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Conversations About Resolving Conflict

The Cultural Conversation About Conflict

In this space, CRC is compiling reports, discussion and articles that reveal aspects of conflict and its resolution. If you encounter something that would be a good addition to this compendium, let us know at


The Relationship Between Forgiveness and Revenge

In this episode of the public radio program Speaking of Faith, (from their website): “Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, science is also revealing that human beings are more instinctively equipped for forgiveness than we’ve perhaps given ourselves credit for. Knowing this suggests ways to calm the revenge instinct in ourselves and others and embolden the forgiveness intuition.”
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Warring Comedians Work it out

In this post from the pop culture blog, blog author Gabe Delahaye remarks on the unusually civil debate among two comedians who have a famous (among “comedy nerds”) feud about the authorship of their jokes. The relatively well-mannered scene took place in a recent episode of Louis C.K.’s highly-regarded series, Louie. Warning: the scene employs some of the raunchiness and coarse language typical of modern comedy, as does the comments section of the blog post that discusses it. Both are included here because they provide a nice example of how conversation — both in the scene and in the comments section — doesn’t have to be pretty or textbook-polite in order to reach a mutually acceptable conclusion. One can hope that such instances of simple civil discourse will be less remarkable over time. Will they ever be the cultural norm in the United States?


‘Interruptors’ Cool off Chicago Gang Violence

NPR’s Fresh Air featured an interview this week with a ‘violence interruptor’ in Chicago’s streets, and a filmaker who documented the efforts of Cease Fire, the organization that trains and deploys interruptors. One key factor in CeaseFire’s mediation: that the mediator reflect the demographic of the people s/he’s trying to cool down. Read more, and listen to the 44 minute interview, here.


Mediator in Chief

Joe Markowitz of the blog Mediation’s Place recognizes the rhetoric President Obama used in his latest press conference about federal budget negotiations and teh debt ceiling. Read his observations here.


TED Talk: 9/11 Mother Finds Compassion

The mother of a victim of the 9/11 attacks — and the mother of a 9/11 attacker — find compassion for each other. See them talk about their experience here.


Mediating Between Gangs

A new cable show follows a violence prevention counselor in L.A. as he mediates conflicts between gangs. Will the show spark public interest in conflict resolution? Will it highlight a duplicatable method of peacemaking that could be used in other communities, or just create a cult of personality for its protagonist? Find out more about A&E’s new show, executive produced by rapper and actor Ice-T, here.


Curiosity Over Assumptions

In this episode of the public radio program Speaking of Faith, (from their website): “We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They’re innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions and conflict, yet resolve not to be enemies — whatever the political future of the Middle East may hold.”
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Mediation: it’s not just for Humans Anymore

The BBC reports that Bornean orangutans have been observed preventing fights between their fellow captives in a Japan zoo.
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Mediation Benefits in Family Law Court

Minnesotan lawyers and divorced families are discovering the benfits of mediation in family law court. Some are surprised at results they couldn’t have predicted.

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