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Thu, Nov 20, 2008

Graphic Facilitator Notes from a Mediation Training

Marc Archambault over at papershine attended a mediation training in Asheville, North Carolina and took notes using the graphic facilitation style. It is quite interesting to see his representation of some of the key concepts taught. Have a look here: mediation notes. Nice work Marc!

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Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 11 20 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Tue, Nov 18, 2008

2007 Report for the President on the Use and Results of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Execut

Since about 1990 the Federal Government has been actively developing Alternative Dispute Resolution options and services. This 2007 Report provides compelling evidence of the effectiveness and cost savings associated with ADR processes. The Report to the President is a collaborative project which was undertaken by representatives from the Federal Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group Sections and Steering Committee. The ADR programs and policies of the 15 Cabinet agencies and 31 independent agencies are summarized based on a survey begun in 2005. While the ADR Working Group (see http://www.adr.gov/) has not received much attention or support during the current administration, as the report clearly shows, they continue to do valuable work.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 11 18 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Wed, Nov 05, 2008

Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts Program for Graduate Students and Faculty

I’ve been following Michigan State University’s Graduate School for many years as they have developed and refined a program to promote graduate student retention and constructive conflict resolution between faculty and graduate students. I was on the advisory board of the project when it received a FIPSE grant. I’m pleased to note that the program, Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts continues to flourish and that there are some new resources available to help extend the reach of the program.
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Of special interest is the growing collection of online video vignettes that are used to spark discussion about the expectations and underlying interests that may be unspoken in many common conflicts between faculty and graduate students. The online clips are just a subset of a much larger collection that are available on DVD to people who attend a Train-the-Trainer event.

A new companion book (paperback) is also now available from the Council of Graduate Schools, with discounts available for bulk purchases by CGS member campuses.

Klomparens, K., Beck, J., Brockman, J. and Nunez, T. (2008). Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts in Graduate Education. Washington, D.C.: Council of Graduate Schools Publications.

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2008 11 05 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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