Imagine a world free from bias? It would likely be a world without humans. Like it or not, cognitive biases are very much a part of humanity. As much as we may tell ourselves that we will enter negotiations with an open mind and evaluate offers...

Originally published as a paper, read in full [PDF]. All too frequently, I attend mediations and I am asked by one side or the other or both to “work your magic”. It is my theory that neither magic acts nor miracles occur at mediation. Magic acts...

Cooper Mediation, as the presenting sponsor, is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Canada Cup from February 12-15, 2018. This will be a star-studded tournament involving top ranked squash players (including world #10 Diego Elias) from around the world. Vance and Jon Cooper of Cooper Mediation...

I have been mulling over this paper in my mind for some time. One of my colleagues is very much opposed to the expression “compromise” as she believes it has negative connotations. This led me to go to the source of all wisdom, the Internet,...

“I’ll see you in court!” How many times have you heard that line on television shows or in movies as a set-up to a climactic courtroom showdown between two sides in a legal dispute? In reality, most lawsuits and civil actions are settled prior to...

Vancestock VI: Thank You For Helping Us Raise Over $43,000 For Trails Youth Initiatives and nearly $200,000 over 6 years! If you happen to see Vance Cooper on the street flashing a big smile and humming a tune, it’s a good bet that he’s reliving one...

Obligation. It's a word that takes away any notion that you have a choice in the matter at hand. Put simply, it “must” be done, whether you like it or not. As a result, an obligation may end up feeling more like a burden or...