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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

Robin Brzobohatý

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.

Andrea Schneider

ADR & Activism Through Art - Maya Angelou and Frida Kahlo

(4/01/21)Andrea Schneider

This article focuses on creativity and negotiation role models.

Colin Rule

Evolution of the Mediation Field: Monthly Conversation Series with Field Leaders

(3/10/21)Colin Rule

As an ongoing Mediate.com Premium Membership benefit, Mediate is now hosting, on a monthly basis, an ongoing series of live online conversations with top mediators and conflict resolvers from around the world.  Here is detailed description of the first 9 live conversations.

Bhavya Mahajan

Mediating Workplace Sexual Harassment: The Road Less Taken

(3/08/21)Bhavya Mahajan

This piece on mediating workplace sexual harassment cases provides an overview of what the mediation process would entail, the advantages of mediating such cases, and a brief discussion about the Indian perspective as regards workplace sexual harassment.

Veera Mahajan

Domestic Harmony For Better Future Of Our Children

(3/08/21)Veera Mahajan

I remember standing by the wall with my brothers and crying while my father was beating my mother.

Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

Why Mediation Fails

(3/08/21)Anwar Kashif Mumtaz

The process of mediation, the opening of how to meet the people, how to engage with them, how to listen to them, how to manage them, how to explore them, how to take them closer to the resolution and how to get to the settlement from the horse’s mouth.

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.

Lena Borrelli

How to Find Help From Domestic Violence

(2/18/21)Lena Borrelli

This article looks at how to prevent violent conflicts, especially while quarantined.

Kenneth Cloke

20 Proposals to Resolve Electoral Conflicts and Strengthen Democracy

(2/08/21)Kenneth Cloke

Electoral democracy has gone through a period of profound conflicts, yet each unique conflict points us toward potential solutions and more collaborative processes.

Nina Meierding

Mediate.com Instructor Discusses Implicit Bias: We All Have It

(1/27/21)Nina Meierding

Nina Meierding discusses her training on implicit bias, and what we can do to become "bias aware."

Lorraine Segal

Conversation, Kindness, and Democracy

(1/22/21)Lorraine Segal

Are kindness and conversation still possible? What about the many other people who share a perspective with those folks and are not themselves violent?

John Sturrock

Recognizing Trauma: Litigation and Politics are Harming Us

(1/22/21)John Sturrock

I write this in the aftermath of yet another mediation in which the protagonists exhibited symptoms of having been seriously traumatized by the litigation process to which they had been exposed. Depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, loathing, destroyed relationships, large amounts of money spent with no discernible value.

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