Articles and Video:
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Zena Zumeta, long time mediator, trainer and former President of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of Mediate.com's "The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm" Series.
Styles of Mediation: Facilitative, Evaluative, and Transformative Mediation
Mediators around the country find themselves uncomfortable with what is being called mediation in their own and other areas. Accusations are made that one or another approach to mediation is not “real” mediation or are not what clients wanted. In addition, many clients and attorneys are confused about what mediation is and is not, and are not sure what they will get if they go to mediation. 17 Comments
Zumeta, Zena: Early Influential Experts - Video
Zena Zumeta talks about mediation practice early on and conferences held by specific mediators who were particularly influential and helpful.
Zumeta, Zena: How Success Happened - Video
Zena Zumeta explains two reasons why she believes her success came to her: one is effective marketing by a business partner; the other was "pure luck" - she believes people had confidence in her ability to help them solve their problems.
Zumeta, Zena: Joys and Satisfactions of Training - Video
Zena Zumeta talks about what has pleased her in terms of the field. She states that training professionals is a joy so they can in turn train and use collaborative techniques with clients and employees.
Zumeta, Zena: Specializing as Positive - Video
Zena Zumeta explains that although she practices mediation in many different dispute contexts, she thinks there is an advantage of specializing in specific areas.
Zumeta, Zena: From Advocacy to Negotiation - Video
Zena Zumeta reflects on a particular occasion when her work as an advocate for labor unions moved more into negotiation. She realized that one must think differently in order to settle and end up with a win-win solution.
Zena Zumeta: Evaluative Approach - Video
Zena Zumeta explains the difficulties she sees with using an evaluative approach. However, she sees how it can be useful in a dispute where there is a power imbalance.
Zena Zumeta: Innovative Mediation/Evaluation Processes - Video
Zena Zumeta shares her excitement about what she sees emerging in the field - new processes and inventive approaches within mediation and evaluation that can better serve particular clients. She is also hopeful there will be more scientific assessments of techniques.
Zena Zumeta: Spiritual Side to Mediation - Video
Zena Zumeta speaks to the spiritual dimension of the work she does - how helping people learn how to respectfully and effectively be a part their workplace and family is a sacred task.
Zumeta, Zena: Internal Peaceful Change - Video
Zena Zumeta describes that in the 1970s, with her practice of meditation and making peaceful changes internally, she wanted to make peaceful changes externally as well.
From Zena Zumeta
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Preventing Conflict through Facilitation
Facilitators make it easier for people to accomplish whatever goal their meeting may have been called for. Although facilitation can be used in conflict situations, and therefore belongs on the conflict continuum, an important characteristic of facilitation is its use as a preventative measure.