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Taken from Jim Melamed's training manual, these introductory excerpts suggest that progress in mediation is necessarily incremental; that the mediator should in fact strategically focus on baby steps of progress that can be made; and that, in effectively mediating, the mediator should seek to "only do so much as is necessary" to stimulate available progress so as to not over-direct the process and allow participants to claim progress as their own.
Perception and Parts in Mediation (07/10/14)
Seeking to be an effective mediator is a both challenging and fascinating endeavor. Essentially, the mediator is asked to assist participants who have some measure of disagreement, or at least lack of agreement, to reach sufficient agreement so as to be willing to call the situation "resolved." In this sense, the mediator seeks to move participants from "the circle of disagreement" to the "circle of agreement."
Mediation: A Fascinating Journey (07/08/14)
Mediation is a fascinating journey. It is rational and irrational, cognitive and intuitive. And there is no shortage of challenge!
Competition, Collaboration and Integrity at the World Cup (06/15/14)
As a former soccer player and professional mediator, I now think about the World Cup and soccer in terms of how we interrelate as human beings, focusing on issues of competition, collaboration and integrity. There are many lessons to be learned and a very special opportunity at risk of being missed.
Why Mediate.com? (04/02/14)
After 18 years as CEO of Mediate.com, I know the answer to "Why Mediate.com?" Our purpose from the beginning has been to both reflect and drive the development of valuable mediation services on a global scale.
So, You Want to be a Mediator? (12/04/13)
I find myself regularly asked “what do I need to do to become a mediator?” While I do not pretend to have all of the answers, here are some suggestions for beginning your journey.
Top Mediator Website, Mediate.com, Celebrates Past, Present & Future of Mediation (10/18/13)
This week's issue of The Mediate.com Weekly is Mediate.com's 500th compilation of mediation articles, featured blog posts, news, job listings, a field-wide calendar and more. Be sure to see our 500th Issue Testimonials. For 18 years, Mediate.com has been the trusted consolidator of comprehensive mediation information and resources.
Mediate.com Announces Alberto Elisavetsky as Spanish Language Editor (10/10/13)
Mediate.com is pleased to announce Alberto Elisavetsky as the Spanish Language Editor at Mediate.com. Dr. Elisavetsky will review Spanish language article submissions and be furthering www.Mediate.com/Espanol.
The NSA, Mediation and Digital Accountability (06/11/13)
Our society’s and the world’s reaction to the NSA’s massive data collection efforts and the ongoing evolution of the privacy vs. security debate have rather profound implications for the future of mediation. I call this concept of how we adjust our digital communications given our perception of the possible unintended exposure of those communications, “digital accountability.” The good news is that digital accountability may not all be bad.
Interview with Jim Melamed (video) (06/06/13)
This interview by Dave Hilton, host of the Conflict Specialists Show, with Jim Melamed, CEO of Mediate.com, describes the development of Mediate.com, mediation marketing, Caseload Manger and the future of online dispute resolution.
SYNC, UN-SYNC, RE-SYNC – An Emerging Paradigm for Online Mediation (06/03/13)
The incorporation of the Internet into mediation as an augmentation to “face-to-face” discussions or when the mediation fully takes place online calls for new understandings about how to best structure and understand both online mediation and all mediation. In fact, to some extent, all mediation is now “online mediation.” I here propose a new essential paradigm that I call “Sync, Un-Sync, Re-Sync,” and sketch out why I believe this reconceptualization of online mediation is valuable. 4 Comments
Negotiating & Mediating Parenting Screen Time Agreements (05/20/13)
How the world has changed! It used to be that divorcing couples would fight over family pictures, music collections and fear losing contact with their absent child. Digital pictures, digital music and “Skype parenting time” have now dramatically altered this divorced parenting landscape. Compelling is the new critical need for parents to directly address screen time and digital media issues in a constructive way. These issues are challenging for any family and doubly challenging when a child is being raised between two households.
The True Beginning of Mediation (humor video) (02/25/13)
The True Beginning of Mediation is an 8 minute tongue-in-cheek documentary tracing mediation's roots to Woodstock. Join Sunshine, A.J. and Jerry the Macrame Mediator for good laughs, and be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at Mediate.com University!
Resolving Pressing Issues in Divorce Mediation (video) (02/06/13)
This video on resolving pressing issues at the beginning a divorce mediation is from Jim Melamed's 15-hour "Mediating Divorce Agreement" course available at Mediate.com University.
How to Optimize Online Professional Directory Listings (01/22/13)
One common weakness for many professionals is their failure to capably develop and effectively utilize their professional directory listings. The purpose of this article is to offer ten key recommendations for optimizing your professional directory listings.
Occupy and Mediation: Two Movements That Offer One Another Massive Opportunity (11/22/11)
Without seeking or wanting to take a political position on whether the Occupy Movement has positively moved critical national discussions forward, or whether it is just a bunch of young folks in need of showers and jobs, one thing is perhaps clear: mediation is emerging as the preferred Occupy dispute resolution process of choice. 5 Comments
The Penn State Debacle Will Surely Find Its Way Into Mediation (11/11/11)
In addition to the criminal actions associated with the Penn State sex abuse case, for which there will most likely in time be “plea deals” (negotiated results), it is certain that there will be many private civil actions for damages by the individuals and families that have been harmed. If those cases were to proceed through the courts, with certain appeals, the likely wait time would be 5 years or more. Mediation will surely offer a better option.
Harvey Goldhammer Wins iPad 2 From Mediate.com (10/25/11)
Mediate.com recently performed a Web Site Satisfaction Survey and offered a random drawing for a free iPad 2 to encourage participation in the survey. The winner was Harvey Goldhammer. You can here see the happy winner and watch the random selection process!
Welcome to The Mediate Cloud! (05/05/11)
Mediate.com is pleased to announce that we have successfully moved all of our servers to "The Amazon Cloud." This move "to the cloud" is essential to support Mediate.com's secure Case Manager and ODR Solutions work. All Mediate web site clients benefit from these speed, reliability and security gains. This is a great time to move your domain hosting and web site to Mediate.com!
Mediation Moving Forward (1 hr. video) (06/26/10)
This one-hour video is of Jim Melamed's one-hour plenary presentation to the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution and Utah Law School on "what works in mediation" and how the mediation industry can best move forward.
How Mediate.com Benefits Mediators (11/05/09)
Mediate.com is in its 15th year and now averages over 13,500 daily visitors. In this article, Mediate.com's CEO summarizes how Mediate.com benefits mediators.
Old Friends, the Internet and Mediation (10/27/09)
A short trip to the SF Bay Area this past weekend provided me with an enhanced understanding of how integrated electronic communication has become with the coordination of complex face-to-face events, be that a soccer game, hospital visitation or, perhaps, a difficult mediation. 3 Comments
Preview: "Mediating Divorce Agreement" 15 Hour DVD Course (10/22/09)
This is a preview to "Mediating Divorce Agreement," a 15 hour divorce mediation curriculum with Jim Melamed. Full information and ordering are available at www.mediate.com/DivorceAgreement
We Are All Online Mediators (10/19/09)
It is my suggestion only that we cease to romanticize face-to-face mediation communications to the exclusion of other mediation communications, as if other (electronic) communications are not just as valuable to the success of the mediation effort. 1 Comment
The Mediation Industry, Qualifications & the Mediate.com Certification Program (06/27/09)
It is challenging to have any short discussion on mediation qualifications, the mediation industry and new Mediate.com Certification Program, but I will try. 1 Comment
A View of Mediation in the Future (06/21/09)
One topic that is not talked about much is: mediation in the future. Perhaps we assume that the future of mediation is self-defining or that "others" will make good choices. Will courts and agencies be the primary delivery system for mediation? It did not start that way. What about community programs? And what about technology? Mediation may be soon coming to a pocket or purse near you. 4 Comments
The Mediation Industry: Our Time Has Come (02/27/09)
The current use and potential for mediation over the next years is massive. We help people get problems resolved and we do that faster, better and cheaper. The word is out. A silent revolution has taken place. Policy makers don’t even think twice now in favoring, in fact, relying upon mediation. Our culture has changed. We have changed. Our time has come. 4 Comments
Obama, Miracle on the Hudson and a Society of Collaborative Excellence (01/16/09)
What are the odds of Barack Obama becoming our President? And what are the odds of 155 passengers surviving a plane crash into the Hudson River? This is not everyday stuff. It is what is possible. It is what is best. Does all this portend a new culture of collaborative excellence? 7 Comments
Leading Dispute Resolution Processes (11/11/08)
Here are brief descriptions of the most common dispute resolution processes.
Promote your professional practice in the largest worldwide ADR directory for free (06/27/08)
Mediate.com is now, for the first time, offering a Free Basic Membership. Basic Membership provides a free listing in our field-wide ADR professional directory. Mediate.com Premium Membership provides you with an elevated and enhanced directory listing, access to all Mediate.com video content, participation in the "stars" Qualifications Disclosure Program, eligibility for liability insurance, and more. All Members can now indicate organizational affiliations, and there is a new "Search by Organization" feature So, for example, you can now search by the ABA DR Section; ACR; ACCTM, AFCC, IAM and many other international, national, and state associations.
The Evolution and Future of Mediation: Reconnecting with our Activist Roots (05/08/08)
The purpose of this article is to recount some of mediation’s past, consider its current state, and offer thoughts on development trends for the future, asking the question whether we are doing “justice” to the “mediation movement” we have created. 1 Comment
Obama’s Message - Mediation’s Political Triumph (02/25/08)
Presidential candidate Barack Obama's main political message represents the absorption of the mediation movement's essential themes at the highest level of national and global politics. This is an accomplishment that should not go unnoticed and one that all mediators, whatever our political leanings, should take great pride in. Obama's candidacy is mediative consciousness' coming out party. Could it be that our work is finally paying off, not only in terms of "miracles in the mediation room," but also in terms of truly improving the way we as humans operate on planet earth? I think so. We are experiencing a popular paradigm shift right before our eyes and mediators and mediative thought are largely responsible. 7 Comments
Senior Mediators Release Statement Urging Effective Negotiation Approaches (10/23/06)
There comes a time when even mediators will speak up. Mediators are normally quiet, priding themselves on their impartiality and neutrality. Now, however, over 75 of the world's leading mediators have "had enough" and have signed a statement urging that community, national and global leaders engage effective negotiation and mediation approaches.
Here is the text of the Mediators' Statement developed at the recent Senior Mediators Conference in Keystone, Colorado:
Given that the world is confronted with real and perceived threats from several international arenas we, the undersigned, urge that citizens of our nations insist their elected and appointed government officials immediately engage in honest, direct and unconditional negotiations with all authorities and powers who can resolve these pending crises in ways that are equitable and practical for all concerned without sacrifice to national sovereignty or security. As citizens of the world and as professional negotiators and mediators we urge that proven conflict resolution processes be employed now.