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The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Agency Culture

The Open Government Directive & Changing Federal Agency Culture

Will federal agencies really become more fully transparent, participatory and collaborative, as the Obama Administration’s Open Government Directive promises? Hopes are high among advocates of the new policies that such practices will become the standard across the government. Turning that hope into the reality of a federal world of collaborative organizations, however, poses a vast […]

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Outside the Box and Outside the Brain

Thanks to Joseph Pelling for making his video available at Vimeo and to Superbly Human for bringing this into his Twitter stream. We used to go to work. Now we’re all creative innovators thinking outside the box 24/7. Creative dreams to all for the New Year!

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Mediating on Two Tracks: the Rational and the Rest of Human Nature

Mediating on Two Tracks: the Rational and the Rest of Human Nature

Robert Benjamin’s essay on the place of irrationality in mediation, discussed in the previous post, urges mediators to focus as much on the emotional and even illogical motives contributing to conflict as on the rational analysis of issues. Many practitioners do this, in so far as they can, because they not only recognize the importance […]

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Robert Benjamin on the Irrational Rationality of Mediation Models

Robert Benjamin on the Irrational Rationality of Mediation Models

Robert Benjamin recently published another of his typically thoughtful and provocative essays at Mediate.com. On Becoming a Rationally Irrational Mediator/Negotiator is the first part of an ambitious five-part series on the role of the irrational in conflict resolution. In this first installment, Benjamin sets the stage for a detailed challenge to the reliance on rational […]

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<em>The Back of the Napkin:</em> New Approaches to Visualizing and Communicating Ideas

The Back of the Napkin: New Approaches to Visualizing and Communicating Ideas

[HTML1] As I discussed in the last post, effective visual presentation of technical data allows collaboration participants to understand and remember information quickly and efficiently. Visual explanation is just as important in conveying key concepts that guide a group in defining its goals and creating options for consensus agreements. In recent years, several masters of […]

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Hans Rosling: Effective Presentation of Visual Information

Some Rights Reserved by GapMinder.org Information Overload Members of a collaborative policy process usually need technical information on major issues before setting to work. For a layperson , however, most of the presentations that try to provide this background are – let’s face it – boring. The content is fine, but it’s offered up in […]

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