Category Archives: Apologies

Endorsing Apologies in Mediation

This article notes the risks of apologies but also that they can be handled deftly in mediation. It’s well worth a read.

Countries Can Apologize Too

Countries can apologize too. PRI’s The World did a story last night on what might be called “the national apology,” when a government apologizes. Australia has had a “Sorry Day,” May 26, for twenty years, to express its regret for mistreatment of Aboriginal people. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made several apologies, including just […]

Over-Using “Sorry”

It’s helpful to explore the appropriate time to use the word “sorry.” In general, we don’t use it enough, in the sense that we are typically too slow to acknowledge responsibility for the harms we cause others. But “sorry” can be mis-used, and over-used. I blogged about this in December, citing an article noting that […]

Woman Apologizes to Zoo

A woman visiting an Arizona zoo Saturday decided she wanted a “selfie” with a jaguar, so she climbed over the barrier, and the jaguar attacked her. Other visitors helped her escape. She was treated in hospital for injuries to her arm. But here’s the best part: the next day, the young woman returned to the […]

Before You Send That Tweet…

Dear Twitter User: Before you hit “send,” please consider:  What’s urging you to send this tweet? (a) anger/rage; (b) contribution to the national dialogue on a topic; (c) fun; (d) gaining notoriety.  What requires that you send it now?  (a) I’m shocked and I want people to I know it; (b) if I don’t send […]

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