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Thursday, August 17, 2017

When Does Silence Speak Louder Than Words?

by Tracy Blanchard   I am a trained mediator. I’ve studied Non-Violent Communication (NVC). I’m training to be a spiritual director. I work as the Administrator at the Negotiation & Mediation Clinic at Harvard Law School with a team of people who think creatively and deeply about things like active listening and understanding the motivations… More

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Reimagining Adjudication: ADR as a Laboratory

Ferguson. Staten Island. Cleveland. A national outcry against police brutality. A resounding call that Black Lives Matter. Not a moment, but a movement, to question the legal system: its actors, its tools, and its available remedies. Responding to this cry for systemic revision, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Yale Law School Dean Robert… More

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Power, Protests, and Problem-Solving

As a first-year law student, I was only a few months into my training in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) when the grand jury decisions on the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Gardner were announced. I had spent the last several months with Harvard Negotiators, a student practice organization focused on ADR, learning about active… More

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Mediator as Advocate

The view of the mediator as a process facilitator who “must be neutral with respect to negotiated outcomes” appears to underpin much of the tension between dispute resolution and advocacy explored in Professor Bordone’s earlier blog. Professor Joseph Stulberg, among others, thoughtfully and forcefully argues that “a mediator must be neutral because justice demands it.”… More

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Working with “America’s Peacemaker” During Riots

Over the past several months, the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others at the hands of law enforcement have sparked movements across the country, bringing to the surface deeply embedded systems of privilege and oppression. Although these events were not unique, they are serving as a catalyst for change, with effects rippling throughout… More

Friday, January 16, 2015

Isn’t Activism Supposed to Give Me a Voice?

I was in the midst of protest and had never felt more disempowered. Wasn’t activism supposed to give me a voice? In that moment, it did not. I left the march feeling silenced and small. I felt as though my impact, my work, and my aspirations were meaningless in the context of “real struggle.” And… More

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Protest of Your Own Convictions

The Garner and Brown grand jury decisions heralded into the spotlight the language of #BlackLivesMatter, #HandsUpDontShoot and #ICantBreathe. Emblazed on posters, twitter, and many of our psyches, these were not responses to a unique social and political moment, but rather the headlines of a movement generations in the making. As Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) professionals,… 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