This issue of ACResolution Magazine illustrates the breadth of
interests of ACR members, with eight articles on topics ranging
from process design to developing empathy, and from commercial
mediation to international peacebuilding.
We begin with a report by Perri Mayes
and Donna Erez-Navot about their work
in designing two pilot programs for child
protection mediation in Wisconsin. They
emphasize the importance of engaging
all stakeholders in developing effective
and sustainable programs in an era of
increasingly tight budgets.
Next, Michael Spangle and Elisa Robyn
discuss the special challenges of conflict
in academic settings. They also suggest
some effective tactics for those charged
with managing such conflicts.
Joseph McMahon looks at evaluative
mediation, which is widely practiced (and
in demand by parties and their lawyers)
but also often criticized by facilitative
mediation. He argues that it involves
two types of activities, only one of which
deserves the criticisms it receives.
Paul Forage, Ian Proctor, and David
Smith describe the Atlantic Hope
program, which for 15 years has used an
intensive multi-day simulation experience
to train students for international
peacebuilding work in difficult and
Trip Barthel introduces Affirmative
Facilitation, a new problem-solving
paradigm based on the importance of
positivity and engagement for conflict
resolution and happiness.
Then Dorit Cypis, Susan Oetgen, and
Eva Vander Giessen describe how
tools and practices from the visual and
performing arts can enable mediators as
well as parties in mediation to cultivate
awareness and deepen their experience
Joshua Javits analyzes the internal
conflict resolution systems at four major
intergovernmental organizations: the
United Nations, the International Labor
Organization, the International Monetary
Fund, and the World Bank.
Finally, Pamela Struss reviews a new
and expanded edition of a leading
textbook on communication and conflict
We hope you find this mix of topics
stimulating and useful.
Bill Stempel and Cindy Alm
Co-Editors, ACResolution Magazine
The Spring issue of ACResolution Magazine will feature articles
on on ethics in the field of conflict resolution. We are seeking
thoughtful articles on general issues of ethics as well as the ethical
considerations applicable to specific subject areas and processes.
If you would like to contribute an article, please send it as an email attachment, in
Microsoft Word format, to
publications@ACRnet.org. Deadline for the Spring 2014 issue
is March 31, 2014. Articles should be 1500 to 3000 words in length, and include contact
information for the author(s). ACResolution Magazine reserves the right to edit or not
publish submitted material.