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The Trump Formula/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

April 8, 2018

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Julian Zelizer, writing recently for cnn.com described how President Trump deals with many of his favorite issues. He dehumanizes his “opponent”; he generates fear; and he then describes the action he proposes to take. (Think e.g. immigation issue.)This script leaves behind a legacy of mistrust and division. Does it sound familiar? In contested matters such […]

An Educator Discusses Civility/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

March 24, 2018

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Dean Paula M. Cohen, of Drexel University, wrote an op-ed piece for the WSJ on March 24, 2018. Entitled “A Riot of Civility Erupts in Philly–Of All Places”, Ms. Cohen is for conversation and against name-calling. She holds monthly meetings with students and discusses issues with the thought of allowing differing points of view to […]

Mediation in the Open Spaces/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

February 2, 2018

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I chanced upon a short video on Youtube dealing with how a park in Germany has become safer due to attempts to use mediation to create a positive environment. The guiding principle of the mediation program is “Conversation; not Confrontation”. The video is brief but shows the multi-faceted reach of mediation principles and their application. […]

Constructive Conversation/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 23, 2017

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A recent article appeared at mediate.com by Judy Ringer. The title of the article is straightforward: “We Have to Talk: A Step-by-Step Checklist for Difficult Discussions.” All discussions where this undergird a non-agreement are difficult ones. In the discussion that is sub-titled “Inquiry”, several trenchant points are made. 1. Maintain curiosity The late radio psychologist […]

Having Better Conversations/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 2, 2017

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Celeste Headlee has written on “10 Ways to a Better Conversation”. This advice will aid in mediations, negotiations, and all conversations. Among her suggestions are the following: If you expect no response or disagreement, settle for writing a blog. Conversations of all types invite responses. Do not pontificate. Don’t assume your experience is the same […]

Dignified Mediations/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

October 29, 2017

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How can one create dignity in a mediation or negotiation? It is not as hard as one might think. Parties appreciate being treated seriously and with a modicum of respect. Some strategies for conveying respect for an opponent include the following: *Listen to another party without interruptions and with rapt attention. *Have a real curiosity […]

A Lesson From General Kelly

October 21, 2017

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In light of the charges from Rep. Frederica Wilson that President Trump mishandled the condolence call to Ms. Myeshia Johnson about her Soldier-Husband’s death, General John Kelly held a press conference. He spoke in his White House position as Chief of Staff. His comments wandered into a critique of the Representative and make several misstatements […]