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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

What we’ve learned from the election – no matter who wins 

Election Day has come and gone.  At this moment, we sit with anxious uncertainty about the outcome in the Presidential race, as key states continue to count the millions of legitimately cast votes that remain.  The color-coded maps are ubiquitous but incomplete, the pundits spin out endless speculative scenarios.  And we wait.  … More

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Reflecting on the Journey of “Thanks for Listening”

When we launched the “Thanks for Listening” podcast in the fall of 2018, our goal was to explore what seemed like deep and growing political polarization in the U.S., and to find out what was being done about it. We wanted to be able to tell a hopeful story about people and organizations who are working to “bridge the partisan divide in America,” as we said in the opening of each episode. And for both of the authors, hope was something we needed; the political and social dynamics at play at the time seemed to be posing dire stress tests to some of the basic premises of our work. … More

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Engaging Deep Differences Online

Originally published on the Indisputably blog as part of the Theory-of-Change Symposium . You can find all the submissions for the symposium here.   As we approach the next election, we continue to confront important challenges about engaging across deeply felt differences. Our country remains polarized, and many feel disconnected from those whose views differ… More

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Thanks for Listening!

We are pleased to announce that the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program has been awarded a grant from the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation to fund a new podcast series called Thanks for Listening, which will launch in early November 2018.… More

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lessons Learned: Facilitating a Conversation about Remembrance

by Niharika Singh ’18 When Zikaron BaSalon first asked me to facilitate a discussion about Holocaust Remembrance on Holocaust Memorial Day, the task seemed easy even though the subject matter was weighty. After all, many people who were similarly inexperienced in leading group discussions had successfully hosted similar events with Zikaron BaSalon in the past. Moreover,… More

Friday, May 26, 2017

To Dialogue: Moving Towards Conversation About Refugee Resettlement in Maine

A team of Harvard Law School Negotiators students worked throughout the Spring 2017 semester with Catholic Charities Maine on a new project entitled, “To Dialogue: Moving Towards Conversation About Refugee Resettlement in Maine”.… More

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 14, 2016

Join Bob Bordone for Executive Education at the Harvard Negotiation Institute

This June, 2017, join Prof. Bob Bordone and a roster of world-class faculty at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, an executive education offering from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. From structuring high-stakes deals and mediating complex disputes to resolving intractable problems and strengthening difficult relationships, the Harvard Negotiation Institute courses are the perfect choice… 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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Political dialogue in polarizing times: Exploring the possibilities of civil dialogue

HNMCP Director and Clinical Professor Robert Bordone and HNMCP Assistant Director and Lecturer Rachel Viscomi recently participated in a Harvard University Facebook live talk on how to have a conversation about the election and other contentious topics without alienating your family, friends and people in your social network. Bordone and Viscomi are leading a reading group this semester for… More