Recommended reading: 24 alternative dispute resolution blogs to follow

ADRblogs.comRecently Mediator Blah…Blah…, one of my favorite ADR blogs, sadly ceased publication. I will miss friend and fellow blogger Geoff Sharp‘s intelligent, emotionally honest writing and wit.

Fortunately there are other blogs, written by talented, insightful practitioners, that can fill the void that Geoff’s absence has created. I have compiled a list of currently active blogs that I recommend to you, with a few words on why.

Creating a list like this was challenging, with so many worthy ADR blogs to choose from. I fear that some I may have inadvertently overlooked, and as I’ve written this post, I’ve had to change the number in the title several times.

I therefore invite you, gentle reader, to add your own recommendations in the comment section below.

Enduring Classics

These blogs have been around for quite a long time, in one form or another. The quality of their writing and the usefulness of the information they provide explain their longevity. They are:

  • Settle It Now Negotiation Law Blog, by Victoria Pynchon, contains consistently superb discussion and analysis of issues in negotiation, as well as unflinching self-honesty and debate on controversial issues.
  • Idealawg, by Stephanie West Allen, artfully weaves in discussion of law, conflict resolution, scientific discoveries, and creativity; will get your neurons firing.
  • Campus ADR Tech Blog, by technological wizard Bill Warters, consistently links to useful tools and resources for ADR practitioners, trainers, and educators. A long-time favorite of mine.
  • Making Mediation Your Day Job, by Tammy Lenski. Other ADR marketing “experts” have come and gone. To appreciate why Tammy’s site endures while others have long since faded away, visit the latest incarnation of her site helping mediators build successful practices.
  • PGP Mediation Blog, by Phyllis Pollack. Phyllis leaves the door to the mediation room open just a crack so you can listen in and learn from her experiences at the table.
  • CKA Mediation and Arbitration Blog, by Chris Annunziata. We all need a gutsy contrarian, someone willing to dispatch sacred cows or tell us when the emperor wears no clothes.  Chris pulls no punches, whether tackling lawsuit abuse or discussing practice issues that the mediator in Georgia faces – such as this recent post on the “deregistration” of a mediator by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Global Perspectives

These are blogs that present views beyond U.S. borders. They enrich our understanding of conflict resolution and negotiation.

  • The Mediation Times, by Amanda Bucklow, U.K., addresses an international audience and seeks to expand the role of mediation to resolve disputes. (FYI, Amanda recently published the results of her own research on mediator skills and attributes.)
  • ICT for Peace, by Sanjana Hattotuwo, Sri Lanka. This outstanding blog explores the use of technology for conflict transformation and the critical role of citizen media in social justice.
  • MediAsian, by Ian Macduff, Singapore. Published by a relocated New Zealander – born in Malaysia, now living and working in Singapore – this blog discusses mediation and dispute resolution in Asia, including the role that culture plays.
  • Reporting on Conflict: Peacemakers Trust Media Watch Blog, edited by Catherine Morris, Canada. This blog rounds up news on dispute resolution, conflict transformation and peace building, gathered from sources around the world. Essential for anyone interested in following international news on conflict resolution.
  • Dialogic Mediation, by Arnold Zeman, Canada. This blog publishes less frequently than others, but quality not quantity matters. Consider for example, this illuminating article on transformative mediation, which got me to confront my own assumptions about this model of practice.

Newer Voices, Robust Discussion

These newer contributors have elevated the quality of discourse in the ADR blogosphere or have reinvigorated it with fresh ideas or new direction.

Specializations

These blogs focus on specialty areas in ADR.

  • Loree Reinsurance and Arbitration Law Forum, by Philip J.  Loree, Jr., contributor and editor.  This niche blog is distinguished by scholarly, sophisticated discussion and analysis of issues in reinsurance and commercial litigation and arbitration.
  • Disputing, by Victoria VanBuren, contributor and editor. Recently celebrating four years of blogging, Disputing focuses its writing on news and discussion on the resolution of commercial disputes through arbitration and mediation.
  • IP ADR Blog, by Eric van Ginkel, Les Weinstein, Victoria Pynchon, and Michael Young. Expect from this blog high-level analysis of issues involving the resolution of intellectual property disputes, including business strategy and tactics.
  • The Ombuds Blog, by Tom Kosakowski. An essential source for news and job postings for the ombudsman.
  • ADR Prof Blog, by Andrea Schneider, Michael Moffitt, Sarah Cole, Art Hinshaw, Jill Gross, and Cynthia Alkon. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only blog with a special focus on ADR teaching and scholarship. Don’t assume that its academic pedigree signifies starchiness and pretense; on the contrary. Expect to find relevant news, useful links, and sly humor, delivered in an admirably concise package.

Easy Listening

This is the one podcast among this group of blogs. It is always worth listening to.

  • International Dispute Negotiation, hosted by Michael McIlwrath and the International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Prevention (CPR). This high-quality podcast series featuring conversations with leading thinkers and practitioners with a global perspective on ADR. (I just wish that CPR would stop messing with the RSS settings for this podcast – I just discovered that the feed changed yet again, which meant that I missed learning of recent podcasts via my newsreader. Hint, hint.)

Unsung Heroes

These are blogs published by folks who consistently produce great writing but haven’t garnered the attention IMHO I think they merit. Here’s some link love for these deserving blogs:

Of course there are still roughly 200 other ADR blogs over at my other site, ADRblogs.com, which tracks and catalogs blogs from 30 countries across the globe.

For other outstanding blogs, see Mediate.com’s Featured Blogs page, or pay a visit to the world-wide gallery of ADR blogs at the web site of the International Mediation Institute.

27 responses to “Recommended reading: 24 alternative dispute resolution blogs to follow

  1. Thanks again for the kind words, Diane!!

    FPP

  2. Thank you, Diane –

    You are so helpful in networking and nurturing the blogging community! There are lots of blogs new to me in this list that I look forward to reading. Thanks for this resource and for adding my blog.

    John

  3. John, you’re very welcome! And thanks to you for your kind words.

  4. Diane,

    Thanks so much for your favorable mention of the Loree Reinsurance and Arbitration Law Forum, and for highlighting the twenty other excellent blogs, as well. I shall have to check out the ones with which I am not already fully familiar, and revise my blogroll accordingly.

    This, as John already suggested, is a great resource!

    Phil

  5. Thanks for the boost, Diane.

    John

  6. Diane,
    Allow me to add my voice to the chorus of gratitude to you for your support & encouragement. Your reaching out to bring everyone into the ADR tent resonates with founding principles such as inclusiveness and ‘giving voice’.
    Best,
    -Arnold

  7. Arnold, John, and Phil – thanks to you as well. This is another reason I blog – the connections I’ve forged with some pretty remarkable individuals.

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  9. Diane, dear dear Diane,

    Back in the day, all the way back to June of 2006, it was you who came to my old front door (email) to (yes) (privately) reprimand me for trying to post what amounted to an advertisement in the comment section of your blog.

    That was one of the best days of my life, not simply because I’d inadvertently stumbled upon the Mother of All ADR Bloggers or found the President of the ADR Neighborhood Watch Committee, but because I met one of the very few people in ADR who always point true North. I did and continue to fix my mediation compass to you.

    You, Diane, are what my step-son calls “radically generous.” AND you taught me html long-distance back when blogger didn’t have all those nice widgets for new bloggers (yes, we did walk to school 30 miles in the snow way back then, all of three summers ago).

    You opened up the world of ADR to me – it’s collaborative, generous, reciprocating and tender heart, as well as its shrewd and crafty mind. I will always be grateful.

    You know all this. But others don’t. So I leave yet another comment as a small token of my vast appreciation on one of the best ADR blogs on the internet.

    Vickie

  10. I’m blubbering like a baby, Vickie. This may be the first time a comment has made me cry – and these are tears of overwhelming joy. This heartfelt comment of yours is Reason No. 1 why I still blog after four-plus years of doing it. It’s about the human connection. Who would have thought that zeros and ones could bring people together like this?

    Thanks so much, my friend.

  11. Thank you very much for the mention. I hope it inspires me to get off my keester and begin more regular blogging. I always appreciate your support, advice and wisdom.

  12. Chris, right back at you. You’ve had my back on more than one occasion – I hope one day we meet in person. Let me know if you ever get to Boston.

  13. Not too late to join in and give you praise, is it?

    This post (really your whole blog) is the reason they created the “favorites” option in Internet Explorer… I am sure of it.

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  15. Dear Diane,

    Thank you very much for your generous mention of our blog.

    You rock!

    Victoria VanBuren
    Disputing: Conversations about Dispute Resolution

    http://www.karlbayer.com/blog/

  16. Great Stuff here and I endorse the work of Jeff Thompson.

  17. Jeff and Victoria, cut it out, you two, you’re making me blush! All kidding aside, I hope you know how much your generous comments mean – thanks so very much for making my day!

    Darren, great to hear from you, and thanks for the link to your conflict resolution training blog.

  18. Diane,
    Thank you for your kind comments. Your blog inspires me to continue to be creative in my practice and posts. Thanks again.

  19. Diane,

    All I can say is “Wow!” I am humbled and honored by your comments and for including me in this amazing list of conflict resolution resources.

    A little over a year ago, I started my blog without really any clue what I was doing. In my early quest to find examples of how to “do a blog right,” you were one of the bloggers I found and began to follow. To have you notice what I’ve done so far and to comment so kindly on it is huge to me.

    I look forward to continuing to learn from and contribute to the Conflict Resolution/ADR online community that you represent so well.

    Again, thanks.

  20. Thanks so much for mentioning idealawg, Diane. I sure appreciate being included in such a stellar group. And thanks for leading and giving so much to the ADR corner of the blogosphere. You are simply the best.

  21. Steve, you’re really welcome. You’re someone who really gets how important the “social” in “social media” is. I’ve been enjoying your posts a great deal – glad to see that Mediate.com added you to its list of Featured Blogs.

    Guy, thank you. The bloggers I enjoy the most are the ones who share their own experiences – it’s what gives authenticity and conviction to their writing. Your stories about your own human foibles and the lessons you learn from your children are inspiring and frequently moving.

    Stephanie, you’re one of my oldest friends here in the ADR blogosphere. It’s your example that leads the way. Thanks for all that you’ve taught me, through your blog and also through the delightful phone conversations we’ve had.

    To everyone, writing this post made me realize what an extraordinary community all of you have built. I feel really lucky to be part of it.

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  23. Concuerdo con Diane Levin es una pena que el blog Mediator Blah…Blah…, uno de los mejores de blosfera llegue a su fin, creo que debemos hacer algo para evitar perdidas,
    Saludos desde Perú.

    Rafael Medina

  24. After twenty years of practicing law I am transitioning to doing mediation exclusively. Thank you for these links as well as your blog, which I am reading voraciously seeking to get a solid overview on mediation process.

  25. Kelly, thanks for letting me know this site is helpful to you. And best of luck to you with your transition to mediation full-time!

  26. Diane,

    Somehow I missed this column at the end of August which appeared during various travels. Many, many thanks for following the dispute resolution blogworld. And for defining “dispute resolution” broadly. And wow, I’m enormously grateful to have “Reporting on Conflict” included in your list!

    Virtual hugs,
    Catherine Morris

  27. Catherine, my friend, you are most welcome. The best part about blogging is the nice folks it’s introduced me to. I really look forward to meeting in person one day!

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