The CEDR Training Faculty are forming the core of a new ‘Innovation Lab’ to be launched with the Foundation. This will provide a forum for regular review of techniques being used in conflict intervention and management, with a view to developing new ideas and initiatives on more effective approaches at all levels of practice and theory. Linked to this, we are also going to launch an international network of ADR trainers.
Innovation and Excellence
The themes of innovation and excellence are key to CEDR’s leadership in the field of conflict resolution and are continuing areas of interest and investigation for The CEDR Foundation. CEDR, as one of the most established and largest mediation organisation in the UK, has an obligation to invest itself in drawing up models of best practice and furthering the field, applying the vast knowledge and experience of its constituents to develop frontline innovation in ADR practices and procedures.
In the same respect that on-going review is necessary across all sectors of industry, community and human behaviour to monitor performance and develop new, more effective strategy, mediation and conflict resolution need the same critical attention. The process of identifying areas of potential improvement within the processes of dispute resolution and the development of innovative future-focused methodology to increase the efficacy in mediation are core to CEDRs continuing mission to provide the best approach and process for people in difficult situations.
Practice and theory
Whilst reviewing practice forms a large area of interest, theory is also open to investigation. We must remember that what we describe as theory should not be taken as concrete, but rather a more fluid entity that shapes our practice. Theory is available to change and its progression is essential to procure pragmatic performance in the ever changing environments in which we exist.
CEDR prides itself on being on the cutting edge of mediation development in practice and training, and recognises the importance of cyclical improvements in the field. We understand the importance of examining old and new directions, to facilitate the construction of models of excellence. To do this CEDR is bringing together groups of dynamic creative individuals with experience in the field to review current practice and examine how we could do it better. CEDR expects to produce articles and information to share these new guidelines with the wider community, continuing to build onto best practice and feeding into how CEDR manages difficult conversations.