JUNE 2018 BAR BULLETIN
By Roger A. Moss
When was the last time you heard a constructive conversation about a public or private controversy?
In an increasingly bipolar world, we are surrounded by destructive rhetoric and bullying behavior. Disputes, big and small, feature finger-pointing debate, rather than collaboration. Worst of all, most conflict involves labeling people and judging them based on the label. When we split the world into “winners” and “losers,” or “them” and “us,” divisions and alienation flourish.
There are other ways — alternative methods for resolving conflict. Among them is mediation, a very effective tool for converting conflict into understanding and agreement. Mediation consists of...