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This Week in Mediation #1036

May 15, 2024 – OUR 29TH YEAR!
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In This Issue:
Ombuds Forum Series • Equipping Mediators for AI-Driven Disputes • ICODR Podcast 28: Zbynek Loebl on Decentralized, Open Source ODR and AI • AFCC 61st Annual Conference, Coping with Transition: Individual, Family and Beyond, June 5-8, 2024 in Boston • AAAi Podcast #4: LegalMation CEO James Lee • The Limits of Generative AI in Mediation and Legal Practices • Making Money Podcast #511: Exploring AI Tools Beyond ChatGPT for Dispute Resolution Professionals • Restorative Practices in Organizational Ecosystems: Transforming Leadership and Workplace Dynamics • Mediation in the News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs

Ombuds Forum Series
with Clare Fowler and Colin Rule
Join Mediate.com for Ombuds and Trending Issues on May 23, 2024 – 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern.  In this free session, we will look at what the data is showing us regarding reporting concerns. What are the most common IOA categories being reported and how is this changing?  Are we seeing trends around gender, mental health, COVID, work-life balance?  Join us to address these trending issues with fellow professional ombuds.

Equipping Mediators for AI-Driven Disputes
By Robert Bergman
As artificial intelligence integrates deeper into various sectors, disputes related to its use will be increasingly common, from healthcare to finance, media, and manufacturing, revealing a critical gap in current mediation training programs. This article explores some of the unique challenges that AI-related disputes present, such as complexities in data privacy, algorithmic bias, and intellectual property rights. 

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ICODR Podcast 28: Zbynek Loebl on Decentralized, Open Source ODR and AI
In this episode of the ICODR podcast, Ian MacDuff speaks with Zbynek Loebl, of counsel at PRK Partners in Prague, and host of the upcoming ODR Forum meeting odr2024.org .

AFCC 61st Annual Conference, Coping with Transition: Individual, Family and Beyond, June 5-8, 2024 in Boston
Join AFCC in Boston for the 61st Annual Conference, Coping with Transition: Individual, Family and Beyond. The conference will examine how family law professionals assist families in a variety of transitions: from an intact family to one that lives in two homes; children’s transition between developmental stages; transitioning gender; or transitioning to new statutes, processes, and professional roles. Register and reserve your hotel today!

AAAi Podcast #4: LegalMation CEO James Lee
At Legalweek in New York, Bridget McCormack and Zach Abramowitz talk about the power and limitations of large language models with LegalMation founder James Lee. AAAi Podcast Home

The Limits of Generative AI in Mediation and Legal Practices
By Robert Bergman
The recent surge in artificial intelligence (AI) hype, fueled by bold promises from influential figures like Elon Musk, suggests that AI development is advancing at an unstoppable pace. Musk’s projections include fully autonomous Tesla within a few years, AI surpassing human intelligence shortly, and a future dominated by AI-driven robots. Despite these claims, the reality of AItechnology will hit a plateau because of diminishing returns in its development.

Mediation Skills Training at Northwestern University
Develop the tools needed to analyze and understand conflicts from multiple perspectives and learn how mediation can ensure quick and effective resolution in a variety of situations.

  • Build the skills needed to help parties with conflicting interests reach resolution.
  • Develop an understanding of the mediation process in simulated mediations.  
  • Work with a faculty of experienced conflict mediation professionals.
  • Learn about ethics, opportunities in commercial mediation and arbitration, and how to build a mediation practice.  
  • Attend this five-day course on Northwestern’s Chicago campus this summer. Register today!
Making Money Podcast #511: Exploring AI Tools Beyond ChatGPT for Dispute Resolution Professionals
with Susan Guthrie
In this episode of the Make Money Mediating Podcast, host Susan Guthrie discusses her top three artificial intelligence (AI) tools for dispute resolution professionals that aren’t ChatGPT. 

Restorative Practices in Organizational Ecosystems: Transforming Leadership and Workplace Dynamics
By Abayomi Abayomi
Restorative Practices (RP) provide a powerful framework for leadership, conflict management, and enhancing leadership competencies. Grounded in the principles of mindfulness and inclusion, RP facilitates the building and maintenance of positive relationships within organizations. 


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