Monday, June 9, 2008

Summer Mediation Education

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

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June 29, 2008 - July 4, 2008 Rhinebeck Campus: Rhinebeck, NY (US) Tuition: $1,250 (does not include accommodations or commuter fee) Course: SM08-2405-391 Tuition discounts are not available. Continuing education credits available. Formerly hosted at the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, these two extraordinary programs guide us in the art of negotiation in a variety of settings, from our personal lives to professional, social, legal, economic, and political settings. Both sessions are led by internationally acclaimed faculty.

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.

The Beyond Yes™ process, originated at the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, moves beyond reason and emotion to access a deeper wisdom inside each of us. This program helps us build personal mastery in negotiation both at work and at home. We explore together the interface of "being" and "doing" so we can use clear insight and skillful means in our professional and personal lives.


Erica Ariel Fox teaches negotiation at Harvard Law School and is the founder of the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative. Recognized as a pioneer for integrating great wisdom traditions and spiritual practices into the negotiation and conflict field, she works with business and public sector leaders around the world as a partner of Mobius Executive Leadership.

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.


Kenneth Cloke, director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, is a mediator, arbitrator, consultant, and trainer specializing in resolving multiparty conflicts and designing conflict resolution system for organizations. He is author of several books, including Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; Resolving Conflicts at Work: Eight Strategies for Everyone on the Job; and Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflicts: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness.

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