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Sun, Aug 29, 2010

“Facing Kate” - New Primetime Mediation Drama will air in January

Sarah Shahi USA Networks has announced their new programming lineup and Facing Kate, the new drama featuring Sarah Shahi that has family mediation as its center, is set to air in January. The series focuses on the world of lawyers who, like Kate, resign from practicing law and simply mediate clients’ disagreements.

“Mediation is exploding in this country, exploding all over the world,” executive producer Michael Sardo said at the Television Critics Association fall TV preview. “Kate is someone who rebels against the one-size-fits-all mentality of the law.”


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 08 29 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Fri, Aug 27, 2010

2010 ADR Research Forum papers posted

The Australian NADRAC hosted an ADR research forum in July and the papers presented there are now available online. See Research Forum Summary Papers. An interesting variety of topics were covered, as this list of Session Themes indicates.

Family dispute resolution x96 Issues, processes and future practice

Mediation, ethics, theory and practice

ADR in complex disputes

Teaching ADR x96 impacts and issues

ADR innovation and blended processes

ADR x96 policy, projects and processes x96 what is the research approach and what are funders looking for?

Plenary address: Research into court and ADR programs

ADR x96 The role of agents and lawyers

Evaluating ADR in industry



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 08 27 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Thu, Aug 26, 2010

An Interactive Review of Limited World Resources: What’s Left?

This interactive review of limited resources on the earth from Scientific American might interest conflict studies folks with respect to possible conflict zones of the future.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 08 26 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Thu, Aug 19, 2010

Two Resources on Conflict in Congregations - A Report and a Workshop Guide

Conflict happens in religious congregations just like it does in any organization. This post points to two useful resources for making the most of internal conflicts and working together to support peacemaking on a broader scale.

imageThe 8-page Conflict in Congregations Public Report, produced by the Center for Congregations, is intended to “help lay and clergy leaders understand more fully the resources that address congregational conflict, as well as the nature of congregational conflict. This resource inquiry involved interviews with conflict consultants and leaders from congregations who have experienced conflict.” It provides a good orientation to the process of managing conflict within a congregation and some signposts to watch for. Developed with support from the Lilly Endowment.

The other notable resource, available as a print-friendly pdf or interactive online workshop is the Peacemaking without Division learning pathway presented by the Congregational Resource Guide website (developed in partnership between the Alban Institute and the Indianapolis Center for Congregations). The Peacemaking Without Division module is based on a nice workshop design developed over time by Pat Washburn and Bob Gribbon to explore approaches to dealing with peacemaking issues in congregational life. It presents the full outline for the workshop that centers itself around a biblical passage on peacemaking - “For what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love constantly, and to walk humbly with your God.” These three requirements are used to envision reconciliation or peacemaking on three levels, pictured as three radiating circles involving the personal, the communal/interpersonal and the global/transpersonal. Nicely presented and thoughtfully sequenced, the workshop looks like a “winner” to me.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 08 19 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Fri, Aug 13, 2010

Talking to the Enemy - BBC radio story series on negotiation

This audio program on Talking to the Enemy explores how negotiators bring groups classified as terrorists to the negotiating table. It features Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s Chief of Staff, who took part in the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. It is available for listening on the BBC iPlayer. It is the first of a three-part series. See the related news story here.

Spotted via a USIP Science, Technology and Peacebuilding newsletter.



Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 08 13 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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Tue, Aug 10, 2010

Colin Rule to Speak at WSU in late October

I’m pleased to announce that Wayne State will be hosting a talk by Colin Rule, Director of Online Dispute Resolution for Ebay and Paypal, as this year’s guest speaker in our Stanley “Hank” Marx Annual Lecture Series in Dispute Resolution. The details follow. If we get a streaming video link set up I’ll post information on that as well.

eBay and PayPal generate more than 60 million disputes a year, in more than a dozen languages. Thatx92s a lot of disputes. But itx92s only the tip of the iceberg in the total number of online issues that need resolution. Business-to-business and Business-to-consumer eCommerce is growing rapidly, which in turn is generating many millions of online disputes. Most of these disputes are not over very large amounts of money; they can be for as little as $5. But online disputants are just as passionate about their disagreements as face-to-face disputants, and because they are spread all over the world, their disputes can involve cultural misunderstandings, language barriers, and class differences. Come hear Colin Rule, eBay and PayPalx92s first Director of Online Dispute Resolution, and author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, discuss the challenges of resolving disputes in cyberspace and what useful lessons can be drawn for the practice of dispute resolution more broadly.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 08 10 | Filed under Tech News  

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Tue, Aug 03, 2010

Video Interviews with Peacemaking Women - Quest for Peace

The Quest For Peace Series captured the thoughts of many inspired peacemakers, and in particular, a number of women that we have not heard enough from. Of special interest is the interview with Elise Boulding who sadly has just recently passed away after a long and full career as a peacemaker.  The Quest for Peace series of interviews, conducted between 1983 and 1985, was completed prior to the effects of glasnost and perestroika, and thus they provide an overview of issues involved in seeking peace in the nuclear age during the Cold War of the early 1980s. The interviewer, John Whiteley, is a Professor in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, with a research focus on the social ecology of peace, a safer nuclear world, international cooperation, and global peace and conflict studies.
Quest for Peace Interviews

Here’s a subset of interviews from the larger collection that particularly interested me.

Making Peace a Real Possibility
Betty Reardon, 1985
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Visioning the Possible: What Can I Do In the Present?
Elise Boulding, 1987
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The Drift to War
Laura Nader, 1984
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The Urgency of the Problem
Helen Caldicott, 1984
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The Female World Can Lead to a More Peaceful World
Jessie Bernard, 1984
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See the full Index of Interviews.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2010 08 03 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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