ACResolution Magazine is published by the
Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
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EXECUTIVE COMMI T TEE
President Nancy Flatters
President-Elect Donzell Robinson
Immediate Past President Cheryl L. Jamison
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Treasurer Christy Cumberlander Walker
Diversity & Equity Director Lou Gieszl
Sections Director Lisa Renee Pomerantz
Executive Director Cheryl L. Jamison
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In the 15 years since ACR’s founding, both the organization
and the field of conflict resolution have grown and changed.
This issue of ACResolution Magazine looks at where we
might expect to go from here.
We begin with Bryan Hanson’s
reflections on the field’s potential
and the obstacles that must be
overcome to realize that potential.
Next Geetha Ravindra discusses
some issues and trends that
will affect the future of conflict
resolution. Susan Raines then
looks at the spread of conflict
resolution skills and the increased
specialization of the profession.
Duane Ruth-Heffelbower follows
with a consideration of challenges
we face, some new and some old.
Peter Salem explores the future
of family dispute resolution in his
article, and Larry Rute discusses
things experienced mediators can
do to support new practitioners
and programs in family mediation.
Bill Warters considers how new
communication channels can
enhance conflict resolution in an
increasingly networked world.
David Hoffman and Danielle
Reyes discuss how one of the
oldest models of peaceful conflict
resolution, mediation by a
respected community elder, can
be important in strengthening
the field and increasing the use of
mediation in our society. Finally,
Bernie Mayer reminds us that as
we face an unpredictable future we
keep in mind the central values and
purposes behind our approach to
We have no crystal ball with which
to see the future, but there is little
doubt that it will offer highs and
lows, challenges and opportunities,
for all of us. We’re grateful to Nancy
Flatters, who conceived the theme
and assembled the authors for
this issue. We hope that you find
their observations and reflections
interesting and rewarding.
Bill Stempel and Cindy Alm
Co-Editors, ACResolution Magazine
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