Jewish Mediation: Historical Insights

Jewish Mediation

Jewish mediation has a long tradition within the religion.  The tradition values peace and law together and sees the value of treating disputes with care and consideration for the other party.  Judaism sees the value that compromise may add to a dispute, but also understands that there are certain limitations on mediations. Because of this, …

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Diary of a Peacebuilding Mission with Tim Pownall

Diary of a Peacebuilding Mission

Peacebuilding is strategic, elusive, complex, and predicated on hope – hope that a collaborative pursuit of common interests will afford a better future for our children. This is nowhere more evident than in the emerging work of faith-based diplomacy. Track two diplomacy is proving to be the sophisticated, cutting-edge, 21st century transactional diplomatic process among …

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Custody Papers: Filing for Custody

Custody Papers Filing for Custody

Almost 45% of US divorces involve children.  Child custody and visitation are highly emotional issues that will deeply affect the family, including its physical, mental, and emotional well-being and the strength of its relationships. Despite the importance of the questions decided in family court, seventy to seventy-five percent of California cases involve parties without lawyers. …

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The Fundamental Attribution Error in Mediation

Fundamental Attribution Error

Have you ever had someone blame you for something when there was nothing you could have done to change the situation? For example, have you ever made a promise to someone (say, to be at a certain place at a certain time) had something come up, and then have them become offended – where they …

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What Commercial Mediators Can Learn From Divorce Mediation

What Commercial Mediators Can Learn from Divorce Mediation

Family mediation evolved separately from civil and commercial mediation because it addressed specific needs and concerns, and faced different challenges. Unlike in civil mediation, where the subject of mediation can be any claim traditionally litigated in tort or contract, family mediation deals chiefly with dividing marital assets, determining child custody and visitation, and dealing with …

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The Healing Power of Reconciliation Moving Past Divorce

The Healing Power of Reconciliation Moving Past Divorce

After separation and during the divorce process, you likely have become angry, resentful, and hostile towards your spouse. When our relationships become threatening, such as a damaged marriage relationship, we protect ourselves by forming a negative image of the other person. This negative image helps us live on with our lives, without experiencing psychological disintegration. …

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Pointed Finger Mediation

Pointed Finger Mediation

One day I was meeting with a husband and wife for their second or third divorce mediation session. They were high-powered, both in upper management positions. I thought that their family mediation would be like a business meeting. But no!At the beginning of this session, the husband leans over shaking his finger at me about …

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Negotiation in Practice at Camp David Summit

Israeli Palestine Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is one of the longest running disputes in modern history.  It is a very complex issue which can be traced back to ancient times.  The issue can be analyzed from a geopolitical, religious, cultural, military, diplomatic as well as countless other angles.  However, this paper will focus on the negotiations undertaken by …

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