On the Road – HNMCP Faculty in 2020

Sara del Nido BudishSara del Nido Budish participated as a panelist on the “Leading Negotiations” panel of the 29th annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference, hosted by the Women’s Student Association at Harvard Business School on February 22, 2020.  Sara and three additional panelists discussed challenges to effectively negotiating at work, shared personal stories of negotiations both in and outside of the office, and offered strategies to consider when preparing for and engaging in negotiations.  The panel was moderated by Debbie Goldstein, Lecturer on Law for the Negotiation Workshop at Harvard Law School and Principal at Triad Consulting Group. 

This past February, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program Director Prof. Rachel Viscomi participated in the “Experimental ADR Conference,” organized by University of Oregon School of Law’s Prof. Jennifer Reynolds in Portland. The conference was organized for mid-career academics and its purpose was for people to come together to reflect on innovative and creative uses of, and new frontiers in, alternative dispute resolution. Participants were encouraged to present on their passion projects, and particularly on different ways of bringing this work into the world. Each participant wrote a brief paper outlining a theory or project on which they’d already been working and each paper was assigned a discussant, who presented the work to the group. Writers were also given a chance to present further thoughts. Then the group as a whole brainstormed on themes and opportunities that might help move forward the idea or project. “It was very exciting and inspirational,” said Viscomi. “Part of what was fun was the connection among colleagues, and part of it was hearing what folks across the country are thinking about.” Viscomi herself presented her thoughts on the connection between Internal Family Systems and facilitated dialogue, proposing how a dialogue model that explicitly includes IFS might be developed.

HNMCP Clinical Instructor Neil McGaraghan served on a panel titled “Virtual tools: Inspiration for addressing division in your community” at this year’s online ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference. Neil was joined on the panel by Grande Lum (Provost at Menlo College and a former HNMCP client during his appointment as Director of the  Community Relations Service at the Department of Justice), Bill Froehlich (Deputy Director of the Divided Community Project at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law), and Kyle Strickland (Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity). The panelists shared insights about the challenges and opportunities of using digital media and on-line platforms to help resolve disputes and connect people, including Neil’s discussion of HNMCP’s “Thanks for Listening” podcast, which focuses the spotlight on individuals and organizations working to bridge political divides in America. Bill Froehlich wrote further about the panel on the Indisputably blog.  

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