Author Archives Jason Gladfelter, M.A.

Approaches to Dispute: The Big Five

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on March 27, 2018  /   Posted in Articles

Which is Right for You? It Depends There are five basic methods for addressing disputes. Each has their benefits and challenges. Choosing which is right for you is not easy; problems can be complex, emotions high, communication murky, and relations strained. Some problems may require more than one approach. We help clients understand, choose, and
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OvalOptions is Expanding its Office and Services

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on February 04, 2018  /   Posted in Articles

In January, OvalOptions moved from its Denver office to the Clear Creek Office Building in Wheat Ridge. The new office has space for in-house trainings, conferences, meetings and dialogues. We extend sincere thanks to the Conflict Center for providing us office space over the last several years. The new location is significantly larger and provides
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Brewery alliance seeks to protect Fountain Creek Watershed | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on July 21, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

The Fountain Creek Watershed Project is tapping into a Colorado Springs staple – craft breweries – to raise awareness of local water issues. Now comes the Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance – the first such organization in Colorado – made up of the watershed project, nine area breweries, Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project, Colorado
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VENTIT Helps with Internal Dynamics of Breweries

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on May 18, 2017  /   Posted in Uncategorized

May 18th, 2017 DENVER, CO—In its ongoing effort to support craft breweries, the Brewery Mediation Network has developed a new program to help breweries manage their internal dynamics.  VENTIT® is designed as a “self-referral” process to connect brewery staff and associates with conflict management professionals at OvalOptions to address any frustrations or tensions that staff
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Please “Have a Beer” Responsibly

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on May 06, 2017  /   Posted in Articles

The new #OpenYourWorld Heineken commercial is turning some heads. Instead of depicting upscale parties, a fun night out or just fun times between friends, it highlights the differences between people that make us unique, and which make us uncomfortable. Addressing and living with such diverse differences is a source of social and political tension. What this
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What is the Craft Beer Revolution?

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on April 20, 2017  /   Posted in Articles

Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams), claims the revolution is slowing down. His New York Times op-ed explains his perspective, with the main reasons being pressure in various forms from multinational brewers, some “slack government antitrust oversight”, and distribution control. He has his points, and his article has its critics.
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BrewDog, Lone Wolf and the Forest

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on April 05, 2017  /   Posted in Articles

The recent uproar in the brewing industry involving trademarks centers on BrewDog Brewing and pub owners in Birmingham (UK) after the latter named their pub “Lone Wolf”, which is also a name on one of BrewDog’s labels. BrewDog challenged the pub’s usage and rather than fighting it in court, the pub owners decided to change the
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