If you’re looking for mediation education opportunities this summer, consider the programs offered by the Global Negotiation Insight Initiative. I attended a seminar, the Beyond Yes Dialogue led by Erica Ariel Fox and Mark Thurston, in March 2007 and was asked in that dialogue to consider in new ways the notion of conflict and my role as a mediator. Erica and Mark are both gifted trainers and I’ve also had a chance to attend a conference program offered by Ken Cloke. You can’t go wrong with either of these programs. Let me know if you go!
Here’s info from the Global Negotiation Insight Initiative website.
The Summer Learning Forum of the Global Negotiation Insight Initiative
June 29, 2008 - July 4, 2008 Rhinebeck Campus:
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Define negotiation and recognize its pervasiveness in daily life
- Classify common patterns in negotiation and explain why people often get stuck
- Analyze their general conflict tendencies in light of the negotiation framework
- Evaluate their own role in conflicts as they take place and design a more constructive way to behave
- Empathize with people who have different negotiation styles from their own
- Advocate for their own interests and needs in a productive way
- Listen effectively to others
- Collaborate with others to solve problems together
- Formulate action plans to improve their skills after the workshop
Choose one of the two tracks at time of registration:
Track One Beyond Yes™: Negotiation Mastery From the Inside Out.
Mark Thornton has studied insight traditions from a number of wisdom masters for the past 25 years and applies these practices in everyday business situations. Author of Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy, Thornton teaches corporate leaders meditation practices to enhance performance and deepen their satisfaction on the job and in their personal life.
Track Two Mediating Dangerously: Building Conflict Skills for Difficult Times
Every conflict takes place not only between individuals, but also within a context, culture, and environment. This workshop focuses on applying conflict resolution techniques to difficult social, economic, political, legal, and organizational issues. We learn tools and techniques that every professional can use to facilitate breakthroughs in conflict. We also explore avenues for expressing global citizenship in these difficult and confusing times.