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The Riddle of Principle and Compromise – How We Can’t Have One Without the Other

Posted on May 13 2014 under Conflict Resolution, Previous Programs

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When to compromise and when to hold fast to our principles is one of the most difficult challenges we face when dealing with conflict. Listen in on June 24 at 8 pm Eastern as mediator, professor and author Bernie Mayer considers how these two values simultaneously prevent us and enable us to deal with some of the most difficult conflicts in our life.


Bernie Mayer is a Professor of Dispute Resolution, at The Werner Institute, Creighton University. For over thirty years he has been a leader in the conflict resolution field. Bernie has facilitated many complex environmental conflicts, commercial and organizational disputes, interpersonal conflicts, public decision-making processes, and has an extensive background in family mediation as well. He is a founding partner of CDR Associates, a pioneering conflict intervention firm, located in Boulder, Colorado. Bernie is the author of many books and articles including The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention; Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution, and Staying With Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes. He is currently working on new book, The Conflict Paradox, which is due to be published early in 2015. Bernie lives in Kingsville, Ontario, and Boulder, Colorado.

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Stephen Kotev is a Washington D.C. based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, facilitation, training and somatic education to private and government clients. He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He is a former employee of the Association for Conflict Resolution, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution and the D.C. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency as an ADR Specialist.

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