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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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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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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