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"I go to a Jr. high school. I was trained to be a mediator last school year. We started out with about 18 people. By the 2nd and last day of training it was down to 12 people. This year when we got back to school we were down to 8 people. Now we have some new members and we are back up to 16 people. Being a peer mediator is one of the hardest things that I think I have ever done in my life so far, but I'm only 13. Every one that I come across is "like what is a mediator?" It is a really hard thing to explain. In our group last year we saved 2 people from killing themselves. We were very proud of ourselves. This year I have acted like a counselor and have helped a teenage boy from going to jail. That is the type of stuff that is going on in our school today. It is very frightening some days for me to get up and go to school because I never know what is going to happen. That is just some of the things that is going on. We have helped a lot of people and we hope to continue. I think this is a good idea to have a website like this."
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Jeff Thompson
Government Shutdown Tip: Build A Golden Bridge (10/04/13)
Jeff Thompson
Build a golden-what? What does a bridge, no less a 'golden' one, have to do with mediation and negotiation and congress? Well, the term is from William Ury's book, Getting Past No.

Jeff Murphy
Washington Shutdown and Divorce Mediation (10/04/13)
Jeff Murphy
Most of us who are trained mediators learned the process of “Principled Negotiation”. It’s the theory behind Roger Fisher and William Ury’s Great work -”Getting To Yes”. It teaches how to negotiate without compromising principles but by examining each parties’ positions and exploring the underlying needs and interests to create options that can help reach fair and equitable solutions and settlements.

Gary Harper
The Passive-Aggressive: Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? (8/23/13)
Gary Harper
Collaborative conflict resolution requires a safe space for the conflict to exist. A hostile climate drives people underground, but curiosity, respect, and a willingness to be influenced encourage open communication.

Kenneth Cloke
Conflict and Movements for Social Change: The Politics of Mediation and the Mediation of Politics (7/07/13)
Kenneth Cloke
Internal conflicts are endemic and natural to progressive political and social movements, in part because it is difficult to agree on how to define and change highly complex, volatile and evolving social problems. As a result, over time, different definitions of the problem and perceptions about the nature of those who defend and represent it result in radically different notions about what needs to be done to change it. This article helps to clarify definitions of conflict and people's goals for resolving it.

Charlie Irvine
Business As Usual? Mediation and the Justice System (5/19/13)
Charlie Irvine
This article considers the under-use of mediation in the UK's second largest jurisdiction, Scotland. The article has three sections: a "myth buster" and two questions. The first examines three popular myths about mediation; the second addresses the question, "How does mediation add value to the justice system"; and the third presents the business case for lawyers, "Why does mediation make good business sense?"

Robert Benjamin
Lincoln Unchained: A Principled Hardball Negotiator For the Ages - Film Review (5/16/13)
Robert Benjamin
“Lincoln” is worthy of admission to the elite pantheon of excellent films, few in number, that focus on negotiation. More than merely a well-drawn historical drama, as some have characterized it, the film pushes beyond the simplistic mythology of Lincoln as the great emancipator and savior of the Union to examine the reality of what is required to negotiate difficult human events. Not surprisingly, little has changed in the intervening 150 years, which makes the film deserving of careful review by teachers and practitioners of negotiation and mediation.

ODR and Government (5/01/13)
Ethan Katsh, Daniel Rainey
The topic at hand is the use of the Internet to govern, and the role that ODR can play in e-government. Our discussion of e-government will be divided into three main sections: What has changed?; What must government (and e-government) do?; and Where are e-government and ODR going? ZZZZZ
NY: Gov Cuomo Assigns AAA To Mediate Hurricane Sandy Disputes (2/25/13)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on February 25, 2013 that the Department of Financial Services has established a voluntary mediation process for homeowners disputing their insurance claims or dissatisfied with denials of their claims arising from Storm Sandy. “Mediation offers a speedy, low-cost resolution of insurance claims for homeowners who are unable to reach agreement with their homeowners’ insurance companies on claims from Storm Sandy,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is also much less expensive for insurers than litigation, so it’s a win for everyone.”

Jerry Barrett
FMCS History Archive Story (1/18/13)
Jerry Barrett
This is the story of a career with FMCS. The FMCS historian tells of his career, successes and mistakes, and some of his most interesting experiences with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. This story should be of interest for those new to the mediation field--it tells of the difficulties, the mundane, the struggle, the determination, the hope, and finally the reward of a career in the mediation field. ZZZZZ
"Face to Face" Explores Restorative Justice - Jan. 9 & 10 Screenings in LA (1/02/13)
The award-winning film “Face to Face” will screen on January 9 and 10 in Southern California. The Australian drama deals with the concept of restorative justice, in which a mediator is appointed to resolve conflicts and legal issues. Plaintiff and defendant confront each other in a controlled, guided situation. The benefits of such an approach are obvious: Swift justice, rather than a costly protracted trial in the criminal court system: Good for the plaintiff, good for the defendant, good for the taxpaying public.

Princess Inaara
Princess Inaara Speaks in Support of Mediation (video) (11/15/12)
Princess Inaara
In this video, Princess Inaara of Jordan speaks eloquently in support of mediation for Jordanian and middle east societies. As she says: "Mediation is respectful cooperation in conflict and an intelligent and human way of thinking."

F. Peter Phillips
When Interests Change at the Negotiating Table (11/11/12)
F. Peter Phillips
Neither negotiation pundits nor political commentators seem very quick to pick up on an obvious fact of life: That, as negotiations continue, the underlying objective of the parties may change, and their interest may morph.

Chris Kane
Mediating Storm Water Run-off Disputes – Settling “Neighbor Wars” (11/05/12)
Chris Kane
Waterway and wetland mediations involve complex issues and multiple parties. This article discusses multiple mediations where the courts helped to advance and support the mediation process.

Michael Scott
Review of "Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACS and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce (8/28/12)
Michael Scott
Saposnek and Eddy offer an interesting and insightful perspective of the current American political landscape. This book offers a highly descriptive explanation of conflict, easily understood on the micro level of the dynamic between divorcing couples, which is then transposed onto the macro level of our two major political parties that are unable to resolve conflict.

Joe Markowitz
Rules and Ethics (5/29/12)
Joe Markowitz
Suppose the party inserting such a provision admits their deceitful intent and specifically instructs the mediator not to tell the other side of the land mine's existence. Is the mediator bound to keep that information confidential?

Mediation Given Key Role in Gulf Oil Spill Settlement (5/15/12)

A federal judge in the BP gulf oil spill case has named a mediator to focus on resolving seafood claims for which $2.3 billion has been set aside in the proposed class action settlement. The seafood claims cover commercial fishing and oyster leaseholders and harvesters, but not the processing or sale of seafood. This is the only portion of the settlement that is capped, with the overall settlement estimated to be about $7.8 billion. (March 9, 2012)

Christianna Gozzi
Conflict is Inevitable. War is Not. (4/30/12)
Christianna Gozzi
Conflict resolution practitioners can work to design conflict management procedures which are practical, efficient and usable at every level of society, thus increasing the probabilities that humans will chose a non-violent system over war.

John Sturrock
A Little More Conversation (3/26/12)
John Sturrock
The next two years present Scotland and the rest of the UK with a unique opportunity. How we conduct the discussion of the constitutional question (whether or not Scotland should become an independent nation) could be as important as the outcome.

World Bank Analyzes ADR Benefits (3/12/12)

A World Bank paper discusses the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution, looking at the empirical benefits of mediation and other forms of ADR and noting the need for additional studies outside the U.S. The short paper, by the Investment Climate Impact Project, focuses on measurable issues of cost savings and timing. It also discusses less measurable impacts, such as improving business relationships and problem-solving skills, reducing pressure on courts, and improving investors’ perceptions about the safety of business investments in emerging markets.

Settling Out of Court, Note No. 329 (2011); The World Bank Group’s Viewpoint Policy Journal

City Uses Mediation to Avoid Bankruptcy (3/12/12)

Stockton, California avoided bankruptcy by bringing in a mediator to resolve disputes with creditors and unions, as required by a California law enacted last year. Stockton is the first city affected by the law, and might be the beginning of a trend, as other cities in California are under financial stress. Twenty-four states permit municipalities to file Chapter 9 bankruptcies, with some restrictions.

Bloomberg (February 29, 2012)

Japanese Mediation Center Beginning to Resolve Fukushima Nuclear Accident Claims (2/07/12)

The mediation center established by the Japanese government is now beginning to resolve claims resulting from the Fukushima nuclear power plant catastrophe, with three resolutions from the 600 claims that have been submitted thus far. Many more claims are likely from the 150,000 people displaced by the nuclear accident, but to begin the process each claimant must complete a 56-page form using a 150-page instruction manual and provide receipts and other documentation. The Japanese government has set up a $26 billion fund to pay damages on behalf of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), with another $11.7 billion approved in November and more likely to follow. Few lawsuits have been filed, although one lawyer is threatening to file a shareholder derivative action against Tepco’s corporate directors seeking $72 billion for failing to raise the height of tsunami barriers. (January 26, 2012)

U.K. Trying Regional Workplace Mediation Networks (2/07/12)

The U.K. Government announced that it is establishing two regional mediation networks for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in a pilot program to reduce workplace disputes and the number of employment tribunal cases. The mediation networks will be in Cambridge and Manchester, with mediation training of employees at 24 SMEs, as smaller companies are often not aware of the benefits of mediation and rarely use it. Trained mediators will then be able to assist other organizations in their regional network. The government is seeking a provider for the first round of mediation training. The pilot program is part of the government’s reform of the employment tribunal system; in the last two years tribunal claims have risen to 218,000, an increase of 44 percent. The program will run 12 months and expand to other areas if successful.

People Management Magazine Online (January 23, 2012); eGov Monitor (January 24, 2012)

Grace Eagle Reed
A Mediator's Reflections on the Occupy Movement (1/30/12)
Grace Eagle Reed
The police in Portland, unlike other cities of its size, became national examples of progressive community policing during the Occupy Movement. By calmly responding to the conflict around them, they are open to ongoing community feedback, are continuing to look for ways to do a better job and are using better judgment when they have to restrain protestors. Their patience and openness is appreciated by all involved. It is also the perfect example of a counter-story peacefully challenging the accepted stock story, for the betterment of all involved.

Consumer Protection BC
Consumer Protection Online Dispute Resolution in BC - The Basics (Video) (1/09/12)
Consumer Protection BC
Find out the basics about Consumer Protection BC's Online Dispute Resolution pilot project. It's an easy and convenient way for consumers to resolve their disputes with businesses.

Denise Tamir
Obama and the Middle East - A Mediator's Perspective (6/13/11)
Denise Tamir
In a sense, Obama holds himself out as a neutral, purporting to facilitate the Middle East peace talks as an outsider. When evaluating Obama's recent conduct using mediation methodology, however, Obama shows that he is anything but neutral.

Joe Markowitz
Knee-Jerk Responses (3/27/11)
Joe Markowitz
Since we hung back several weeks before intervening militarily in Libya, Gingrich attacked the administration for that. Once we intervened, Gingrich attacked the administration for that. I'm sure some of Newt Gingrich's supporters prefer this stance of unrelenting opposition, but I have to think a lot of voters looking for a more coherent, logical approach, must be turned off by it.

Victoria Pynchon
Excuse Me for Having to Be Rescued: Negotiating Order in Japan (3/14/11)
Victoria Pynchon
I do not know anyone who would apologize to their rescuers for the inconvenience caused by the need to be saved. And I cannot imagine the destruction to my own City by the occurrence of a quake with a magnitude greater than eight. I do know, however, that in the face of crisis, whether we live in Hollywood, Tokyo, Cairo, New Orleans, New York City, or Bangalore, we pull together, set aside our differences, care first for the weakest and and carry on.

Merri L. Hanson
What Political Leaders Can Learn From Mediators About Civil Discourse (1/31/11)
Merri L. Hanson
Another news day. Another day of partisan wrangling that equates to tribalism. News reports of the Republican effort in the house to pass a repeal of the healthcare act describe discussions as intense and only slightly more polite.

John Sturrock
Mediation Saves The UK An Annual £1.4bn While The Cost Of The Services That Help To Achieve It Is A Mere £15m (1/17/11)
John Sturrock
If the phrase “deficit reduction” characterised the early months of the new Westminster government, for many it has now been superseded by “preventative spending.” Investing wisely at an early stage to avoid spending far more later can save significant sums for the tightly-strung public purse – and one area of huge potential is mediation.

EEOC Reports Record Number of Mediation Resolutions (1/12/11)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that in fiscal 2010 it set records both for the number of charges received, at just under 100,000, and the number of resolutions in its mediation program, which were up ten percent. The agency also set a record for the amount of monetary relief obtained for individuals, at $319 million, of which over $140 million was obtained in mediations.

New York Injury (December 11, 2010); Press Release (November 23, 2010)

Minnesota Farmer-Lender Mediation Program Having Bigger Impact (1/12/11)

The annual report on the Farmer-Lender Mediation Program in Minnesota shows further increase in the use of mediation in the program. In 2010, farm enterprises and lenders completed over 400 mediations involving $624 million in debt, which was nearly double the amount in 2009. Creditors with secured debts over $5,000 against agricultural property in Minnesota are required to offer mediation prior to judgment collection, repossession or foreclosure. Farmers choosing mediation have 90 days to work with lenders to renegotiate their debts.

Cattle Network (November 22, 2010); 2010 Report

Joe Markowitz
Common Ground, Not Compromise (12/20/10)
Joe Markowitz
Here is a portion of a 60 Minutes interview with incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner, who explains why he thinks "compromise" is a dirty word

British Culture Minister Seeks Mediation Service to Address Online Privacy (11/23/10)

The British Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries is proposing a new mediation service to give an additional means of redress to consumers concerned about breaches of online privacy or seeking to get inaccurate personal information removed from the internet. The Minister is also pushing an updated code of internet conduct and seeking to meet with internet service providers and other key players to encourage their participation. (November 3, 2010); (November 2, 2010)

Missouri Proposes Mandatory Mediation for All Large Civil Cases (11/23/10)

A commission of the Missouri Supreme Court has issued a report proposing revisions to the state’s mediation rule, including court-ordered mediation in all civil cases with a demand over $25,000. The commission also considered the Uniform Mediation Act, but proposes merely to clarify the state’s current rules on admissibility and confidentiality. While recognizing that mandatory mediation may be a challenge in rural areas where mediation is less common, the commission was influenced by the national trend towards mediation. The commission began with surveys that showed a high level of use and satisfaction with mediation in Missouri and a majority favoring court-ordered mediation in all cases. The commission is seeking input on its proposals by early December and expects the Court to act by next summer.

All Business (September 26, 2010)

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