“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”
Keeping John F Kennedy’s famous words from his inaugural address in mind, we at Mapping ADR envisioned a platform where students, faculty and practicing professionals could share their knowledge and thoughts about Alternative Dispute Resolution, which could be easily accessible to all. This sent us in the search of a logo that would symbolize both our aspirations for this venture as well as the key elements of ADR. After due deliberations, we finally settled on the current logo: two opponent chess pieces, shaking hands, over a world globe – as designed by Jindal Global Law School student Farhan Zia.
The reason why the logo features two opposing chess pieces shaking hands in agreement is a story in itself. We wanted our symbol to represent exactly what this blog, and by extension, ADR, is all about. The decision to use two chess pieces was to exhibit what the nature and objective of a negotiation is: to reach an agreement between the two parties by mutual consensus. A negotiation will always have two parties who are at a conflict, and these conflicts may even be of the scale of a war, as it happens for the two opposite sides in a game of chess. However, such conflicts and disagreements are an inevitable part of a negotiation. As the popular book Getting to Yes states, “Agreement is often based on disagreement.” Even two opposite sides in a war can reach a consensus.
Having decided this, the only matter left to contemplate was the background of this artwork. The contours of a globe behind the chess pieces represent the world, and are meant to signify how quickly alternative methods of resolving conflicts and disputes are growing and spanning across continents. Long gone are the times where disputes could only be settled in front of a judge in a court with all its Kafkaesque red tape. Further, it represents the ‘Mapping’ in Mapping ADR, which signifies our mission to trace the latest developments in the field of ADR and report them to our readers. This however, will not be restricted to any geographical limit and aspires to become a global platform.
Negotiation is basic to each individual and we resolve conflicts by these means in routine life. The ultimate aim is to highlight this very fact to everyone. Capturing all these ideas and values in one logo was a Herculean task. However, after much discussion between our members, we finally settled on this one. Hence forth, we proudly present the logo of Mapping ADR.
[This post has been contributed by Farhan Zia, a first year student at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat.]