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Mediation Humor Articles

Mediation Humor Articles

“Are You Kidding Me!?”: Bringing Humor to the Mediation Process

(10/04/19)Sheldon Stark

Mediation is a serious process where serious conflicts are seriously addressed by serious people.

Mediation Gains Popularity in India (video)

(9/10/19)Mint TV

This excellent news report from India shows the new Delhi Mediation Center. Unfortunately, it seems that the sign above the door inadvertently says "Meditation Room." Oops!

We Can Work It Out / You Can’t Always Get What You Want

(7/05/19)Greg Bond

This article looks at musical greats and what their lyrics can teach us about mediation.

New Interview with Jeff Krivis - The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society

(3/09/19)Jeffrey Krivis

New interview with mediation leader and author Jeff Krivis by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.

Bee in Your Bonnet

(7/06/18)Cinnie Noble

The expression “to have a bee in one’s bonnet” has a variety of meanings.

Eye of the Storm Leadership: The Quirky Art of Mugwumps

(1/30/18)Peter Adler

If you read the articles and blog pieces at www.mediate.com, you stand on ancient shoulders. The impulse to manage conflict constructively goes back 40,000 years and spans 4,000 cultures and language groups.

Mediating Minimally

(12/29/17)John Sturrock

As the year comes to an end, I am expanding upon a story to which I referred in a previous blog, in the hope that it may provide a couple of useful reminders of what we do as mediators.

It Happened in Mediation - Believe It or Not

(11/10/17)Daniel Ben-Zvi, Michael Young

The authors have peeled back the protective cloak of confidentiality just enough to provide a glimpse of the wild, the unpredictable, and the utterly preposterous things that have happened in real mediations.

Your Rules/Their Rules in Conflict Management

(9/22/17)Lorraine Segal

This article discusses the Zen at the Gym (part 3).

Reading Emotions

(5/26/17)Joe Markowitz

A character in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 shows that it is often more important to understand emotions than rational thoughts.

Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill… And Argued No More (Part 2!)

(5/08/17)Phyllis Pollack

The tribal effect is often deliberately used to manipulate and divide people. It preys upon the “us v them” mentality.

Something Spooky About Conflict

(10/31/16)Clare Fowler

The Boogeyman is real. And he is sitting at the mediation table.

Laughing Through Conflict – Benefits of Infusing Humor into Your Relationship

(3/31/16)Patricia Porter

Humor and laughter can be a valuable tool for defusing the tension brought on by conflict.

The Music of Mediation

(1/04/16)John Sturrock

Knowing that whoever reads this is probably relaxing with a fine wine in hand, or perhaps a favoured beer, away from the hustle and bustle of the usual diet of mediation work, this blog adopts a similarly indulgent and merry feel. Here is one mediator’s choice of mediation-themed songs (with a UK- and popular music-slant, I accept) with which I would happily be stranded on a desert island.

Time Traveling

(2/25/15)Jan Frankel Schau

Litigation and mediation need to change in the future. People have new expectations about interacting with professionals, and the wise mediator will make note of these changes and incorporate these new trends in their practice.

‘Tis the Season for Mediation

(12/12/14)Susan Yates

In what has become an annual tradition, here is RSI’s seasonal parody of the Twelve Day of Christmas. Enjoy!

Prisoner’s Dilemma Game Show

(9/19/14)Andrea Schneider

In class earlier this week, we rebooted the idea of the prisoner’s dilemma as previously portrayed on The Bachelor Pad (discussed on the Freakonomics Blog and four years ago on this site). This time, the conversation revolved around a British game show called Golden Balls that was very popular several years ago. I can only assume that you’ve already discounted Golden Balls’ educational value based on its name alone but bear with me . . .

Pioneer Series: Humor, Rapport, and Experience - Video

(6/10/14)Sid Lezak

Sid Lezak describes how he uses humor to lighten the mood of parties coming in and help them focus on what is in their best interests. He also talks about his vast experience and how his responses can be somewhat automatic.

Imaginary Mediation: Snowden to Return, Face the Music!

(5/29/14)Anony Mous

I had a dream, surely stimulated by Brian Williams’ interview of Edward Snowden on NBC. My dream was that I had just mediated agreement between Snowden and the US Government for Snowden to come home and, in the words of Secretary of State Kerry, “face the music.”

Mediation Monster Mash-up

(9/30/13)Brad Heckman

To quote Frankenstein’s monster, FIRE BAD. Mediators take a different view. We fearlessly go toward the heat in conflict, giving our clients a safe space for tough conversations…no matter how scary. Here’s a round-up of my Halloween tweets quoting mediators working with monstrous, er, misunderstood, clients.

Kid ADR Conflict Resolution Rap - Video


This video is a rap put together by children. Peer mediators and elementary school children discuss conflict resolution techniques.

Conflict Resolution Video: How To Argue

(7/12/13)Tammy Lenski

The Argument Clinic is a Monty Python classic, funny because it magnifies the uncomfortably familiar habits some of us fall into. For more on how to argue effectively, check the list below the video.

Mediation Case Law Video: Those All-Day Mediations -- Maybe We Should Reassess?

(4/30/13)James Coben

In the case In re Rains, the appellate court concluded that the bankruptcy court did not clearly err in finding a debtor mentally competent to enter into a mediated settlement, notwithstanding that immediately following the conclusion of mediation the debtor drove himself to the hospital where he was admitted and diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm and stroke.

Smiling Mediators and Other Results of this "Serious" Survey

(3/31/13)Konstantin Pilikov

For April Fool's Day, here are the results of a survey about mediators and smiling. The summary of the results are available here, and the entire article is available to download. The survey included mediators and attorneys in both a mediation and an arbitration.

Reframing the Seven Deadly Sins

(3/15/13)Laurie Israel

As mediators, we learn to “reframe” issues. This mediator asks if it's possible to even reframe the seemingly unreframeable: The Seven Deadly Sins.

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