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Disputants and mediators together determine a mediation’s success, sometimes only in retrospect. This interactive workshop explored opportunities prior to and during a session, when the mediator may support-even enhance-parties' abilities to make the most of their mediation experience.
Challenging Conventions In Challenging Conditions: Thirty-Minute Mediations At Burning Man
For the past eight years, Ron Kelly has offered mediation services at the annual Burning Man festival. The process he designed appears to bring significant help to disputing couples in half an hour, and useful conflict coaching to individuals in fifteen minutes. It is tightly formatted—and uses a kitchen timer. This interview covers the origins of his process and explores how the creativity and generosity of the festival are available to all mediators. 4 Comments
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A Stage Model of Social Movement Cooptation: Community Mediation in the United States
The community mediation movement in the United States arose in the late 1970s as an alternative to a formalized justice system which was perceived to be costly, time consuming, and unresponsive to individual and community needs. Community mediation advocates also valued community training, social justice, volunteerism, empowerment and local control over conflict resolution mechanisms. But over the past quarter century, community mediation has become increasingly institutionalized and undergone various degrees of cooptation in its evolving relationship with the court system. Drawing on the literatures of dispute resolution, cooptation, and social movements, we analyze the evolution of community mediation and identify the degrees and dimensions of its cooptation. 2 Comments
Community Section Editorial
Welcome to the Mediate.com Community Section. We have plenty of new content posted, and more on the way shortly.
Ensuring Self-Determination through Mediation Readiness: Ethical Considerations
To exercise self-determination, disputants must possess the capability to participate effectively in the process, a topic of recent inquiry. This article will examine a few implications of self-determination for mediation practice.
New Community Section Editorial
Welcome to the Community Section, where we are pleased to introduce two new resources for anyone involved or interested in community mediation.
Community Mediation And The Court System: The Ties That Bind
Since their inception, community mediation programs in the United States have often been tied to the justice system. This proximity is expressed in a number of ways--courts are the leading source of case referrals for many programs; state or local court systems provide the majority of funding for many programs; and it is partly through these ties that mediation programs have attained legitimacy in the communities they serve. In fact, some programs are even housed within courthouses. While there are benefits that accrue to mediation programs because of the cozy nature of this relationship, it is not without problems for a movement that has also been deeply committed to community-building, citizen empowerment, and the building of alternative institutions. We will highlight and analyze some of these problems in what follows.
Disabilities And Mediation Readiness In Court-Referred Cases:Developing Screening Criteria And Service Networks
Mediation is an ideal alternative to court for many matters. Referrals involving disputants with certain emotional or mental disabilities may or may not be appropriate for community mediation as it is currently being practiced. In many cases, community mediation must become more flexible and accessible, offering coaching in advance, allowing advocate participation, using mediators skilled in disability issues, and adapting the process. In other cases, centers must assess the "mediation readiness" of disputants. In all cases, community mediation needs to become more deeply nested in human services referral networks. Screening criteria through which mediation programs might assess disputant readiness is suggested.