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MAY 2022

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7 Points on the War and Dialogue from Ukrainian Mediators and Dialogue Facilitators
by Tatiana Kyselova
This document was developed by Ukrainian mediators to convey their voice and professional opinion to major actors in the international sphere of conflict transformation.

Self-Determination in Mediation
by Bob Wright
Allowing parties to make their own choices and come to their own decisions regarding the outcome of a dispute is a fundamental tenet of mediation. Announces Launch of New Online Dispute Resolution Platform:
by Colin Rule, Jim Melamed and Clare Fowler
Our new platform combines the functionality of and, creating the most powerful ODR system in the world!

Empathy In Toxic Partisan Pandemic-Based Conflicts: How Organizational Strategy Can Help Us Do Better
by Lucas Smart
This article examines what the COVID impact has been on our culture--what can we learn from this to prevent conflict going forward?

The Art of the Simple in Mediation
by Greg Rooney
After 30 years of practice, the only thing I know is that the parties are stuck and, if they have lawyers, the lawyers are stuck.

The Complete Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age
This compilation of "Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation's Golden Age" is now available for FREE!  This is a work by 40 authors from around the world brought together for's 25th Anniversary.

Mediation in the News

Christina Haack and Ant Anstead to Attend Mediation in Custody Battle Over Son Hudson
The TV stars, who share a 2-year-old son Hudson, have reportedly been ordered to attend mediation in June 2022. 

Non-lawyers Can Make Good Mediators
A non-lawyer mediator can reason with counsel and parties about the weakness of arguments from a nonlegal perspective.

Non-profits, schools train teens to settle their own arguments in hopes of preventing gun violence
YEAH Philly. is a model that teaches teens who are engaged in an argument to name their emotions, communicate their feelings and agree on a peaceful end to a dispute.

Why I volunteer: Tommy Oakman on The Mediation Center
Becoming a volunteer community mediator was a personal goal for me and a best natural step to take toward helping people.

Former MSU star Adreian Payne shot while unarmed, trying to mediate domestic dispute
Former Michigan State star Adreian Payne was shot and killed as he stood unarmed next to his car while trying to intervene in a domestic dispute, 

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Featured Blog Posts

Chemistry and the World of Mediation
by Don Cripe

5 Ways Custody Mediation in Ontario is Unique
by Ben Coltrin

Your Rearview Mirror
by Rabbi Mordechai Rhine

Confidence in Conflict: Three Methods to Resolving Conflict Without Losing Your Cool
by Denise French

Lessons Learned from the Implementation of a Video Eviction Mediation Program
by Jennifer Shack

Beware of Email Agreements!
by Phyllis Pollack


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