Mediation in the Open Spaces/Martin Rosenfeld,JD

February 2, 2018


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 Sense of Entitlement/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 27, 2018


Katie Shonk wrote a piece for the Program on Negotiation (Harvard University) entitled “In business Negotiations, Eat Before You Negotiate”. Ms. Shonk points out that students who weer part of a study felt greater entitlement when they weer hungry than when they were well-fed. The reason for this attitude seemed to be based on the […]

How Many Options Do We Need?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 19, 2018


Professor Max Bazerman of Harvard Business School poses this question: “Did you ever see a house for sale and decide right then and there that you need to bid on it? You have fallen head over heels for this house. It is then likely that you will not be in a strong bargaining position. You […]

Problems/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 13, 2018


Humans are by nature problem-solvers. But how does one go about solving a problem that he has already created? While mediation is very likely the best process by which to resolve the problem, there is a step that is first in need of application. Ponder the following statement by Albert Einstein: “We can’t solve problems […]

Wisdom From a Former President/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

January 1, 2018


Jon Meacham, an historian and author, wrote a piece for the NY Times on December 29. 2017. His contribution was entitled: “Donald Trump and the Limits of the Reality TV Presidency”. Mr. Meacham quotes President Eisenhower about leadership style: “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. Any damn fool can do that, […]

Custody Battles/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 30, 2017


A mediator/attorney whose thoughts have appeared in this blog is Marcy Jones, Esq. I came across an undated article of Mr. Jones’ entitled “Thinking About a Custody Battle? Think Again”. In the articles various reasons are outlined that argue for the parents working out an agreement for the custody of the children, rather than leaving […]

The Challenge of Cynicism/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

December 26, 2017


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 […]