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Sulha, Community Mediation ?

(7/27/21)Elahe Amani

“Once a wound has healed, it cannot bleed again.”

The Emotional Embrace

(7/24/21)Mordechai Rhine

One beautiful morning my toddler was playing in his Cozy Coupe toy car when it was time for me to take him to playgroup.

Southern Maryland CMC’s Support Conversations on Race and Privilege

(7/23/21)Dusty and Vicky Rhoades, Dan Simon

Constructive dialogue is essential in our world today, and indeed, transformative. It has the ability to open our eyes to the pain of others as well as our own.

Mediation Briefs and Preparation

(7/17/21)Phyllis Pollack

Why do mediators request briefs from the parties? No- it is not just to learn about the case.

1992 Watts Gang Truce

(7/16/21)Hailee Mingo

There are multiple instances where there is conflict without resolution. However, we can see examples in the gang truce where resolution has been possible.

Insurrection, Demagoguery, and the Mediation of Political Conflicts

(7/06/21)Kenneth Cloke

Following the “insurrection,” “putsch,” or “attempted coup” in Washington D.C., on January 6, 2021, and the subsequent acquittal of President Trump on impeachment charges, we find ourselves facing extremely significant and difficult, yet very different political conflicts and challenges from those we faced before.

Co-Mediation in A Volunteer Co-Mediation Process. Some Simple Ideas

(6/27/21)Deborah Heller

The article suggests that there is little formal training for mediators, especially volunteer mediators who may co mediate with many different partners to work effectively together, and makes some simple and concrete suggestions for ways to remedy this.

Settlement Verification in the Virtual World

(6/25/21)Ross Feinberg

My goal has always been to provide each and every mediation participant with the most satisfying experience possible.

Co-Parenting Online Course – How to Not Put Your Kids in the Middle of Your Divorce

(6/18/21)Jen Schimbeno, Brandyn Roark Caires

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.

Being Offended is a Choice

(6/11/21)Kathleen Kauth

Taking offense at even minor things is a phenomenon that has been growing steadily over the last several decades.

Decline of Dialogue? Galton, Love, and Weiss on Joint Sessions, Caucuses, and the State of Mediation

(6/04/21)Eric R. Galton, Lela Love, Jerome F. Weiss

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?

Full Video Now Posted of Forum on Online Mediation for Youth and Schools

(6/03/21)Clare Fowler, Jonathan Rodrigues

How can we best support the development of online mediation and online mediation training for youth and in our schools?  This Youth and Schools 2-hour Forum builds upon the 2-day "Young Minds, Global Voices Online Conference." 

“A Community for All”

(6/01/21)Jen Reynolds

You may have seen this recent New York Times story about the failure of Marathon County, Wisconsin, to declare itself “A Community for All.”

Virtual Interpersonal Community Mediation: NAFCM Think Tank Report

(5/28/21)NAFCM

In November 2020, Mediate.com approached D.G. Mawn of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) to facilitate a national think tank regarding possible support Mediate.com may wish to consider which would strengthen and broaden the impact of community mediation through on-line access. The exact charge was: Develop best-practice recommendations for Mediate.com regarding their online services so they best support the field of community mediation to embrace and offer online mediation services and utilize and benefit from basic and ongoing online mediation training.

The Power of Story to Shift Conflict

(5/24/21)Lorraine Segal

When I work with clients, I first listen carefully and empathically to their story. They need to tell it and I need to hear it.

Virtual Hearings and Mediations Are Here to Stay

(5/24/21)Patrick Mahoney

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.

Effective Disagreement

(5/24/21)Kathleen Kauth

If we listen to the main stream media, it can often seem as if there is no hope for people of different beliefs, races, religions, politics, gender etc. to be in the same room together much less get along.

Reaching the Finish Line: Using a Neutral Facilitator Can Help Lead the Path to Resolution

(5/24/21)Deirdre McCarthy Gallagher

In my 25 years of running marathons, I have learned a few critical lessons: Don’t go out too fast.

New Mediators' Guidance from Youth Conference

(5/18/21)Jonathan Rodrigues, Clare Fowler, Maria Apostolidou, Ilan David Bass, Amee Dharamshi, Melanie Koch, Nisshant Laroia, Benjamin Lutz, Gwendolyn Myers, Olivia Chisom Osuala, Lydia Ray, Sumhiya  Sallay, Jay Patrick Santiago, Salman Shaheen

This article summarizes the Young Minds, Global Voices Conference. This conference was sponsored by Mediate.com in an effort to hear from newer mediators. These 6 sessions comprised up and coming thought leaders from around the globe, forming a brain trust for how to create peace in ourselves, our community and our world.  

Mediation and Access to Justice for All: The Case of Unrepresented Parties

(5/16/21)Bongkiyi John Paul

Legal systems around the globe are grounded in the rule of law and in theory, justice is available readily and equally to all. In practice, however, access to justice is easier for some than for others, and for those unable to afford legal services, justice may be difficult to obtain.

Mediate is Top Ranked Mediation Website

(4/15/21)Colin Rule

Mediate.com is ranked the top mediation website by Alexa in its April 14, 2021 global website rankings. In business since 1996, Mediate.com has over 25,000 searchable mediation articles, blog posts, news items and videos and hosts the most utilized mediator directory in the world.

After Lockdown, Businesses will Need to be More Human Than Ever

(3/08/21)Arran Heal

Working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for organizations to demonstrate their emotional qualities.

How Can We Best Make and Maintain Quality Mediators?

(1/23/21)Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Under the leadership of Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Mediate.com's Online Mediation Training Task Force is tackling a huge issue: "How can the mediation field now and in the future best make and maintain quality mediators?

Research Shows How Changing the Narrative Can Open the Door to Conflict Resolution

(11/13/20)Natalie Davis

This article explores how the glorification of our ingroup (those whom we share identity with) contributes to conflict.

How to Bring Civility to Political Arguments

(11/12/20)Kwame Christian

Civility, respect, understanding, and the willingness to listen. These are core conversational virtues that are universally appreciated.

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