Building upon the foundation established over recent decades, The Mediation Futures Project will gather and report upon our best thinking about the future of the mediation field and mediation practice.
The Future of Youth Mediation

Youth Articles


Noa Zanolli

Mediation is a Common Good

(4/11/17)Noa Zanolli

Mediation does not belong to professionals and specialists only. The mere thought of mediation, its philosophy, mediation’s essence, is for the common good and so the question is: How could mediation become a common good?

Nina Meierding

Looking to the Future: Is There Still A Place For Proactive, Early Intervention Mediation in Our Changing Field?

(10/17/16)Nina Meierding

The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.

Sandra Untrojb

The Future of Mediation: Teens and Technology

(3/01/15)Sandra Untrojb

Preparation for the future of mediation needs to focus on who will be using mediation and how. The audience in 20 years will have different expectations than the audience of today.

Patricia Porter

What Happens on the Bus, Shouldn’t Stay on the Bus!

(9/02/14)Patricia Porter

With the start of 2014-2015 school year in full swing, children across the country will be boarding the school bus to arrive before the morning bell sounds. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. But how safe is a child from the other children inside of the bus? School bus bullying is becoming a growing concern among parents, school administrations, and bus drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Education 10 percent of school bullying occurs on the school bus. Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

Judy Ringer

Conflict Resolution for Kids

(8/22/14)Judy Ringer

My good friend and colleague, Thomas Crum, taught me a lot of what I know about having hard conversations. A method he uses with children - the BLT - is so simple and easy to remember, I often use it and have found it to work very well with children and adults: Breathe, Learn, Talk.

Judy Rashid

The Use of Student Organizations as a Means of Conflict Resolution Education

(4/14/14)Judy Rashid

Student organizations offer many opportunities for students, including the chance to develop meaningful relationships, to pursue special interests, to clarify a sense of purpose and identity, and to develop interpersonal, leadership, organization, and social skills. Peaceful Approaches to Conflict through Education (P.A.C.E.), a training organization in conflict resolution education for student volunteers, was founded in 1997 by Dr. Judy Rashid at NC A&T State University. The organization seeks to promote, practice, and provide training and skill development in conflict /crisis management.

Ken Johnson

A Collaborative Justice Approach to Bad Behavior in Tennessee Schools

(8/13/13)Ken Johnson

School violence has taken center stage in American debates as of late. The problem is that alternative solutions have proven to be impractical and costly. Other proposed solutions, based off mostly off of myths, actually may do more harm than good. In light of a federal investigation into Tennessee's juvenile justice practices, options are explored as to how one might make Tennessee's broken system better. A proposed solution is to use Collaborative Justice practices that merge traditional ADR with Restorative Justice techniques to make one unified practice. These proposed solutions have been well researched in used in school districts all over the world as well as the United State with greater than expected results.

Michelle LeBaron

Exemplary Leadership: How Dispute Resolution Professionals Change Cultures - video and materials

(8/21/12)Michelle LeBaron

In this address, Professor LeBaron explores how special education dispute resolution professionals can contribute to educational cultures of inclusion and creativity.

Rafal Morek

Everyone Wants to Win: Mediation in Sports Disputes

(6/11/12)Rafal Morek

June 8 began the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. The final round of the 14th European Championship for national football teams (commonly referred to as ‘Euro 2012’) is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. As the world’s third largest sports event, the UEFA Championship has been equipped with the efficient ADR platform for resolving disputes.



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