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A Newsletter from ADR Resources
Volume 4, No. 12 (October 2001)


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Arias Sanchez became involved in a deeply rooted  conflict in Central America. He was able to engage Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in a peacemaking process.  Others have succeeded in bringing dialogue to Northern Ireland and South Africa.  Peace is always possible.

The Recommended Book of the Month:

I found my Ramundo text.  Turns out my now-thirteen-year-old daughter had borrowed it a while back.  Effective Negotiation, A Guide to Dialogue Management and Control by Bernard A. Ramundo is how Fred Moss took a team from Texas Wesylan and beat every other law school in the negotiation competition.  Ramundo's approach is as old as the one in Getting to Yes, though Ramudo was never as as accessible as Fisher and Ury.  Recommended, with the reminder that Game, Set and Match is very similar in many ways.  The two go well together.

Interesting new Mediation & ADR (and other) web sites

Educational Programs / News and Book Reviews/Books/Periodicals

Grinnell Peace Project Awards, Iowa Peace Institute, P.O. Box 480, Grinnell, Iowa 50112, U.S.A. for more information, Phone: 641/236-4880 FAX: 641/236-6905, e-mail:  The on-line version of this newsletter has a complete announcement at the bottom of the page.

Letizia Bindi - Barbara Faedda, Luoghi di frontiera. Antropologia delle mediazioni, Punto di Fuga Editore, Cagliari, 2001. (Boundaries Places. Anthropology of Mediations),  This is an italian book on mediation and cross cultural conflicts resolution which has the characteristic to be the first book published in Italy on this topics by two anthropologists.  If I had more Italian, I would review the book, though I recommend that if you have a European practice that you visit the web site.

Forest Mosten's Mediation Career Guide is ranked #1 on Amazon's bestsellers in mediation--out of 808 titles. Table of Contents and endorsements from Daniel Bowling, Jay Folberg, and Bernard Mayer can be previewed on by clicking on Books. I'll be reviewing it when I receive my review copy.

The Third European Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities (OKLC 2002) will take place in Athens, Greece in April 2002, organized by ALBA (The Athens Laboratory of Business Administration). They are proud of the distinguished personalities who have confirmed will present keynote addresses. In order to maximize the value of the debate, participation is limited to 120 people. For more information please visit  I am half Greek and very pleased to see ALBA hosting the conference which has traditionally been in the UK.

The SCMA will be having its conference at Pepperdine this November. is their website.  The e-mail they sent on the conference came with graphics and some very pleasant piano music.

One of the law schools with a top 10 ADR program was one I've never heard of before was Quinnipiac.  Turns out it is a relatively new school, and it is teamed up with Yale for its ADR programs in the comping year.  For more information, please contact: Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Professor of Law and Director, Center on Dispute Resolution, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT 06518, 203-582-3246,

For the 2nd Annual Mediators Tour to Cuba, April 12 - 20, 2002, This fully licensed and legal tour to Cuba is open to dispute resolution professionals -- and their families. For more information, contact Vicki Lewin Ryder at or call 716-244-6759.

The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution Symposium will be on Thursday, November 8, 2001 at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.  Contact Symposium Editor Amanda Stallard at 614/292-7170 or via email at with questions. Registration forms and additional information can be found at

CPR is giving out awards.  Awards for 2001 will be made in five specific categories: Outstanding Practical Achievement (Category I), Original Articles (Category II), Original Student Articles (Category III), Outstanding Books (Category IV), and Problem Solving in the Law School (Category V). There are cash prizes for Categories II-V. Entries in all categories must be received by CPR no later than November 1, 2001. For Guidelines and Entry Procedures, see

10th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION (ICR) held May 9-19, 2002 in St. Petersburg, Russia (formal conference May 10-15). On-line at

Myrlie Evers-Williams, the first woman to serve as chair of the NAACP and widow of civil rights activist, Medgar Evers will deliver the keynote address at the 18th annual VOMA (Victim Offender Mediation Association) International Training Institute and Conference October 22nd to 26th, 2001 in Portland Oregon.  Visit the VOMA web-site at, contact the administrative offices of VOMA at 612-874-0570 or email at for more information and registration materials

Asia Pacific World Mediation Forum: Reconciliation: A Conversation Beyond Cultural Boundaries which is being held in Adelaide, South Australia from 29 November -1 December 2001. More information from and the Australian Dispute Resolution web site at


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position which will include Directorship of the Mediation Clinic. Candidates interested in this position should send a cover letter, resume, and three employment references to: Professor Paula J. Casey, Chair, Faculty Appointments Committee, UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202-5142; fax 501-324-9433; e-mail,

This is very much the sort of thing I'd see as a dream job in ADR if Win (my dearest wife) were finished with her anesthesia residency..I recommend it to those who are thinking of teaching ADR in a law school setting.

Current Issues

Clauswitz noted that war is the continuation of politics by other means.  I would note that war is just another form of dispute resolution.  While the metaphor "negotiation is war" is not a good one, it isn't just a metaphor to say "war is a form of negotiation."  Whenever a truce is reached or a war has ended, dispute resolution has occured.  As a result, many, many ADR techniques are appropriate and keeping in mind the alternatives to a negotiated settlement (BATNS, etc.) is really a part of war as much as anything else.  As you watch the President of the United States engage in consensus building and other techinques you are seeing applied ADR.

At you can read some of my comments aimed at understanding and long term approaches quite independent of the specific conflict or actions currently being taken.  The link above takes you to inside of an on-line journal that is part of a different thread and area that I write on and am involved in -- that of dealing with grief and the death of children.  Having buried three children of my own, from different and unrelated causes, I have some experience in that area.  That general web link is

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As always, I am interested in any submissions or articles anyone would like to have posted on the web -- and I am glad to be able to point them out in this newsletter.  I prefer to post material as you have written it, with no editorial changes by myself.  I should also note that I am changing my service provider, so that is the best e-mail address to use to reach me.

With my best regards, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Marsh
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The Grinnell Peace Project Awards program, coordinated by the Iowa Peace Institute, evolved from the Grinnell Peace Essay Contest conceived by the St. Louis Society of Friends and initiated in 1984 by Grinnell College.

The aim of the program is to encourage young people to think about peace and to realize that there are practical ways in which their actions can make a difference.

Participants must develop activities or projects that foster peace. Peace can be understood as peace within oneself, peace between individuals and in communities, peace among nations, and harmony with the environment.


Entries may describe ongoing, annual, or single event projects. The entire project or described phase of the project must be completed by May 2002. Projects which demonstrate participants' problem-solving and cooperative efforts, with adult guidance, are encouraged.

Following are just a few examples of possible projects:

Global Focus: studying the concerns of and establishing contact with a community in another country, arranging events associated with hosting international visitors.

Environmental Focus: working for environmental restoration or beautification, or environmental justice.

Community Focus: collaborating with community organizations on projects to help solve a community problem or enhance community life.

School Focus: creating a peace theme week, developing activities for a conflict management program, or undertaking efforts to promote understanding between different groups within a school.


Entries must include a statement which explains how the project facilitates peace.

Entries should consist of a thorough but concise, participant-written description of the project. The description should also include the following information:

* the desired goal or outcome

* who is involved

* who is affected

* the role played by each participant in the project

* the timetable for implementation

Submissions are to be typewritten with double spacing and may be up to four pages in length. The quality of the written proposal is important.

Submissions must include the following information on a cover page:

* name

* full address

* telephone number

* school and grade

* date of birth of each participant in the project

* name, address, phone, email & fax numbers of your local newspaper

An endorsement by an advisor must be attached, including advisor's email, daytime address and phone number. This statement by a teacher, parent or youth leader should verify that the participant(s) had primary responsibility for the project.

Any supporting materials such as photographs or a short video are welcome.


There will be three awards of $150 each given in the high school category and three awards of $150 each given in the middle school category.

Honorary recognition will be given to three entries in the elementary school age category; however, no cash prizes will be awarded in this category.

All entries received in the middle school and high school age categories will be considered for the Iowa Peace Institute Youth Peacebuilder Award of $250. This award will recognize a project that shows particular promise of having a sustainable impact on a school, community or other constituency.


The awards will be presented in spring 2002.

Projects which receive an award will be featured in Resolution Report, the quarterly newsletter of the Iowa Peace Institute, and on the Peace Institute's web site,

News releases will be shared with award recipients' community newspapers.


This program is open to all elementary school, middle school and high school age students. Participants may submit entries as individuals or as members of groups in affiliation with schools, organizations, or faith communities.


All project entries must be received by February 1, 2002.

Entries and inquiries should be addressed to:

Grinnell Peace Project Awards

Iowa Peace Institute

P.O. Box 480

Grinnell, Iowa 50112


Phone: 641/236-4880 FAX: 641/236-6905



Projects will be judged on the basis of their originality, organization and effectiveness. It is important that applicants provide clear information that projects will be completed by May 2002.

No political or ideological measures will be applied in the judging.

The judges will be representatives of the Iowa Peace Institute and Grinnell College as well as the Grinnell chapter of the United Nations Association. Other persons may be called upon for their expertise.

All decisions of the judges are final.

Award recipients will be notified in early spring of 2002.

In the event that entries do not warrant a complete distribution of the prizes, the balance of the award money will be returned to the fund for the 2002-2003 program.

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