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In March 2012 Mediate.com published my article “Mediation Skills Development Around the World - with Skype”. It was about Virtual Mediation Lab, a pilot project sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution – Hawaii Chapter, which started in November 2011 with one goal and one underlying idea.
Fifty online mediation simulations later – run with 62 mediators from 22 countries -- this is what we found out: It works.
On June 6, 2012 we posted the results of the pilot project Virtual Mediation Lab on our website http://www.virtualmediationlab.com They consist of 2 parts.
Part 1 – Interviews with VML Mediators
We asked some mediators around the world who participated in our simulations:
Part 2 – A 9-Page Report
Titled “Results of the ACR Hawaii Pilot Project Virtual Mediation Lab — Mediation Skills Development Around the World with Skype”, our pdf report shares how VML mediators answered by email, during our debrief sessions or through our Exit Surveys questions like these:
The Bottom Line Question About VML Simulations -- Useful or Waste of Time?
After each of our 50 simulations we asked all 3 mediators/participants to grade the usefulness of their simulation on a scale from 1 (it was a waste of time) to 10 (it was very useful). Here are the results.
How VML Simulations Work
To get a better sense of how our online mediation simulations with Skype work, you can watch a new 5-min video posted on our website. It is based on an actual simulation we ran on May 31, 2012 with mediators in Scotland, Israel and Brazil.
ACR Hawaii is planning a series of events to elaborate on the results of Virtual Mediation Lab. These will be held in Honolulu later this year.
Phase 2 of Virtual Mediation Lab
Given the positive feedback received from mediators around the world who participated in the pilot phase of our project, VML will continue. For more information about the new conditions and additional features (e.g. comediation, multiple mediation sessions, and video sharing with other VML mediators) of VML Phase 2 visit our website.
Giuseppe Leone is a professional mediator living in Hawaii. Past President of ACR Hawaii, he practices and teaches mediation since 1997 – face-to-face and online. Giuseppe is the Project Manager of “Virtual Mediation Lab”.
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