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Culture and Conflict Resolution

Culture and Conflict Resolution

Image credit: Martin Bangemann – Fotolia.com Stephanie West Allen recently posted an informative article at Brains on Purpose on neuroscience research about the ways in which brains of people in different cultures function in distinctive ways. References to her own earlier posts, especially What’s Universal in Mediation, as well as the work of Geert Hofstede […]

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Moving Toward Agreement from the Extremes

Moving Toward Agreement from the Extremes

Image courtesy of Nihat Dursun – Fotolia.com In the last post, I summarized different ways of thinking about the effect of extreme beliefs on efforts to resolve conflict and solve problems. Elizabeth Bader approaches the mediation context in terms of personality and psychoanalytic theory, while Eggers and O’Leary describe how government solutions to major issues […]

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The Need for Collaborative Capacity

The Need for Collaborative Capacity

Increasingly, leaders and managers are looking to collaborative methods for dealing with contentious policy issues. When making a first attempt, they may well recognize that success takes a lot more than bringing people together to talk. They know they need guidance. The solution is often to call on a professional mediator or facilitator to design […]

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Reuniting America 2006: An Example of Leadership Dialogue

Reuniting America convened a series of leadership workshops on major issues from 2004 – 2007. These sessions drew together 140 leaders representing the full range of political values and perspectives that dominate discussion of public issues in the U.S. The eventual result was to develop the principles of transpartisanship, an effort to replace the demonizing […]

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Collaboration, Dialogue and Negotiation

Collaboration, Dialogue and Negotiation

Reaching collaborative agreements is complicated and requires the favorable convergence of many factors, among them incentives, interests, politics, resources and leadership. But once the decision to collaborate is in place, the convening done and the meetings underway, the process initially depends on the quality of communication among the participants. What people say to each other […]

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Who's the Public & How Should They Participate?

Who’s the Public & How Should They Participate?

In the previous post in this series, I discussed the concept of the public as a network comprised of interrelated groups, some focused on private interests, some focused on larger community concerns or institutions. The approach to public involvement that definition suggests is a collaborative one that draws citizens into the early stages of formulating […]

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