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Erin Fisher

Exploring Mediation in Netflix's Tiger King

(5/29/20)Erin Fisher

Netflix's ubiquitous documentary, Tiger King, is a real-life lesson in the value of mediation over litigation. Whether you're Joe Exotic battling with Carole Baskin, an employee frustrated with a co-worker, or a spouse leaving a marriage, mediation can work efficiently while preserving your sanity, saving you time, and reducing your costs.

Sid Lezak

Humor, Rapport, and Experience

(5/10/20)Sid Lezak

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.

Brendan Schutte

Using MagicEye to Teach the Art of Reframing

(4/23/20)Brendan Schutte

“I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”

Jeffrey Krivis

Interview with Jeff Krivis

(4/15/20)Jeffrey Krivis

New interview with mediation leader and author Jeff Krivis by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Chip Rose

The Perfect Mediation (humor video)

(2/10/20)Chip Rose

The Perfect Mediation is a 4 minute video showing how easy mediation can sometimes be. Be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at Mediate.com University.

Resolve-O-Matic (humor video)

(2/01/20)Chip Rose, Donald T. Saposnek

Join Chip Rose and Don Saposnek for their tongue-in-check infomercial for Resolve-O-Matic. Hear about all of the many benefits and how Resolve-O-Matic will change your life for the better.

Mediation Training Academy (humor video)

(2/01/20)Chip Rose, Donald T. Saposnek

This tongue in cheek video shows two instructors at "The Mediation Academy" discussing mediation fee arrangements and 12 steps to avoid mediator emotional co-dependency. Be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at Mediate.com University.

Sheldon Stark

“Are You Kidding Me!?”: Bringing Humor to the Mediation Process

(10/04/19)Sheldon Stark

Mediation is a serious process where serious conflicts are seriously addressed by serious people.

Mint TV

Mediation Gains Popularity in India (video)

(9/10/19)Mint TV

This excellent news report from India shows the new Delhi Mediation Center. Unfortunately, it seems that the sign above the door inadvertently says "Meditation Room." Oops!

Greg Bond

We Can Work It Out / You Can’t Always Get What You Want

(7/05/19)Greg Bond

This article looks at musical greats and what their lyrics can teach us about mediation.

Cinnie Noble

Bee in Your Bonnet

(7/06/18)Cinnie Noble

The expression “to have a bee in one’s bonnet” has a variety of meanings.

Peter Adler

Eye of the Storm Leadership: The Quirky Art of Mugwumps

(1/30/18)Peter Adler

If you read the articles and blog pieces at www.mediate.com, you stand on ancient shoulders. The impulse to manage conflict constructively goes back 40,000 years and spans 4,000 cultures and language groups.

John Sturrock

Mediating Minimally

(12/29/17)John Sturrock

As the year comes to an end, I am expanding upon a story to which I referred in a previous blog, in the hope that it may provide a couple of useful reminders of what we do as mediators.

Daniel Ben-Zvi

It Happened in Mediation - Believe It or Not

(11/10/17)Daniel Ben-Zvi, Michael Young

The authors have peeled back the protective cloak of confidentiality just enough to provide a glimpse of the wild, the unpredictable, and the utterly preposterous things that have happened in real mediations.

Lorraine Segal

Your Rules/Their Rules in Conflict Management

(9/22/17)Lorraine Segal

This article discusses the Zen at the Gym (part 3).

Joe Markowitz

Reading Emotions

(5/26/17)Joe Markowitz

A character in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 shows that it is often more important to understand emotions than rational thoughts.

Phyllis Pollack

Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill… And Argued No More (Part 2!)

(5/08/17)Phyllis Pollack

The tribal effect is often deliberately used to manipulate and divide people. It preys upon the “us v them” mentality.

Clare Fowler

Something Spooky About Conflict

(10/31/16)Clare Fowler

The Boogeyman is real. And he is sitting at the mediation table.

Patricia Porter

Laughing Through Conflict – Benefits of Infusing Humor into Your Relationship

(3/31/16)Patricia Porter

Humor and laughter can be a valuable tool for defusing the tension brought on by conflict.

John Sturrock

The Music of Mediation

(1/04/16)John Sturrock

Knowing that whoever reads this is probably relaxing with a fine wine in hand, or perhaps a favoured beer, away from the hustle and bustle of the usual diet of mediation work, this blog adopts a similarly indulgent and merry feel. Here is one mediator’s choice of mediation-themed songs (with a UK- and popular music-slant, I accept) with which I would happily be stranded on a desert island.

Jan Frankel Schau

Time Traveling

(2/25/15)Jan Frankel Schau

Litigation and mediation need to change in the future. People have new expectations about interacting with professionals, and the wise mediator will make note of these changes and incorporate these new trends in their practice.

Susan Yates

‘Tis the Season for Mediation

(12/12/14)Susan Yates

In what has become an annual tradition, here is RSI’s seasonal parody of the Twelve Day of Christmas. Enjoy!

Andrea Schneider

Prisoner’s Dilemma Game Show

(9/19/14)Andrea Schneider

In class earlier this week, we rebooted the idea of the prisoner’s dilemma as previously portrayed on The Bachelor Pad (discussed on the Freakonomics Blog and four years ago on this site). This time, the conversation revolved around a British game show called Golden Balls that was very popular several years ago. I can only assume that you’ve already discounted Golden Balls’ educational value based on its name alone but bear with me . . .

Imaginary Mediation: Snowden to Return, Face the Music!

(5/29/14)Anony Mous

I had a dream, surely stimulated by Brian Williams’ interview of Edward Snowden on NBC. My dream was that I had just mediated agreement between Snowden and the US Government for Snowden to come home and, in the words of Secretary of State Kerry, “face the music.”

Brad Heckman

Mediation Monster Mash-up

(9/30/13)Brad Heckman

To quote Frankenstein’s monster, FIRE BAD. Mediators take a different view. We fearlessly go toward the heat in conflict, giving our clients a safe space for tough conversations…no matter how scary. Here’s a round-up of my Halloween tweets quoting mediators working with monstrous, er, misunderstood, clients.

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