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Conflict Resolution

A Fixable Problem for Our Society

Marc Gopin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Crime
Marc Gopin

Community policing needs to be restored to its pre-9/11 commitments. Counterterrorism influences on policing must be scaled back dramatically, especially the corrupting influence of military and counterterrorism training with its absurd technical firepower, and shoot to kill orders.

What Do Palestinians Want for Christmas

Anton Murra | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Anton Murra

Instead, the plight of the Palestinian Christian is very much connected to that of the Palestinian Muslim in that both experience injustices every day as a result of oppressive and discriminatory policies imposed on them by the Israeli Occupation.

My Divorce Cost Me $62. Here's How

Susan Steinbrecher | Posted 12.08.2014 | Divorce
Susan Steinbrecher

Many people tend to jump in via attack-mode, escalating the situation and damaging the relationship. Who can come out of either of those scenarios genuinely feeling like a winner?

Perhaps God Wants Us to Just Listen

John Backman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
John Backman

by listen, I don't mean waiting impatiently for the other person to stop so I can have my say. I don't mean listening through the filter of every belief I've ever held. I mean listening that is deep, openhearted, and fully attentive, that strives to experience the other person as she is

Nonviolent Protest Is a Powerful Force

Dr. L. Randolph Lowry | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Dr. L. Randolph Lowry

America can place the entire tragedy into its distant memory or it can recommit to the most promising approach to long-term human progress: non-violent expression, constructive dialogue and decisive action to eliminate every unfairness in our society.

How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.

Escalation: A Failure of Sorts

S. L. Young | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
S. L. Young

Escalation shouldn't be used as a threat. Escalation -- instead -- should be used as a final invitation to negotiate prior to moving an issue to the next level for review.

Are You Avoiding Having a Difficult Conversation?

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Not many people enjoy having challenging conversations. You know the ones; you don't agree and the emotions are likely to be strong. Recall your last crucial conversation. Did it go well? If not, here are some tips for success next time.

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...

Sports as a Battleground for Families in Transition

Risa Garon | Posted 11.07.2014 | Divorce
Risa Garon

I do think that these guidelines can be helpful to all coaches and parents regardless of family composition; however, at a very difficult time for both parents and children experiencing family transitions, being in a sport means more than playing the game.

A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as "the war to end all wars."

Now Is a Time for Action, Not Celebration

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
Hibaaq Osman

The United Nations' own commitment to the principles of 1325 must also be scrutinised and called into question. Women have been all but absent from the ongoing peace efforts in Syria.

Fast-Growing Startup Challenges the Legal System: An Interview with PeopleClaim's Mark Deuitch

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Mike Ragogna

An Interview with Mark Deuitch, Founder and CEO of PeopleClaim.com Mike Ragogna: Mark, tell us about PeopleClaim.com. What's its goal? Mark Deui...

Managing the Madness in the Middle East

Marc Gopin | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The key to untangling this mess and creating a series of tactical and strategic responses is to understand one basic truth: There are spirals of violence here that come from below, from the street, and spirals that come from above, from the state. Responses by citizens must undercut the violent spiral and address separately the state and the street.

The 9 Most Overlooked Threats To A Marriage

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 12.13.2014 | Divorce
Kelly M. Flanagan

I feel bad for marital communication, because it gets blamed for everything. For generations, in survey after survey, couples have rated marital communication as the number one problem in marriage. It's not.

Mediating When Communication Breaks Down Between Coworkers

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

When coworkers are caught in conflict, do you know how to re-open the lines of communication without getting trapped in the fallout? Do you care--or do you just stay clear? As a leader, here's what you can do to help minimize the grumbling, reduce the stress, and resolve the issue:

The Sky Is Not Falling

Scott M. Weber | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Scott M. Weber

The Islamic State's rapid gains on the battlefield and televised beheadings, images of world powers on the point of military confrontation in Ukraine,...

Sowing the 'Ceeds' of Peace

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 11.22.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Both educators, both actively teaching peace, the two realized they had a common passion, but also complementary skills. They began to dream and plan.

Soft Trumps Hard

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Being seen as "soft" is not good neither for a man nor for women in corporations or politics. There is clearly a cultural fear of "softness." And do you know what? I think it is a fear well-founded! Because softness achieves so much more, in an unbeatable way.

Doin' the 2-Step When Your Stepkids Are Ruining Your Marriage

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Most parents will admit that their darling, little angels have, at one point or another, caused a riff in their relationship. Raising children, whether as single parents, as dual parents or as a co-parenting team of several adults, can be challenging and stressful.

To Err Is Human: To Apologize Is Humane

Craig Dowden | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Craig Dowden

When we are responsible for hurting someone, we often get angry at the person we harmed, avoid the situation, or try to rationalize our behavior rather than apologizing for it.

Voices of Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

The third major military confrontation in Gaza in six years has taken place. An extremely fragile ceasefire has commenced. The latest escalation of ...

What 'We' Must Do Right Now for Palestine and Israel, Beyond Governments

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The fact is that people and their individual initiatives have much more impact on the course of history than is acknowledged by government officials, by cynics, and by those citizens too apathetic, too callous, or too fearful to act.

The Honorable Thing to Do Is Kill Someone: Defeating Men's Culture of Honor to Overcome the Syrian Catastrophe

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines that has been funded and instigate...

Mothers and Fathers Across Borders Can Influence Peace

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

"Hate the enemy enough, any sacrifice is justified. See the other side as 'some mother's sons', you are less willing to sacrifice your own." -- Roger ...