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Monday, April 3, 2017

Why I Will Take a Trump Supporter to Coffee

I began to rethink my own involvement during this administration. I will not stop going to protests, or writing letters to senators, but I will also turn the other cheek and, engage with those who cause me outrage. The centerpiece of the average Trump supporter’s belief is an inability to empathize deeply with the plight of others. I will engage genuinely and openly with those who make my face flush – and that will be my resistance.… More

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) 10th Anniversary Symposium Explores a Dynamic Field and Growing Impact

On November 5, 2016, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) at Harvard Law School celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a public symposium that was both retrospective and prospective, addressing the clinic’s foundational focus on dispute systems design, as well as looking at the role of facilitation and political dialogue. The symposium was hosted… More

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Syllabus for “Political Dialogue in Polarizing Times: Election 2016” Now Publicly Posted

The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) has made its new syllabus on political dialogue publicly available on the Berkman Center’s class tools website, H20. Inspired by the success of our reading group on Political Dialogue in Polarizing Times: Election 2016, HNMCP Director and Clinical Professor Bob Bordone ‘97 and Assistant Director and Lecturer Rachel Viscomi ’01… More

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Facilitated Conversation: HNMCP Creates a New Learning Tool on Bridging Hard Divides

In a world where genuine dialogue across deep political divides seems ever more rare, trained facilitators can help create spaces for citizens to engage in challenging conversations that promote mutual learning and build empathy. To answer the need for educational resources in this area, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) has created a new… More

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Morning in America: November 9, 2016

by Heather Kulp First published on Harvard Law Today You roll out of bed, seeking coffee and your morning news. Groggily, you realize it’s Wednesday morning, November 9—the day after the presidential election. S/he’s won. You may be thrilled. You may not be. Either way, you have to go to work/the dinner table/a church potluck/your… More

Monday, May 16, 2016

Reimagining the Presidential Debates

During the last election cycle, I wrote an op-ed with my colleague, Heather Kulp, noting that the so-called Presidential debates had devolved into something more akin to football matches.  With the emphasis on entertainment, strict time clocks, and ubiquitous analysis of who “won,” the prospect of any thoughtful discussion of the issues seemed to fade… More

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

May the Force Be With You

I love negotiation theory. In fact, I hope to make a long career out of teaching others how to negotiate effectively. But every time someone asks me about my future profession, their eyes glaze over as I describe how one can use empathy and self-awareness to get what he or she wants. I have discovered… More

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Facilitation Challenges: Navigating the Space Between Neutrality and Identity

As a brand-new student in the art of facilitation, one of my first lessons was in the importance of maintaining neutrality on the substance of discussion and, relatedly, in the value of calling in an outside facilitator to a sensitive discussion. The theory underlying this concept is that, by remaining neutral as to content, the… More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Resetting Broken Bones: Real Talk at Harvard Law School

As long as we are on earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another, because this love is the resetting of a Body of broken bones. Even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish, without some pain at the differences that come between them. … More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Reflections on Real Talk: An Introduction

By Robert C. Bordone, Jon Hanson, Jacob Lipton, and Sam W. Straus   HNMCP is proud to announce the launch of a new series on our blog sharing the experiences of facilitators in our new student initiative, Real Talk. In fall 2015 the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP),in collaboration with the Systemic Justice… More

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Real Talk – An Introduction

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) and the Systemic Justice Project (SJP) proudly launch a four-part blog series, with each of the works stemming from the program’ joint initiative called Real Talk. The Real Talk pilot program, an initiative for dialogue, diversity, equity, and inclusion, placed twenty student participants in four small groups… More

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dialogue and Demonstration: An Introduction

Like many of my colleagues in the conflict management field across the country, I have spent significant time over the last weeks and months asking myself questions about who we are as dispute resolvers, negotiators, and mediators. What tools do we bring to the cause of advancing peace and justice? What skills, concepts, and insights… More

Friday, August 29, 2014

Moving Beyond a Call for “Dialogue”

In the tumultuous days since Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, we have witnessed a wide range of reactions, responses, and coping strategies. Some have been physical in the form of protests or even violence; many have been vocal in the form of speeches, articles, or punditry; and more than… More

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