Thursday, January 12, 2006

IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL BLOG IF I WANT TO: Online Guide to Mediation turns one today

Happy birthday to Online Guide to MediationToday Online Guide to Mediation celebrates its first full year of blogging (and they said it wouldn’t last).

First, some acknowledgements. Then a look at some favorite posts—mine and yours.

Anniversaries are often a time for retrospection. In thinking back over the past 12 months of blogging, what comes to mind are those to whom a debt of gratitude is owed. First and foremost, my readers--thanks so very much for everything. Secondly, and just as important, people who offered encouragement, sage advice, friendship, or a helping hand along the way (and the occasional and well-timed kick in the pants). In more-or-less alphabetical order, my deepest appreciation to

Bob Ambrogi
Chris Bailey
Monica Bay
Ben Cowgill
Jill Fallon
Michael Fitzgibbon
Ericka Gray
Stephen Hicks
Perry Itkin
Larry King
George Lenard
Tammy Lenski
Tim Linnehan
Roni Lipton
Dina Beach Lynch
Ashok Panikkar
Colin Rule
Geoff Sharp
Bill Warters
Josh Weiss
The gang at National Arbitration Forum Blog
The nice folks at Woodbury College

To celebrate this milestone, here’s two groups of posts—one is my own list of favorites, selected from each of the 12 months I’ve been publishing the Online Guide--and the second, “Readers’ Choice”, is a compilation of posts most frequently visited or which generated the most e-mail from readers, one from each month as well.

My favorite posts

MEDIATION IS NOT “MEDITATION” WITH A TYPO

MEDIATION IN THE MEDIA: The Three Little Pigs go to mediation in this animated short from the Department of Veterans Affairs

WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG: There’s a place for both attorneys and mediators in dealing with divorce

WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND: Why relationships matter in business

ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXAMINES CONFLICTS IN VIRTUAL WORLDS

BREAKING BREAD: Could sharing food foster cooperation between parties in mediation?

THE VANISHING TRIAL AND OTHER MYSTERIES

MORE THAN WE BARGAINED FOR: Does gender matter in negotiation?

FUTURE PERFECT: New documentary explores future peace through interviews with Israelis and Palestinians

SEEING OURSELVES: Conflict and negotiation in popular culture

HIGH SPIRITS: Legal issues can arise on sale of haunted or psychologically impacted houses

TEST OF CHARACTER: Using instruments to probe conflict styles and moral intuition

GEOGRAPHY HAS MADE US NEIGHBORS: The importance of geographic literacy in the 21st century


Readers’ choice

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BASIC MEDIATION TRAINING

TALK AROUND THE WATER COOLER: Jobvent.com provides forum for workplace issues

READY FOR PRIME TIME: Mediation comes to reality television

COOPERATION OR COMPETITION: The Prisoner's Dilemma and Game Theory

CULTURAL INFLUENCES IN NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

UNCHARTED TERRITORY: Mapping out the world of alternative dispute resolution blogs

BECOMING A MEDIATOR: What you should know before you change careers

PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF: Apologies found to reduce medical malpractice litigation

EASY LISTENING: Negotiating Tip of the Week features negotiation tactics and techniques in a weekly podcast

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE: Studies reveal human propensity for reframing to see good in outcomes

THE FUTURE IS NOW: A strategic approach to the future of dispute resolution and law

NO MONKEYING AROUND: Evolutionary tendency in primates to prefer loss avoidance over maximizing gain

Okay, now who wants cake?