Neutral chairing is the involvement of an impartial third party to facilitate negotiations, discussions, consensus-building, problem-solving, relationship-building or to manage existing or potential difficulties in a wide variety of situations.
The benefits of having a neutral chairman include the ability to reduce the risk of overt confrontation, to provide a moderating influence and to provide summaries of points made and positions reached. CEDR has unparalleled experience in facilitating dialogue in a diverse range of demanding situations. Our consultants have a unique skill-set combining extensive mediator practice, professional background and industry knowledge.
Neutral chairing processes are designed to fit the needs of their users.
The aim of neutral charing may be to:
- Enable finality - a decision, action plan or agreement
- Deliberately plan for open-ended dialogue, where the process allows voices to be heard and issues raised, enables the next steps to be taken or devises a framework for future action
- Be the sole process used or to combine with other dispute resolution techniques such as mediation, early neutral evaluation or adjudication.
Processes are tailored to the needs of the users, but can draw on a range of models:
- Assisted stakeholder dialogue
- Brokered talks
- Independent chairing
- Independent review
- Facilitated visioning and planning
- Relationship building
- Scheme design