Weekly San Diego Union-Tribune Features


The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) is proud to share that the Union-Tribune features a weekly column, titled A Path Forward, featuring advice and tips from NCRC president Steve Dinkin.  Each Sunday, NCRC will focus on a current event that exemplifies the intolerance and incivility we are experiencing in society today, and share valuable communication tips or conflict resolution advice to help overcome those issues. We are thrilled to have this partnership with the U-T and look forward to expanding our reach and resources in the community!

November 28, 2022
Swimmers Find Community and Celebrate Best Day Ever

November 20, 2022
Grandpa Frank, Cousin Franny, a Drama-free Holiday

November 13, 2022
Reflecting on Midterm Vote and Thinking About 2024

November 6, 2022
Political Polarization: The Latest Threat to Workplace

October 24, 2022
Iranian Protests Focus Light on Status of Women

October 16, 2022
Women’s Soccer is Latest Chapter in #MeToo Saga

October 9, 2022
Creativity Up to Bat in Fight Against Homelessness

October 2, 2022
Robert Sarver Fouls Out as Phoenix Suns Owner

September 25, 2022
Border Problems Not Solved By Migrant Relocations

September 18, 2022
Reconciling Antisemitism, Free Speech on Campuses

September 11, 2022
Compassion Lacking in Classroom Lessons About 9/11

September 4, 2022
In Workers We Trust – Or Do We in Today’s Culture?

August 28, 2022
In America, Teachers Absent As Return to School Begins

August 21, 2022
The Game of Golf is Latest Victim of Factionalization

August 14, 2022
Alex Jones and the Limits of Free Speech

August 7, 2022
It’s Time to End The Climate Change Debate

June 26, 2022
As Summer Begins, Thinking About Our Drought Problem: Empathy

June 19, 2022
Toward Becoming an Antiracist: The Journey Continues

June 12, 2022
Civility on Trial in Depp-Heard Defamation Case

June 5, 2022
No Simple Answers In Effort to Stop Mass Shootings

May 29, 2022
For Working Women, The Best and Worst of Times

May 15, 2022
Let’s Reimagine Policing in a Post-Floyd Era

May 8, 2022
Still Searching For the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift?

May 1st, 2022
May Day: An Important But Uncelebrated Holiday Here

April 24, 2022
NCRC Celebrates Local and National Peacemakers

April 17, 2022
With Jackson Pick, Supreme Court Looks More Like America

April 3, 2022
Trans Youth Are the Latest Target of Parental Angst

March 27, 2022
In the Rush to Normal, We Can’t Leave the Kids Behind

March 20, 2022
As Political Divides Deepen, So Do Family Fissures

March 13, 2022
Social Media Become the Newest Weapon of War

March 6, 2022
Ukrainian Conflict Begs Question: Why Fight a Culture War?

February 27, 2022
Finding Right Words, Striking Right Tone in State of the Union Address

February 20, 2022
Social Media And It’s Role In The Future Of Democracy

February 13, 2022
Thinking About Race Relations, With ‘Trouble in Mind’

February 6, 2022
It’s A Lot Like Groundhog Day

January 30, 2022
At The Burnham Center, it’s Community Before Self

January 24, 2022
A Tale Of Two Covids: The Selfless And The Selfish

January 17, 2022
Let’s Reframe Our Narrative to Honor Dr. King.

January 2, 2022
2022 Resolution: Countering a Culture of Contempt

December 26, 2021
Shining a Light on the Issue of Mental Health

December 19, 2021
Hope For the New Year: Civil Discourse From Parents

December 12, 2021
Another School Shooting Reminds Us: It Takes a Village

November 29, 2021
Tribalism in the great outdoors: It’s the NoBos vs. SoBos

November 21, 2021
Celebrating Americans’ Cornucopia of Contention

November 14, 2021
The Social Contract of Decency We All Should Sign

November 8, 2021
Lincoln vs. Cathedral: It’s Bigger Than Just Football

October 31, 2021
Vaccine Mandates: An Impasse That Hits Close to Home

October 24, 2021
Accountability, Not Cancellation, a Force for Change

October 17, 2021
New Schoolyard Brawl: It’s Adults Who Are Fighting

October 10, 2021
Misconceptions Abound as Islamophobia Persists

October 3, 2021
Human Trafficking: It’s Hapenning in Our Own Neighborhoods

September 26, 2021
Becoming an Ally for Women: The Time to Act is Now

September 19, 2021
Patience Wearing Thin for Unvaccinated, Unmasked

September 12, 2021
Music Inspires Unity Healing on Anniversary of 9/11

September 5, 2021
Labor and Patience in Short Supply on This Labor Day

July 18, 2021
Boss Ladies: Fight for Workplace Equality

July 11, 2021
Tortilla Incident Shows That Intent Doesn’t Matter

July 4, 2021
America: Celebrating Our Diverse Country

June 27, 2021
Basking in the Glow of Congressional Bipartisanship

June 13, 2021
As Mask Mandate Lifts, Confusion Comes to California

June 6, 2021
There’s Trouble Brewing in the Craft Beer Industry

May 30, 2021
Holiday Weekend is Time for Revelry, Reflection, Reimagination 

May 23, 2021
The Many Faces of Those Involved in Peacemaking

May 9, 2021
Fauci to be Honored by NCRC as National Peacemaker

May 2, 2021
Haves vs. Have Nots: Uneasiness of Vaccine Passports

April 25, 2021
To Fight Injustice, Listen to Youth

April 11, 2021
Now is the Time to Work Toward Gender Parity

April 4, 2021
Time to Mediate the Immigration Crisis at the Border

March 28, 2021
Reflecting on Our Progress in the Racial Justice Journey

March 21, 2021
Faux Cancel Culture Outrage Masks Real Concerns

March 14, 2021
Bystanders Deepen Problems of New York Governor 

March 7, 2021
Parents vs. Teachers: Students Will End Up Losing

February 28, 2021
Time to End Our Long History of Anti-Asian Racism

February 21, 2021
Working to Heal Divisions in the Re-United States

February 14, 2021
Overcoming Contempt to Heal the Political Divide

January 31, 2021
Answering a Plea for Unity; Conversation on Feb. 11

January 24, 2021
Making Strides as a Country to Embrace Diversity

January 17, 2021
With Inauguration, an Opportunity for U.S. to Reset

January 3, 2021
Let the Journey Toward Becoming Antiracist Begin

December 27, 2020
Rays of Hope Shine at End of Dark Year, Start of Brighter One

December 6, 2020
No Shortage of Priorities as Civil Rights Take Stage

November 29, 2020
For Some, a Thanksgiving Like Every Other Day

November 22, 2020
Holidays a Fitting Time to Honor the American Family

November 15, 2020
Divided, Americans Stand — But Polarized, We Will Fall

November 8, 2020
The Election of 2020: What Lessons Have We Learned?

November 1, 2020
Early voting surge: A sign of enthusiasm or exhaustion?

October 25, 2020
A vote to restore some humor in the United States

October 18, 2020
The president’s job one: Restoring trust in the United States

October 11, 2020
Shortsightedness of tit-for-tat thinking dominating country

October 4, 2020
A supreme idea: More female justices for the high court

September 27, 2020
Imagining Justice Ginsburg’s last act: Telling citizens to vote

September 20, 2020
Cheering for National Unity with Launch of COVID-19 Vaccine

September 13, 2020
Athletes as Heroes in the Struggle Against Racial Injustice

September 6, 2020
Summer of 2020 Marked by Tragedy

July 26, 2020
Anti-Semitism Taints Conversation About Race

July 19, 2020
Will Change in America Stick This Time?

July 12, 2020
Mask Hysteria: The Return of the Compliant and the Defiant

July 5, 2020
What Does it Mean to be an American? 

June 28, 2020
July 4th: With Liberty and Justice for All

June 21, 2020
Women Continue to Lead During Tough Times

June 14, 2020
Reimagining a Different Outcome in Minnesota

June 7, 2020
Outrage and Sadness with Another Life Lost

May 24, 2020
Stuck at Home, Dreaming of Travel and Interaction

May 17, 2020
Women Lead the Way as Pandemic Fight Continues

May 10, 2020
Preparing for a Civil Return to the Workplace

May 3, 2020
Pandemic Reveals Two Camps: Defiant and Compliant

April 26, 2020
As Pandemic Persists, So Does Work Of Peacemakers​

April 19, 2020
Singing the Praises of Unsung Heroes

April 12, 2020
Is COVID-19 a Cure for Former Social Distancing?​

April 5, 2020
Misinformation Abounds in Time of Uncertainty

March 29, 2020
Leadership Lessons as the Pandemic Continues

March 24, 2020
There’s No Place Like Home – Right?

March 16, 2020
Disappointment as Pinkie Promises Go Unfulfilled

March 10, 2020
As Coronavirus Fears Increase, Racism Spreads​

March 3, 2020
Craving Civil Conversation in Today’s Environment

February 25, 2020
Tactical Communication Tools to Keep the Peace​

February 18, 2020
In Hopes of a Civil State of the Union

February 9, 2020
This Valentine’s Day is a Good Time to Find Forgiveness

February 3, 2020
You Can Help a Homeless Person with a Simple Hello

January 19, 2020
How to Talk About Climate Change in Light of the Australian Wildfires

January 12, 2020
Bystander Challenge: Responding To Anti-Semitism

January 6, 2020
Three Principles For Employing Restorative Justice

December 29, 2019
Let Learnings from the Past Illuminate Your Future

December 22, 2019
Rediscovering the Lost Art of Debate​

December 15, 2019
Lessons Learned From ‘Space Walking’ Amid The Midway

December 8, 2019​
‘There Is Room For Everybody’ to be a Philanthropist​

November 25, 2019
Grandpa Frank, Cousin Franny and the Drama-Free Thanksgiving

November 17, 2019​
Paul Palmer’s Legacy of Connection and Compassion

November 10, 2019
Nationals Hit a Homer in Fostering Warmheartedness

November 3, 2019
Taking the Time to Participate and Be Part of The Solution

October 20, 2019
Toward More Civil Workplaces

October 6, 2019
Path Forward Starts With Us, Continues With Youth

September 29, 2019
Understaffed, Off The Clock and On The Brink

September 22, 2019
The Wi-Fi Gatekeeper: A Case For Accommodation

September 16, 2019
The Vegan Violation and The Freedom To Choose​

September 8, 2019
Quarterbacks to Co-workers: The Power of Empathy

September 3, 2019
Constructive Confrontation Might Be Winning Ticket

August 25, 2019
Considering A Constructive Feedback Solution

August 19, 2019
Wedding Planning: See The Celebration From Both Sides

August, 12 2019
The Two-Bedroom Apartment And The Olive Branch

August 5, 2019
The Sister-In-Law and The Not-So-Essential Oils

July, 28, 2019
High-Conflict Personalities: Navigating the Maze​

July 21, 2019
A Contractor Dispute: How to Respond Rather Than React

July 15, 2019
The Border Crisis: Avoiding Dismissive Labeling

July 7, 2019
A New Deck, The Neighbor and The (Almost) Perfect View

July 1, 2019
The Doorbell Dilemma: A Selling-A-Home Stalemate​

June 23, 2019
Homelessness In America: Many Sides Of The Same Coin

June 16, 2019
At Odds With The Not-So-Amusing Amusement Park

June 9, 2019
The Exclusive Gym, A New Member And A Rigid Gym-Goer

June 3, 2019
The Weary Traveler and The Passport Fiasco

May 26, 2019
The Lonely, Barking Dogs and The Disrupted Workspace

May 19, 2019
Nimby vs. Yimby: Bridging the Divide of Boundaries

May 14, 2019
The Aggressive Children and The Scared Ducklings

May 5, 2019
When Star Employees Leave and Clients Follow Them

April 21, 2019
The Attack of The Neighbor’s Killer Pepper Trees

April 15, 2019
The Tale Of The Multitasking Administrative Assistant

April 7, 2019
Losing Sleep Over A Night-Owl Roommates Routine

March 31, 2019
The Paperless Office: Save Trees, Lose Productivity

March 24, 2019
The New Neighbor With Expensive Taste In Fences

March 17, 2019
A Devious Bedside Visitor with a Hidden Agenda?

March 10, 2019
Taking The High Road To Professional Recognition

March 4, 2019
Debating In-Home Water Conservation Amid Wet Winter

February 25, 2019
How To Unite The Divided Among A Fractured Flock

February 19, 2019
Please, Let This Dead Christmas Tree Rest in Peace!

February 11, 2019
The Unleashed Doberman And The Heedless Owner

February 4, 2019
A Fragrance-Free And Tension-Filled Workplace

January 28, 2019
The Chronically Early, Clueless Dinner Guests

January 20, 2019
Happy Anniversary: ‘Mediate This!’ Marks One Year

January 13, 2019
Dealing With A Neighbor’s Makeshift Auto Repair Shop

January 7, 2019
The Piled-Up Dishes And The Shiftless Co-Worker

December 30, 2018
Looking Back On 2018: Four Reasons For Optimism

December 16, 2018
The Marauding Bamboo and The Threatening Neighbor

December 10, 2018
How to Talk About Loud Talk (And Not Be a Crank)​

December 3, 2018
Paving The Way to Neighborhood Unity in El Cajon

November 25, 2018
The Allure of The Costly College on The East Coast

November 18, 2018
A Talking Circle: Feasting On Turkey And Civil Discourse

November 11, 2018
A Query From The Front Lines Of The Scooter War

November 5, 2018
After the Votes are Counted, How do we Heal?

October 29, 2018
The Rental Unit with Down-and-Dirty Appliances

October 14, 2018
A Contractor, a Winning Bid and a Broken Promise

October 7, 2018
A Neighborly Easement and a Driveway Invasion

September 30, 2018​
Unleashing Problems For Neighborhood Walkers

​September 23, 2018​
​Athletes, Protest And Outrage: A Retrospective

​September 16, 2018
Property, Tree Roots and Problems With Plumbing

September 9, 2018
An (Un)Civil War Between Two Tenured Faculty

July 29, 2018
The Handicaped Space and the Agile Pilates Driver

July 22, 2018
The Colorful Storage Building and The Blocked View

July 15, 2018
An Uncivil Plot: Using Rage to Bring About Change

July 8, 2018
A Texting Driver, a Collision, and a Bad Loan

July 1, 2018
The Single Working Mom and an Unconscious Bias

June 24, 2018
The Barking Dogs and The Growling Neighbors

June 17, 2018
A Wedding Gift From a Teenage Nephew Photographer

June 10, 2018
The Passed Over Interim Director and the Outside Hire

June 3, 2018
The Leaning Fence and the Neighbor Standoff

May 27, 2018
The Expensive New Jacket with The Musky Odor

May 21, 2018
The Bullying Executive and The Exiting Employee

May 13, 2018
A Nice New Neighbor with a Big Booming Voice

May 6, 2018
The Ferocious Dog and The Belligerent Owner

April 29, 2018
The Brazen Landlord and The Outrageous Bill

April 22, 2018
Tree vs Tree: The Hostile Elm and The Gentle Ficus

April 15, 2018
A Mom, Her 13-Year-Old, and the Lure of Instagram

April 8, 2018
The Polite New Hire and The Clueless Office Mentor

April 1, 2018
The Corner Store, Booze, and Creepy Guys

March 25, 2018
The Absentee Designer and The Seething Sales Rep

March 18, 2018
The Playground Bully and the Heedless Mother

March 11, 2018
The Customer’s Service Dog and The Shop’s Barista

March 4, 2018
A Contractor, A Small Street, and Five Large Vehicles

February 25, 2018
The Ex, The Kids, and The Trip with The Girlfriend

February 18, 2018
The Resilient Roaches and The Crabby Landlord

February 12, 2018
A Free Spirit, A Neatnik, and a Cubicle Shoji Screen

February 4, 2018

The Surf Shop, The Wet Floor, and The Medical Bills

January 28, 2018

The Distant Uncle, The Nearby Cousin, and The Will

January 21, 2018

Upstairs Neighbor is a Fitness Bootcamp Instructor