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New Interview Series: "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society"

by Jim Melamed
January 2019 Jim Melamed is proud to announce our new video Interview Series: “The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society.”

Our new “The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society” video interview series is being developed under the guidance of CEO Jim Melamed and Managing Editor Dr. Clare Fowler. Robert Benjamin, Senior Editor, is lead interviewer for the new interview series.

As background, beginning in 1996, led the mediation profession and industry “online,” literally providing first email addresses, websites, mediator directories, mediation content and online community. Mediate has ever since brought intrinsically interesting articles, blogs, news and videos to both dispute resolution professionals and to the broader public, now worldwide. Mediate could easily be called “The Agreement Channel.” Mediate is the most used online bridge bringing people needing mediation services together with professionals ready to provide these valuable services, both face to face and online.

Now more than a decade ago, Mediate published a collection of over 100 interviews as part of our “Views from the Eye of the Storm” interview series with leading mediation and negotiation practitioners and academics. These interviews are now available for FREE at! You can search these and our new interviews at

The modern shift of attention to mediation and negotiation processes can be attributed to many sources, but it is safe to say that a major impetus can be traced to the end of World War II, now just 75 years ago, when the use of the atomic bombs on Japan caused a level of death and destruction never before seen and the threat of a future nuclear holocaust has been a very real prospect ever since. Finding new strategies to avert such unthinkable outcomes was no longer optional — it rapidly became a matter of human survival. Since then, constructive negotiation and mediation strategies have been found invaluable, if not essential, to managing issues and controversies that crop up throughout the world, our society and individual lives.

Since Mediate’s original “Views From the Eye of the Storm” interview series, there have been significant discoveries and shifts in the social, cultural, political, legal and economic make-up of our society. There have also been major developments in digital technology impacting how we relate and communicate, as well as research into neuro-science and cognitive psychology and human decision-making, all of which influence mediation and negotiation practice.

With all that has evolved within the fields of negotiation and mediation, and now living in what seems to be an especially challenging and contentious context, we believe that it is time for Mediate to again step up and take stock of where we are in terms of offering most effective negotiation and mediation processes today and for the future.

With Mediate’s new video interview series, we are thus presenting new interviews with leading practitioners, academics, and social observers —to glean an updated and broad set of informed perspectives on how we can best continue to grow constructive and effective negotiation and mediation in all aspects of our lives as we move forward.


Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  During Jim's tenure, received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.  Before, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86). Jim's undergraduate degree is in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association's 2003 Award for Excellence; The Oregon State Bar's 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award; The APFM's first Outstanding Mediator Award (2018); and the Oregon Mediation Association's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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