Eleven Big Ideas About Conflict: A Superficial Guide for the Thoughtful Journalist
Leonard L. Riskin
University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law
June 30, 2007
Journal of Dispute Resolution, Vol. 2007, No. 1, 2007
When Professor Richard Reuben asked me to speak about the most basic ideas in conflict resolution to a group that included renowned journalists and journalism scholars, I balked. Surely these notions would seem too obvious, mundane, or superficial. But Richard - a practicing journalist for many years as well as an expert on conflict - assured me that the audience would find most of them surprising and useful. I hope he is correct.
I plan to present eleven ideas from the dispute resolution literature that I find particularly helpful in my work and life and which I think any journalist would benefit from knowing. The list is a bit idiosyncratic, reflecting my own peculiar journey in the academic and professional worlds of conflict, which has leaned toward the kinds of disputes in which lawyers routinely get involved. So I make no claim that these are the top eleven ideas, and I hope that other commentators will supplement and amend this list.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: dispute resolution, ADR, conflictAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 2, 2009 ; Last revised: September 4, 2009
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