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It’s time we started talking about neurodiversity in dispute resolution

Article originally published 24 August on the Australian Dispute Resolution Research Network blog, found here. Republished with permission. Research into neurodiversity is on the rise. As the concept makes its way into the zeitgeist, it’s time for us to start thinking about the many implications for mediation. What is neurodiversity? Neurodiversity is an overarching term …

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Taking mediation training online—lessons learned, insights gained

Earlier this year, IMI called for feedback from those organisations taking their mediation training online. Luke Monahan, of the Mediation Foundation of Ireland, has compiled this list of handy tips and lessons learned when delivering their IMI Certified Mediator Training Program online. We hope this proves helpful and interesting to other organisations dealing with the …

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7 Keys: Many Paths, One Way

The decade to 2030 presents humanity with unimagined challenges, each of which will require ingenuity and a capacity to embrace innovation. It threatens to be a much more dangerous and fractious world. The likelihood of conflict and conflicting ideologies makes effective resolution of disputes and the negotiation of sustainable deals crucially important. If the shared …

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7 Keys: Usage—Forge a user-driven vision for mediation, then fund it

From 1984 until 2004, around 900 grants totalling some US$160 million funded more than 300 mediation initiatives. The benefactor was the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a private philanthropic institution with current assets of about US$10 billion[ii]. The financial support came at a critical time, eight years after the 1976 Pound Conference, three years after …

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7 Keys: Usage—Expand the value of mediation into deal making

Mediation takes many forms and has many facets. It is a malleable process that parties and neutrals adapt to different areas of practice, cultures, and practitioner demands. This flexibility derives from the broad range of skills that neutrals draw upon. Mediation is Negotiation Negotiation is a primary skill of any mediator since mediation is a …

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7 Keys: Usage—Invest to generate instinctive user recognition and demand

Mediation is not well established everywhere. In some countries, however, mediation is not a foreign concept nor is it necessarily viewed as a threat to lawyers. The law sometimes positively encourages parties contemplating litigation to consider mediation, and their representatives are obliged to a greater or lesser extent to explain mediation to them. In those …

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7 Keys: Government—Help governments lead mediation into the mainstream

Governments play a vital role in the advent of a Golden Age of mediation in three critical areas: generating robust data; mobilizing public and professional engagement; and, most visibly of all, inspiring uptake and demonstrating that they “walk the talk”. All of these can be achieved with the active support of mediation’s stakeholders. Mediation implementation …

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7 Keys: Government—Actively Support UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace & Security

Resolution 1325 marks the first time that the UNSC affirmed the critical role of women in conflict resolution and peace building. It calls on governments to adopt a gender perspective when implementing peace agreements and stresses the importance of women as full participants in mediation processes.[ii] Governments have a responsibility to ensure mediation[iii] becomes an …

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7 Keys: Government—Sign, ratify and implement the Singapore Convention on Mediation

The UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation was signed by 46 nations, including China, India and the United States on August 7, 2019. Within six months, a further six nations had signed. The Convention will improve the enforceability of international commercial settlement agreements reached through mediation, rather than, as now, treating such …

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7 Keys: Government—Make mediation a prerequisite to civil litigation. Apply Buckminster’s Law

Buckminster’s Law derives from the futurist and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller,[iv] who dedicated his life to “making the world work”. His principle: “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” Litigation is costly in terms of money, risk, energy, stress …

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