Category Archives: World Directory of ADR Blogs

World Directory of ADR Blogs celebrates its second anniversary

ADRblogs.com celebrates its second anniversaryWork has been so hectic lately that I almost missed an important milestone.

On June 5, the World Directory of Alternative Dispute Resolution Blogs, a site that I developed from a project I began in 2005 to track and catalogue ADR blogs world-wide, celebrated its second anniversary.

Today ADRblogs.com lists 146 blogs from 25 countries, representing conversations across the globe about mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution in languages that include English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Romanian, Danish, and Turkish.

Here is a random sampling:

To see more, and to immerse yourself in the global marketplace of ideas that is the ADR blogosphere, no passport is needed. Just go visit ADRblogs.com. To browse through the headlines of the blogs in its catalog, visit the World Directory of ADR Blogs Reading Room. Submissions, by the way, are always welcome.

Mediation blogs multiplying like rabbits at ADRblogs.com

Mediation blogs multiplying like rabbitsBefore I was so rudely interrupted, I was about to tell you about the latest additions to my ongoing project to catalog ADR blogs world-wide at the World Directory of ADR Blogs.

They include:

NYC Family Mediation and Collaborative Law
is published by mediator and collaborative lawyer Joy Rosenthal, whose motto is “Let’s talk!”. This blog offers reflections on family-based and divorce mediation and collaborative law from the heart of New York City.

Mediation Stuff, published by New Hampshire-based John Lassey (which means he is practically my neighbor), brings perspectives and ideas on mediation and ADR from someone who’s been a trial lawyer for 30 years and a mediator for 15.

The next four I owe to the web-surfing talents of mediator and barrister Geoff Sharp:

The ZapaBlog (which I first mistook for a misspelled tribute blog to the immortal Frank Zappa) is the work of Brandon Krieg, president of Zapacap Mediation. Brandon’s work and this blog focus on the needs of small businesses.

Malaysian Mediation is published by Chan Kheng Hoe, Advocate-Mediator, who has extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution and serves as a mediator on the panel of the Malaysian Mediation Centre. This is also the first Malaysian blog added to ADRblogs.com.

My Weblog by James South is published by a New Zealand barrister and solicitor, who also serves as a director for the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). He launched this blog with the intention of recording his experiences in many different countries to establish mediation in civil justice systems around the world.

Global Conflict Resolution and Mediation Discussion posts conflict resolution and mediation articles and comments, from the Mediation Training Institute International.

I’d like to wish a warm welcome to the ADR blog neighborhood to all of these bloggers.

Incidentally, if you publish a blog and would like it added to the World Directory of ADR Blogs, don’t be shy — let me know about it.

World Directory of ADR Blogs adds its first Turkish and French blogs

worldinternetconnectI’ve just added two new blogs to the World Directory of ADR Blogs, my ongoing project to track and catalog ADR and negotiation blogs around the globe. Allow me to introduce them to you:

  • Arabulucu Blog, a Turkish language blog, bears the distinction of being Turkey’s first and only blog about mediation and negotiation. It is published by mediator Samil Demir, who is based in Ankara.
  • dominique.lopez-eychenie is the eponymous blog of French lawyer and mediator Dominique Lopez-Eychenie who practices in Lille. In addition to her many other professional accomplishments, Dominique is the Vice President and founding member of Nord Mediation. She blogs about mediation, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and collaborative law.

I’d like to wish both these bloggers the best of success and to offer them a warm welcome to the ADR blogosphere.

I’m always on the look-out for blogs to add to the World Directory. If you publish or know of a blog that you’d like me to add, please let me know. It’s a commercial-free site, and there is no cost to be listed. The Directory has information on submitting your blog and some simple submission guidelines.

(With thanks to Negotiation Guru Jens Thang for kindly introducing me to Dominique and her blog.)

The British are coming! New mediation blog invites international conversation

UNIONJACKThanks to the always vigilant Geoff Sharp, I’ve just added a new mediation blog to my World Directory of ADR Blogs project, this one from across the pond.

The Mediation Times is the creation of Amanda Bucklow, a full-time commercial mediator for the past 12 years based in the U.K. Here’s what Amanda has to say about Mediation Times:

Why a blog and not a web site? There are a number of good mediation web sites but web sites don’t have quite the same level of interaction as a blog. I also like the idea of the mediation community making this blog what it can be. It fits the mediation model so much better! A weblog or blog is much more sophisticated and flexible. It offers a much higher level of interaction and it suits my preferred method of communicating: conversation. It is also very simple…

I also wanted to design something that could be international. You will find language translators powered by Google on this site for French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Greek. I will add more and if people post in those languages you will be able to translate into English using the same tools.

This is a blog that really encourages full participation in the conversation — and I like the idea of Google translators so that language is never a barrier to joining in. Not so different from what we mediators try to do with our clients, I’d say.

I hope you’ll stop by Mediation Times and join me and Geoff in wishing Amanda a warm welcome to the ADR blogosphere.

World Directory of Alternative Dispute Resolution Blogs is now a blog too

World Directory of ADR BlogsIn June 2006, I launched The World Directory of ADR Blogs at www.adrblogs.com as part of my ongoing effort to track and catalog the slowly growing number of blogs discussing dispute resolution, negotiation, and innovations in law and justice.

It’s a project that has put me in touch with dispute resolution professionals, scholars, and students around the globe and has shown me the many faces of negotiation and ADR across time zones and cultures.

Despite the fact that I created the World Directory to showcase ADR blogs and podcasts, oddly enough ADRblogs.com was not a blog itself but a regular web site. That was a shortcoming that I have at last remedied.

The World Directory of ADR Blogs is now at last a blog all its own, which has made for some much-needed improvements. It’s made it easier for me to update the site and manage all the categories that the listings are organized around. It also means that you can subscribe to its RSS feed or receive email notifications whenever a new site gets added.

The site now includes a search feature on all pages so that visitors can easily locate a listing, as well as a Google Translate My Page tool to make the site friendlier for visitors who speak languages other than English. In the left sidebar you’ll find a list of categories and countries, while in the right sidebar is a list of the 8 most recent additions.

Among those new additions are three blogs well worth reading — the memorably titled mediation meditations by New York attorney and commercial mediator Christian Herzeca, Civil Negotiation and Mediation (a blog that puts the “civil” back in “civil litigation), published by attorney and mediator Nancy Hudgins of California, and the excellent Negotiation Guru, by Jens Thang.

If you publish or know of a blog that should be added to the World Directory, please let me know. It’s a commercial-free site, and there is no cost to be listed. The Directory has information on submitting your blog and some simple submission guidelines.

I hope you’ll stop by the World Directory of ADR Blogs and take a look for yourself. You’ll find a popular feature I kept from the old site — the Reading Room where you can scan the headlines or read the content of the blogs listed at ADRblogs.com.

Enjoy!

New additions, New Year's updates for World Directory of ADR Blogs

World Directory of ADR BlogsChange is good.

And change is coming to the World Directory of ADR Blogs, my online project tracking and cataloging blogs worldwide on mediation, negotiation, ADR, conflict resolution, negotiation, and people-focused innovations in the law.

Beginning on the first of the year, the World Directory of ADR Blogs will itself become a blog, with its own RSS feed so that visitors can subscribe easily for news and updates. This will make it easier for me to maintain and update the site as well. The site may be inaccessible during the conversion, which will be complete by January 1.

In the meantime, please check out the World Directory’s latest acquisitions:

The Conflict Resolution Toolbox
Cool tools and fun sundries from professional mediator and conflict resolution coach Tammy Lenski.

A Mediator’s Calling
An informal exploration of the process of becoming a mediator, consisting of one individual’s reflections on a variety of topics pertaining to the art of mediation, with some practical advice. Published by Toronto mediator Ken Bole.

Singapore Law Blog
This blawg provides its readers with news, comments and insight on legal matters in Singapore, including arbitration and dispute resolution.

Chinese Negotiation – Negotiating in China
Chinese Negotiation is a tool to assist international investors and managers enter the China market. Published by Andrew Hupert, a consultant based in Shanghai who has been working with the Greater China market since 1991. He specializes in helping new China entrants with sales management, marketing and negotiation.

Communication and Conflict Blog
The Communication and Conflict Blog discusses insights from the practice of mediation, including principles for effective communication based on the underlying philosophies of mediation. Author Alan Sharland shares observations and updates on communication and conflict in daily life.

In celebration of the ADR blogosphere: blogging transforms how we talk about dispute resolution

Celebrating mediation bloggersIn less than a month I’ll be celebrating Online Guide to Mediation‘s third anniversary. Looking back, I marvel at how radically things have changed since my early days of blogging.

With all things web-related, change occurs rapidly and time accelerates. Last year is ancient history and yesterday is old news. Those three years have witnessed some radical change.

When I launched OGM, it was mighty lonely out here for anyone blogging about mediation or ADR. Although there were a handful of early adopters like Colin Rule, Bill Warters, Perry Itkin, and Tammy Lenski, blogging about mediation remained a solitary business. In comparison with the brawling and boisterous legal blogosphere, ADR blogging was awfully quiet then. There were just too few of us to make much noise.

Fast forward three years and now look at us. According to the latest head count, there are almost 120 of us, located all over the world in 22 countries, as you can see at the World Directory of ADR Blogs. And we cover the ADR spectrum — arbitration blogs, mediation blogs, negotiation blogs, and more.

The digital world of ADR blogging pulses with light and sound. That buzz you hear is ADR bloggers using their sites to invite debate about issues important to our field — subjects that range from ethical duties to the role of spirituality in dispute resolution to money offers at the mediation table to the laws that affect our work.

We’re not only using blogs to get our message out, but we’ve also turned to podcasts and videoblogging, as Negotiating Tip of the Week and the Mediation vBlog Project prove.

Although our numbers remain too small to, say, merit a cover story in a major publication for a professional association as legal blogs have done, we have been fortunate to have earned the support of the world’s premier online resource on dispute resolution, Mediate.com, which created a special section on its site to highlight selected posts from its Featured Blogs.

To give you a sense of the diversity of ADR blogging, in terms of subject matter and geography, consider these exemplars of the craft (and these are only the English-language ones):

Idealawg and Brains on Purpose. Published by Colorado-based attorney and mediator Stephanie West Allen, Idealawg unleashes the creative potential and artistry in the craft of law, while Brains on Purpose reflects its author’s fascination with neuroscience as a tool for resolving and transforming conflict.

Mediator Blah…Blah… The creation of Wellington, New Zealand, mediator and barrister Geoffrey Sharp, this blog delivers wit, wisdom, and no-holds-barred truths straight from the mediation table, with plenty of comic relief when the going gets tough.

ICT4Peace. Published from Sri Lanka by innovative thinker Sanjana Hattotuwo, this bleeding-edge blog explores the use of information and communications technology for conflict transformation.

Florida Arbitration Law.com, a group endeavor, is a blog that focuses on law regarding the enforcement of arbitration and issues of vacating, confirming or correcting awards, primarily affecting Florida.

Indisputably.org, published by four prominent American ADR professors, provides a scholarly perspective on mediation, arbitration, dispute resolution, and negotiation.

Gini Nelson’s Engaging Conflicts, based in New Mexico, discusses science, ethics, and spirit in a high conflict practice. It regularly features conversations with dispute resolution practitioners and provides thoughtful discussion of the rewards and challenges that our work produces.

CKA Mediation and Arbitration Blog is published by Georgia mediator and lawyer Chris “Tell Us What You Really Think” Annunziata. Chris pulls no punches as he tackles the issues that mediators face or that bedevil the legal profession (and don’t get him started on ridiculous lawsuits). Don’t be surprised to see sacred cows dispatched along the way — with style and humor.

Settle It Now Negotiation Blog. Commercial mediator Victoria Pynchon dispenses her best advice on negotiation and dispute resolution, with insights into the psychology of negotiating, particularly cognitive errors and the risks they pose for dealmakers. Vickie’s talent for writing is evident in her well-crafted posts, written with honesty and good common sense.

The Ombuds Blog, published by university ombuds Tom Kosakowski in California, is a dependable source for news and information for and about organizational ombuds.

Tammy Lenski’s Mediator Tech. This Vermont-based blog offers “tips and tech for making mediation your day job”. Tammy is skilled at demystifying technology and taking the fear out of marketing for mediators intimidated by both. Tammy made ADR blog history when she launched her first-of-its kind blog-to-book project, “Making Mediation Your Day Job“.

And still more sites worth visiting include:

PGP Mediation Blog, published by California attorney and Mediator Phyllis Pollack, stands out for its consistently thoughtful posts on mediation practice.

Campus ADR Tech Tools, hands-down the best resource on the web for online tools, games, materials, and downloads for conflict resolution practitioners, students, and teachers.

Mediation Mensch, created by entrepreneur and ADR professional Dina Beach Lynch, is the world’s first mediation marketing blog.

National Arbitration Forum Blog, which recently celebrated its third anniversary, lives up to its name and provides news across the nation on arbitration and ADR.

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In the ADR blogosphere today, ideas develop, mutate, and spread, transmitted virally through the medium of the web. The conversation grows, amplified as one blogger after another joins in. Limited no longer by physical geography, we can reach across the world and connect to each other.

The spirit of the community of ADR bloggers is summed up best in a quote that captures the ethos of blogging. Although it was written to evoke the spirit of a very different community of bloggers, it applies to the many bloggers I admire who write so honestly, so compellingly, about ADR:

We help each other. Many of us are stars but we like to pass the ball and create opportunities for others. Points don’t matter. Assists do.

That’s what it’s all about. It’s that simple. Creating opportunities for others. Helping each other. It’s what we’re doing out here, as we try ideas on for size and do our thinking out loud together — in the best spirit of the collaborative nature of our work.

We’d love it if you joined us. In the frontier that is the web, there’s plenty of room for all.

Come join the conversation.

International Dispute Negotiation: new podcast with a global perspective added to World Directory of ADR Blogs

New international negotiation podcast added to World Directory of ADR BlogsNo sooner had the virtual ink dried on my post about a new ADR health care blog than I received a delightful message about a new dispute resolution podcast — this one with a distinctly international flavor.

International Dispute Negotiation, presented by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), explores ways professionals from different countries and backgrounds approach dispute resolution. The podcast is intended to help listeners understand the risks of disputes and shed insight on optimal ways of accepting, mitigating, and managing those risks in the real world, whether through mediation, arbitration, or litigation that arises far from home.

International Dispute Negotiation is hosted by Michael McIlwrath, Senior Counsel, Litigation for GE Infrastructure – Oil & Gas. Michael is based at his company’s headquarters in Florence, Italy, and is a long-time member of the CPR Institute and its European Advisory Committee.

Michael tells me that the podcasts are mainly recorded when he’s on the road in different countries, the editing is done in Florence, and the feed is through CPR’s website in New York.

This podcast is the latest addition to the World Directory of ADR Blogs, which tracks and catalogues blogs covering dispute resolution and negotiation. If you publish or know of a blog that should be added to the World Directory, please let me know. It’s a commercial-free site, and there is no cost to be listed. The Directory has information on submitting your blog and some simple submission guidelines.

Congratulations, Michael, and best wishes on the launch of this superb audioblog.

Three new additions for World Directory of ADR Blogs, including its first Romanian language site

The World Directory of Alternative Dispute Resolution Blogs, which tracks and catalogues dispute resolution and negotiation blogs around the globe, has added three new sites to its inventory, which now lists 112 blogs from 22 countries:

eMediacion by AcuerdoJusto®. This blog is published by AcuerdoJusto, an interdisciplinary, international team of professionals based in Argentina, Spain, and Chile who share a common interest–to facilitate the resolution of disputes. It will focus on providing conflict resolution content, aimed at the Spanish-speaking public, with the goal of promoting social awareness of the benefits of conflict resolution.

Medierea. This Romanian weblog and online discussion forum provides news and information about the benefits of mediation as an effective alternative to resolving disputes. It is the first Romanian language blog to be added to the World Directory.

Indisputably. A member of the Law Professors Blog Network, Indisputably, a team blog published by four ADR scholars, focuses on negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and dispute resolution. It aims to engage in dialogue that looks at ADR from scholarly and practical perspectives.

If you publish or know of a blog that should be added to the World Directory, please let me know. It’s a commercial-free site, and there is no cost to be listed. The Directory has information on submitting your blog and some simple submission guidelines.

World Directory of ADR Blogs adds a negotiation podcast to its inventory

Negotiation podcast added to World Directory of ADR BlogsThe World Directory of Alternative Dispute Resolution Blogs added a negotiation podcast this week to its growing catalogue.

PONcast is produced by the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Posts include “First You Have to Ask“, on the impact of gender on negotiation.

Do you publish a blog on negotiation or dispute resolution? Let me know, and I’ll add it to the World Directory of ADR Blogs. (Please review these painless submission guidelines first.)