March 2009 Blog Posts (82)

7 Elements of Negotiation, Part 1: Interests

originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.16.09

7 Elements of Negotiation

Part 1: Interests

We all know that everyone negotiates. We all know that we have been negotiating since we were babies, the difference now compared to then is that as a baby, our method of negotiating was crying whereas hopefully now we have a few more tools in our… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 16, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Mediation & Negotiation News

Originally posted at Enjoy Mediation on 03.15.09

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Benefits of Disagreeing

Hey- everyone's favorite other-Jeff-really-Geoff-mediator-blogger Geoff Sharpe is quoted throughout an article with the above title. Btw, his great blog, Mediator Blah Blah, is over [here].

Some tidbits from the article:

"There's quite a bit of debate among mediators globally… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 15, 2009 at 8:32am — No Comments

G-2-, the continuing story

Added by IslandGuru on March 15, 2009 at 6:54am — No Comments

Video: Amercan Former Georgia State Senator Nancy Schafer Children's Protective Services is a Criminal Political phenomenon

Speech by Former Georgia State Senator Nancy Schaefer

"What is happening in America regarding Children's Protective Services
is a Criminal Political phenomenon, and it must be brought to an end".

Tags: abuse, child, civil, constitutional, criminal, discrimination, domestic, equality, human, injustice

Added by Teardrops*for*katelynn on March 14, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Treat All Negotiators As Your Equal

Posted originally at Enjoy Mediation on 03.12.09

Treat All Negotiators As Your Equal

Why? Well, firstly because treating others like enemies is for violent conflict and that is what we are trying to avoid with a negotiation/mediation, right? Treating the other person(s) like your equal has many advantages. One is as the mediator, if you are trying to show your… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 13, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

A bit of Jackson Browne

Added by IslandGuru on March 13, 2009 at 7:28am — No Comments

EAST TIMOR: 'Presidential Pardon May Hurt Legal System'

By Matt Crook DILI, Mar 13 (IPS) - East Timor President José Ramos-Horta’s comments that he may pardon those charged with last year’s firearm attacks on his person, and that of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, have alarmed observers who say that the credibility of the young country's legal system is at stake.

The President spent several weeks in hospital in Darwin after being shot twice in the attacks on Feb. 11, 2008.

On Feb. 27, this year, the public prosecutor filed a… Continue

Added by Warren Wright on March 13, 2009 at 4:56am — No Comments

Quilts for Peace

Added by IslandGuru on March 12, 2009 at 7:25am — No Comments

Master's thesis!

Hey everyone,

I finished the course requirement for my M.A in Peace and Conflict Studies at the E.P.U, Stadtschlaining; Austria in August 2008. I've been struggling with my thesis for a while now and have finally gotten organised and have been thinking about readers, statements and have even started writing a draft version (really, a very rough draft!).

It's difficult to work on your thesis and hold down a full-time job at the same time. My sympathies to everyone who has… Continue

Added by Rishita Nandagiri on March 12, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Mobile Posting

Today's Mobile Post

(it means I sent this via my mobile phone!)

Never underestimate the power of taking a break.

A good negotiator trys to never makes a quick decision. Being well prepared allows you to explore all possible options, tactics and offers that may arise.

That said, the unexpected will (and can) come up. Instead of reacting, the better option is responding. Sometimes you… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 11, 2009 at 11:40am — No Comments


Madrid, March 2-6, 2009

Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies,

Within the framework of the social, political and institutional reconstruction of Iraq, the re-definition of the role played by civil society as a key actor in the peace-building process is a crucial element towards the stability of a country that, in the last years, has witnessed how violence has replaced dialogue and peaceful coexistence. At the same time, the increasing sectarian violence and the ongoing… Continue

Added by Ala Ali on March 11, 2009 at 4:37am — No Comments

Conflict, displacement and poverty traps in Colombia

Internal conflicts entail large asset losses for certain segments in the civilian population. Asset losses may compromise the future welfare of households, thus leaving a legacy of structural poverty that is difficult to overcome.

A new paper published by MICROCON analyzes how asset losses occur during internal conflicts and the process of asset accumulation following the initial shock. To do this, we concentrate… Continue

Added by John Spall on March 10, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Today, March 10th...

"I will remain committed to non-violence to my dying day."

-His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

[from here]

I will keep today's post as short as possible to let the quote (hopefully) have as great of an impact as possible, especially given today's significant anniversary.

Originally posted 03.10.09 at… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 10, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Defending human rights defenders

Member's note: This is a column I wrote in December 2008, and published in The Manila Times.

Development Dialogue

By Nora O. Gamolo

Defending human rights defenders

December 10 is Human Rights Day, and every December is marked by a month-long series of activities to celebrate these rights whose denial also means losing your basic humanity.

This year is doubly auspicious, being the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the… Continue

Added by Nora O. Gamolo on March 10, 2009 at 4:32am — No Comments




José Luis Jiménez

(Los hechos ocurridos en esta historia son completamente reales y pueden ser comprobados en los registros de las instituciones mencionadas; las horas no son exactas ya que no tenía acceso a relojes, durante el relato trato de hacer el mejor estimado del tiempo)


I. EL ARRESTO (5:00 P.M. Miércoles 25 de Febrero de 2009)

Son las 4:45 y voy saliendo de… Continue

Added by J. Luis Jimenez on March 10, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments



Conflict Risk Alert: Sri Lanka

The humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka’s northern Wanni region is rapidly becoming a catastrophe. An estimated 150,000 civilians are trapped in an ever shrinking space, forcibly held back by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and exposed to indiscriminate attacks by the Sri Lankan military. Thousands have already been killed and many more wounded, and tens of thousands are facing death or… Continue

Added by sureshi jayawardene on March 9, 2009 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Live Web Seminar: Closing Guantánamo: Legal and Policy Debates (23 March 2009)

Live Seminar on International Humanitarian Law

Closing Guantánamo: Legal and Policy Debates

Monday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. (EST)

Click Here to Register

Since President Obama signed an executive order calling for the closure of the U.S. detention facilities in Guantánamo Bay, the public debate has shifted… Continue

Added by James Brockman on March 9, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mediation & Negotiation News

Originally posted on 03.09.09 at Enjoy Mediation

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Mediators Flourishing in Tough Economy

A weak economy and dwindling personal finances have impacted when and how married couples get a divorce in the Charlottesville area.

Local mediation groups and lawyers have reported changes in how often couples seek mediation to draft a separation agreement and how long… Continue

Added by Jeff Thompson on March 9, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

President Rayale's Recent speech at Chatham House in London About Somaliland success story

Mr Chairman,

I would like to thank you, for inviting me to Chatham House. I am extremely delighted to be here with you this afternoon, to speak about the issue of recognition of Somaliland among others.

I would like to emphasis the success story of Somaliland which by and large the international community failed to recognize a success story that is basically considered as a miracle achievement attained by Somalilanders, without tangible assistance.

Over the… Continue

Added by Mohamed H. Osman on March 7, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

urtak news - March 3, 2009 - The Million

March 3, 2009

Either today or tomorrow Urtak will collect its millionth response. Collaborative public opinion is a reality. Our next step - one billion!

Top 5 - The economy

The world economy is in depression. This will affect everyone, and it has already changed the way we see the world. Words like nationalization and socialism, so far out of the mainstream just one year ago, can now be heard every day in the mass media.

The Urtak population, a… Continue

Added by Rocky on March 7, 2009 at 3:08pm — No Comments

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