Arnold Zeman's Blog – January 2014 Archive (5)

Ontario's mandatory mediation program curtails party choice

(Originally published at conflictconversations.org/blog)

The Problem

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Opening statements by the mediator

(Originally posted in Dialogic Mediation Services)

It's important in the mediation process, irrespective of the model, for the mediator to explain how she works in an opening statement. There are two reasons for this: participants have a right to know what to expect from the mediator and how the process will unfold; and, participants have a right to make an informed decision on whether the process will be helpful to…

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Added by Arnold Zeman on January 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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