Social media is changing how society behaves at a pace that we just cannot fathom. We have embraced it with open arms, but have we taken three steps back to digest it and understand how societal social skills have been affected?
Having taught mediation skills for over twenty-five years and, more recently, having developed an online mediation training curriculum, it’s only natural that I stand as a zealous proponent of mediation training.
Sometime between 480 and 221 BC during China’s Warring States Period, a general named Wu wrote a short and now widely read treatise on how to win a big fight. The highest excellence, he said, is the “sheathed sword,” achieving your goal without fighting.
There are many keys to reaching possible agreement. The list includes, among others, discovering not incompatible interests, soothing a hurt relationship, or finding a common enemy. Uncovering a transcending vision can accelerate and amplify the coming together of contending parties. Vision helps achieve agreement.
In our mediation efforts, once we are in the realm of “public policy,” we are inevitably poking our noses into questions of intergenerational equity and “governance” and how authentic collaboration can be achieved or improved.
The high court's opinion will resolve a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeal regarding whether a court may decide the issue of arbitrability in situations where the arbitration claim is groundless.
Mediator Dan Berstein shares his journey to being open with his bipolar disorder, and how conflict resolution skills can help us overcome barriers to having conversations about mental health. In this profound story, learn how to get past the assumptions, paternalism, and stigma to make room for the other person's story and connect.
John Paul Lederach describes discussing alternatives to violent conflict with groups who felt powerless and that violence was their only avenue of action. One method he uses is to ask them what violence has achieved historically.
Nina Meierding explains putting theory to practice regarding studies of gender and culture in mediation. She describes being sensitive and respectful of diverse thought processes and communication methods.
Frank Sander reflects on his concerns within the field, which include the tension of quality vs. quantity of the practice, the lack of studies of cost effectiveness, disappointments with the court system fees, and the difficulty of getting more young people/apprentices into the field. However, he's optimistic about the future of mediation.
Nina Meierding discusses her approach to mediation training in other countries. This involves being culturally sensitive, not imposing the Western model as it may not be useful for other cultures and their ways of problem-solving.
This video describes the four phases of the mediation process. This is an informative role-play produced by Jean Munroe and TennesseeMediation.com. The topic of the mediation is divorce and child custody.
Tobi Inlender and students discuss the Peer Mediation Program in Santa Monica. This is the original peer mediation program in Los Angeles, and is run by the Dispute Resolution program and Lincoln Middle School.
Months after students first raised concerns that the president of the Student Bar Association made an insensitive remark about a Jewish student group, students say law school administrators have done little to address the situation. read
What began as a conversation with a couple of students around race ... led to the formation of a group that really has a much broader goal of changing (school) climate by resolving issues that arise, some that may be racial in nature read
PATERSON, NJ — Nine city educators will travel to Oregon in December for five days of training in the "restorative justice" approach to student discipline, an alternative method that focuses on mediation rather than punishment. read
National Commission for Minorities chairperson Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi on Sunday made a strong pitch for mediation in the Ayodhya issue, saying he will speak with all stakeholders for an out of court settlement of the matter. read
With the District Court facing an overloaded docket, judges and the DA’s Office are able to utilize mediation to keep certain legal matters from eating up valuable court time. For certain cases — property disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, family disputes, first offense shoplifting or incidents involving students — volunteer mediators resolve most issues. read
Family mediation can possibly help your family overcome a conflict. What mediation does differently is attempt to solve disagreements in two or three sessions, which can be cost effective -- if the situation fits. read
The city has hired a mediator to lead a discussion about possible changes to the road redesign of 35th Avenue Northeast. Now, a disagreement over the choice of mediator joins other clashes over bike lanes, lost parking and more. read
RACINE — An approximately 24-year tradition came to an end last week as Racine County Circuit Court Judge Emily Mueller presided over her last swearing-in ceremony for Racine Unified peer mediators. read
RIVERTON — “We have a problem. Not a problem of our own creation,” longtime Riverton physician Richard Sorenson of Riverton said Monday night to a gathering of approximately 300 people assembled at Central Wyoming College. read
COOS BAY — Common Ground Mediation will celebrate their 20th anniversary through the revival of the Chair-ity Fundraiser. 20 wooden school chairs donated by Eastside Elementary School have been decorated by an array of community artists and will be sold via auction. The proceeds will help meet a $10,000 match grant. read
The Aspen Board of Education will hire an outside party to evaluate the school district's operations and approach toward leadership in the wake of mounting criticism leveled by a group of parents. read
As a lawyer and mediator, I’ve seen lots of conflicts. Most people don’t understand what mediation is, just how broadly it can be used, and the range of value it brings to resolving private and public conflicts. read