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.
Carrie Menkel-Meadow talks about her early experiences with Gary Friedman and their efforts to bring humanistic psychology to law. The value-based mediation process still informs her practice.
Homer LaRue discusses his concerns of mediators not getting into the field because of the credentialing process, specifically persons of color not getting into the field, and bridging the gap between mediators of color and the "high-volume, high-quality case users".
Margaret Shaw talks about what she hopes to see in the future for mediation: that mediation in schools will make a difference; certification regulations will form slowly, so as not to lose the flexibility of the field; that there will be an increased emphasis on collaboration in society.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with David Hoffman, founder of The Boston Collaborative and former President of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
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.
In this episode of Arbitration Conversation Amy speaks with Svetlana Gitman of the American Arbitration Association
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Richard Salem, a pioneer in the field of mediation and dispute resolution, filmed as part of Mediate.com's ' Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Zena Zumeta explains the difficulties she sees with using an evaluative approach. However, she sees how it can be useful in a dispute where there is a power imbalance.
Bernard Mayer explains that his biggest concern is that mediators are not making a big enough difference in larger, current conflicts. He offers two reasons for this.
Maxine Baker-Jackson describes that coming into mediation was a natural.
Roger Fisher explains that when one party doesn't want to negotiate, talk to others around them to find out their motivations, interests, concerns, and worries.
Michael Lang describes an account where he was teaching reflective practice, a practice that enables mediators to be more aware of their own methods and why they are using them.
Marvin Johnson provides advice he would give to those wanting to come into the field: one must like people, have flexibility and patience, timing and intuition.
John Paul Lederach continues to describe in detail how he observed partiality as a resource, not an obstacle in Latin America and the Middle East. Partiality meant being part of the network, being an insider, and someone to be trusted.
In this episode Amy Schmitz interviews Ben Davis about diversity in arbitration, with a particular focus on the new Diversity and Inclusion Policy that was recently issued by ICCA (the International Council of Commercial Arbitration).
Kenneth Cloke discusses the significance of mediation and how the world needs to learn these skills in order for us to survive as a species.
Joe Stulberg shares how great mediators he's observed are very analytical and have a sense of pragmatic creativity.
Chris Moore talks about mediators who are problem solvers and those who attempt to transform the relationships and moral views of the parties; Moore's position is somewhere in the middle.
Jay Folberg describes early on in the field when he, as a lawyer, collaborated with psychologists and social workers and they learned from each other.
This two hour-long program features 31 of the most experienced mediators in the world. This is a "highlight" film of compelling commentary from pioneers and leaders in the field of mediation.
Howard Bellman speaks of how the mediation field has become more mainstream, though it's original intention was to be more radical and counter-culture. He believes the field will continue to grow.
This is a video introduction to "Eye of the Storm Leadership" by Peter Adler, Ph.D. - 150 Ideas, Stories, Quotes, and Excercises On The Art and Politics of Managing Human Conflicts. See the book and complete video at www.eyeofthestormleadership.com
Carrie Menkel-Meadow talks about how winning law suits did not bring about the change had hoped for. There was a lot of resistance. She realized that negotiating consensual agreements was the way to get lasting results.
Bernie Mayer describes his motivation as a mediator which involves promoting participatory democracy, empowering people to control the outcomes of the crises in their own lives.
This video highlights portions of The Keystone Conference sponsored by Mediate.com in 2010.
Tom Stipanowich talks about the arbitration process being taken out of contracts while being replaced with mediation or litigation processes.
Sid Lezak describes how he uses humor to lighten the mood of parties coming in and help them focus on what is in their best interests. He also talks about his vast experience and how his responses can be somewhat automatic.
Don Saposnek describes how different mediation models, while they may have different qualities and values, are often blended together by experienced mediators.
The Mediators: Family Edition features 27 of the most experienced family mediators in the world. Sections include: Inspiration, Techniques In The Room, Supporting Children, Styles And Models, The Future, Training & Certification
Joan Kelly describes a research finding which concluded that families who mediated during the divorce had father's who were significantly more involved in their children's lives twelve years post-mediation.
Leonard Riskin explains narrow and broad problem definitions by a giving an example of settling a case where there was a breech of a business contract. A narrow problem definition sees a legal process whereas a broad problem definition allows more room for thinking about other causes of the conflict.
Peter Adler discusses mediation as a form of leadership. He also talks about his philosophy of when circumstance meets person: one can be a leader or a follower depending on their capabilities and values within that circumstance.
Michael Lewis talks about argument prevention by asking questions instead of giving opinions within a discussion.
Linda Singer talks about how senior mediators achieve success: listening skills, gaining trust, discovering peoples' interests, spending the time with people, building relationships.
New interview with mediation leader and author Jeff Krivis by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.
This is a new interview with Don Saposnek, long-time leader in the field of divorce mediation and best supporting the interests of children in divorce, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.
This is an interview by Dr. Clare Fowler, current Mediate.com Managing Editor, with John Ford, the first Mediate.com Managing Editor and a well-known HR and workplace mediation specialist.
From April 2006: Video of Congressman John Lewis, long-time Georgia representative and national civil rights leader, receiving the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Section's annual meeting in Atlanta. See both John Lewis' powerful presentation and Mediate.com's following interview.
This video can be sent to clients who will be meeting online, familiarizing them with the process, and discussing confidentiality concerns.
Randy Lowry discusses how some have been resistant to mediation education, but how it has been successful in changing legal processes and preventing litigation.
Sid Lezak talks about how he viewed the field when he first started out. It was like a 'religion' for him and any opposition or criticism made him even more dedicated to the practice and advocacy of mediation.
Mediator Sue Bronson doesn't rest upon the familiar, but takes what she knows and applies it in new innovative ways. In this 44 minute video, Sue and Michael Lang discuss screening techniques.
This is an interview with Laila and Tara Ollapally discussing the history and present state of mediation in India, and what opportunities they see over the next 10 years.
This is a new interview of mediation leader and author Ken Cloke by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.
This is a new interview of Howard Gadlin, long-time leading Ombudsman at UCLA and the National Institute of Health (NIH), by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's video series "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society."
New interview with Nina Meierding by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.
Frank Sander talks about the challenges institutionalization presents: trying to build on what's good without impairing the quality of the practice, becoming part of the court system without courts taking over mediation.
The Perfect Mediation is a 4 minute video showing how easy mediation can sometimes be. Be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at Mediate.com University.
John Paul Lederach speaks of the importance of authenticity when building relationships with parties. In his book, he poses a challenge to those who respond "we don't have a voice" in answering the question of why the peace process has been inauthentic.
Randy Lowry speaks of the developments in the mediation field he foresees: more educational programs in schools, more institutions, more agencies practicing mediation, growth of programs, program expansion at Pepperdine, contribution to medical field.
Marvin Johnson talks about a specific case he was asked to mediate - he was able to settle when others felt it was an impossibility. From the outcome, he felt a "moment of genius".
David Hoffman describes how his family background contributed to his social values and his tendency to be conflict avoidant.
Howard Gadlin discusses the difference between a mediator's role and an ombudsman's role. Ombudsman uses mediation as a tool, but their role is to assist a group of people within an organization to identify the organization's policies and regulations that are causing internal conflict, then make recommendations.
Clarence Cramer shares his disagreement with those who say that domestic violence cases cannot be mediated.
Leonard Riskin saw certain unahappiness in law schools that he linked to the adversarial process of settling disputes. Instead of a win-lose scenario, he attempted to help lawyers see and use mediation as a way to open their minds to a more positive process that would satisfy parties' underlying interests and needs.
Colin Rule speaks on megatrends involving technology at the Keystone Conference, October, 2006
Albie Davis presents "An Evening with Mary Parker Follett" at the "Celebrate Our Work" Recognition Event of the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California.
Stephen Erickson shares his view on how mediation came about and its benefits compared to the adversarial process.
Richard Salem briefly discusses mediating the Skokie-Nazi conflict through the organization CRS (Community Relations Service).
The 2010 American Bar Association (ABA) Lawyer as Problem Solver Award was presented to Mediate.com on April 9th at the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Awards Dinner in San Francisco.
Chris Moore explains partiality, neutrality and multi-partiality, the latter being the goal of a mediator's position. He explains multi-partiality within contexts of spousal abuse mediation and exploitation within a third world country.
Howard Bellman describes what he does to be successful in resolving a dispute. He uses the term "(doing) just enough" to end in a settlement.
Bill Lincoln describes his effectiveness in his first mediation experience, helping to quell a riot in Rochester.
Margaret Shaw describes what is happening in a mediation when she feels "in the groove" of mediating. For her, this feeling comes from feeling connected with clients, having a deep understanding of what the issue is, being aware and knowing intuitively where to go next.
Marvin Johnson speaks to why he believes there is a lack of people of color in the mediation profession. He claims much of it has to do with organizations not being welcoming.
Howard Gadlin discusses his view of the mediation field early on. He felt that his interest in activist issues went along with the field, by using it as a force for social change, addressing questions of justice, and making democracy more meaningful and participatory.
Frank Sander discusses how ironically, there has been an ongoing battle within the court system of whether or not mediators need to be lawyers to practice within the courts. Sander voted they didn't need to be lawyers, which was the majority opinion.
This is a new interview with public policy mediation leader Peter Adler by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's new "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.
This is the Mediate.com services promotional video from 2012.
Here are a couple of Clare Fowler's videos introducing CaseloadManager to the dispute resolution marketplace.
This is the promotional trailer for Randy Lowry's "Get Busy, Get Paid" course, the first recorded course that Mediate.com offered!
In this course, experienced mediator Jim Melamed shares his favorite techniques and strategies to help participants through the mediation process.
Michael Lang describes some of the qualities a mediator should possess: self-awareness, knowledge of theories and literature, and continual self-education.
John Helie receives the ACR Mary Parker Follett award. The introduction discusses the history of the mediation field and the part that John Helie played. In his acceptance speech, John shares his wisdom with those just entering the field and those who are long-term mediators.
Peter Adler describes the art of mediation and how it takes a development of intuition to recognize what a mediator should say and when he/she should say it in a mediation session.
Donald Saposnek details the moments when he feels the most effective and competent while mediating. He uses the basketball analogy of being 'in the zone' by strategic maneuvering.
Howard Bellman talks about mediating in stressful circumstances where politics, personality, and/or emotions are high. Gifted mediators combine talent and training to be able to handle those situations in an intuitive way.
Marvin Johnson describes what he has tried to do to increase awareness about race and minorities in the field: hold workshops, talk about his experiences, and write about it.
This is an interview with John Lande, a leading academic in the fields of law and mediation, by Robert Benjamin as part of Mediate's "The Future of Mediation and Negotiation in Our Culture, Politics and Society" video series.
As part of his assigned role on this panel presentation, Peter Adler discusses how conflict resolution is perhaps not a field at the Keystone Conference.
Marilyn McKnight discusses the history and beginning of the divorce mediation field.
Leonard Riskin discusses mediating with mindfulness. He emphasizes the importance of the mediator being aware of his/her thoughts, emotions, and sensations that may arise which can affect the mediation.
Andrew Schepard discusses challenges within family mediation: domestic violence, cultural differences and parties' expectations of the mediator, and a need to pre-screen violent parents.
Larry Fong explains his cognitive approach of reducing high conflict or highly emotional clients in a dispute so they can be better decision makers.
Carl Schneider speaks of the significance of apology and its power to heal damaged relationships by acknowledgement and taking responsibility.
Peter Robinson discusses differences between legal arbitration and mediation - mediation being the more effective process.
Zena Zumeta speaks to the spiritual dimension of the work she does - how helping people learn how to respectfully and effectively be a part their workplace and family is a sacred task.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Roger Fisher, author of 'Getting to Yes' and other negotiation and dispute resolution books and founder of the Harvard Project on Negotiation, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Harvard Law Professor Frank Sander, founder of the Multi-Door Courthouse movement, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with former US Attorney and mediator Sid Lezak shortly before his death as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Howard Bellman talks about how little training and literature there was about mediation and being trained by senior mediators who used their instinct, which led him to mediate by instinct.
Frank Sander speaks of three phases he's noticed in ADR: the Pound Conference followed by ten years of experimentation. The next ten years was the incorporation and practice in law schools and court systems as well as discovering the weaknesses of the practice. The last ten years have been the institutionalization of the field.
This is a Mediate Inside Video, highlighting a conversation from the Keystone Conference. In this presentation, Carrie Menkel-Meadow discusses the question: Are We a Field?
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with mediation pioneer Bill Lincoln as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
This is the complete interview with former Ebay and PayPal dispute resolution director Colin Rule as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.
Jay Folberg discusses that with institutionalization, the field is becoming more focused on practicing a profession and trying to become more lucrative instead of how it was - a more creative social movement.
Sid Lezak relates some of his early childhood experiences in Chicago that he believes may have lended to his interest in accommodating others, negotiating, and 'getting along'.
Stephen Erickson emphasizes that mediators must have passion in order to continue the difficult task of peacemaking.