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John Brand

A Process for the Formulation of a School's Change Strategy

(11/20/20)John Brand, Felicity Steadman

Many South African Schools are facing demands to change and even to radically transform themselves. Some of these demands relate to the ‘isms’ such as racism, and other identity related issues.

David Zacks

Why Mediation Is the Holy Grail for Health Care Disputes

(11/16/20)David Zacks

After trying cases for most of my career and having served as a full-time neutral for the past five years, I’m convinced mediation is the best option for resolving cases while keeping your clients’ interests in mind, particularly for health care disputes.

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.

Sharon Woodhouse

Top 10 Tips for Property Disputes

(11/06/20)Sharon Woodhouse

This article looks at how to resolve your property dispute as a commercial tenant, home renter, or landlord.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Mediate.com Announces Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board to Support Online Mediation Training

(11/02/20)Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Jim Melamed

Jim Melamed, Board Chair of Mediate.com, has announced the establishment of a blue-ribbon Online Mediation Training Task Force, to be headed by Forrest R. (Woody) Mosten, to make recommendations on best practices and possibilities for both generally training mediators online and training mediators to perform online mediation. The Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board have now been named.

Donna Silverberg

Married Mediators: Donna Silverberg and Charles Wiggins

(11/01/20)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.

Sarah Daitch

Group Decision-Making on Complex Public Issues: An experiment with structure.

(10/26/20)Sarah Daitch, Jordi Honey-Rosés

This article is a comparison of two facilitation approaches to group decision-making.

Jim Melamed

Mediation 20/20 Conference - Day 3 Video

(10/19/20)Jim Melamed, Clare Fowler, Colin Rule

Mediation 20/20 Complete Day 3 Video: (1) Envisioning Mediation for a New Generation - Where Should We Go? Technology and New Generational Expectations; and (2) Moving Forward - How Do We Get There?

John Sturrock

Mediators Green Pledge

(10/19/20)John Sturrock

Promoting the Mediators Green Pledge is now the purpose of a new WoMACC site. It seems to be one way to commit to our future. I invite you to sign up to the Green Pledge and to promote it to those you know and work with.

Vicki Assegued

Mediating Conflict in the Time of Covid-19

(10/16/20)Vicki Assegued

This article addresses internal and external skills for mediators to use during this time of Covid-19, to raise awareness of internal biases, and shift those biases in order to skillfully mediate for our clients.

Jonathan Rodrigues

No Mo Fo Mo

(9/08/20)Jonathan Rodrigues

All you need to know is – there is No Mo Fo Mo. Everything prior to 2019 B.C. (Before Corona) was a rehearsal; we are now living in the real digital age.

Judy Rashid

Racial Justice Conflict: How “Historical” Racial Symbols Shape Perception, Practices, and Policy

(9/03/20)Judy Rashid

As the world continues to grapple with racial injustice and unrest as masses of people from all ethnicities protest in the streets, this article examines the subliminal influence of historical racial symbols and practices namely, statues and monuments, slave plantation sites and tours, market houses where slaves were sold, and street names that bear the scars of slavery.

Catherine Gillespie

‘Emotional Agility’ as a Workplace Mediator

(9/03/20)Catherine Gillespie

A psychologically safe space must be offered and maintained if a participant is going to be invited to and chooses to explore any underlying drivers to their thoughts and behaviours which may have contributed to the formation or perpetuation of conflict with another.

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.

Thoughts on Addressing Racial Injustice

(8/28/20)Richard Barbieri, Bernard Mayer, Richard Susskind

This work juxtaposes an announcement by AAA-ICDR with articles that promote dialogue to address racial: 1) Are We Ever Neutral?  Should We Be? 2) Staying with Conflict - Election Edition: A Conflict Practitioner’s Lens on the US Election 3) What's the Right Thing to do When You are Really Angry About What's Happening in America?

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.

Apologies and Alternative Dispute Resolution Utility in Medical Malpractice

(8/20/20)Ava Hacopian

Apologies for medical errors and poor medical outcomes are typically omitted from the practice of medicine in the classic tort malpractice approach to managing communication to the detriment of injured patients.

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!

Nadja Alexander

Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age - The Introduction

(8/02/20)Nadja Alexander, Lela Love

Mediate.com has published a series of peer reviewed articles and videos under the collective title Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. The objective of the Seven Keys is to encourage discussion among all stakeholders on navigating mediation’s best future.

Mediate.com ZZZZZ

Mediate.com's 25th Anniversary "Mediation 20/20" Online Conference

(8/01/20)Mediate.com

"Mediation 20/20: Navigating Mediation's Best Future" is the theme of Mediate.com's 25th Anniversary Online Conference taking place online September 30 to October 2, 2020. This conference is both a focused think-tank conference dedicated to defining the best course for mediation's continued growth and a celebration of Mediate.com's first 25 years.

Colin Rule

Separating the People from the Problem - Colin Rule and the Rise of Online Dispute Resolution

(7/31/20)Colin Rule

This article from Harvard's "The Practice," shines a light on ODR and its evolution using Colin Rule’s career as a guide. In building ODR systems for the world’s largest online marketplace and for court systems across the country, Rule’s career offers a window through which to observe and understand the larger ODR movement—a movement that is all the more important as the world grapples with the continued impacts of COVID-19.

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.

Gabriela Szlak

If a Crime is Admitted, What Then?

(7/31/20)Rich Smukler, Gabriela Szlak

If a person during a caucus session tells the mediator that he committed a crime which had nothing to do with the case in mediation, what does the mediator do?

Emma-May Litchfield

2nd Key-Data: Run the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series Every 5-7 Years

(7/28/20)Emma-May Litchfield, Danielle Hutchinson

As insights and priorities continue to emerge from the data from the 2016-17 Global Pound Conference, its unique value becomes increasingly apparent.

Tim Hicks

3rd Key-Education: Include Learning in Psychology & Brain Science to Enhance Mediator Practice

(7/25/20)Tim Hicks, John Sturrock

Fundamentally, mediators work with people’s psychologies and identities, their worldviews and self-views - everything that makes up what it is to be a human being.

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