(1/25/22)Carl Schneider, Audrey Yowell
An interview with Carl Schneider and Audrey Yowell about how they integrate their mediation carriers and their marriage. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 2020 Conference.
Covid, as it stands, is a serious disease but only the over-promotion of it in the media has elevated this strain from any mutation of the flu. This is preventing the nation from having a civil discourse about it.
Covid-19 certainly does exasperate the challenge of co-parenting post-separation.
A COVID Screed on What it Means and What We Can Do.
COVID has transformed typical workplace and family mediations to look more like emotional contentious community disputes and therefore, the tools used in a community dispute such as Reflective Structured Dialogue can help workplace and family mediations be more productive and positive.
When someone or something hurts or angers you, is there a value in venting?
Most people see the new year as an opportunity to take stock and recommit to what matters most to them.
One would think that the ability to look through either the Hubble or James Webb Space Telescope (and the other NASA major space telescopes) would not present an issue of unconscious gender bias.
This article discusses 4 important questions that parents often forget to ask themselves before going to mediation. These questions are often forgotten because they are tough subjects to discuss like whether parents will appoint a guardian in the event neither is able to care for the child.
This is a sequel to the post last week, My Covid Perceived Injurious Experiences (PIE). This is one author articulating their concerns and their approach to resolving a personal conflict with their COVID experience. While Mediate.com does not take a stance on the pandemic, we encourage authors to write in with their approach to resolving interpersonal pandemic conflicts.
Our country, and the world in general, is divided. This article gives an example of how to have a conversation with someone who has a different approach to the pandemic than you.
India passed its ground breaking Mediation Act, 2021 on December 15, 2021.
Dan Rainey speaking about the launch of the Universal Disclosure Protocol for Mediation (UDPM).
Our legal system, which focuses on determining fault, liability and culpability, encourages parties to make accusations and to blame one another.
(1/18/22)Kimberlee Kovach, Eric R. Galton
An interview with Kim Kovach and Eric Galton about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.
A look back: have these articles been just a series of mind jostling thoughts about a tradition in the mediation world, a stirring up of the current culture, or was it something else?
When mandatory mediation was introduced in Ontario 27 years ago it was heralded as visionary as it offered many necessary benefits that could not be accommodated at the time, particularly a more efficient legal process. As with any reform, there is the need for revision over time.
This article details a mediator's experience with COVID, and vocalizing feelings of anger and perceived conflict.
(1/17/22)Randa M. Trapp
Is the legal profession in fact a noble profession?
Ronald Ravikoff, Esq., has been a JAMS neutral since 2012 and has been on the American Healthcare Lawyers Association panel of neutrals since 2014. We spoke with Ron Ravikoff about his extensive experience in health care mediation and arbitration and the advantages alternate dispute resolution (ADR) brings to the health care industry at large.
Sound financial planning may be the last thing on your mind when divorcing but it may never be more valuable.
(1/17/22)Dr. Lynne C. Halem
A surprising outcome that is noteworthy for Divorcing (or Divorced) Couples seeking to use Life Insurance Proceeds to assist their exes and or children.
(1/10/22)Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith
An interview with Joan Goldsmith and Ken Cloke about mediation, being married to a mediator, and the future of mediation. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 20/20 Conference.
Problem-solving and decision-making. Ask anyone in the workplace if these activities are part of their day and they answer 'Yes!' But how many of us have had training in problem-solving?
(1/10/22)Bruce Derman, Wendy Gregson
This article outlines what couples need to do in order to consider and face the numerous dilemmas that are inherent in divorce.
Is your family or someone you know going through a rough patch and wondering when might it be necessary to bring in a mediator? Watch this video if you'd like to know how a mediator helps families resolve conflicts and what the qualities of a good mediator are.
This article discusses the impact of stereotyping mental illnesses.
This article describes a private reflective exercise that may be helpful in assessing your current state of readiness to mediate your divorce.
At the outset of the Covid-19 outbreak, many experts predicted a sharp increase in divorce rates. This has played out a bit differently than expected.
The last mediation I conducted in 2021 did not result in a resolution.
This article is part of a series of perspectives on eviction mediation program development that is being supported by the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation.
Out of the blue, I got an email from Peter Phillips saying, “John, just a note to report how much fun Stone Soup is.
It was front-page news in the New York Times that NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams said that emotional intelligence is his “No. 1 criteria” for selecting top officials in his administration.
Tara West has studied all of the approaches to mediation.
This article discusses the power of respectful communication and appreciation of different values for working through value-based conflicts. Understanding other people’s personal journeys, which led them to make their religious decisions, can resolve conflict by exposing shared interests.
The Indian Judicial System has sought recourse to Mediation for delivering the answers to which litigation has failed to provide. In this article, a comparison with the landscapes that the time portrays throughout the different parts of the day has been made with the Journey of Mediation in India.
It looks like we’re coming to the end of this dig. I can see a part of the canister holding the remains of traditional mediation.
For years jurisdictions around the world have embraced Cloud-based platforms to deliver Court services and ADR solutions. Meanwhile those of us in England and Wales (E&W) have looked on seeming helpless as initiative after initiative in the UK failed to deliver the benefits of that stalwart of 20th century technology: e-filing.
(12/28/21)Howard Gadlin, Colin Rule
From the Mediate.com interview series -- a conversation with Howard Gadlin about his chapter in the book :"Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution."
While mediators often assist in the creation of near miracles behind closed doors, our miraculous work and effective approaches are still not well-understood by general society. Might a more effective way of "reaching the masses" be to take advantage of "MEDIATION ART," be that in our physical and virtual offices, on our websites, and, perhaps in time, at bus stops and on highway billboards?
(12/27/21)Lucia Kanter St. Amour
Also known as the 95 percent law, Peter Sage calls it the law of conformity. If you hang out with nine motivated, go-getting, positive individuals you’re going to become the tenth.
Have you been wanting to up-level your negotiation skills and wondering how to control your emotions during a difficult conversation so you can get what you want?
Are you naturally an interviewer or a volunteer in difficult conversations? A discussion on conflict and conversation styles.
These are my resolutions for 2022--some recycled that I'm still working on.
This brief article looks at the need to engender good will in a contested divorce.
What has the last 21 months taught me?
As the state of eviction mediation continues to evolve, we wanted to share some notable developments from across the country.
From the Mediate.com interview series -- a conversation with Lela Love about her chapter in the book "Evolution of a Field: Personal Histories in Conflict Resolution."
Abby Silverman and Cyrus Dugger offer their thoughts on various topics related to employment mediation, including negotiation strategies, tax considerations and goodwill gestures.
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A podcast from JAMS featuring neutral Michael Lewis and Carl Smallwood and Nancy Rogers of the Divided Community Project (DCP) on the project’s goal of using dispute resolution tools to positively impact and empower communities across the nation.