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Some ideas on Power Asymmetries

I am currently reading Dispute resolution: Beyond the adversarial model as an assigned text in my  Alternative Dispute Resolution class in my NCRP (Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding) studies at CSUDH. I found these quotes from Owen M. Fiss in his article Against Settlement: “… settlement is … a function of the resources available to each party […]

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I have been working really hard during the last few weeks on the fundamentals of what this blog is supposed to be about. It really isn’t the kind of work you can document on the Internet. Were I to live stream myself working it would look very much like I was sitting for hours on end […]


In my last post I broached the idea that the standard contract could be used as a tool of structural violence. I have since had some time to look more deeply into the subject. I was excited to find evidence that supports my premise and, unfortunately, I was not at all surprised by this. While […]

Tools of Structural Violence: The Standard Contract

This one is only an idea at this point, but here it goes. I spent my Saturday morning and afternoon this weekend at the 26th Annual Southern California Mediation Association Conference. I only attended one workshop this year, but it was well worth my investment of time. The workshop, titled “Conflict Management Systems: Opportunities for […]

Facebook against Uber

I have heard about Uber in the last few years. I first learned about Uber as a policy issue. I got a real introduction to Uber a couple of months ago: an old friend of mine has been evangelizing for Uber as a way to get home from the bars after a night of drinking. Today […]

On the concept of Maya

I learned about the concept of maya many years ago when I was taking a comparative religion class. Maya is the idea that the world we live in is an illusion. If we are wise and observant we can pierce the veil and see the world for what it really is. To pierce maya is […]