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This Week in Mediation #903

October 13, 2021 - OUR 26TH YEAR!
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In This Issue:
Mediation and the Evolution of Democracy: Inventing Interest-Based Responses to Lying, Demagoguery, and Fascism • Transcendent • Strathclyde Mediation Clinic: A decade of dedication to mediation in Scotland • Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs
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Mediation and the Evolution of Democracy: Inventing Interest-Based Responses to Lying, Demagoguery, and Fascism
by Kenneth Cloke
Nearly 2500 years ago, Plato warned that “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.” Why should this be the case?
by Charlie Young
I’ve been fortunate to be a part of mediations where there have been healings and complete changes of heart among the parties. What are the commonalities?
Strathclyde Mediation Clinic: A decade of dedication to mediation in Scotland
Charlie Irvine, Jonathan Rodrigues
The Mediation Clinic attached to the University of Strathclyde (“The Mediation Clinic”) in Glasgow, Scotland, recently won the ‘Community Contribution Award’ at the Scottish Legal Awards 2021. This is an article discussing the program.
APFM 2021 Conference
Academy of Professional Family Mediators - APFM 2021 Conference
A New Beginning: Reimagining the Art and Science of Family Mediation
Pre-conference Institutes October 14 via Zoom - Annual Conference: October 15-16 via Zoom - . Register Today!
Final Report of Task Force on Online Mediation - Forum Video
This is a video from the September 24, 2021 Forum sharing the Final Report of Task Force on Online Mediation. This video features Woody Mosten, Colin Rule, Clare Fowler, Jim Melamed, Tara Ollapally, Bruce Edwards, Donna Silverberg, Susan Guthrie, Angelia Tolbert, Michael Aurit, Tricia Jones, Michael Lang and John Sturrock. Adopts Online Mediation Practice and Ethical Standards
by Colin Rule and Jim Melamed
One of the Primary Recommendations of the Task Force on Online Mediation is to update mediation practice and ethical standards to fully embrace online mediation. In response, has now formally adopted the Task Force's Recommended Practice Standards for Online Mediation effective January 1. 2022.
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  • Careers in Conflict ResolutionHosted by Miguel Willis, Innovator in Residence at PennLaw’s Future of the Profession Initiative will moderate a panel of conflict resolution professionals building careers in ways that take technology into account.
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An Online Workshop for Experienced Mediators. Introduces experienced mediators to the field of adult family mediation, also known as elder mediation, in its many forms. CLE/CEU: 20 hours. Featuring expert mediator Diana Curtis
November 5-6 and 12-13, 2021 - Fridays and Saturdays - 4 Hours Daily: 10am-12pm PST and 2:30pm-4:30pm PST

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The Podcast
with Veronica Cravener
We’re excited to share the news: we’ve launched the Podcast, hosted by our good friend, mediator Veronica Cravener!  Check it out!
International Mediation Awareness Week - November 8-23
International Mediation Awareness Week was launched in November 2020 to bring together all the great work of the practitioners and providers across the globe, to celebrate the positive advantages of mediation, and to help educate people about how this and the principles of mediation can influence how we behave and communicate towards each other for everyone’s benefit. is delighted to be working with Mediator Network and the global team to bring you IMAW 2021. This year’s focus is on Culture and Dispute Resolution and we are lining up lots of regions around the world to share best practice and learn more about mediation together. See more information at

  • Mediator - UT
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  • Custody-Visitation Mediation Volunteer - NY
  • Assistant Director of Mediation - NY
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