Category Communication Styles

Tim Gunn: fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and mediator?

One of my favourite “reality” TV shows – in fact one of the few I watch – is Project Runway. Filmed in New York, the show pits aspiring designers against each other with seemingly impossible sewing challenges, with each episode culminating in a runway show and elimination. Like many such shows, the contestants are housed […]

3 tips to prepare for mediation – not just for family law disputes!

Mediation is not just for divorcing couples and warring parents. From fencing disputes to workplace conflict, mediation is used to resolve disputes in almost any area of the law or human relations. You do not need to have filed court proceedings or engaged lawyers to have a mediator facilitate your discussions; in fact, many people […]

Fostering trust in mediation

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been dispatched to Jerusalem to mediate the ongoing conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority; but over half the Israelis polled earlier this month do not trust Kerry to act as an impartial mediator (source: FOCUS News Agency). I have written before about the importance of truthfulness in mediation […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mediation fails Rinehart family; or does it?

After 2 years in the NSW Supreme Court, and less than 2 weeks prior to the trial, the dispute over the Hope Margaret Hancock family trust was (finally) referred to mediation by order of Justice Patricia Bergin. The trial, which had been scheduled to commence on 1 October was pushed back to 8 October, with an estimate of […]

Bill Eddy on Managing High-Conflict Behaviours

Renowned author, attorney, and mediator Bill Eddy visited Melbourne as the guest of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI). Bill  has spent much of the past year learning about the brain, and in particular, the functions of the left and right hemispheres. Drawing on this research he concludes that the left hemisphere is responsible for […]