What's Happening In Conflict Resolution


Extremely Sketchy & Incredibly Graphic

Brad Heckman- Graphic Facilitation is a variation of sketchnoting in which a facilitator uses imagery to capture and map out what's going on in a meeting -- often used in visioning, strategic planning, problem-solving, prioritizing, and addressing intragroup dynamics. As groups are chatting, brainstorming, or arguing, a graphic facilitator tracks the conversation with images that memorialize the conversation, allow participants to see things in a new light, and stimulate creative option generation.
ISCT by Dan Simon- If we believe in self-determination, shouldn't we honor our clients' requests for advice?  I mean, they asked for it - they determined themselves that they wanted it? Read the whole article here.

This Week in Conflict (blog)...

Europe: The former foreign secretary of the EU Jack Straw announced that the European Parliament should be abolished after failing to achieve its purpose of bridging the divide between the European people and EU. Straw argued that the body has a “major democratic deficit”  as a poll shows 78% believe their voice doesn’t count in the EU. [MORE]
Middle East: China announced on Friday that it had yet to receive a formal invitation to a meeting of international powers in Tunis next week to discuss the crisis in Syria; [MORE]
Americas: President Caledron of Mexico reportedly unveiled a large advertising board near the American border calling on the US to stop the flow of weapons into the country on Friday. [MORE]
Asia: President Karzai of Afghanistan confronted the Pakistani leadership on Thursday during a visit to Islamabad, accusing Pakistani officials of harbouring the Taliban; [MORE]

Cinnie Noble- ...Examining when and why we avoid conflict is a helpful exercise in the quest for conflict mastery. Here are this week’s questions about this topic:
  • Under what circumstances do you avoid conflict?
  • What is it about these circumstances that results in your decision to avoid conflict?
  • What do you gain from avoiding conflict at these times that you haven’t yet mentioned?
  • What are the disadvantages for you when you avoid?
  • What are the upsides and downsides for the other person?
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Does Your Beard Make You A Better Mediator?


Have some fun with the collection of nonverbal communication research I gathered below.  What are your thoughts on the differences between men and women?  How does this apply (or not apply!) to the mediation profession?  I think all of us, whether we are short men, men with beards or attractive women (and everyone else!), we can drawn on personal reflections that relate to each of these. 


At the very least, enjoy! 


If you enjoy the snippet below, please click the link at the bottom to read the whole article that has been published at www.PyschologyToday.com.



Women are Less Influential

A study showed women were less influential, especially with men.  Further, the same study showed that women can be perceived as competent with men when they are also using immediacy and rapport building cues such as smiling and head nodding.  For women, it seems competence without these immediacy cues did not equate to effectiveness in regards to being influential with men. (Carli, 2001)

Beards (for Men!) Equals Dominance!

Beards increase men's perceived head size and consequently increases dominance. (Mehrabian, 1976)

Hey Doc!

Women Physicians spend an average of 2 minutes longer talking to their patients compared to male physicians and engage in more rapport building/patient centeredness (Roter, Hall, & Aoki, 2002).

Short Men Need Not Apply

Tall men get hired more often; improves overall chances of success (Mehrabian, 1977); are perceived to be more attractive; have a greater chance for advancement within a corporation (Morris, 1977); have higherself-esteem, more likely to have a leadership position, and make more money (Jung & Cable, 2004).

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