The Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project is designed to promote collaboration by faculty, students, scholars, practitioners, educational institutions, and professional associations to produce, disseminate, and use valuable qualitative data about actual dispute resolution practice. Dispute resolution is defined broadly and includes dispute system design, conflict management, organizational decision-making, dispute prevention, and transactional negotiation, among other things. Moreover, the Project is not limited to traditional concepts of dispute resolution, recognizing that legal practice generally is oriented to dispute prevention and resolution.
This Project is hosted by law professors at the University of Missouri School of Law Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution but we encourage people in other disciplines and countries to participate. We also encourage people to use Stone Soup assignments and activities in courses that have dispute resolution elements even though they do not specifically or exclusively focus on dispute resolution.
The basic premise of the project is that faculty will use their courses to generate knowledge about dispute resolution. For example, students conduct interviews about dispute resolution cases and/or faculty might conduct “focus group classes.” Interviews may involve professionals and/or lay people involved in cases. Students may ask people to provide accounts of entire cases or discuss parts of cases that illustrate specific issues.
We encourage other innovative ideas for promoting the Project’s goals. For example, faculty can use student competitions to organize general de-briefings for students and judges. Academics and practitioners may take advantage of the conference and continuing education programs to systematically take advantage of learning opportunities from these programs.
Faculty should consult with the research ethics bodies in their universities (called “institutional review boards” in the US) to determine if approval is needed for these activities. If the activities are for teaching but not research as defined in applicable rules, approval by these bodies may not be needed.
Listserv. The Stone Soup listserv is open to faculty interested in using a Stone Soup assignment or activity. Faculty can subscribe to the listserv even if they have not yet used a Stone Soup assignment or activity or do not definitely plan to do so.
To subscribe to the listserv, send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the text, write: subscribe STONESOUP-L firstname lastname. Obviously, you should substitute your own first and last names.
If you are a subscriber to the listserv, you can send a message to the listserv subscribers by sending an email to STONESOUP-L@PO.MISSOURI.EDU.
Listserv subscribers can access an archive of messages posted to the listserv. To access the archive, go to the StoneSoup listserv home page. If you don’t have a password, follow the instructions to create a password.