Intractable Conflicts

Constructive Confrontation

We do not want to imply that “being nice” is all that is needed to get “the other side” to agree with you or to reach win-win agreements.  Many of our deep differences are based on fundamental moral differences and identity issues that people do not compromise about  So conflict is still inevitable.  But it doesn’t have to be destructive.

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A 10-Point Strategy For Responding To Sexual Harassment – Part 1

Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, and Donald Trump all reportedly harassed and preyed on women for years, abusing their power with impunity from the distant heights of fortune and fame. Yet these are just a few of the more high-profile cases of men who were eventually caught in the act. Research suggests that between 30 to 50 percent of women report being sexually harassed at work, and only a small percentage of women who experience it report it.

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From Litigation to Conflict Resolution

“From litigation to conflict resolution” describes what happens with most contested legal disputes; they tend to follow a trajectory from an adversarial to a more cooperative process. An aggrieved party starts with a desire to punish, or seek justice against, the opposition that they believe has wronged them. The accused party reacts defensively. Both sides tend to contest every assertion made against them. They create new grievances. They demand that the court sanction the other side.

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Conflict Frontiers Seminar

This seminar looks at frontier-of-the-field issues involving the nature of intractable conflicts and more effective ways of addressing them. We are particularly interested in applying a complexity and systems approach to intractable conflicts, and examining ways to scale up responses to be effective in large scale, complex conflicts.

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Civility in Public and Private Discourse

A distressing proportion of political talk in 2017 includes name-calling, hateful rhetoric, and a complete refusal to listen to or think about the interests, needs, or beliefs of “the other side.”  As our partisan divide grows ever-deeper, advocates on both sides are simultaneously pleading for civility and going for the kill

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