CPR Institute Launches New ADR Website
July 28, 2008The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute) has launched a sophisticated web-based platform for legal executives, attorneys, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scholars, and business practitioners seeking creative strategies and current trends in business conflict resolution and management.
The interactive website, at www.cpradr.org, focuses content around bridging the gap between thought leadership and practical application, making dispute resolution integral to how business is done in the new millennium. Specifically, the site acts as a single source for best practices, tools and research in the area of alternative dispute resolution by providing access to CPR Institute’s rich archives of industry-specific contract clauses, rules, protocols, and procedures for the avoidance, management and resolution of commercial conflict. For CPR’s Members, the site also offers exclusive access to top Mediators and Arbitrators from CPR’s Panels of Distinguished Neutrals.
In building this new site, CPR’s intent was to create an online community platform where its members, law firms, corporations, government entities, and the expansive ADR world could collaborate. More importantly, CPR wanted to leverage that collaboration and expand the ADR knowledge base by harvesting and posting user-generated content of interest to practitioners. In this way, CPR hopes to expand the ADR community via members who regularly share best practices, supply materials and engage new comers to the field.
"Our goal was to create a new online experience that would connect practitioners to best practices. The ADR world is moving online. There's no question that the next great frontier will be virtual collaborative networks—in this case, a Web 2.0 online community for ADR practitioners. CPR is taking the first step towards building this community by providing a single
place to access superior thought leadership and the opportunity to leverage innovative thinking,” said Molly Brannon, Vice President and Director of Marketing for the CPR Institute.
New offerings on the site include:
- A one-of-a-kind weekly podcast series on international dispute resolution hosted by Michel McIlwrath of GE Oil & Gas.
- One-click access to video/audio clips and presentation materials from CPR’s exclusive meetings and conferences from around the world.
- A link to CPR’s new partnership with West, which provides CPR’s meeting sessions and trainings online, on demand, for CLE credit in dozens of states.
- A weekly blog with the editor of the award-winner ADR newsletter, Alternatives.
- The opportunity for CPR members and registered users to create their own customized web experience by selecting areas of interest to them. This web tool contacts them directly when new content in their areas of interest is added to the site.
- Opportunity for CPR’s committee members to create customized web platforms for collaboration, including wikis and blogs.
- Enhanced search capabilities and access to recent cases decisions.
- A new online shopping capability for the purchase of ADR publications, DVDs and resource materials.