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Review of Mediation Handbook

by Alexia Georgakopoulos
June 2018 Alexia Georgakopoulos

The Mediation Handbook: Theory, Research and Practice Published by Routledge and Edited by Alexia Georgakopoulos was Nominated for the 2018 Outstanding Book Award

It is an honor that The Mediation Handbook: Theory, Research and Practice just recently published in 2017 by Routledge Publishing and edited by Professor Alexia Georgakopoulos has been nominated for consideration of the 2018 International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) 2018 Outstanding Book Award. The official Outstanding Book Award will be announced at this year’s IACM conference this July 8-11, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. First and foremost, it is fitting for me to share that this book was largely a result of several discussions and collaborations that occurred with several conflict resolution experts and thought-leaders who are Mediate.com members and featured authors. It included talented contributors who are regular members from the IACM conference as well. Secondly, while I am the editor of this book, the contribution of this book is a direct result of the joint collaborations of leading experts across fields in mediation/conflict management/resolution/negotiation and it features nearly 60 contributors who discuss the role of mediation as applied to a range of spectrums, including new age settings, relationships, organizations, institutions, communities, environmental conflicts, and intercultural and international conflicts. This handbook was a remarkable multidisciplinary collaboration with an excellent team of experts—many of whom are deemed as pioneers in the field of conflict studies. As the title of the book reveals, this book directly addresses the nexus of cogent theory, state-of-the-art research, and best practices to provide conflict professionals and learners with a well-rounded understanding of mediation as an effective conflict management and resolution approach in contemporary times.

Two reviews of the handbook are as follows:

"Mediation has burst its banks and spilled over into many fields. It is no longer a meandering stream or a quiet backwater. It has left behind romantic beginnings and entered many new waterways. Read this book and be carried along in the surge."

John Winslade, California State University—San Bernardino, USA

"In The Mediation Handbook, we have a wonderful new resource that provides insight from some of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners in the mediation world. Drawing on the best lessons of the past and a broad vision of the demands of the future, the handbook offers a wide range of practical approaches for deepening and extending the reach of mediation in the twenty-first century."

Bernie Mayer, Creighton University, Canada

The field of mediation is very diverse and it is exactly this diversity that makes it so special. It was a lifetime honor to work with this diverse group of exceptionally talented and respected contributors around the nation and world.  The handbook doesn’t reflect a Western Perspective, rather it reflects a global perspective of mediation and that is the only way we can have a holistic view of mediation. Peace is forged in my opinion when we invite diverse people in fields, disciplines, and expertise to collaborate. It was inspiring work and I appreciated having this calling in this point in my career to contribute to the field that I love and admire tremendously. My grandfather served three years in WWII and I feel he gave me the inspiration to write this handbook that is ultimately devoted to promoting peace in the world. I learned to listen in this project to the many voices who spoke about mediation and I learned tantamount as a result as I hope readers of this book will as well!


This project evolved dramatically since it was envisioned, and it took 3 years of my commitment to complete. It features nearly 60 experts who have an earnest commitment to the growth and development of the conflict studies field. The Mediation Handbook: Theory, Research and Practice is the latest and most contemporary handbook of its kind. It features the works of world class and world-renowned conflict resolution scholars such as John Winslade, Ken Cloke, Joseph Folger, Christopher Moore, Mark Umbreit, Doug Noll as well as notable activists, practitioners, artists, and actors such as Dorit Cypis, Farshad Farahat…etc. It blends theory with praxis, which makes it very applicable and practical for readers. Please see the Table of Contents presented at Routledge or Amazon sites for the full list of contributing authors and their respective chapter titles for a preview of the contents. Also, this was a unique collaboration between scholars from and between universities and centers like John Hopkins University, American University, George Mason University, Nova Southeastern University, Creighton University, University of North Carolina State, and University of California to name a few. It includes one of the last works of Distinguished Professor Perry Mars who was an exemplar scholar and modern day civil rights leader. It was a collaboration with notable practitioners from conflict resolution agencies, firms, and organizations around the country like New York Peace Institute, Mediators Beyond Border, and the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation as well as governmental agencies like the U.S. Military and Environmental Protection Agency to name a few. A collaborative multidisciplinary book project of this nature is rare, yet desperately needed in complex times that face humankind.

My mentor and former advisor Dr. Benjamin Broome, who is an award-winning conflict resolution expert and who was the recipient of the IACM’s Jeffery Z. Rubin Theory-to-Practice Award at the 2016 conference advised me in my early career that the best contribution to any field is when you join great minds in a field to inspire best practices. It was an honor to accomplish this in this unique collaborative handbook. Based on four signature themes—contexts; skills and competencies; applications; and recommendations—the mediation handbook provides theoretical, applicable, and practical contributions into a variety of key approaches for conflict management and conflict resolution. Authors consider modern conflict on a local and global scale. The main purpose of this handbook is for the expansion and development of the field of conflict studies. The set of works serve as a professional guide for any conflict professional, either seasoned or novice who is interested in the field of conflict resolution and mediation. Presented collectively, the chapters in the handbook present a kaleidoscope of meanings and applications of mediation for present day conflict resolution scholars, professionals, practitioners, and students who have a quest to learn about mediation from world class professionals and even several pioneers in the mediation and conflict resolution fields. Most importantly, this handbook is intended to promote dialogue, debates and discussions about how to continue to improve and develop mediation further. It is my hope that there is something for everyone in this handbook from the novice to experienced mediator!

An award for The Mediation Handbook: Theory, Research and Practice will be a well-deserved award to the nearly 60 talented individuals who were contributing authors to this handbook and it would be an honor to see these remarkable individuals acknowledged with the esteemed IACM Book Award!

Biography


Alexia Georgakopoulos, Ph.D., is the Editor of The Mediation Handbook: Theory, Research and Practice published by Routledge, 2017. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies at Nova Southeastern University; Fort Lauderdale, FL in the USA where she teaches masters and doctoral students. She is the Director of the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Communication (ICRCtraining.com), a conflict resolution training and consulting firm specializing in delivering educational training, mediation certification, and continuing mediation education to professionals in the public. As a world class scholar and practitioner in mediation, she is a popular sought-after speaker worldwide and was featured on NBC’s Today Show to discuss international peace in a diverse world. She is a primary trainer for Florida Supreme Court Mediation Certification Programs and offers Mediation Education to professionals who are novice to seasoned mediators. As a professor, trainer, and practitioner, she is considered a mediation authority and thought leader with over two decades of experience in mediation. She has trained thousands of mediators around the world and she tirelessly works as a professional trainer, consultant, and/or mediator for multinational organizations, law enforcement departments, professional athletic teams, environmental agencies, school systems, healthcare organizations, maritime industries, family systems, governmental agencies, insurance agencies, banks, religious organizations, community-based organizations, and international organizations. She is the great granddaughter of Alexandra who experienced the sights of genocide in a small Greek Village in Epirus, Greece. She is the granddaughter of Gregory, a Veteran who served three years in the US Air Force during WWII. She is the daughter of a parent who worked for the Department of Defense Internationally in a revolution-struck country. She is a dedicated mother, educator, and mediator who has committed her life career to promoting peace for a better future.

 

 

 

 



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