- Answer the phone
- Be brief
- Know the times they are allowed to call
- Ask for verification of the debt in writing
- Give them a time frame
- Make a deal (added by me: use a mediator if needed)
- Keep good records
Activists Seek to End Street Violence
Ministers and community activists gathered Sunday at a spot a few steps away from where three teenagers were gunned down Friday afternoon in the South Chicago neighborhood.
"Violence is definitely a sickness. It's a disease, and we need to start treating it like a disease," he said. "I want youth to know that they can call CeaseFire before someone gets shot."Hardiman said he can be reached at 773-391-9072 for mediation services. He hopes CeaseFire will be able to go into schools in the neighborhood to tell students they can call on CeaseFire to mediate conflicts.
Full article [here]
Swedish Diplomat Shares Insights on Conflict Resolution
BEIRUT: Swedish diplomat and long-time conflict negotiator Jan Eliasson shared his experiences and outlined a general plan for conflict resolution on his fourth trip to Lebanon during a lecture yesterday at the American University of Beirut dubbed, "Peace-Making Under the United Nations Flag: Reflection on a Quarter Century of Mediation."
Eliasson, who served as Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for Darfur from 2007-2008 and worked extensively to secure peace during the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s, said that effective resolutions must involve the right actors, be well-timed and take into account cultural and communicative aspects.
Fair Playing field
The Nobles County Deputies Union and the County Officials have agreed to mediation to try and solve the issue of their contract. They have been working out of contract for 18+ months.
the question of a level playing field is raised when I read this, "And during each negotiation meeting, Clarke and his co-steward Nobles County Deputy T.J. Gertsema had to take time off work to attend the negotiations, while the commissioners earned a wage for attending the meetings.
“We’re donating out time, and they get paid to be there,” he commented."
It is also not clear who the mediator is for the case, which is scheduled for February 24th, and if he or she is being paid. If it is a County official, neutrality or lack of could be raised as well.
Read the full article [here]
LA Divorce Mediators Offer Free Services
Kudos to Diana Mercer, Founder of Peace Talks Mediation Services, for getting mentioned on MSNBC's website.
They are offering free divorce mediation as well as fee based on a sliding scale:
"Free mediation services include up to 6 hours of [otherwise] billable time: 3 hours of mediation and 3 hours for a mediation resolution roadmap and report or deal memo."
How about this tidbit:
"With the average Los Angeles divorce costing $100,000(5), Peace Talks' average divorce is $8500."
read the article [here]
Sense & Sensibility in India
VIJAY NAGASWAMI Vijay Nagaswami writes in interesting piece here on the general way Indians react (yes react, not respond) to situations. The question of tolerance, and mob type responses are questioned.
Some quotes to get you to read the opinion piece:
"We respond with irrational intolerance when we use rhetoric, whip up mob frenzy, burn effigies, attack stores selling Valentine Day cards, physically assault hapless young women who go to a pub or talk to young men and so on..."
"If irrationally intolerant protests are to be countered by more irrational intolerance, the only cause to be advanced would be that of tabloid journalism."
Read it [here]
Conflict Resolution for India & Pakistan
"What better recipe can anyone prescribe for lasting peace in the subcontinent, i.e better than conflict-resolution especially the resolution of Kashmir conflict, as also demanded, of late, by President Asif Ali Zardari...
...By all standards of international relations and on the basis of all yardsticks of sovereignty, the Kashmir conflict’s resolution need not be viewed as a victory-defeat situation, whether for Pakistan or for India."
Read all of it [here]President Carter: Still on a Mission For Peace