IMI 2030: Taking Mediation Forward

At IMI’s Board meeting two weeks ago, we discussed the next steps for IMI. We are dedicated to our ongoing vision of “professional mediation worldwide: promoting consensus and access to justice” and mission to:

  1. Set and achieve high mediation standards
  2. Convene stakeholders and parties
  3. Promote understanding and adoption of mediation
  4. Disseminate skills for parties, counsel and mediators

With that in mind, we developed four major strategic focus areas for us to work on over the next ten years, reflecting needs in mediation and issues identified by users and the community.

SUSTAINABILITY
Green pledge, human rights, sustainability and climate change in disputes.
DIGITALISATION
What are the ramifications of digitalisation for mediation?
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Ensuring diversity and inclusion in the mediation profession
GLOBAL POLICY
The Singapore Convention, investor-state activities, and (inter)national policy initiatives
IMI 2030: Strategic Focus Areas

Within each of these strategic focus areas, we will naturally continue to work on professionalisation, mediation education, and thought leadership.

Where to from here?

IMI’s Board has been divided into working groups, each looking at one of these areas to assess what resources exist and what specific actions IMI will take. At this point we invite your feedback. If you have thoughts, ideas, suggestions, recommendations, or resources to add to these discussions, please leave a comment below, or email imisupport@imimediation.org. Your feedback will be passed on to the relevant working group as we continue to take these initiatives forward.

Thank you as ever for your support of IMI.

Laura Skillen

Posted by Laura Skillen

Laura is part-time Executive Director at IMI. She is also a full-time PhD Researcher in International Relations, investigating political blame, emotions, and polarisation.

5 comments

Rosa Abdelnour

Well. In my work as a mediator for 21 years, I have found that the challenge for me is be able to persuade parties to the collaborative way to manage their conflict and use the right techniques to handle own and their´s emotions. So I investigate all what I can about this issues: psychology, neuroscience and the science of an effective communication in the mediation arena. I would like to work on that.

Rosa Abdelnour

Thank you, Rosa! So is it that you would like to see IMI take this area of research into account in the existing focus areas, or are you proposing a fifth strategic area, or is this your own personal project?

Rosa Abdelnour

Laura: It is an investigation project I have, but I would like you develop courses about this important issues. Thank you!!

Is there a possibility for Young mediators to somehow work with the Working groups? It could be a great opportunity for us to network, learn and contribute to IMI in developing mediation worldwide.

That’s a great question, Nikola, and something I will happily raise. Once the Board working groups have identified concrete steps, we will have a much clearer idea of who should be involved as we go forward. Thank you for your willingness to help out!

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