Online Guide to Mediation Link Round-up | December 7, 2007
Here's the latest round-up of conflict resolution and negotiation links for mediators:
The Telegraph discusses the benefits of negotiation training in "The art of being a winning negotiator". Lessons learned include "Don't squander trust" and "build relationships with the other party".
In a story from NPR's Weekend America, an Iraqi artist living in the U.S. uses art to convey what life is like when it's lived under the gun.
The Britannica Blog bravely calls for "Negotiation, Not War: How to Deal with Iran".
Meanwhile, at a time when American political leaders insist that "we don't negotiate with terrorists", our field faces a tough sell in convincing Americans that there's value in talking it out, as I've discussed here before. We've definitely got our work cut out for us -- if wearing peace shirts at a Florida high school can trigger this kind of harassment.
As Shakespeare writes in Julius Caesar, "Words before blows...Good words are better than bad strokes, Octavius." Consider that sentiment and visit Walking the Berkshires, which describes through old family letters "Old School Conflict Resolution" -- when duels were fought with swords not words.
From Slashdot is news of a report that finds that the "Brain Changes When Viewing Violent Media".
Gini Nelson welcomes guest blogger Thomas Kosakowski, who'll be dispensing advice on the "10 Things Lawyers Should Know About Ombuds".
Perry Itkin at Florida Mediator reports with an exclamation point that "Florida Supreme Court Removes Bar Membership Requirement for Circuit Court Mediators!" Amen to that.
At Boing Boing, a flowchart that depicts how to determine whether a statement made on the internet is factual.
It's not often that you see the words "nude" and "settlement conference" used in the same sentence. Things may be different now, if the following headline is a sign of the changing times: "Ms. Cordero Will be Happy to Attend a Televised Nude Settlement Conference".
My husband's British, I'm American. That means we often argue over the pronunciation of words in the English language. Resolve your own pronunciation disputes with howjsay.com, a free online pronunciation dictionary. It includes both American and British spellings with pronunciation in Standard British English. (Naughty words are excluded, so it's safe for kids and the workplace.)
That's it for this time. Have a great weekend, folks.