Author Archives Jason Gladfelter, M.A.

Jefferson County Mediation Set for Increased Footprint Under New Contract

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on February 09, 2017  /   Posted in Articles

PRESS RELEASE— Denver, CO (February 6, 2017)  Heading into its 24th year, Jefferson County Mediation Services (JCMS) is set to expand its reach and services under a new contract managed by OvalOptions for Conflict Management. JCMS, the largest community mediation program in Colorado, serving thousands of citizens each year, operates under a contract with Jefferson
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To Make Change, Change the Change

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on January 28, 2017  /   Posted in Articles

What we have here is failure to change Many people see change as a top-down approach: change policy and everything else will follow. A border wall will stop immigrants from seeking a better life; marching will persuade against such a wall. What the top-down approaches miss is the “down” portion. Such actions do not seek and
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Debate and Dialogue

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on December 30, 2016  /   Posted in Articles

Differences in Structure, Practice and Goals Remember those presidential debates? You know the ones, where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were asked questions that they didn’t answer and instead talked about each other?  Yeah, I tried to block those out of my mind, too. But, they happened and had at least some influence in deciding
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Can Craft Breweries Save America?

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on December 29, 2016  /   Posted in Articles

Craft brewing in America is booming, providing consumers a diverse selection from over 4,000 breweries. But some of those breweries have potential to offer the American public something else: A conduit for national (and personal) progress. If 2016 has taught us anything it is that America has communication problems. From our private lives to political
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Top 7 Mistakes in Communication

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on December 14, 2016  /   Posted in Articles

We all make communication mistakes. Some are so small that we don’t even realize we’re making them. Yet, small mistakes can add up and start to wreak havoc on conversations and relationships. Here are the top 7 mistakes: Ignoring what the other person is saying/Dismissing their concerns. If you do it to them, then you’re
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Post Election: Now What?

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on November 09, 2016  /   Posted in Articles

Ok, the election is over. Now what? This is a great time to consider what this country should become and it starts with you. Roughly 120,000,000 people voted: Trump won the electoral race, Clinton the popular vote. Clearly, America is divided. What we do next, as “winners” and “losers”, can help heal this country, or
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Pre-Election 2016: The Power

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on October 26, 2016  /   Posted in Articles

In everyday life, how much do you care about total strangers? It’s safe to say that you don’t really think all much about them. Apart from brief encounters (at the market, while driving, etc.), your feeling towards strangers is most likely indifference.  You don’t know enough about them to like them or hate them. There’s
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The People Ingredient: A Craft Brewery’s Biggest Threat?

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on August 14, 2016  /   Posted in Articles

By Jason Gladfelter, Director of Brewery Mediation Network This article expands on the article written by Ed Sealover published in the Denver Business Journal Aug. 5th: “What Ails Colorado Brewing“.  Craft brewing is (still) booming. The Colorado economy alone sees $1.15 billion from the burgeoning brewery business, and currently there are more than 300 brewing
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How to Speak to a “…Lives Matter” Supporter, Because You Must

Posted by Jason Gladfelter, M.A. on July 15, 2016  /   Posted in Articles

Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Which do you support? Don’t answer just yet. Let’s take a look at the controversy surrounding them. Black Lives Matter has been criticized for concentrating only on black lives. Retorts like, “what about other lives?” and “why are blacks so special?” are popular. Perhaps the most common response
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