Settlement Perspectives

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6 PerspectivesDecember 31, 2009

A Simple Thank You

A Simple Thank YouYesterday I got to spend a little time with Michael Maslanka, whose Blawg 100-listed Work Matters site many of you might know.  As Mike and I shared ideas and perspectives on Web 2.0, blogging in general, and the true sense of community that drives it all, I reflected a bit on 2009 and the people and personalities that make Settlement Perspectives what it is.

While that first post of 2009 seems like only yesterday, a lot has happened since then.  Through it all many of you have subscribed to, commented on and forwarded the posts you have seen here, and for that I cannot thank you enough.

In addition to the active readership we have at Settlement Perspectives, several prominent bloggers and publications have linked to our posts.  Following up on a great idea I saw earlier this week on the Loree Reinsurance and Arbitration Law Forum, I take this opportunity to highlight many of those blogs and publications as a way to say “thank you”.

Decision Tree Analysis And More

Early in the year we did a series on decision trees and how to use them more effectively in mediation and litigation.  The series generated some interesting discussions, including:

Early Case Assessment

ECAs are always a popular topic, and this year was no exception.  Notable discussions included:

Blogging and Web 2.0

I may be a bit behind the curve on Web 2.0, but it’s clear we’re all learning together.  The conversation has recently included:

Insurance Coverage

Late in the year we joined the discussion on insurance coverage from the policyholder’s perspective.  Follow-up included:

Other Topics and Sites

As 2009 comes to an end, I will close as we began.  Thank you, and Happy New Year.

Categories: Blogging,Negotiation

6 Perspectives:

Jacob R.Friday, January 1, 2010 12:27 am

Glad to have you blogging. It’s always interesting and exciting to read your posts. Keep it up in 2010!

John DeGrooteFriday, January 1, 2010 12:28 pm


Thanks for your encouragement and for your thoughts throughout the year on Decision Tree Analysis — your contributions have made Settlement Perspectives a more robust resource for all of us.

John DeGroote

Philip J. Loree Jr.Friday, January 1, 2010 2:45 pm

My modest “thank you” post pales in comparison to yours. Thanks for all the mentions, and Happy New Year!


John DeGrooteFriday, January 1, 2010 9:40 pm


Thanks again for helping us close out 2009 the way we did. Giving us a quote was one thing, but allowing us to steal your idea for a thank you post was quite another. Here’s to a great 2010–

John DeGroote

Diane LevinTuesday, January 5, 2010 9:14 am

John, thank you so much for including my blog in this outstanding compilation of links. I’ve been a big fan of your blog since you first launched it. Your contributions to discussions about negotiation and settlement are simply superb, and I am grateful to you not only for your insights but also for your neighborliness here in the dispute resolution blogosphere. It’s such a pleasure to have “met” you, and I hope one day we can continue our conversation in the real world.

Wishing you a peaceful, joyous, healthy, and prosperous New Year,

John DeGrooteTuesday, January 5, 2010 12:34 pm


You may or may not know that one of the more influential posts I read before I started Settlement Perspectives was one of yours — Mediation bloggers: are you making the most of the social side of blogging? If I’m “neighborly,” I’m only following your lead.

Thanks, Diane–

John DeGroote

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