Archive for February, 2008


Six Styles of Mediation

Hans Boserup, a Danish mediator, has published a book (available in English) called Six Ways in Seven Days. In it he describes what he calls six styles of mediation: generic, settlement-driven, cognitive-systemic, transformative, humanistic, and narrative. You can learn more at his website, www. Without going into detail about his descriptions of these different […]

Mediation and litigation: is it either/or?

Mediation is often referred to as a form of “alternative dispute resolution” or ADR. Though some question whether traditional litigation is now the more “alternative” approach, and mediation and arbitration the more common, there’s another point to consider. Once you have embarked on a course of litigation, is there a point of no return, when […]

“Nobody budgets for mediation and conflict resolution”

“Nobody budgets for mediation and conflict resolution” is a quote from Montana Consensus Council Chairwoman Peggy Trenk, in a recent article, “Plug soon to be pulled on state mediation agency,” by Charles S. Johnson, in the Billings Gazette. The council was created in 1994 “to help groups and agencies resolve conflicts and reach consensus on […]

Toddlers, Neanderthals, and active listening

A recent New York Times article, “Coping With the Caveman in the Crib”, by Tara Pope explored the challenge of communicating with upset toddlers. Pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, known for his book “The Happiest Baby on the Block”, has now written “The Happiest Toddler on the Block.” Explaining his view that toddlers’ brains are at […]