Mediate.com recently completed a survey of 300 dispute resolution professionals.
The survey results are just coming in, and they will require more analysis to understand the implications to the field.
The results showed that the focus of the field has changed. As Donna Silverberg pointed out in her recent Married Mediators video, here: https://youtu.be/YF9lKgcFtG8, the field of mediation originally was a grassroots movement, focused on bringing peace to community disputes. The field, however, has increased in credibility and professionalism over the last few decades. Along with that, many mediators seem to be expressing a desire to take their mediation skills into their local community and government. Whereas mediators traditionally wait for the conflict to come to them, mediators are now discussing the idea of going out and preventing conflicts.
Additional outcomes from the survey seem to show that a focus of the field needs to be teaching mediators skills from an early age. This means that as mediators we need to reach out to the youth and younger mediators and find ways to mentor them.
Additional survey results are listed below. Further study is encouraged.