Jeff Bean & Martha Bean: Balancing & Illuminating Power

May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

2.1 Balancing & Illuminating Power: Exploring Approaches to Power in Conflict Dynamics

Jeff Bean, Beyond the Courthouse Mediation & Facilitation, Seattle, WA

Martha Bean, Senior Mediator, RESOLVE, Seattle, WA

Friday, May 4, 2012 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Some neutrals believe power either belongs outside the collaborative process or it must be “balanced.” Explore power dynamics, power balancing and an alternative: Power Illumination. In demonstrations, small-group round-table discussions and an online collaborative workspace, expand your capacity to analyze power dynamics while building effective intervention skills.

To go to the online collaborative workspace, the Power in Conflict Network, click here. You will be able to sign-up and participate in discussions before and after the workshop. You do not need to attend the workshop to join the Power in Conflict Network. Any dispute resolution professional interested in the subject is encouraged to join.

Martha Bean is a Senior Mediator at RESOLVE. She is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of experience with special expertise in mediating complex multi-party natural resource disputes, facilitating groups to focus on results. She has worked intensively with over 50 multi-party groups to reach agreements, manage resources and set action plans. She guides groups as they prepare technical and policy products, providing supportive and strategic leadership to organizations, agencies and businesses. Martha’s unique skills include the ability to create visual depictions of complex systems and key concepts, to assess conflicts and issues, to design systems for resolution, and an ability to teach collaborative methods using interactive methods and real examples.

Jeff Bean's practice is dedicated to providing clients with collaborative approaches to conflict that are client-centered, agreement-oriented and solution-focused. He mediates disputes, conflicts and difficult conversations among organizations, individuals and businesses. Before turning to mediation full-time, Jeff's litigation practice ran the gamut from administrative hearings, jury trials and multi-district national class-action litigation, to appeals before the Washington State Supreme Court. He represented individuals, businesses and governments with claims ranging from antitrust to contract to negligence to securities. Jeff works to build the capacity of the legal profession to provide representation to clients in agreement-oriented dispute resolution processes. He is past President of King County Collaborative Law and past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Jeff also presents, trains, instructs and coaches in dispute resolution.

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