Digitalisation

Mediators Like Online Mediation and Other Verifiable Facts

It is common to hear people observe, reflecting on the pandemic, that things will never go back to the way they were. There is certainly good reason to believe that virtual meetings are now a fact of life. If you “zoom” you are either moving fast or teleconferencing on Zoom, capitalization optional, according to the …

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Three upcoming ABA Dispute Resolution Section events

IMI are delighted to cooperate with the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section. The section will shortly be staging three events: Mediation Week (RFP now open), Ombuds Day, and the 2021 Tech Expo. A discount code is available for the latter for all IMI Mediators and Advocates: read on below to learn more. Request for …

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Trilingual Event: ODR ExpoTech “Conflict Resolution 5.0”

IMI are delighted to be supporting ODR ExpoTech “Conflict Resolution 5.0 – the sensory and emotive experience”, a five-day trilingual event hosted by ODR LatinoAmerica. It promises to be a truly international event, covering both the cutting edge of online dispute resolution and the latest trends in mediation.  We hope to see you there! Date: …

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7 Keys: Technology—Embrace and integrate relevant new technologies

Much ink has been spilled on the future of mediation, and how robots may someday take over from humans. However, mediation is not an empirical science that can be reduced to algorithms. It is a social process that requires an understanding of human behaviour, psychology, social and brain sciences, emotions, group heuristics, etc. Mediation is …

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7 Keys: Technology—Take advantage of ODR’s full potential

Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) is now universal, especially since the Coronavirus pandemic began.  What was rejected as a mere theoretical concept by many experienced mediators a few weeks ago has now been completely integrated into their own practices.  But what we mean by ODR is somewhat fluid.  Due to its origins in e-commerce, ODR used …

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Online Mediation and Managing Memes

If the next World War is expected to be virtual spectacle of meme-dropping and cold-blooded trolling… has it already begun? And can online mediation thrive in this digital battlefield? Canadian media scholar Marshall McLuhan famously summarised the 20th century’s virtual cultural revolution as ‘the medium is the message’, inviting us to reflect on how our …

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IMI Online Mediation Specialisation is here!

Today we are delighted to announce that it is now possible to have your skills as an online mediator recognised, via IMI Online Mediation Specialisation. Being an IMI Online Mediation Specialist means that you meet IMI’s international independent quality criteria for conducting mediation online. Because this, like Intercultural Competence, is an IMI Specialisation, you can …

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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: Set and achieve high mediation standards Convene stakeholders and parties Promote understanding and adoption of mediation Disseminate skills for parties, counsel …

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