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Power: Understanding or Coercion?

April 12, 2022 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT


Date April 12, 2022

Time 10 AM PDT • 1 PM EDT • 7 PM CEST

Cost $47

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Central to our approach to conflict is to maximize the potential of the power of understanding in the three dimensions of self, other and external realities. Understanding is a quite different and challenging alternative to the power of coercion. These dimensions have a potential power to transform and help guide people to agreements created by them that they feel invested in and are more likely to live up to since the solution comes from their understanding of themselves, each other, and the situation. When in conflict, people often gravitate towards the power of coercion. Coercion may produce a result but often at the cost of later boomeranging when one or both parties sit with the fallout. In this webinar, Gary Friedman will discuss how to develop understanding in coercive situations.

By attending this webinar, you will:

– Understand the potential of the power of understanding

– Understand limits of coercion

– How to create understanding in the face of coercion


Gary Friedman

Gary J. Friedman has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976, integrating mediative principles into the practice of law and the resolution of legal disputes. Co-founder of the Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation in Law), he has been teaching mediation since 1980. Prior to his work as a mediator, he practiced law as a trial lawyer with Friedman and Friedman in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades He has mediated numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.



April 12, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
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