News & Current Events in Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding

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We pride ourselves on having an incredible team here at Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, and so we decided to do a spotlight blog series that will feature all of the cool things our team is up to. The first interview was with Henry Yampolsky, one of our consultants who leads a yoga and mindfulness-based peacebuilding training...

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Does employee satisfaction within a company play a part in customer satisfaction? This article by Glassdoor (a popular website where employees and customers can review and rate companies) highlights this question, and the results are interesting, to say the least. Researchers within Glassdoor decided to compare Glassdoor’s data with data from the American Customer Satisfaction...

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Air France is flying to new heights, thanks to alternative methods of dispute resolution. The company turned to mediation following the introduction of the Macron Law of 2015, which provided the company the opportunity to step away from their culture of lawsuits.  Lawsuit Culture  Before they adopted mediation as a company policy for settling conflict,...

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Diversified Maintenance Systems, LLC is being sued by the EEOC for racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  On top of paying three-quarters of a million dollars in damages, they will appoint a monitor that ensures they do not violate their non-discrimination agreement that is a part of their settlement.  They will also create a hiring plan...

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Do you ever feel like some (or maybe all) of your coworkers could use a session on a therapist’s couch for how they act in the workplace? Well, workplace therapy really does exist. Esther Perel is a famed psychotherapist, and creator of two podcasts, who is involved in the realm of workplace conflict. “Where Should...

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CROSSMARK, Inc. is a marketing and international sales company that manages food demonstrators in retail stores across the United States. The company has not been treating their demonstrators well, though, as charged by the EEOC.   What Happened? The EEOC states that CROSSMARK allegedly forbade their employees from sitting on stools for more than ten minutes...

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Violence is a heartbreaking reality in our world. Rates of people killed in violent conflict are 10 times higher than they were in 2005, according to the United Nations. These statistics are scary, but there are groups of people around the world devoting their time and resources to building lasting world peace. A group of...

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Riverside Police Department is taking a new approach to handle their juvenile cases: mediation. The police department presented the proposal at a village board meeting on October 17th of this year. Why Mediation?  Riverside’s Police Chief gave an example of how the mediation services could benefit juveniles. Say a child begins refusing to attend school....

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La Cantera Resort and Spa is in hot water — and it’s not from the heat in Texas. According to the EEOC, the resort reportedly hired new managers who ended up being verbally abusive to at least 25 Hispanic La Cantera employees because of their national origin. What Happened? The managers allegedly outright banned employees...

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Sudan has been in and out of the news for a few reasons. Its former leader was the first sitting president to be charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Also, civilian protests against the military rule were happening earlier this year, which eventually led to an agreement to allow joint rule...

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