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Respect/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 16, 2018

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Studs Terkel was an author, actor, and media presence for decades. His radio shows are going to be made available to new listeners online, 10 years after his death. In his memoir “Touch and Go” he explains the art of gaining people’s trust in the following way: “The person recognizes that you respect them, because […]

Tomorrow/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

May 6, 2018

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Just came across this quote about General (and later President) U. S. Grant: A heavy rain has started to fall. As I stood beneath a tree, smoking a cigar and trying to stay dry, I was visited by Gen. Sherman. “Well, Grant,” he said, “we’ve had the devil’s own day, haven’t we?” I replied, “Yes. […]

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. […]

The Challenge of Cynicism/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 26, 2017

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In the December 26, 2017 edition of the LA Times, the author Noah Berlatsky wrote a piece entitled “The age of naive cynicism”. Mr. Berlatsky finds cynicism as being way too prevalent in our age. As he tells us, for those who believe the system is rigged, and things will never change, the resulting apathy […]

Back to the Future/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 11, 2017

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A conflict currently exists. The mediator has been chosen. Is there a way to fix the past? The answer to that is obviously in the negative. However, the existence of the conflict represents a challenge as well. What can the parties do to avoid a repeat of the past mistakes? There is always the possibility […]

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 […]