Interview Section

Robert D. Benjamin The Mediate.com Interview Section includes well over 100 interviews with many of the world's leading mediators.

This Section includes both the seminal Mediate.com interview series: "Views from the Eye of the Storm" and our new 2019 video series: "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society."

Robert D. Benjamin, Mediate.com Senior Editor, is lead interviewer for both interview series.

Video Interviews


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.

Colin Rule

Book Review - Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution

(2/01/21)Colin Rule

The new book "Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution" is now available. It collects personal histories from 23 experienced mediators, chronicling the paths they took to arrive at their work resolving disputes. 

Laila Ollapally

Lawyers Can Win in Mediation

(11/20/20)Laila Ollapally

This article discusses the process of mediation, and how a survey which brought out an existing anomaly between the need/expectation of the litigants regarding the role of their lawyers and the perception of the lawyers as to what their clients want from them.

Jane Honoroff

Married Mediators: Brad and Jane Honoroff

(11/17/20)Jane Honoroff, Brad Honoroff

An interview with Brad and Jane Honoroff about their different conflict styles and the future of conflict resolution. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 2020 Conference.

Stephen Erickson

Married Mediators: Marilyn McKnight and Steve Erickson

(11/09/20)Stephen Erickson, Marilyn McKnight

An interview with Marilyn McKnight and Stephen Erickson about the origins of family mediation, their different conflict styles, and the future of conflict resolution. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 2020 Conference.

Jim Melamed

Cyberweek 2020: Opening Session Interview of Jim Melamed by Ethan Katsh

(11/03/20)Jim Melamed, Ethan Katsh

The is Cyberweek 2020's Opening Session: an interview of Jim Melamed, long time CEO at Mediate.com, by Ethan Katsh on 25 years of ODR and Mediate.com.

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.

Kimberlee Kovach

Married Mediators: Kim Kovach and Eric Galton

(10/20/20)Kimberlee Kovach, Eric R. Galton

An interview with Kim Kovach and Eric Galton about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

Kenneth Cloke

Married Mediators: Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke

(10/13/20)Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith

An interview with Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.

Manon Schonewille

Mobilizing Mediatively

(8/17/20)Manon Schonewille, Michael Leathes

Recently, Mediate.com serialised a jigsaw of 23 pieces by 40 authors in 16 countries, in the form of both articles and author interviews, all part of the over-arching theme Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. This articles summarizes those 23 pieces.

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Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age - Table of Contents

(8/03/20)Mediate.com

Mediate.com is proud to publish "Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age" and to offer this convenient Table of Contents for accessing all 25 original "Keys" articles and accompanying videos. Special thanks to Michael Leathes, Manon Schonewille and Clare Fowler for leading this important project!

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.

Aloysius Goh

1st Key-Leadership: The Youth Shall Lead Us

(7/30/20)Aloysius Goh, Sean Lim, Samantha Lek, Megan Tay

Humbling as it may be for adults to admit, the sages who can unlock the Golden Age of mediation may actually be the youth.

John Sturrock

1st Key-Leadership: Adopt The Edinburgh Declaration

(7/30/20)John Sturrock

At the conclusion of a recent conference, following superb presentations emphasizing the value of principled and interest-based negotiation by William Ury and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, almost 100 mediators signed the "Edinburgh Declaration," an inspirational expression of belief and commitment. The Edinburgh Declaration explains why we mediate, something that is rarely publicly expressed.

Joan Goldsmith

1st Key-Leadership: Establish Strong, Collaborative, Mediative Leadership

(7/30/20)Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith, Rosemary Howell, Alan Limbury, Valeri Primo-Lack

Leadership is a skill. It is something everyone does at multiple points throughout their lives, whether they consider themselves leaders or not.

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.

Ava Abramowitz

2nd Key-Data: Bring Objective Science to Mediation

(7/28/20)Ava Abramowitz, Kenneth Webb

After 47 empirical studies, the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Task Force report, “Research on Mediator Techniques,” was perplexing.

Michael McIlwrath

2nd Key-Data: Develop a Negotiation Index

(7/28/20)Michael McIlwrath

Folklore was the class at university that fundamentally altered how I view the world.

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.

Deborah Masucci

3rd Key - Education: Teach Mediation as a Core Subject Aligned to Real World Needs

(7/25/20)Barney Jordaan, Deborah Masucci

Mediation is rarely taught as a core subject in business schools, law schools and other professional curricula, despite the fact that an increasing number of jurisdictions now provide for some form of court sponsored mediation.

Angela Herberholz

3rd Key-Education: Ensure the Future Through Mentoring and Practice Programs for New Mediators

(7/25/20)Angela Herberholz, Emma Ewart Keir

Practicing mediators with advanced knowledge, skills and experience need to support the next generations of mediators to ensure a positive and vibrant future of mediation.

Joanna Kalowski

3rd Key-Education: Train Mediators to be Culture-wise, not Culture-blind

(7/25/20)Joanna Kalowski

Perplexed by the slow uptake of mediation in many places, is it time to wonder whether the mediation field has taken sufficient account of the centrality of culture?

Mark Appel

4th Key-Professionalism: Encourage Mediation and Arbitration Integration

(7/20/20)Mark Appel, Wolf von Kumberg

This article discusses the importance of bridging mediation and arbitration.

John Brand

4th Key-Professionalism: Modernize the Culture Driving Legal Practice

(7/20/20)John Brand

This article discusses professionalism and the need to modernize our mediation culture.

Pierrick Le Goff

4th Key-Professionalism: Act to Ensure Mediation is Respected as a True Professional Practice

(7/20/20)Pierrick Le Goff

This article discusses the importance of professionalism to ensure that mediation is being taken seriously.

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