Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Mediation Channel Blog

Just found The Mediation Channel Blog on March 1 and I am intrigued by its style and its content. Not another dreary, look-alike blog for sure.

Two posts that I notice that might interest my readers were The cost of conflict: what happens when we frame divorce as combat which was cited in Zero sum game show: celebrities decide who’s right or wrong in The Marriage Ref. (And, no, I did not take the time to watch The Marriage Ref last night. I troubled my wife's patience enough watching curling.)

From The cost of conflict: what happens when we frame divorce as combat:

It made me wonder what shlep and Levine would make of a new book on divorce for women by attorney Sherri Donovan: Hit Him Where It Hurts: The Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Divorce–Alimony, Custody, Child Support, and More.

The pugilistic theme doesn’t end with the title: the book jacket is adorned with a photo of a blood-red boxing glove. Chapters include “Are You Ready to Rumble?”, “Divorce Ain’t for Sissies”, “Sizing Up Your Opponent”, “Conditioning for the Fight of Your Life”, and “Psyching Up for the Fight”.

It should leave us all asking what kind of casualties result when divorce is framed as either prizefight or combat.

Personally, I hate either/or scenarios. They do exist, sometimes they are unavoidable but the majority of either/or situations show either a lack of imagination or intellig

This comes from Zero sum game show:

Now, stepping into the marital fray is comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who will be hosting “The Marriage Ref“, a game/reality TV show in which bickering couples will submit their disputes to nonbinding arbitration before celebrity guests who will “comment, judge and decide who’s right and who’s wrong in real-life disputes between real-life spouses.”

Of course if you’d rather resolve your dispute anonymously, try the web site Sidetaker (“Let The World Decide Who’s At Fault”) and let the hive be the judge.

Useful and well written (like I wish I had thought to quote from the United States Poet Laureate), but may not be for the general public as much as other mediators. Give it a look.

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