Monthly Archives: November 2013

Responses to the Indonesian phone-tapping scandal; what Abbott could learn from mediation

Parties to a mediation tend to come in to the process with deeply entrenched positions. In the context of mediation, ‘positions’ means things the party wants, demands, insists upon doing or refuses to do. Positions are usually concrete and absolute. By focusing on positions, the party starts with a solution rather than an exploration of […]

Perspectives on mediation – links

image via The Daily Star Mediation is useful in many and varied areas of dispute; but don’t just take me word for it. Here is what a few other practitioners are saying about mediation: Mediation is not about winning or losing. Rather, it centres on commercial compromise. Ultimately, the aim is the re-establishment of constructive dialogue […]

Can mediation help change kids’ behaviour?

Brandon Mayhue, 15, talks with his math teacher, Wendy Winston, at Alger Middle School on Monday, October 28, 2013. Alger is one of three Grand Rapids Public Schools which will pilot a restorative justice program, in which disciplinary issues will be mediated instead of students being suspended. The other schools in the pilot are Campus […]

Barriers to mediation: keeping secrets

image via wikipedia At the start of a mediation the parties and mediator establish the “ground rules” for the mediation process. One of the most important rules is truthfulness – being truthful with each other and the mediator and disclosing all matters relevant to the dispute. Sometimes it can be hard to know what matters are […]