Establishment of Personal Relationships

Among First Parties

Steve Power describes community development work as a way to build relationships among multinationals and developing communities.
Robert Stains recommends holding a social event before the formal commencement of a dialogue group.
Mohammed Abu-Nimer sees interfaith dialogue as a sure way to break down stereotypes, establish relationships, and humanize "the other" in intractable conflicts between people of differing faiths.
Elise Boulding discusses networking and listening.
Tamra d'Estrée explains how relationship building processes work in different ways, some focusing on past injuries, other on more constructive future relationships.
Wallace Warfield discusses the role of the mediator and says sometimes the mediator's role is simply to help people find ways of being good to each other.
Mark Chupp talks about how to extend the benefits of the appreciative inquiry process beyond the immediate participants.
Silke Hansen explains that as trust is built between parties, their language and demands become more civil and flexible.

Among Third Parties

Elise Boulding talks about the importance of networking for success.
S.Y. Bowland describes the importance of establishing relationships with other mediators of color.
Robert Stains talks about the personal skills that dialogue practitioners need.
Nancy Ferrell explains how empathy is necessary for successful relationships and successful mediation.

In Specific Cases

Indira Kajosevic talks about RACOON's work with trauma victims from the Balkans.
Ray Shonholtz describes the San Francisco Community Mediation Boards as conciliation processes.
Laura Chasin describes a high-profile dialogue on abortion that taught both the parties and the facilitators a lot.
Louise Diamond talks about a transformative inter-ethnic dialogue that took place in Bosnia.
Carolyn Stephenson talks about people on Cyprus who have NO contact with people on the other side.
Peter Coleman describes an abortion dialogue in which the parties came to respect each other and protect one another, but they were still very polarized on the abortion issue.
Mari Fitzduff describes the unique peaceamking role of women in Ireland.
Eileen Babbitt describes the importance of activities and projects promoting working together as a means to rebuild relationships after conflict in Bosnia.
Eileen Babbitt describes a project that brought together Tutsi and Hutu women in Rwanda.
Pamela Aall describes how the U.S. Institute of Peace helps educators in conflict zones teach about conflict and peace.