Announces Mediation Futures Project

In Celebration of our 20th Year, Announces
The Mediation Futures Project.

Ultimately, our goal is to develop a set of blueprints for the mediation field most effectively moving into the future.

In coordinating this project, Clare Fowler and Robert Benjamin are working with an Advisory Committee of:

  • Peter Adler
  • Ken Cloke
  • Marvin Johnson
  • Jeff Krivis
  • Michelle LeBaron
  • Bernie Mayer
  • Nina Meierding
  • Len Riskin
  • Don Saposnek
  • Maria Volpe

Here are some of our initial Featured Futures Articles:

Featured Futures Articles:

We encourage you to submit your own Mediation Futures article or comment addressing these core questions:

  • What from our past should be brought forward and emphasized?

  • What current promising approaches should be further developed?

  • What would you like to see the mediation field look like in 20 years?

  • What specifically should we do now to get there?

Please send your future-focused article or comment of any length to Clare Fowler at There is also a form for making comments here.

Should you have any questions about the Futures Project, please contact Robert Benjamin at or by phone at (503) 407-6077.

Thanks for sending in your article or comment by March 1, 2015.  Your ideas are important to our best consideration of the future of mediation!

Many thanks,

Jim Melamed, CEO


Clare Fowler

Clare Fowler is Executive Vice-President and Managing Editor at  Clare received her Master's of Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law and her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, focused on reducing workplace conflicts, from Pepperdine University School of Education. Clare also coordinated… MORE >


James Melamed, J.D.

Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 along with John Helie and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  Jim is currently Board Chair and General Counsel for Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. (RIS), home to,, and other leading dispute resolution sites. During Jim's tenure,… MORE >


Robert Benjamin

Robert Benjamin, M.S.W., J.D., has been a practicing mediator since 1979, working in most dispute contexts including: business/civil, family/divorce, employment, and health care. A lawyer and social worker by training, he practiced law for over 25 years and now teaches and presents professional negotiation, mediation, and conflict management seminars and… MORE >

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