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Jen Reynolds

“A Community for All”

(6/01/21)Jen Reynolds

You may have seen this recent New York Times story about the failure of Marathon County, Wisconsin, to declare itself “A Community for All.”

Patrick Mahoney

Virtual Hearings and Mediations Are Here to Stay

(5/24/21)Patrick Mahoney

As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, every aspect of our pre-pandemic ways of work is under review. Simply returning to our old ways is not the answer.

Kathleen Kauth

Effective Disagreement

(5/24/21)Kathleen Kauth

If we listen to the main stream media, it can often seem as if there is no hope for people of different beliefs, races, religions, politics, gender etc. to be in the same room together much less get along.

Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher

Reaching the Finish Line: Using a Neutral Facilitator Can Help Lead the Path to Resolution

(5/24/21)Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher

In my 25 years of running marathons, I have learned a few critical lessons: Don’t go out too fast.

Lorraine Segal

The Power of Story to Shift Conflict

(5/24/21)Lorraine Segal

When I work with clients, I first listen carefully and empathically to their story. They need to tell it and I need to hear it.

Jonathan Rodrigues

New Mediators' Guidance from Youth Conference

(5/18/21)Jonathan Rodrigues, Clare Fowler, Maria Apostolidou, Ilan David Bass, Amee Dharamshi, Melanie Koch, Nisshant Laroia, Benjamin Lutz, Gwendolyn Myers, Olivia Chisom Osuala, Lydia Ray, Sumhiya  Sallay, Jay Patrick Santiago, Salman Shaheen

This article summarizes the Young Minds, Global Voices Conference. This conference was sponsored by Mediate.com in an effort to hear from newer mediators. These 6 sessions comprised up and coming thought leaders from around the globe, forming a brain trust for how to create peace in ourselves, our community and our world.  

Bongkiyi John Paul

Mediation and Access to Justice for All: The Case of Unrepresented Parties

(5/16/21)Bongkiyi John Paul

Legal systems around the globe are grounded in the rule of law and in theory, justice is available readily and equally to all. In practice, however, access to justice is easier for some than for others, and for those unable to afford legal services, justice may be difficult to obtain.

Colin Rule

Mediate is Top Ranked Mediation Website

(4/15/21)Colin Rule

Mediate.com is ranked the top mediation website by Alexa in its April 14, 2021 global website rankings. In business since 1996, Mediate.com has over 25,000 searchable mediation articles, blog posts, news items and videos and hosts the most utilized mediator directory in the world.

Arran Heal

After Lockdown, Businesses will Need to be More Human Than Ever

(3/08/21)Arran Heal

Working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for organizations to demonstrate their emotional qualities.

Jim Melamed

How Can We Best Make and Maintain Quality Mediators?

(1/23/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Under the leadership of Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Mediate.com's Online Mediation Training Task Force is tackling a huge issue: "How can the mediation field now and in the future best make and maintain quality mediators?

Natalie Davis

Research Shows How Changing the Narrative Can Open the Door to Conflict Resolution

(11/13/20)Natalie Davis

This article explores how the glorification of our ingroup (those whom we share identity with) contributes to conflict.

Kwame Christian

How to Bring Civility to Political Arguments

(11/12/20)Kwame Christian

Civility, respect, understanding, and the willingness to listen. These are core conversational virtues that are universally appreciated.

Clare Fowler

Build the Toolbox

(11/10/20)Clare Fowler

Mediate.com is launching a project with mediator-designed resources called Build the Toolbox.

Mary Salisbury

The Lawyerization of the Mediation Process

(10/03/20)Mary Salisbury

Imagine my surprise years ago when I went through North Carolina family financial mediation training and I learned that the norm for mediating a couple going through divorce was shuttle mediation.

Jeffrey Clayton

Pretrial Risk Assessment

(9/14/20)Jeffrey Clayton

Can reformers and chief justices find common ground?

Clare Fowler

Zoom Fatigue Uncovers Mediators' Secret Weapon

(9/05/20)Clare Fowler

As more mediators practice via Zoom and experience Zoom fatigue, they are discovering something about themselves.

Keri Morris

When Three Becomes a Crowd

(9/04/20)Keri Morris

An example of how dispute resolution can help when the courts can’t.

Lisa Derr

Survey results: What Do Wisconsin Judges Think About Mediating Cases?

(8/31/20)Lisa Derr

A survey of judges provides some insight on the mediation landscape in Wisconsin.

Kenneth Cloke

Mediation, Neutrality, Political Conflicts, and the 2020 Elections

(8/31/20)Kenneth Cloke

In the US, and in different ways in countries around the world, we are now facing five, and perhaps six significant crises, each with its own distinct set of conflicts.

NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

NAFCM Vulnerable Visions

(8/29/20)NAFCM, D.G. Mawn

The National Association for Community Mediation discusses the importance of having a vulnerable vision, and standing up for it.

Andrea Maia

Conflict Resolution in the Time of COVID-19--Voices from Seven Continents of the World: South America

(8/24/20)Andrea Maia, Gregg Relyea

This article discusses the "Community Spread" of Mediation in a Post COVID-19 World.

Christopher Garcia

The Importance of the Relationship: Using Checklists to Improve Discussions

(8/20/20)Christopher Garcia, Scott Rautio

This article looks at The Importance of the Relationship; What are the expectations; and what should be discussed?

Jim Melamed

Comparing Mediation Websites

(8/17/20)Jim Melamed

According to brand new 8/16/2020 data from Alexa.com, Mediate.com is most visited and most linked mediation website, by far!

Michael Lang

I am no good at making masks, so how can I pitch in during the pandemic?

(8/14/20)Michael Lang

Is there something more I could do, as part of the human community that might make a difference?

Frank Sander

Concerns and Optimism for Future

(7/31/20)Frank Sander

Frank Sander reflects on his concerns within the field, which include the tension of quality vs. quantity of the practice, the lack of studies of cost effectiveness, disappointments with the court system fees, and the difficulty of getting more young people/apprentices into the field. However, he's optimistic about the future of mediation.

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