I was puzzled to get an email from a mediator thanking me for my recent post, which advocated using a unified conceptual framework of unbundled mediation interventions.
It has been exactly ten years since Ellen Waldman’s masterpiece ‘Mediation Ethics’ was first published. It was aptly described as ‘a groundbreaking text that offers conflict resolution professionals a much-needed resource for traversing the often disorienting landscape of ethical decision making.’
The ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) ACE’s study, is one of the largest studies about traumatic events in the lives of children ages 0-17. This study identifies three types of risk factors for trauma in children: abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.
Race and Caste, Gender and Patriarchy, Wealth and Class: Mediating the Systems, Structures, and Sources of Prejudice
As a society, we have not resolved many enduring disputes, or convinced each other, or even discussed them intelligently, but ended up instead screaming at one another, clashing violently, and being prepared to manipulate, and even jettison the entire democratic process if it doesn’t back the candidates and policies we support.
5 Ways Conflict Resolution Practitioners Can Prevent and Resolve Special Education Conflict During the Pandemic; Increasing the Chances of Success for Students with Disabilities.
The current pandemic has created a crucial need for those experienced in conflict resolution practices to prevent and resolve conflict in the education of students with disabilities. Public agencies, schools, and families should utilize those trained in conflict resolution, including mediators, negotiators, and advocates, to combat this crisis and lessen adverse outcomes for those involved.
Anyone who’s employment situation offers them extended health is often under the mistaken notion that their policy will be triggered should a medical need arise.
At the request of Mediate.com, a small group of US-based public policy and large group mediators/mediation trainers met online during the winter/spring of 2021 to consider best practices and ideas to enhance online training and practice. This report summarizes our ideas and recommendations for ourselves, our colleagues and Mediate.com.
Thursday (10 June) was Empathy Day. Schools up and down the UK are running activities around what empathy is, why we need to be able to listen and understand each other’s experience and perspective.
We’ve all heard the phrases “saving face” or “losing face.” How does the concept of FACE play a role in conflict?
This article illustrates how a combination of common sense and good luck can produce a positive outcome in mediation.
Taking offense at even minor things is a phenomenon that has been growing steadily over the last several decades.
Most of the old generations in the Middle East witnessed arranged marriages, which escalated into disputes and conflicts afterwards due to the lack of love. This is why I spent most of my childhood mediating between family members, friends, and neighbors so they can solve their issues, and reach collaborative solutions, without knowing that this can be a profession one day.
The Four Agreements is based on ancient Toltec wisdom which is said to embody the essential unity of truth and described as a way of life. I believe that if we adopt these Four Agreements they will create enough personal power to change the way we mediate and resolve conflict, leading to better and more satisfying settlements.
Mediate.com has been around for over 25 years! During this time we have published thousands of articles, and watched the mediation field grow in numerous unforeseen ways. We have also seen certain mediation standards change and improve.
When we perceive that someone may have a disability, it is common to think about ways to help that person. But assuming that someone needs help is paternalism, and it can be a form of discrimination.
Decline of Dialogue? Galton, Love, and Weiss on Joint Sessions, Caucuses, and the State of Mediation
If the point of mediation is to get parties together to discuss and thereby resolve their problems, why is the distinct trend to keep the parties apart?
This post provides an overview of some findings from an empirical study on online mediation. Nearly 500 mediators from around the world answered questions about advantages, obstacles, best practices, and settlement rates. The post provides an overview and analysis of English-language responses.
Mediators may encounter a reluctance to settle by one or both parties during the course of a mediation session, but understanding the underlying realities of each party’s position may help break logjams.
You may have seen this recent New York Times story about the failure of Marathon County, Wisconsin, to declare itself “A Community for All.”
Bill and Melinda Gates recently announced that they are divorcing after 27 years. Besides having to address their billions of dollars and their enormously influential foundation, this has brought attention to issues of a mature (or “gray”) divorce.
It’s generally true in conflict that “it takes two to tango.” In the world of divorce, the fundamental problem with being labelled “high conflict” is how rarely both parties are dancing together.
Loneliness is a state of being that has been highlighted over the past year because of COVID-19. What are the dimensions of loneliness and how does it affect the brain? This article will explore these questions and in doing so, provide conflict management specialists with an opportunity to reflect on their current practice and how they can best support a client who is both lonely and experiencing conflict.
Miles Davis once said, “If you understood everything I said, you’d be me.”
When negotiating, think about the power dynamics at play and especially where lies the balance of power.
As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, every aspect of our pre-pandemic ways of work is under review. Simply returning to our old ways is not the answer.