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Keeping step – Mediation Skills in Japan

By James South, CEDR’s Director of Training. While in Japan recently training mediators, I got to thinking about the issue of pace in mediation. Just like the trains in Japan, mediators often work at different speeds. Some are like the Shinkansen Bullet trains, speeding along, while others are like the commuter trains, those that constantly […]

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The meadows of mediation, an oasis for our communities

I just came back from two days at CEDR’s International Trainers’ Network training, and it was fantastic. I wanted to share with you the feeling of this session, but it’s hard to put word on all that we have shared. Perhaps if I can use an analogy I would say that mediation has an amazing […]

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We need to stop talking about different ‘schools’ of mediation

When I was trained as a mediator 20 years ago, I was taught the “facilitative method” of mediation, like many of you who are reading this, which emphasises the mediator as a process manager only. According to this school of mediation, facilitators should not get involved by giving their view on the outcome of the […]

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Tunisian Dialogue Group Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

When seeing the words “Arab Spring” in headlines or on the internet, the first thoughts one has might be negative. The Arab Spring did, after all, cause significant change in many countries, but it also brought about a significant amount of violence in the Middle East, perpetuated by both government and rebel forces, and it […]

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Commitment and Perseverance: The watchwords for our profession

When training mediators in our mediator skills training course, one of the things our trainers emphasise is that mediators need to be committed to the process and persevere in order to facilitate settlement – long beyond when the parties might want to give up. This week I have been working with the mediation board of […]

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