All Blog Posts Tagged 'theory' (48)

UK National Health Service Mediator Switches to the Transformative Approach

In this blog post, Angie Gaspar of the UK tells how she switched to the transformative approach.  You can read it here.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on April 15, 2014 at 12:44am — No Comments

Conflict with a 5-year-old: A Transformative Mediator Handles it

Michelle Zaremba writes about using her understanding of conflict dynamics in responding to her 5-year-old.  You can read it here.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on April 3, 2014 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Game-changing article on negotiation

NDR, ADR and conflict resolution people: 

If you're still into growing in the area of negotiation, you're going to want to read this article by John Lande of the University of Missouri School of Law. It's long, but you'll figure out which parts to read once you start. You'll be glad you read it.

You can download the full-text article here: …

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Added by Noam Ebner on March 29, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments

How do you get your mediation clients to. . . ?

The latest blog from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, available here, discusses the tendency of mediators to want their clients to get somewhere.  So they try to get them somewhere.  The transformative approach recommends that we abstain from trying to get clients to do anything.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on March 9, 2014 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Dusty Rhoades on Why Transformative Theory Matters

Read what Dusty Rhoades has to say about the importance of transformative theory in our latest blog post.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on November 26, 2013 at 11:04pm — No Comments

A Transformative Interpretation of a Personal Fight

In my latest blog post, available here, I apply transformative theory to a fight I had with a friend.  I refer to my previous post and explain how transformative theory provides helpful insight into all conflicts.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on October 27, 2013 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Is it about the Money? Or not?

I've heard lawyers and even mediators express skepticism anytime a disputant says "it's not about the money."  Or worse, if the client IS fighting for principle, sometimes the professionals try to talk them out of that, and tell them that they should focus on a financial cost-benefit analysis.  I feel very lucky to have way to help people in conflict focus on whatever aspect of the situation matters to them the most - the money, the principle, something else, or a combination of things.…

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Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on October 3, 2013 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Two Guys Fight on a Plane

I see the transformative elements of conflict playing out every time I see a dispute.  In my latest blog entry, I describe what happened when a couple guys on a plane had a dispute over an armrest.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on April 26, 2013 at 12:32am — No Comments

What to do instead of bombing Iran?

Here is a lecture I held at the World Peace Academy in Basel, Switzerland. I show here some pf my photos from my Iran trip, I outline why the present Western policies on Iran are counterproductive and, third, what must be done instead. It's only a hint - so much can be done to both prevent a looming war and to build trust.



I'd be happy to receive your comments and for your sharing it throughout your system.…

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Added by Jan Oberg on February 25, 2013 at 9:06am — 5 Comments

Should peace journalists cover Sandy Hook conspiracies?

By Steven Youngblood

As peace journalists, our prime directive is to consider the consequences of our reporting.



For example, when covering terrorist attacks, this means being careful to frame our stories in such a way as to not glorify the perpetrators or sensationalize the violence. When covering something like the Sandy Hook shootings, this means reporting that doesn’t make a bad situation worse. This means producing stories that…

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Added by Steven L. Youngblood on January 14, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

A Mediator in Conflict with a Kid

Certain important aspects of human conflict are universal.  Mediators are every bit as susceptible to them as anyone else.  Transformative conflict theory describes how, in conflict, disputants get caught in a vicious cycle of feeling threatened and alienated.  I this blog entry, I describe how that happened to me on a hiking trip with my 14 y/o nephew.

Added by Dan Simon, MA, J.D. on November 25, 2012 at 12:17am — 1 Comment

Theories of Change in Evaluation Approaches

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

A theory of change that adequately describes the actions, the desired change, and the underlying assumptions or strategy is essential for monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects.  The theory of change will help program staff and evaluators understand…

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Added by DME for Peace on October 1, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Issues in Impact Evaluation

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding. Find the original post here.

Recently, there has been a heated debate on differing approaches to the design and evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives, and a publication…

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Added by DME for Peace on June 25, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Postcolonization Theory as it Relates to Globalization and Modernization

Many people recognize globalization as the understanding that the world is becoming a more interconnected place; that ideas, technology, events, and people move porously through state, national, and regional boundaries. But for those scholars who are focused on peace- specifically international peace- are aware that globalization is much more than that. Globalization is also the evolution of the concept of nation-state, addresses the concerns around modernization, and derives a large amount…

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Added by Angel J Avila on May 29, 2012 at 10:01am — 9 Comments

DM&E Tip: Qualities of 'Good' and 'Evaluable' Theories of Change

There is an emerging discussion in international development on theories of change. On the one hand you have methodological discussions and debates in theory-based evaluation on the testability and evaluability of theories of change, and on the other an emphasis on program design and the role and qualities of a good theory of change. This DM&E Tip attempts to capture the key points of the discussions on both sides (perhaps duality is a simplification, but it will suffice for this…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 24, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Theories of Change in Peacebuilding Project Design

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding

One of the more recent developments in peacebuilding DM&E has been the increasing emphasis on developing explicit theories of change as part of project or program design. In our upcoming interview with the Senior Technical Advisor for Justice & Peace at Catholic Relief Services, Tom Bamat suggests that the…

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Added by Jonathan White on May 22, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

This Week in the World of Conflict... January 30th-February 6th, 2012.

  • The University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is running its 4thAnnual Summer Institute for Faculty in Peace Studies Program Development from June 10-15, 2012.
  • Twitter defended its recently announced…
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Added by Rebecca Sargent on February 6, 2012 at 7:31pm — No Comments

The Curious Aid Worker: Storytelling with Marc Maxson (Part I)

Marc Maxson is not your usual aid worker.

Yes, he is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, lives in Kenya, works for a Washington D.C.-based non-governmental organization, and is married to someone also employed in aid.

But Marc Maxson also has a PhD in neuroscience.

So what does that enable Marc to do as an aid worker? Marc develops new conceptual approaches to solving "impossible" problems, of which there are many in international development.…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 29, 2011 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

A World Dignity University: Bringing dignity to learning, globally and locally

Greeting!

 

I shared a few months ago about the work of a group of amazing scholars at the University of Oslo. This month, they launch the World Dignity University initiative.

Here is an excerpt of their press release:

 

As we have seen illustrated in the rapid changes occurring in the Middle East, working for equal dignity is not only crucial for reducing human…

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Added by Amineh Ayyad on June 20, 2011 at 2:22am — 5 Comments

Conflict escalation to resolution: from perception to reality

*This is a discussion of the “conflict

resolution theory” paradigm based on hypothetical facts in partial fulfillment

of the requirements in my conflict theory class.

The aspiration of an individual can…

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Added by MC on August 31, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

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