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This issue of ACResolution Magazine
is devoted to stories.
There is power and magic in
storytelling. Stories can inspire and
delight us, communicate ideas, and
help us to connect with others in a
deeper and more effective way.
In most professions, colleagues
share stories of work experiences
for education, for moral support,
or just for amusement. Lawyers
typically call them “war stories.”
While that isn’t the best name for
stories told by conflict resolution
professionals, we regularly do the
This issue of ACResolution
Magazine is devoted to stories.
You’ll read 18 stories by 17
mediators—long stories and short
ones; serious ones and amusing
ones; stories about successes and
about failures, about times when
the process worked the way it’s
supposed to, and times when it
didn’t, and about what makes
the practice of conflict resolution
challenging and rewarding.
All of them are based on real
cases, although the names and
some of the details may have
been changed. We also include
a thoughtful article by Woody
Mosten about using stories in
We hope you find this issue
enjoyable and stimulating. And
if you have stories of your own
to tell, please send them to
firstname.lastname@example.org. If there
are enough of them, we’ll create
an archive on the ACResolution
Magazine web page to share them.
Bill Stempel and Cindy Alm
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