Gini Nelson\’s Engaging Conflicts

January 9, 2007

Engaging Conflicts In 2007 — EngagingConflicts.com

Please note the new address: http://www.EngagingConflicts.com.

In 2007, Engaging Conflicts will continue to center on issues identified by Bernie Mayer’s Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution, Chris Honeyman’s Theory to Practice work (focusing on his new book, The Negotiator’s Fieldbook: the Desk Reference for the Experienced Negotiator, co-edited with Andrea Kupfer Schneider), and the October 2006 Keystone Consolidating Our Collective Wisdom conference; as well as my Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My! program – use of the new social media on the internet for professional, personal and business development. I’ll provide Tips, Treats, and Tools, and talk about Health, Conflict and Stress, on occasion, too.

Some Guest Bloggers In 2007

Planned guest bloggers for 2007 include Kristine Paranica, J.D., Administrative Director and Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) on transformative mediation and practice; and John Lande, J.D., Director of the Master of Laws Program In Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, on cooperative law, as distinguished from collaborative law.

In Engaging Conflicts Today, the newsletter (subscribe by clicking in the sidebar!), I’ve planned interviews with Bernie Mayer, John Paul Lederach, Robert Benjamin, Chris Honeyman, Janis Magnuson (of Janis Publications), Diane Levin (of the Online Guide To Mediation blog), Jack Cooley, John Stephens, Ann Gosline, and Howard Gadlin, among others. And, as I said, The Negotiator’s Fieldbook, Chris Honeyman’s and Andrea Kupfer Schneider’s new book, will also be highlighted in 2007 (in both the newsletter and in the blog), with reviews, summaries and interviews.

At the new site, you’ll see the administrative categories tabbed across the topbar (Welcome, Contact, Why Engaging Conflicts?, Guest Bloggers, RSS FAQ). The first box at the top of the right sidebar lets you search the blog using keywords. You can then bookmark the blog at Technorati (use the green icon); subscribe to the blog for free at FeedBurner (use the orange icon); and then subscribe to Engaging Conflicts Today by clicking on the blue hyperlinked “Free Engaging Conflicts Newsletter!” I have fewer categories. Also, each post now allows linking with 13 different social content and social bookmarking websites, e.g., del.icio.us, digg and smarking. (If you don’t know what any of these terms and options are, spend some time in the Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My! category!) Finally, I’ve disabled commenting, to help save the site from robotic spamming – write me privately, and I’ll respond, though.

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October 9, 2006

US Gov’t Uses Mediation To Enforce Disabilities Laws

Filed under: Guest Bloggers — Gini @ 7:29 am

This was submitted by occasional guest blogger Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq., for our consideration:

Thought the following article appearing in today’s Washington Post might be of interest to you.

NOTED WITH INTEREST

U.S. Winning Access for the Disabled Through Mediation
Monday, October 9, 2006; Page A15

In nine of every 10 cases involving federal disability laws in the past five years, the Justice Department achieved compliance by government agencies and businesses by using mediation and not imposing penalties.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said that 1,800 complaints out of 2,000 cases involving the Americans With Disabilities Act had been settled through mediation. The department’s civil rights division also settled 151 such cases against state and local governments.

“We have accomplished this through an aggressive program of enforcement and public education,” Gonzales said in Minneapolis on Thursday at the annual conference of the U.S. Business Leadership Network, which promotes employment of people with disabilities.

The cases were pursued under a Bush administration initiative to improve the access that people with disabilities have to theaters, sport venues, hotels and other destinations where large numbers of people gather.

The administration is also taking steps to ensure more cities and counties make their public spaces and services accessible to disabled people. Those efforts include modifying sidewalk curbs for wheelchairs, allowing guide dogs for the blind in shelters and installing telephone systems that assist deaf people in making 911 calls.

In Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, local officials agreed to provide a sign language interpreter for deaf people who are undergoing chemical dependency treatment and other programs. Anne Arundel County in Maryland agreed to improve services for the deaf and the hard of hearing in its two jails.

The report included a few cases in which offenders faced penalties. In one, movie theater chain AMC Entertainment had to pay $100,000 in damages to customers discriminated against because of access problems.

John Wodatch, who runs the disability rights section at the Justice Department, said most employers are eager to fix problems. He estimated that as much as 70 percent of his staff spends time helping businesses and local governments comply with the law. Department lawyers try to reach a negotiated solution first. “We’re not trying to get litigation. We’re trying to get compliance,” he said.

— Associated Press

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