Sharon Lowenstein is a Kansas and Missouri collaborative law attorney, mediator and mediator trainer in Greater Kansas City. She will be a presenter on the Mediation Training Institute International’s Mediation-at-Sea cruise for mediators and collaborative professionals November 4-11, 2007 from New York to Bermuda. See: see http://www.mediationworks.com/mti/cruise2007/fslowenstein.htm. For more information on her workshop, "Using Impasse Creatively: Stories, Parables, Metaphors, Quotes, and Strategic Questions,” see http://www.mediationworks.com/mti/cruise2007/flyer-lowenstein-mti.pdf
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Articles and Video:
Parables For Divorce Mediations And Negotiations
If one picture is worth a thousand words, an appropriately told parable may be worth even more than a thousand words. A simple story that conveys an obvious teaching can gently evoke an “ah-ha” powerful enough to illuminate clouded thinking or to pry open a locked mind.
Mediation Survivor’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to Mediation for the Parties (Book Review)
I highly recommend this concise and easy-to-read book for newcomers to mediation. Directed specifically to those who, whether represented by attorneys or not, can expect to be the principal participants in family, probate, victim-offender, peer (school), small claims and other mediations where attorneys, if present, generally remain in the background. Filled with practical advice and tips, it takes readers step-by-step through the mediation process in each such venue. Professionals will want to recommend it to clients about to engage in mediation for the first time.
Metaphors for Divorce Mediations and Negotiations
Language conveys attitudes, mind-sets and perspectives. The choice of words influences behavior and is influenced by behavior. Whereas litigation subjects parties to a a roll of the dice, collaborative law and mediation put clients in the driver's seat.The skillful use of metaphors can subtly and efficiently redefine conflict as challenge and facilitate fruitful problem solving. This article suggests how to mix and match metaphors which are particularly useful for cutting to the chase and putting clients on the same page.