Have you ever thought about how different things would be if high level conflict resolution professionals were more involved in politics? Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were in the political world? If so, you’ll be interested in this piece in Politico that chronicles Gary Friedman’s dip into the waters in his small town of Muir Beach in Northern California.
Who is Gary Friedman you ask? He is one of first lawyer-mediators in the modern mediation movement (started mediating in 1976) and trained and mentored who’s who of the field’s founders. His importance to the field is evidenced by the fact that he is mentioned throughout Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution, a most excellent book co-edited by Howard Gadlin and Nancy Welsh.
Albie Davis talks about falling into mediation by accident by seeing a neighborhood mediation program and being intrigued by that informality as opposed to the courtroom process.By Albie Davis