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Consensus Building Mediation

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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Consensus Building

Barriers to Dialogue and Consensus Building

There are many potential barriers to dialogue and consensus building. One is lack of familiar on the part of stakeholders with the meaning of dialogue and what it requires. (My working definition: the kind of honest talk that makes agreement possible. ) Related to that is the tendency of some participants to resort to strategies, […]

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Collaborative Leadership

A Collaborative Mindset – 2

In the earlier post on mindsets, or mental models, and how they affect collaboration, I focused on what Judith Innes and Judith Gruber call, in Planning Styles in Conflict, the technical and bureaucratic model of planning and decision-making. This is one of four models they describe in their classification. The four are: technical/bureaucratic social movement […]

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