Mediation is Everywhere!

As we all know, mediation has become quite popular if not ubiquitous over the last twenty years. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, it was slowly gaining acceptance; in the last twenty years, it has truly become THE alternative to litigation. (No doubt, the pandemic with its lockdowns creating the necessity [Read More]

By |December 2nd, 2022|News articles|

Another Bias with Long Term Consequences!

Whenever I see an article on implicit bias, I must read and write about it.  This time, the article is entitled, “Embedded bias: How medical records sow discrimination” by Darius Tahir of Kaiser Health News. The theme of the article is that doctors unconsciously (or perhaps even consciously) write notes [Read More]

By |October 7th, 2022|News articles|

An Apology: Was It Really?

The Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 27, 2022, was more than just entertaining: it provided an important lesson on apologies. When Chris Rock came forward to present the award for Best Documentary Feature, he joked about seeing Jada Pinkett Smith (wife of Will Smith) in G. I Jane 2 [Read More]

By |April 1st, 2022|News articles|

“Death by a thousand paper cuts.”

The New York Times on August 1, 2020 published an article on microaggressions in the medical profession. (“For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar” by Emma Goldberg). While the article does focus on doctors of color, it does have broader applicability, to anyone or any group who is [Read More]

By |August 28th, 2020|News articles|

Needs and Interests

"A house divided against itself cannot stand." Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, June 16,1858 Like most of you, I have been paying much attention to the protests by Black Lives Matter in response to the death of George Floyd ; as I write this, the protests have been occurring all over [Read More]

Cultural Diversity responds to Covid-19

An important tool in any mediator’s toolbox is knowledge of cultural diversity. Early on in any training session, this topic is explored and discussed. What do I mean by “culture”? As explained by Ellen Waldman in her book Mediation Ethics (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2011): UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and [Read More]

By |May 1st, 2020|News articles|

The Consequences of Not Listening!

Last week, I posted a blog about an article in the New York Times discussing the lost art of active listening. (“Are You Listening?”). It seems that my blog post was very timely because NPR just published an article on the loneliness of Americans. (“Most Americans Are Lonely, And Our [Read More]

By |February 7th, 2020|News articles|