Friday, July 14, 2006

Start Where You Are

Simple words by Edgar Cayce that are very true.

You must start where you are. This thought resonates with me. As I embark
on this new adventure called ADR Practice Builder, I see there are so many
new things for me to learn. Google Adsense systems, podcasting, new html
editor programs...the list seems endless.

Now, that's great because I see myself as a life-long learner who thrives on mastering new things. It's also bad because I can be impatient and want to
master new skills immediately.

So, I'm starting where I am now- a learner who embraces the questions, not
just the answers.

If you've put off starting a mediation practice or feel stuck in the practice
you have, start where you are right now. Find out what the first next step is for you. Embrace that task; search for one answer at a time; and have fun doing it.

Oh, and don't worry if it's the wrong answer.

Try. Fail. Learn. Grow.


PS The July Laser Calls are available for registration now. Click here to check them out.


At 6:26 PM, Blogger Victoria Pynchon said...


Please see today's post at -- a Call for Articles from the new Settle It Now Dispute Resolution Jouranl (

We have a distinguished Advisory Editorial Board and intend to become one of the five top academic journals of note in the fields of alternate dispute resolution and restorative justice practices, as well as the social, cultural, psychological and political study of conflict.

We are looking for articles in the fields of mediation, arbitration, restorative justice, international relations, consensus building and peace activism.

Our first volume (see eclectic in subject matter and international in scope. Robert M. Nelson of the Canadian Gowlings law firm contributed an article on the use of alternate dispute resolution programs in post-Communist societies. Robert Dobbins provided an incisive essay on best practices in drafting mediation and arbitration agreements -- the commercial litigation "pre-nup."

Kenneth Cloke graciously allowed us to publish a chapter from his new book, The Crossroads of Conflict. The chapter published, Mediating Evil, War and Terrorism -- the Politics of Conflict, is an unflinching look at the evil we suffer and the evil we do.

Troy Anthony Thomas provided us with a fascinating study of the conflict resolution style and substance of Jesus of Nazareth -- a much needed investigation given our nation's present religious polarization on nearly every critical issue from religious study and practice in the schools, to "intelligent design," gay marriage, and abortion. How would Jesus have resolved these conflicts in modern society?

Finally, Editor-in-Chief Victoria Pynchon included her own article on restorative justice practices in the criminal justice system. She reviews the ways in which former offenders can find peace and purpose in post-offender communities in much the same way that recovering alcoholics have pursued healthy and productive lives through the principles and practices of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Upcoming issues will feature other original articles, essays, book reviews, practice updates and transcripts of programs that are of interest to all those involved in conflict resolution, be they students, volunteers, working mediators, arbitrators, ombuds,psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists or artists.

Please consider submitting your work to us.


Victoria Pynchon
Settle It Now Dispute Resolution Journal


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