The Invisible Mediator – Participant Self-Determination in Mediation

Guest Blog Post by Paul Rajkowski Millions of words have been written in books, journals, internet comments and everywhere – all ideas and suggestions aimed at the mediators to improve their performance. There has been some good insight into improving Continue reading The Invisible Mediator – Participant Self-Determination in Mediation

Why Mediators Don’t Give Advice, Suggestions or Opinions

Mediators don't give advice suggestions or opinions

For some people who come to mediation for the first time, either as a client or as someone wanting to train in mediation skills there can be a sense of surprise when they find out that  Mediators don’t give advice, Continue reading Why Mediators Don’t Give Advice, Suggestions or Opinions

Using Conflict as a Natural Resource

Conflict as a Natural Resource

Conflict as a Natural Resource When we train mediators at CAOS Conflict Management we do an exercise called 4-word-build where we look at the different perspectives attendees on the course have about the idea of ‘conflict’. Almost always the predominant Continue reading Using Conflict as a Natural Resource

Conflict and Creativity are Kissing Cousins

creativity and conflict

  Guest Blog Post by Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A. –  Author of Conflict Tango   “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” – Donatella Versace Complex and challenging conflicts benefit from a healthy dose of creativity to break out of deadlocks. Creativity Continue reading Conflict and Creativity are Kissing Cousins

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 5 – Confidentiality

When we train mediators and conflict coaches one of the exercises we sometimes do is ask people to brainstorm why confidentiality on the part of the mediator is important to the mediation process. Some of the words or phrases that Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 5 – Confidentiality

“The Conflict between Right and Wrong is the Sickness of the Mind”

The Conflict Between Right and Wrong The perfect way is without difficulty Save that it avoids picking and choosing. Only when you stop liking and disliking Will all be clearly understood. A split hair’s difference, And Heaven and Earth are Continue reading “The Conflict between Right and Wrong is the Sickness of the Mind”

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 3 – Impartiality

One of the more commonly recognised  Philosophies of Mediation is that of impartiality, however it is not always clear in literature what the term actually means and how it manifests within the process and experience of having mediation. Impartiality within Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation 3 – Impartiality

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 2 – Supporting Empowerment

Underlying Philosophies of Mediation - Empowerment

Supporting empowerment is a continuous aim of effective conflict resolution and so forms one of the 6 Underlying Philosophies of Mediation. If a conflict has an imposed ‘solution’ it is unlikely to be sustainable as those directed by the imposed Continue reading Underlying Philosophies of Mediation: Philosophy 2 – Supporting Empowerment