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Please welcome Matt Phillips as NAFCM’s new Executive Director. Matt’s most recent role was as director of the Volunteers of America Dispute Resolution Center in Everett, Washington. He was also the Chair-person for the Resolution Washington’s statewide legislative committee that was involved in raising over $12 million for conflict resolution.
Mediate.com on Target to Reach 5 Million 2013 Visitor Sessions
In his annual report, Jim Melamed announces that Mediate.com, the world’s most visited mediation web site, is on schedule to achieve 5 million visitor sessions during 2013. Jim compares Mediate’s deep roots and contributions to the ADR industry to the emergence of questionable “opaque” directory services. Mediate’s 2013 Conference Schedule is also listed.
NY: Gov Cuomo Assigns AAA To Mediate Hurricane Sandy Disputes
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.”
The True Beginning of Mediation (humor video)
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)
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.
Mediate.com Announces Process & Professional Selection Tool
Mediate.com is proud to announce our ADR Process & Professional Selection Too. The Selection Tool allows users of dispute resolution services to propose an ADR process and one or more professionals to "the other side." The other party is then able to respond either by selecting one of the proposed professionals, or by proposing another process or set of professionals. The Selection Tool is now a part of every Mediate.com Directory search.
How to Optimize Online Professional Directory Listings
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.
"Face to Face" Explores Restorative Justice - Jan. 9 & 10 Screenings in LA
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.
Announcing Mediate.com University
Mediate.com is thrilled to bring our extensive library of video courses and resources to you now by online video streaming. This means that you are now able to enjoy our fine courses and resources immediately, at any location, and at a meaningfully lower price. There is no more convenient or affordable way to take care of your continuing education needs.
Roger Fisher (1922-2012)
Roger Fisher, a pioneer in the field of negotiation and the co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, died on August 25, 2012. A professor at Harvard Law School for more than four decades, Fisher established negotiation and conflict resolution as a field deserving academic study. 2 Comments
Have You Seen The Mediate.com Movie?
Mediate.com, the most visited dispute resolution website on the planet, has released a new 3 minute video that explains how Mediate.com's online services help mediators get business.
Mediate.com Launches Arbitrate.com and Five Additional ADR Directories
Mediate.com is pleased to announce the launch of Arbitrate.com. Mediate.com and Arbitrate.com are also now joined by five additional ADR Directories!
Ray Shonholtz: Visionary and Model
It was during the time of Ray Shonholtz transitioning from being the founding director of San Francisco Community Mediation Boards to his founding Partners for Democratic Change that Ray and we worked together. Ray was interested in my thoughts on technology and organizing. He wanted to know how we could help the emerging Eastern European Republics, fresh on the heels of the Soviet Union crumbling. What resulted was the opportunity of a lifetime. 1 Comment
Peter Adler Honored by The Keystone Center
After serving as President of The Keystone Center for a decade, Peter Adler is soon leaving to return to Hawaii. An unauthorized, somewhat scandalous video honoring Peter for his service to Keystone and the world has leaked out and is "must see." This is a touching tribute to one of the world's true leaders, Peter Adler.
Occupy and Mediation: Two Movements That Offer One Another Massive Opportunity
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
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.
A Mediator Marketing Success Story – Kipling Williams: San Francisco Workplace Mediator
Kipling Williams left a successful workplace management career in the Washington D.C. area to move to San Francisco to, of course, follow his heart. Beginning anew in San Francisco presented an opportunity for this web consultant, a sort of “blank slate,” upon which my marketing experiments could be performed. Whatever visibility I could create for Kipling, we could call that our own. It is against this background that I sought to assist Kipling to expeditiously develop his online visibility as a “San Francisco workplace mediator.” I did not expect that we would create Kipling as an outright Google rock star in the process.
Harvey Goldhammer Wins iPad 2 From Mediate.com
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!
Mediate.com Celebrates the 400th Issue of The Mediate.com Weekly
Mediate.com is pleased to celebrate the 400th issue of The Mediate.com Weekly by offering these Testimonials. With 2012, Mediate.com enters our 17th year!
Reading the Clouds – Secure File Sharing in ADR Cases
You can now affordably take advantage of your own secure file sharing “cloud” for case collaboration. You can designate secure cloud folders per case, including email notification of new uploads to authorized users. This supports ongoing 365/24/7 attorney and party involvement in ADR cases, with security, elevated services and substantial cost savings.
Welcome to The Mediate Cloud!
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!
How to Get the Most Out of Mediate.com for Free!
Mediate.com offers a remarkable set of resources and opportunities. Here is how you can get the most out of Mediate.com without paying a dime.
A Passing of the Mediate.com Editorial Torch
After a decade of exemplary service, John Ford, Managing Editor of Mediate.com, is passing the Mediate.com editorial torch to Clare Fowler effective March 1, 2011. 3 Comments
Competition, Collaboration and Integrity at the World Cup – A Missed Opportunity?
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.
Mediate.com Publishes 300th Issue of Mediate.com Weekly
On November 10, 2009, Mediate.com publishes the 300th issue of The Mediate.com Weekly. The Mediate.com Weekly began as a "monthly" in 1997 under the guidance of Founding Editor John Helie and over time became a bi-weekly and then weekly publication under the leadership of Editors John Ford and Jim Melamed. The Weekly offers Mediate.com's latest articles, news, blogs and resources and is available for Free. Over 15 years, more than 1,000 authors have contributed to The Mediate.com Weekly.
How Mediate.com Benefits Mediators
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mediate.com Announces Certification Program
After more than a year of development, Mediate.com is now offering a Mediator Certification Program for well trained and highly experienced mediators. Read all the details.
The Mediation Industry: Our Time Has Come
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
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
Here are brief descriptions of the most common dispute resolution processes.
Promote your professional practice in the largest worldwide ADR directory for free
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
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
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
Jim Melamed Receives 2007 Haynes Award from ACR
Jim Melamed, former AFM Executive Director and co-Founder of Mediate.com, received the 2007 John Haynes Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution at ACR's recent Phoenix Conference.
Mediate.com Celebrates 200th Newsletter
Mediate.com is thrilled to celebrate the 200th issue of The Mediate.com Newsletter. We hope that you agree that this is a notable accomplishment. This article summarizes our accomplishments and includes links to leading resources and some pretty amazing testimonials.
Senior Mediators Release Statement Urging Effective Negotiation Approaches
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.