Building Better Teams: 70 Tools and Techniques for Strengthening Performance Within and Across Teams, a book edited by Robert and Charlotte Barner, is now available in Chinese. Bob is a colleague from SMU, and I have a short entry on working with technology in the book. In Chinese, the title is: 构建高效团队的70种工具和方法
Personally and through the InternetBar.Org (IBO), I have been supporting projects under the banner of Tech For Justice that focus on access to justice for under-served or excluded populations. The first of the hack-a-thons was held in Austin, Texas, and focused on reporting in the area of child custody and parenting orders for low income families. More recently, a hack-a-thon was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that focused on issues related to domestic violence. The platform developed there, Buoy, is available to any legal aid organization in the U.S., and can be offered to any individual who wants to download the app to a mobile phone. Here are links to a brochure about Buoy: Outside Inside
As we move forward, there will be a hack-a-thon in Little Rock, Arkansas, early in 2016, and a demonstration hack-a-thon at the ABA Tech Conference in Chicago.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, I will conduct a Webinar for participants in Lagos, Nigeria, on the topic of ODR and the law. The event will be co-sponsored by The Center for Innovative Justice and Technology, the Nigeria Bar Association, the ODR Africa Network, E-consumersolve.com, and Holistic Solutions, Inc.
Co-author Alan Tidwell and I will have a chapter in a new mediation handbook: The Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research, and Practice, edited by Alexia Georgakopoulos. The book is targeted for publication by Routledge in January, 2017. Our chapter is entitled, “Online Technology: The New Frontier for Conflict Engagement.”
The dates for the Foundry facilitation have shifted. On February 2-3, I will be part of a team facilitating a planning retreat for Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. The retreat will be the beginning of a long term planning and organizational improvement project for the church.
On Monday, October 19, I began what will be a four-part ODR class with the staff of the Center for Mediation and Law in Moscow. The mediators there handle divorce and family mediation across Russia, and in cross-border venues. The training is sponsored by the Center for Innovative Justice and Technology and Holistic Solutions, Inc.
On Monday, October 12, Julia and I delivered a training session on the impact of culture on the mediation process for the Mediation Training Coalition. The training was part of a continuing education program for mediators certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Coming up over the next couple of months are a number of lectures, discussion, projects, and appearances that will happen in person and via web video.
On September 28, I will discuss ODR and public policy with a class at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
In October I will begin working with Центр медиации и права, the Center for Mediation and Law in Moscow – the online training will address issues related to integrating ODR into their work with divorce and family mediation across Russia.
On November 14, I will speak to a graduate class at Georgetown University on issues related to conflict and dispute resolution in organizations, and the role that ICT can play in organizational conflict.