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North Carolina, but Have Conflict, Will Travel
Bob O'Connor holds an advanced law degree (LLM) in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of law, as well as a law degree from Oxford University and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale.
Interests: Bob is an expert in mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and other forms of non-litigation conflict resolution. He wants to help people resolve their disputes, then help them heal and restore their lives to wellness and balance. Further, he wants them to grow and fulfill new dreams for the future.
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by Larry Susskind I hear the phrase "win-win" all the time. I'm not sure that very many people who use it know what they are talking about. I have a hunch they mistakenly assume that if everyone would just cooperate, then all parties would get what they want. That, of... Continue reading
Happiness is a choice and a gift. It is a choice we make to give away every day. Give it freely and it will flow back to you in abundance. Happiness is a gift we receive every day as our birthright. You were built to be happy. Your body receives... Continue reading
By Kenneth Cloke December 2005 We mediate not in the abstract, but within a given society and culture which define the parameters of what is possible and acceptable. These parameters are paradigms, which limit our capacity to creatively respond to conflict. For this reason, Amilcar Cabral said "liberation is necessarily... Continue reading
Jun. 28 2011 - 12:01 am | 423 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments posted by VICTORIA PYNCHON Explaining why our bargaining partners should do what we want them to do requires persuasion — a compelling account of our business requirements and capabilities — along with any other reasons... Continue reading
Posted on June 13, 2011 by Michelle O'Neil It's never too late to do what's in the best interests of yourchildren. Like many promises, commitments, and agreements, wedding vows often don't seem to be worth the words spoken or the paper they're printed on. However, once a child is brought... Continue reading
Cyber mediation BY JULIE K. BROWN JBROWN@MIAMIHERALD.COM Scheduling meltdowns. Missed appointments. Custody hand-offs. Nasty texts and emails. Unexplained dental and doctor bills. For years, these kinds of disputes often led divorced parents into costly court battles and “he said, she said” feuds — with their children caught in the middle.... Continue reading
May 18, 2011 in mediation, negotiation | Tags: creativity, mediation, obstacles By Steven G. Mehta One of the key things that a mediator can provide for clients is the ability to think creatively. Indeed, some would say that a mediator’s ability to be creative is one of the key traits... Continue reading
Bob O’Connor: March 2011 Innerpreneur Spotlight MARCH 30, 2011 in Innerpreneur Spotlight · Written by Tara Joyce · FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER Bob O’Connor Founder & CCC (Chief Creative Collaborator) Conflict Resolution Specialists, LLC Follow Bob on Twitter I am: an innerpreneur whose life and work are driven by my... Continue reading
The Stages of a Conflict The world of conflict can act like a funnel, in that disputes can enter from any of a variety of areas of life and can take all forms (arguments, disputes, accidents, cultural trends). As a society, and as a mediation community, we can address these... Continue reading
Building Positive Emotions In Mediation This article is derived from Fredrike P. Bannink’s book Handbook of Solution Focused Conflict Management (2010), Cambridge MA: Hogrefe Publishing. Little attention has so far been paid to theories of positive emotions in psychology and mediation. This may well reflect the spirit of the age... Continue reading
by David A. Hoffman, Richard N. Wolman January 2011 -Print -Email -Comment -Subscribe (free) Can mediation be considered a spiritual practice? And what is a spiritual practice anyway? We think the answers to these questions might explain, at least in part, why we and many other mediators find mediation to... Continue reading
Here's the thing that drives my passion for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Litigation is an extremely toxic thing. People hire trained gladiators to do their bidding, and they think that it will empower them (give them more power.) In reality, the opposite is true. Going to court is extremely costly financially.... Continue reading
‎"The most sacred place dwells within our heart, where dreams are born and secrets sleep, a mystical refuge of darkness and light, fear and conquest, adventure and discovery, challenge and transformation. Our heart speaks for our soul every moment while we are alive. Listen... as the whispering beat repeats: be...gin,... Continue reading
"According to A Course in Miracles, there are only two basic emotions: one is fear, the other is love. You may fear the disapproval of others. Take that risk and you'll discover that you receive more approval when you don't seek it than when you do. You may fear the... Continue reading
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Dr. Howard Thurman (1899-1981) Dr. Thurman would not have self-identified as an Innerpreneur, but he speaks here about a... Continue reading
Here's the thing that drives my passion for Alternative Dispute Resolution: Litigation is an extremely toxic thing. People hire trained gladiators to do their bidding, and they think that it will empower them (give them more power.) In reality, the opposite is true. Going to court is extremely costly financially.... Continue reading
The All-Powerful “Mirror” Neuron, and What it Means for Mediators Neurobiologists struggle every year to uncover more and more about how the human brain perceives the world, interacts with the world, and changes in response to the world. One major discovery that scientists have recently begun studying is the effects... Continue reading
This article is derived from Fredrike P. Bannink.’s book Handbook of Solution Focused Conflict Management (2010), Cambridge MA: Hogrefe Publishing. There are four types of “conflict stories” that can be changed to “solution stories.” These conflict stories are: • Blame stories, in which someone gets the blame for the conflict;... Continue reading
On the morning after St. Patrick's Day, I am in the mood for a little Irish humor. Can I help it if I am an O'Connor? Love The Irish Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.... Continue reading
EDUCATION LLM. in Dispute Resolution - Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu CA – 2010 * Top of the Class, Mediation Theory & Practice * Top of the Class, Employment Dispute Resolution M.Div. (Cum Laude) - Yale University, New Haven CT – 1987 D.AS. (Cum Laude) - Berkeley Divinity School,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Bob O'Connor's Resume
Conflict Resolution Specialists, LLC (CRS) offers a full spectrum of services that address every kind and level of dispute. At CRS, we believe that resolving disputes through litigation and lawyers is the most costly and time-consuming option, and the process can be the most personally damaging to one’s quality of... Continue reading
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