Wonderful concept! Balance is an unnatural concept, and I like your reference to robots. I prefer to seek being happy with how I am, and to be curious about paradox - inside and out of mediation.
Jim Hildreth, Sonora CA jimhildreth@RealEstateMediation.org 01/06/11
Mediators Are Unbalanced
Sally , El Prado NM 01/05/11
And really, ISN'T that person in front of you the most important person in the world at that moment??!!
Patty McIntosh, Sharon VT 01/05/11
Thank you for this article -- very well said!
This is a basic component of any competent facilitative mediation -- the quality of omnipartiality on the part of the mediator. You are so right -- it is not our job to be "objective" or "balanced." That is a fiction imposed on the mediation profession by those who have come to it by way of Law School, not with any intent to do harm, but simply out of a lack of awareness that there is another way -- a better way -- to approach things.
~ Patty McIntosh, MS Mediation, Champlain College