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Donna Silverberg

Effective Online Mediation Training For Public Policy And Large Group Mediators

(6/15/21)Donna Silverberg

At the request of Mediate.com, a small group of US-based public policy and large group mediators/mediation trainers met online during the winter/spring of 2021 to consider best practices and ideas to enhance online training and practice. This report summarizes our ideas and recommendations for ourselves, our colleagues and Mediate.com.

John Lande

Proposal for Standard Explanation in Mediation

(6/11/21)John Lande

Since writing my recent short article, Courts Should Make Mediations Good Samaritans Not Frankensteins, I have been thinking about how to maximize the substantial benefits of court-connected mediation while minimizing the risks of coercion.

Nancy Shuger

A Lot of Common Sense and a Little Mazel Can Go a Long Way

(6/11/21)Nancy Shuger

This article illustrates how a combination of common sense and good luck can produce a positive outcome in mediation.

Lesley Cook

Lesley Cook Interview - Neurodiversity in Mediation

(6/09/21)Lesley Cook

This is an interview with Dr. Lesley Cook discussing the importance of understanding your neurodiverse clients in the educational, family, and workplace fields.

Dan Berstein

How to Help Parties With Disabilities Without Discriminating

(6/07/21)Dan Berstein

When we perceive that someone may have a disability, it is common to think about ways to help that person. But assuming that someone needs help is paternalism, and it can be a form of discrimination.

Richard Lutringer

A Mediator’s Take on: Thinking in Bets, by Annie Duke

(6/04/21)Richard Lutringer

I recently came across a 2019 book about poker that has given me new insights into how I can help parties make good decisions in mediation

James Claxton

Mediators Like Online Mediation And Other Verifiable Facts

(6/04/21)James Claxton

This post provides an overview of some findings from an empirical study on online mediation. Nearly 500 mediators from around the world answered questions about advantages, obstacles, best practices, and settlement rates. The post provides an overview and analysis of English-language responses.

Donna Silverberg

Married Mediators: Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins

(6/01/21)Donna Silverberg, Charles Wiggins

An interview with Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

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Virtual Interpersonal Community Mediation: NAFCM Think Tank Report

(5/28/21)NAFCM

In November 2020, Mediate.com approached D.G. Mawn of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) to facilitate a national think tank regarding possible support Mediate.com may wish to consider which would strengthen and broaden the impact of community mediation through on-line access. The exact charge was: Develop best-practice recommendations for Mediate.com regarding their online services so they best support the field of community mediation to embrace and offer online mediation services and utilize and benefit from basic and ongoing online mediation training.

Carrie Gour

The Problem With the Label "High Conflict Divorce"

(5/28/21)Carrie Gour

It’s generally true in conflict that “it takes two to tango.” In the world of divorce, the fundamental problem with being labelled “high conflict” is how rarely both parties are dancing together.

Penny van den berg

Looking Inside the Brain: Loneliness and Conflict

(5/28/21)Penny van den berg

Loneliness is a state of being that has been highlighted over the past year because of COVID-19. What are the dimensions of loneliness and how does it affect the brain? This article will explore these questions and in doing so, provide conflict management specialists with an opportunity to reflect on their current practice and how they can best support a client who is both lonely and experiencing conflict.

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.

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.

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.  

Laurie Israel

The Choreography of Mediation

(5/08/21)Laurie Israel

I’ve always thought of mediation as a process more akin to art than to science.

Richard Hurford

Are They Crazy? No, Just Human

(5/08/21)Richard Hurford

The strategies and practices neutrals pursue to meet the psychological behaviors of people in conflict are central to an understanding of the effectiveness of mediation and various negotiation techniques utilized by mediators in helping parties resolve their dispute.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Online Mediation Training

(5/01/21)Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Jim Melamed

The second Forum of the Online Mediation Training Task Force centered on new and emerging issues of online mediation and the training of mediators online.

Jim Melamed

Full Video Posted of Forum on the Global Growth of Mediation

(4/19/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

How do we best support the growth of mediation around the world?  This Forum shared the perspectives of panelists from Nigeria, Argentina, Russia and India who compared and contrasted their experiences with online mediation and online training in developing mediation cultures. 

John Lande

Paul M. Lurie on Guided Mediation

(4/16/21)John Lande

Guided Mediation is a collection of best practices and tools in actual use that increase mediation efficiency, get earlier settlements, reduce legal and consultants’ fees, and minimize business disruption.

Larry Susskind

Preparing the Next Generation of Professors of Environmental Studies

(4/16/21)Larry Susskind

This article identifies four approaches to environmental policy-making or problem-solving.

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.

Phyllis Pollack

Trust and Rapport - ODR Style!

(4/10/21)Phyllis Pollack

One of the most important things a mediator must do- if not the most important- is to build trust and rapport with the parties. In pre-Covid days, this was a bit easier; the mediator could sit face to face with each party and schmooze.

Reflection as a Manifestation of Recognition Beyond Relational Weakness and Self-Absorption

(4/10/21)Robin Brzobohatý, Tereza Hanajová

While debriefing immediately after a co-mediation, an interesting question arose: “Does a reflection always have the same function regardless of the context?”

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The 2020 Tax Conundrum: Questions Facing Couples Whose Divorce is Pending

(4/09/21)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

2020 has been a year of too many upsets, too many uncertainties, and too many confusions.

Kenneth Cloke

20 Ways to Improve UNFCCC Meetings and Climate Change Negotiations

(4/02/21)Kenneth Cloke

In preparation for the next international meeting on climate change in Glasgow in November 2021, it is important to begin thinking together, not only about outcomes, but ways of improving the process of meeting, discussing, and negotiating agreements on climate change.

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