Rob Williams, 38, beloved son of Dr. David&Janet Williams, on Oct. 26, 2009 lost his long battle with bipolar depression which he had kept at bay so successfully for almost 20 years.
Born October 7, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee, Rob moved to California with his parents when he as 9 months old and always considered himself a native. He attended Laguna Blanca, Santa Barbara, The Thacher School in Ojai and Wesleyan University, Conn., where he received a B.A. with Honors in the College of Social Studies, a selective program combining history, philosophy, government and economics.
Over the weekend world leaders announced that they would not reach a legally binding deal on climate change at next month's Copenhagen summit, and Foreign Policy takes a critical look at Who Killed Copenhagen?
The first defendant called to testify on the charge of manslaughter, President Obama for his ambivalence. Next up, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao because China "has clung stridently to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities." Following closely behind Jiabao is Nevada Senator and Senate majority leader Harry Reid- how do you plead? Can Reid explain his foot-dragging? India's Minister of State for Environment and Forests, your "diversionist finger-pointing" is believed to have contributed to the death of Copenhagen.
Some have stated that transmission line siting is one of the biggest obstacles to the deployment of commercial-scale clean and renewable energy. It certainly is a big deal – not only do many of the transmission lines need to cross publicly-held lands, they might also interfere with existing state- or federal-agency land management plans, they might face competition from other up-and-coming uses for sheer physical space, and the existing rights of way could be already too crowded to accommodate new lines. Add to that an increasingly informed, organized and involved group of stakeholders that is as wide ranging as could be, and you might have trouble siting a line.
The Psychology of Impasse in Negotiation and Mediation
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST --- 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PST
Issues of “face,” self-esteem and self-identity form the psychological core of negotiation and mediation. Most important is the “IDR cycle”— the cycle of self-inflation (overconfidence), deflation and realistic resolution that parties typically experience during negotiation and mediation. This program will help you understand the IDR cycle, the psychological reasons for impasse, and how to prepare yourself and clients for dealing with impasse.
You Will Learn:
•Why issues of "face," ego and self-identity often lead to impasse in negotiation and mediation.
•About the IDR cycle—the psychological cycle of self-inflation (overconfidence), deflation and realistic resolution that often occurs in egotiation and mediation.
ACR’s spring 2010 issue of ACResolution magazine will focus on the topic of the Preparing for Practice with Heart. The editors seek proposals from people who would like to write articles on any aspect of this topic. They seek diversity in authors and subject matter; authors do not have to be ACR members.
If interested, please:
- write a half-page (150-300 word) description of your proposed article,
- include a title/headline for your article,
- include your name and complete contact information,
- include one to three lines of biographical information, and
- specify if you would like to write a major (2,700 words) or minor (1,300 words) feature.
Send your proposal via e-mail with the subject heading Spring Proposal to ACResolution at publications@ACRnet.org as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
Many of you attended the ACR’s 9th Annual Conference, which was held on October 7 – 10, 2009 in Atlanta, GA.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on the conference.
Wallace Warfield was the keynote speaker, with a keynote entitled “Challenging Conventional Identities.” What did he address and how did he do? What struck you as the biggest takeaway point?
Some of the sessions included “Arguing For Resolving Conflicts,” “Collaborative Advocacy: Is Conflict Resolution and Advocacy a Healthy Mix?” and “Managing Climate Change Through Collaborative Decision Making and Governance: Addressing Policy Challenges Globally and Locally.” Which sessions did you attend and what did you enjoy learning about?
Adobe has put up a very interesting site promoting their technologies for opening up government.
From their website: “As Washington takes steps to become more transparent, government departments and agencies are more openly collaborating with each other as well as the public. See examples of how Adobe technology and software are empowering the Open Government movement.”
Looks like they also just held a meeting in DC to talk about all of this as well. Definitely worth checking out.
There’s a land management controversy in Colorado that presents a conflict between what would have traditionally been considered parties aligned in their interests.
The ACR EPP section is now up and at ‘em on Twitter! Our twitter handle (otherwise known as username) is @ACR_EPP.
For those of you who are familiar with Twitter, you’ll know to follow us for the latest news on the ACR EPP blog, to be the first to know of a new blog posting, and to check out links, news and stories from the web that we’d like to share.
If you’re new to Twitter, consider it a cross between a mini-blog and an RSS feed. In 140 characters or less, it’s a great way to get news, information, thoughts, and notes out to your “followers” (other twitter users who choose to follow your updates), and creates a strong community of folks with similar interests.
If you’re on Twitter, find us: @ACR_EPP.
“Frank Dukes, Marina Piscolish and I are seeking your participation in a blog exchange on the keynote address at the ACR Annual Conference by Wallace Warfield.
Here is the forum: http://highergroundswell.ning.com/forum/topics/challenging-conventional
And, if you wish to refresh your memory, ICAR has kindly provided this video of the event: http://www.gmu.edu/departments/ICAR/warfield_acr_keynote.html
Frank drafted a summary and included points raised from comments by Robert Benjamin, Homer LaRue, and Joyce Neu, and folks in the audience.