Those people [who share your political perspective] are vile and despicable and should be ashamed of themselves!
I am a professional mediator – and a passionate devotee of its virtues. Mediation, however, can take many forms, depending on the individual needs of a particular dispute or its parties.
The key to successful parenting mediation is using a model that works for the parents and provides a parenting model that starts with a truce, then works towards mid and long term parenting goals.
Individual differences matter. To be of value, mediation has to draw on these differences to elicit how the parties make sense.
Isn’t it reassuring knowing you have someone in your corner to advocate for you?
Problems that arise in running a family business sometimes manifest themselves as legal claims.
Different interactions can cause you to become interested in transactions that you previously were not interested in.
Does mediation do any good? Does it make the world a better place?
People should first try to understand others, especially those with whom we disagree – perhaps disagreeing quite strongly.
This is a diagnosis for workplace mediators to include in their trainings.
La felicidad se construye con actos en el día a día que te hará ser consciente de que transitas junto a ella.
Transformative theory acknowledges people’s propensity to fall into a vicious cycle of feeling threatened, losing compassion for each other, and then behaving in ways that perpetuate or worsen those experiences.
There is room in our field for a broad spectrum of mediation approaches. We should celebrate innovation and a greater diversity, rather than disparage the methods of others. This article rebuts Bush and Folger’s article: "Reclaiming Mediation’s Future: Getting Over the Intoxication of Expertise, Re-Focusing on Party Self-Determination."
The key to cross cultural communication in mediation, is tuning into the dynamic of directional awareness.
The new Department of Education rules include significant provisions restricting school arbitration agreements.
The challenge we face is how to be adaptable, but still focused and effective. To meet this challenge, we need to remain clear about our fundamental purpose, to keep working on refining our skills and enhancing the range of approaches we can take to achieving those purposes, to commit to diversifying our field, and to maintain a clear hold on our values and ethical principles.
(10/14/16)Jan Frankel Schau
During the week between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish people declare that “The Book of Life” is still open.
Recently (as part of a book club), I read The Psychology of Conflict by Raul Randolph (Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London 2016) who is a barrister and mediator. His approach is to use existentialism as the vehicle through which to discuss the psychological aspects of mediation.
The Olympics have come and gone with all of the emotion and inspiration they bring. In our recent, fully-subscribed, residential Summer School on mediation skills for leaders, we reflected on the learning from Rio. We watched a video replay of the men’s taekwondo -80kg final in which Team GB’s Lutalo Muhammad lost to his Ivory Coast opponent in the last second of the bout, giving the latter his country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.
You don’t get better at listening during conflict by practicing during conflict. You get better at listening during conflict by practicing outside of conflict, where the stakes are lower and it’s easier to be on top of your game.
Think about the last time that someone asked us how things were going? We probably responded with, “pretty good, you know…keeping pretty busy!”
We share our experience and learnings of delivering Family Dispute Resolution into New Zealand prisons to improve the lives of children.
“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.
The decision to leave the EU has drawn the UK into the Nash Trap.
(7/22/16)John Paul Lederach
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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.