Arnold Zeman's Blog (38)

Complementarity and Transformative Mediation

NPR's Invisibilia podcast of July 25 featured a case study of the psychological concept of complementarity. In Aarhus, Denmark, two crime prevention police officers 'flipped the script' on responses to jihadi youth returning home after having travelled to Syria More

Added by Arnold Zeman on July 19, 2016 at 6:21pm — No Comments

WTF or Why Transformative fits.

’m just back from attending the 2016 international conference on transformative practice held in Dayton, Ohio, sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and hosted, planned, organized, and managed by the Dayton Mediation Center. It’s been eight years since I attended a transformative mediation conference. In the intervening period,…


Added by Arnold Zeman on May 9, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Helpful or unhelpful mediation - you decide

(First published on my blog at

Geoff Sharp of New Zealand has pointed me to a very well-made short film, The Mediator, that has been shown in a number of American regional film festivals. In the post on Geoff's mediation firm's blog, the writer states, "it's so good you could even chalk it up to CPD [continuing professional…


Added by Arnold Zeman on December 19, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Litigation and Well-being

(First published on March 16, 2015 at Mediation in Ottawa)

This infographic illustrates why alternative processes of dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation may be a wiser choice (Read more)

Added by Arnold Zeman on March 17, 2015 at 9:15am — No Comments

Key points in choosing a mediator

(Originally published in the blog of

Mediation, including family mediation, is not regulated in Ontario. There are, however, a number of voluntary associations that can attest to the credentials or the skills of their members. Nonetheless, it’s crucial then that couples in search of…


Added by Arnold Zeman on September 30, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

How long is child support payable in Ontario?

(First published in Conflict Conversations Blog)

As I understand it as a layperson, child support in Ontario is payable until the child reaches the age of 18 or until the child is awarded their first diploma from a postsecondary educational…


Added by Arnold Zeman on May 21, 2014 at 9:39am — No Comments

Self-determination and settlement privilege exceptions

(First published in Conflict Conversations blog)

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision, Union Carbide Canada Inc. v. Bombardier Inc., 2014 SCC…


Added by Arnold Zeman on May 15, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Dad in default of support payments sent to jail

(First published on Conflict Conversations Blog)

An incarceration order was one of the outcomes of a final default proceeding heard over two days in February 2014 by the Ontario Court of…


Added by Arnold Zeman on May 13, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

Why mediators use active listening

(First published in

When Tammy Lenski posted on her blog yesterday the Chinese…


Added by Arnold Zeman on March 24, 2014 at 9:38am — No Comments

Quebec's new approach to civil justice

On February 20, 2014, the National Assembly of Quebec unanimously approved An Act to establish the new Code of Civil Procedure. Bertrand St-Arnaud, Quebec's Minister of Justice, noted that these reforms …


Added by Arnold Zeman on March 10, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

The power of conversation

Musician Daryl Davis is, by his own admission, obsessed with understanding extreme racism: how can he be hated for the colour of his skin by someone who doesn't know him.

In the Love +…


Added by Arnold Zeman on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Mediation and lawyers

(Originally published in the conflict conversations blog)

In …


Added by Arnold Zeman on March 4, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Protecting children from the harm done by warring parents

(First published in

Dr. Athena Staik has imagined what a child might say to warring parents to mitigate the harm done by their conflict. Click …


Added by Arnold Zeman on February 26, 2014 at 11:18am — No Comments

What warring parents do to children

(First published on…


Added by Arnold Zeman on February 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

February 14 is V-Day - until the violence stops

Sure, it's Valentine's Day, but it's also V-Day, which since 2008 has been a day of action to end violence against women and girls.

Watch this video, and if you're a man, become part of the solution!

Added by Arnold Zeman on February 13, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

Conflict and empathy

Transformative practitioners characterize the nature of conflict as a crisis in human interaction. One of the many features of this crisis is a breakdown in our capacity to recognize or respond to others. We call it 'self-absorption'. Another way of thinking about our capacity for openness to others, which is wounded in conflict, is empathy.…


Added by Arnold Zeman on February 9, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Ontario's mandatory mediation program curtails party choice

(Originally published at

The Problem



Added by Arnold Zeman on January 29, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

"The age of passive deference to professional advice is over"

(First published on Dialogic Mediation Services)

This quotation is taken from a recent post on Dr. Julie Macfarlane's blog on the National Self-Represented Litigants Project that takes its mandate from the National Self-Represented Litigants (SRL’s) Research…


Added by Arnold Zeman on January 14, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

The problem with mediator ground-rules

(First published on Dialogic Mediation Services)

One way of looking at the mediation process is as a means by which disputants can explore the possibilities for resolving their differences, it being understood that the outcome of the process is entirely up to them. It's often said, 'the disputants own their differences while the mediator owns the process', or something to that effect.  But if mediation is predicated on…


Added by Arnold Zeman on January 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Compassion as an innate human capacity

(Originally published on Dialogic Mediation Services)

In the video below, Emma Seppala, Associate Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University reviews some of the latest scientific research on compassion at the…


Added by Arnold Zeman on January 8, 2014 at 10:32am — No Comments

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