Originally from Ireland, Donal O'Reardon is a mediator, coach, author and founder of O’Reardon Consulting. He holds graduate degrees in theology and philosophy and specialises in communication and conflict management skills with an emotional intelligence foundation. He is the author of “Introducing Philosophy: Questions and Readings” (Emond Montgomery, 2014) as well as a forthcoming book on best communication practice for professional and personal development.
What's Wrong with Transformative Mediation?(08/19/16)
“Transformative” mediation has grown in popularity in recent years. It’s a style of mediation that looks to “transform” the relationship between the parties in a conflict.
Conflict and Psychological Development: “Six Stages of Conflict Reasoning”(05/01/15)
In the 1960’s the psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg (1927-1987) listed six stages of moral development. Kohlberg says these stages can’t be jumped, you have to go through them in order. And they are universal, they apply no matter what culture you’re in. With a little thought we can link these to conflict and conflict resolution. Kohlberg’s stages don’t only tell us about a person’s moral reasoning, they also tell us what kind of conflict they get into and how we can help them to deal with it.
What Does “Empowerment” Look Like And How Can Mediators Facilitate It?(01/10/11)
The literature on mediation and conflict resolution often talks about “empowerment.” It is strange then that there does not seem to be any agreed understanding of what “empowerment” exactly is. Indeed the literature on dispute resolution is often mute when it comes to articulating any conception of empowerment.
Can Religious Differences Be Mediated?(08/16/10)
Religious beliefs regularly motivate actions that cause conflict between people. From the point of view of mediation, it is natural to ask whether conflicts that have their source in religious views can be mediated and, if so, what might the framework of such a mediation look like? This article argues that religiously motivated conflict can be mediated, but that there are criteria that must be satisfied for such a mediation to take place. Mediation too, must look at itself and understand that some of its basic ideals (autonomy and self-determination) mean it can only mediate if these values are endorsed by both parties.
Mediation And Philosophy(03/22/10)
Mediation and philosophy can learn from each other. Mediators can gain clarity and illumination by exploring what philosophy has to say about key concepts that arise in the practice of mediation. The four concepts discussed here are communication, power, the person and value.