(6/27/21)Lydia Ray, Jonathan Rodrigues
Individuals sinking in personal or professional problems may turn to a mediator; Businesses troubled with contractual and commercial disputes may appoint a mediator; Nation-states imploding in racial or communal tension may call on a mediator – and after all this giving, who does the Mediator call on in times of need?
The article suggests that there is little formal training for mediators, especially volunteer mediators who may co mediate with many different partners to work effectively together, and makes some simple and concrete suggestions for ways to remedy this.
(6/25/21)Eric R. Galton
A funny thing happened on April 1, 2020. After over 30 years and 7,500 cases as an in person, high-touch mediator, I grudgingly became, out of necessity born by COVID-19, a virtual, online mediator.
Bystanders can stand up and stop workplace gossip.
There is often an assumption that someone who works in a helping profession such as healthcare, senior living, social worker, schools etc. are kind and generous people who completely live up to the mission and values that the organization promotes.
My goal has always been to provide each and every mediation participant with the most satisfying experience possible.
A podcast produced by the American Bar Association features JAMS Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Mark Smalls on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
It has been exactly ten years since Ellen Waldman’s masterpiece ‘Mediation Ethics’ was first published. It was aptly described as ‘a groundbreaking text that offers conflict resolution professionals a much-needed resource for traversing the often disorienting landscape of ethical decision making.’
(6/18/21)Jen Schimbeno, Brandyn Roark Caires
The ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) ACE’s study, is one of the largest studies about traumatic events in the lives of children ages 0-17. This study identifies three types of risk factors for trauma in children: abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.
As a society, we have not resolved many enduring disputes, or convinced each other, or even discussed them intelligently, but ended up instead screaming at one another, clashing violently, and being prepared to manipulate, and even jettison the entire democratic process if it doesn’t back the candidates and policies we support.
The current pandemic has created a crucial need for those experienced in conflict resolution practices to prevent and resolve conflict in the education of students with disabilities. Public agencies, schools, and families should utilize those trained in conflict resolution, including mediators, negotiators, and advocates, to combat this crisis and lessen adverse outcomes for those involved.
(6/16/21)Keshia Osbourne, Bruce Ally
Anyone who’s employment situation offers them extended health is often under the mistaken notion that their policy will be triggered should a medical need arise.
Since writing my recent short article, Courts Should Make Mediations Good Samaritans Not Frankensteins, I have been thinking about how to maximize the substantial benefits of court-connected mediation while minimizing the risks of coercion.
Thursday (10 June) was Empathy Day. Schools up and down the UK are running activities around what empathy is, why we need to be able to listen and understand each other’s experience and perspective.
We’ve all heard the phrases “saving face” or “losing face.” How does the concept of FACE play a role in conflict?
This article illustrates how a combination of common sense and good luck can produce a positive outcome in mediation.
Taking offense at even minor things is a phenomenon that has been growing steadily over the last several decades.
(6/11/21)Mohamad Radwan Al Omar
Most of the old generations in the Middle East witnessed arranged marriages, which escalated into disputes and conflicts afterwards due to the lack of love. This is why I spent most of my childhood mediating between family members, friends, and neighbors so they can solve their issues, and reach collaborative solutions, without knowing that this can be a profession one day.
The Four Agreements is based on ancient Toltec wisdom which is said to embody the essential unity of truth and described as a way of life. I believe that if we adopt these Four Agreements they will create enough personal power to change the way we mediate and resolve conflict, leading to better and more satisfying settlements.
Mediate.com has been around for over 25 years! During this time we have published thousands of articles, and watched the mediation field grow in numerous unforeseen ways. We have also seen certain mediation standards change and improve.
(6/04/21)Eric R. Galton, Lela Love, Jerome F. Weiss
If the point of mediation is to get parties together to discuss and thereby resolve their problems, why is the distinct trend to keep the parties apart?
I learned a new term recently: noise. Not “noise” as in a room full of people talking loudly, but “noise” as opposed to “bias”.
I recently came across a 2019 book about poker that has given me new insights into how I can help parties make good decisions in mediation
(6/04/21)Maria Apostolidou, Melanie Koch
What do you think? Should there be quotas for training courses, universities, or even mediation sessions?
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Mediators may encounter a reluctance to settle by one or both parties during the course of a mediation session, but understanding the underlying realities of each party’s position may help break logjams.