In recent months, I have made a remarkable discovery. Mediators can now independently practice and enhance their skills at any time by utilizing ChatGPT-assisted mediation simulations. In these simulations, ChatGPT can assume the roles of parties, lawyers, and an invisible, behind-the-scenes mediation ‘Assistant,’ providing valuable feedback and advice to the mediator.
Recognizing the potential usefulness of this discovery for mediation trainees, beginner mediators, experienced mediators, and mediation trainers worldwide, on January 9, 2024, I conducted a 1-hour webinar with participants from 32 countries.
Our event began with a 4-minute video. In the first segment, I posed these simple, straightforward questions to ChatGPT: What are you in a few words? How can you help mediators in practicing and refining their skills? What roles are you capable of playing in mediation simulations? Why do you believe traditional mediation training is still necessary?
In the second part of the video, I challenged ChatGPT. In short, I tasked it with creating a brief, intense dialogue between two individuals; identifying their underlying feelings; and finally, naming the individual and shared unmet needs of those two parties, based on Abraham Maslow’s theory of universal human needs.
To discover (and listen to) what transpired during my 4-minute conversation with ChatGPT, check out this video:
In our webinar, I also explained the following:
1 – ‘Getting Started Kit’
For mediators interested in running their initial ChatGPT-assisted mediation simulation, I have assembled a “Getting Started Kit.” This kit includes the PDF transcript of a simulation depicting a typical court-ordered mediation involving a Landlord vs. Tenant dispute over back rent. The simulation encompasses two parties, a mediation ‘Assistant,’ joint and private mediation meetings, and a debriefing session..
2 – Testing ChatGPT’s Proficiency in Foreign Languages
As you saw and heard in the above 4-minute video, ChatGPT acknowledges variations in its proficiency in foreign languages. Consequently, I am reaching out to experienced mediators whose native language is not English. I am seeking individuals willing to:
3 – New LinkedIn Group ‘AI Mediators Network: Learn, Share, Connect’
The aim of this new LinkedIn Group is to offer mediators worldwide the opportunity to:
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