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New Employment Status

As of October 1, 2017, I am no longer an employee of, or associated in any way with, the National Mediation Board.  I will again work under the umbrella of Holistic Solutions, Inc., and I will continue to work with the InternetBar.Org on various access to justice projects.  At some point in the near future I will reactivate my dormant Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

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Oct 2017
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ODR Webinar

On October 17, I will be one of the speakers on an ODR webinar produced by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.

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Sep 2017
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ODR and the Law

I have just been invited to speak at an international law conference in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The event will be held in the Hermitage museum (the old Winter Palace of the Tsars) in May, 2018.  I have tentatively accepted the invitation, pending logistics and arrangements.

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Sep 2017
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Mary Parker Follett Award Announcement

The Association for Conflict Resolution has formally announced the Association’s award recipients for 2017.  I am honored to be the recipient of the Mary Parker Follett award.  The announcement can be found at this link:  Award.

ACR describes the award as follows:

The Mary Parker Follett Award is presented to an individual who has shown a passion and willingness to take risks; in tackling a contemporary problem or opportunity in the field of dispute resolution; has used innovative and experimental techniques; and draws upon the talents and ideas of all persons involved. Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933) was an early advocate of resolving conflict by encouraging parties to integrate interests into negotiations. During the mid-1920s, Follett shifted her focus from community group processes to the field of business. Business leaders sought her advice on how to manage their enterprises, and she became a featured speaker at national and international business conferences. Her talks were drawn together and published posthumously in the influential book Dynamic Administration.

Information about Mary Parker Follett can be found at this link:  Network.

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Aug 2017
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ODR Forum Summary

Jie Zheng, a PhD researcher with the Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law, at the University of Ghent/Universiteit Gent, has written a summary of the recent ODR Forum held in Paris.  Her summary can be found, with a mention of those of us who were speaking about ODR and ethics, here:  PARIS

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Aug 2017
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VA Parenting Order Pilot Project

When the schedule is set, probably in early September, Daniel will be in Memphis to conduct introductory training for Veterans Affairs staff who will be responsible for referring vets to the IBO parenting orders access to justice pilot project.  This is one of the IBO access to justice projects to which Daniel is donating his time and expertise.  When all of the training is done and the attorney/mediators are in place, VA staff will be able to refer vets to an online portal that will give them information about parenting order issues, and will put them in touch with volunteer attorney/mediators who will help them develop agreements and prepare to request court orders.   The system is free to vets during the pilot and will be free going forward for vets referred from the VA if the project rolls out nation-wide with parenting orders and other issues.

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Jul 2017
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Airbnb

In July, HSI principal Daniel Rainey and HSI associate Alan Tidwell were in Dublin, Ireland, presenting a training program for the customer service (CX, or Customer Experience) team at Airbnb.  The training was entitled, “Mediation Techniques for Customer Service.”

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Jul 2017
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The Invisibles Project

The photo above is of the opening ceremony for the WJF, featuring an interview with Justice Ginsburg.  In a working session, Jeff Aresty, Jeff Thompson, Kristina Yasuda, Scott Cooper, and I were able to present the basic parameters of a pilot program that we have designed – “The Invisibles” – to a group of very experienced rule of law experts.  My intro to the presentation is here:  Invisibles Intro.

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Jul 2017
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World Justice Forum V

On July 10-13, the World Justice Forum V will meet in the Hague.  I will be part of a panel discussing a digital identity and access to justice project we are calling “The Invisibles.”  The project will work to re-establish identities for refugees in a secure online space.  The project, if successful, could be expanded  to any undocumented “invisible” community.

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Jun 2017
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Journal

The latest edition of the journal is now out – it was in the packets at the ODR Forum in Paris last week.  This edition includes an editorial from me as the issue editor-in-chief, and articles by:  Colin Rule and Any Schmitz, Ethan Katsh and Orna Rabinovich-Einy, Zbynek Loebl, Graham Ross, and Ana Goncalves and Irena Vanenkova.  The next issue, due out at the end of this year, will feature articles assessing the state of ODR in MENA (the Middle East/North Africa).

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Jun 2017
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