong and an apology.  Forgiveness can help people restore themselves as morally acceptable members of society as seen … Continue reading An Example of The Power of Apology and Forgiveness

In Praise of (Good) Disagreements

As they say, if two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary. It may seem odd that I advocate for more disagreements in a blog named Indisputably.  But that’s exactly what I’m doing.  Actually, just more good disagreements. Dying Art of Disagreement This post riffs on a column by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, … Continue reading In Praise of (Good) Disagreements

Missouri Symposium on the First Amendment on Campus & Dispute Resolution

You are cordially invited to Missouri’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution Annual Symposium, to be held on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri, on the topic “The First Amendment on Campus:  Identifying Best Practices for Managing and Resolving Disputes.”  Almost weekly, events on our nation’s campuses vividly demonstrate conflicting attitudes about the … Continue reading Missouri Symposium on the First Amendment on Campus & Dispute Resolution

How Can We Build Common Ground Between Bubbles?  – Revisited

Richard Barbieri, the general editor of ACResolutions, the quarterly magazine of the Association for Conflict Resolution, was struck by my series of posts after the November election about building common ground between “bubbles” in our society.  He asked me to combine them into a single article for publication in the next issue of the magazine, … Continue reading How Can We Build Common Ground Between Bubbles?  – Revisited