(8/01/20)Jim Melamed, Clare Fowler, Colin Rule
"Mediation 20/20: Navigating Mediation's Best Future" is the theme of Mediate.com's 25th Anniversary Online Conference taking place online September 30 to October 2, 2020. This conference is both a focused think-tank conference dedicated to defining the best course for mediation's continued growth and a celebration of Mediate.com's first 25 years.
This article from Harvard's "The Practice," shines a light on ODR and its evolution using Colin Rule’s career as a guide. In building ODR systems for the world’s largest online marketplace and for court systems across the country, Rule’s career offers a window through which to observe and understand the larger ODR movement—a movement that is all the more important as the world grapples with the continued impacts of COVID-19.
(7/31/20)Roger Moss, Carole Conn
Conflict Intervention Service: Transforming Lives, Transforming Affordable Housing, Transforming Community in Times of COVID-19
I read an article about Why Do We Become Confrontational and it intrigued me to the point it acted as a catalyst to reach out to the author to request an interview. They accepted.
This article presents Bungay Stanier’s seven essential questions to focus on in a conflict coaching situation.
In this time of plague, there is a renewed sense of the value of connection and cooperation.
Sid Lezak describes how he uses humor to lighten the mood of parties coming in and help them focus on what is in their best interests. He also talks about his vast experience and how his responses can be somewhat automatic.
Juliana Birkhoff explains how her dissertation demonstrates mediation is in fact a field and that what is uniting among experienced mediators is the concept of power.
(7/31/20)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Joan Kelly describes a research finding which concluded that families who mediated during the divorce had father's who were significantly more involved in their children's lives twelve years post-mediation.
Frank Sander reflects on his concerns within the field, which include the tension of quality vs. quantity of the practice, the lack of studies of cost effectiveness, disappointments with the court system fees, and the difficulty of getting more young people/apprentices into the field. However, he's optimistic about the future of mediation.
Conflict is inherent and pulsating in every situation or aspect of life.
This article discusses therapeutic alliances in organizations: fostering collaboration, mitigating conflict, and improving performance.
The likelihood of conflict and conflicting ideologies makes effective resolution of disputes and the negotiation of sustainable deals crucially important.
(7/22/20)Bruce E. Meyerson
The Foundation’s 2020 funding cycle is intended to make contributions in two important areas: 1) making ADR processes more accessible and available; and 2) creating innovative ways to engage citizens in meaningful dialogue with one another and/or with government authorities, including the police, to address long-standing racial discrimination.
I believe it is time to start a conversation about whether shorter, staggered sessions ought to be considered a best practice when mediating civil and commercial cases via videoconference.
From April 2006: Video of Congressman John Lewis, long-time Georgia representative and national civil rights leader, receiving the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Section's annual meeting in Atlanta. See both John Lewis' powerful presentation and Mediate.com's following interview.
Today the mediation field needs to go further. It needs to articulate a new, mature, vision. One that unlocks its Golden Age.
The art and craft of mediation, like many other skills, mainly matures from the myriad mistakes mediators make on their way to meticulously mastering the process.
This paper discusses the emphasis of Alternate Dispute Resolution in the field of ADA and Disability Discrimination and then provides a more detailed review of recent Title I and Title III cases.
(7/16/20)Charles Mak, Carrie Shu Shang
This article examines possible ethical implications of using a mediator’s assistant considering current mediator obligations.
How can an appreciation of mediation be developed in the marketplace?
(7/16/20)Veronique Fraser, Joan Stearns Johnsen
Mediation is a malleable process that parties and neutrals adapt to different areas of practice, cultures, and practitioner demands.
(7/16/20)Forrest (Woody) Mosten
In recent efforts to improve law enforcement’s role in serving our communities, a major issue is whether police departments can be assisted or replaced by professionals better suited to handling citizen calls on some issues.
The 2010 American Bar Association (ABA) Lawyer as Problem Solver Award was presented to Mediate.com on April 9th at the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Awards Dinner in San Francisco.
(7/10/20)Manon Schonewille, Constantin-Adi Gavrila, Leonardo d'Urso
Buckminster’s Law derives from the futurist and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller, who dedicated his life to “making the world work”.
The Singapore Convention on Mediation can have a significant influence on the international appetite for mediation.
Resolution 1325 marks the first time that the UNSC affirmed the critical role of women in conflict resolution and peace building.
(7/10/20)Christian Radu Chereji
Governments play a vital role in the advent of a Golden Age of mediation in three critical areas: generating robust data; mobilizing public and professional engagement; and, most visibly of all, inspiring uptake and demonstrating that they “walk the talk”.
This series examines how the 7 continents are dealing with conflict during COVID. This one examines the view from Asia.
(7/02/20)Gregg Relyea, Carla Marcucci
This article examines how the 7 continents are dealing with conflict during COVID. This one examines the view from Europe.
(7/02/20)Ana Gonçalves, Daniel Rainey, Jeremy Lack
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Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) is now universal, especially since the Coronavirus pandemic began.