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A Note on Humor and Consensus Building

Every conference I’ve ever attended in the field of conflict resolution has featured some sort of organized discussion about the role of humor in mediation. These sessions are often quite analytical and serious, but occasionally a workshop is held that’s entertaining because the facilitators are demonstrating rather than describing their approach. It always seems, though, […]

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Barriers to Communication – 1

The psychologist Carl Rogers observed 60 years ago that a major barrier to effective communication was the natural tendency to evaluate and judge the words and actions of others. He saw this happening not just on an individual level but also in public policy collaboration where those at the table usually represent institutions and communities […]

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