Guest Post by Dusty Rhoades It’s all over the news – community unrest and protest sparked by instances of violence between law enforcement and citizens. Black males have been the most grievously impacted, but none of us are untouched, one way or another, by the conflict and the continuing public dialogue. The Community Mediation Center […]

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On the internet, where conflict often gets ugly, Wikipedia has achieved something amazing. 80,000 volunteers contribute content to Wikipedia. Often, many volunteers collaborate on a single entry. Somehow, those many volunteers come to a consensus on every word of any article. The inevitable strong disagreements are managed in a way that keeps volunteers engaged and […]

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The recent publicity around the longstanding challenges in interaction between police and community members, particularly black community members, has led to some promising insights. Community mediation centers are well situated to help improve relations and decrease violence. Those centers are able to be especially helpful if they’ve embraced empowerment and recognition as the primary values […]

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After 8 years, in May 2016, the USA will finally again welcome mediators and others interested in conflict transformation to an international conference – this one in Dayton, Ohio. Brazil, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands have hosted such gatherings in the last few years. But the last time the Institute for the Study of Conflict […]

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Yishai Boyarin and Christopher Gioia wrote this post. The skills and underlying premises of transformative mediation are often contemplated in the context of mediation. But is there a place for using the skills of a transformative mediator as an advocate in a contentious litigation? Here is the story of Chris G., a recent Hofstra graduate […]

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written by guest blogger, Dusty Rhoades My wife and I started using movie and TV clips in mediation training after participating in a workshop facilitated by Baruch Bush and Joe Folger called Rethinking Conflict in 2008. We were so inspired by this teaching and learning tool that we picked up the ball and ran with […]

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State of Ohio Noticed the Need Calls kept coming in to the Ohio Employees’ EAP program. Some calls came from a supervisor who was having trouble dealing with an employee. Some came from an employee who was having trouble with a supervisor. Sometimes it was co-workers who were in conflict with each other. Regardless of […]

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Why hasn’t transformative mediation swept the world of litigated disputes with represented parties? A new video reveals that there’s no good reason. While the transformative approach has succeeded in the US Postal Service workplace mediation program, and while some community mediation centers and family mediators have embraced it, the realm of civil litigation continues to […]

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