Doug Noll

Doug Noll
Douglas E. Noll is a lawyer turned peacemaker, professional mediator, and author of Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus Books, 2011). He can be reached at [email protected].

Mediation and Peacemaking

Mediation encompasses a broad array of processes that typically involves a third party working with the disputants. The third party may or may not be neutral or impartial. For example, in communal societies, elders may mediate disputes between families. They know all...

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Doug Noll’s New YouTube Talk on Justice

Justice is one of those words that everyone tosses around, but few truly understand. As I think about the turmoil in the United States, I have been drawn back to fundamental ideas about justice. Today, I posted an hour long YouTube video about its many meanings....

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How to Help Your Child Manage Adolescent Anxiety

Anxiety is a condition that affects nearly 20 percent of all children, and if left unmanaged, the consequences can be dire. Studies have shown that children who never successfully manage their anxiety miss out on opportunities, are at a higher risk of underperforming...

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Managing Uncertainty in Mediation Decision Making

Managing uncertainty in mediation decision making is a basic negotiation skill. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of training in law school or in continuing legal education that focuses on the challenges of decision making in the face of uncertainty. I hope this...

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Emotional Invalidation-The First Deadly Sin

You are having an emotional moment. Your best friend is with you and, in response to your feelings, says one of these things:“Don’t be so dramatic.”“Deal with it.”“You can’t be serious.”“But it doesn’t make any sense to feel that way.”“Why are you making such a big...

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The Peacemaker’s Role

Stuart Wilde in his book “The Quickening” tells the following story:I was wandering the Souk (market) in Marrakesh, when I became attracted to a leather bag hanging from one of the trader’s stalls.  I asked how much he wanted, and he replied, “10 diram.” I shook...

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Becoming a Peacemaker

How does one become a peacemaker?  What exactly is a peacemaker?  What type of training or experience must a peacemaker have?  Since I believe we need more people practicing effective peacemaking, let me answer these questions from my perspective....

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How to Calm an Angry Child

Recently, I received the following note from a participant in one of my Its Pure Magic workshops:“The Sunday after your workshop, we were having dinner with our son’s family. At the table, our Asperger grandson flew into a rage last week because his sister...

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What to Do When the Peacemaker Calls

"Good afternoon, is this Mr. Jones?""Yes." The voice was cautious."My name is Doug Noll. I am a peacemaker and have been asked to contact you about a conflict that you may be involved in.""There is no conflict. The matter is over with and there is nothing more to be...

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Learning Emotion Intelligence Backwards

When Laurel Kaufer and I started the Prison of Peace Project, we did not set out to teach emotional intelligence. We were devising a curriculum that would help life inmates become good mediators as quickly as possible. Since we guessed that they did not have strong...

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