Welcome to our new Mediate BC blog!

It is hard to believe it is already a year since the Distance Family Mediation blog’s first post was published.   The Distance Family Mediation Project is wrapping up in June, bringing the journey of our pilot’s distance mediation services and widely recognized blog to an end.

However, the Mediate BC Society is delighted to accept the torch from the Distance Family Mediation team and continue what has now become a tradition, in our new (sibling) blog: MediateBCBlog.com.  I feel like John Furlong did at the start of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay when he said: “The transfer for us is now complete. It is all ours now, and suddenly everyone’s eyes are on us.”  We hope that you like what you see!

If you are unfamiliar with Mediate BC you may want to look through our website  and read about our innovative programs and services. Mediate BC is a “learning organization” and we see this blog as an opportunity to learn about and reflect on new aspects of dispute resolution and design and to share our thoughts with our readers.  We will be involving a group of bloggers who will bring different perspectives and ideas to the mix.

Mediation has been around a long time but it continues to grow and evolve.   The mediation community in British Columbia is vibrant, the field is evolving in fascinating ways, and Mediate BC is excited about the prospect of exchanging information, ideas and the latest news about developments.

Here are some of the topics that readers can expect to see in this blog in the near future:

  • Dispute resolution in justice reform initiatives in BC
  • ODR – developments in online dispute resolution
  • What does a person’s “day in court” really look like?
  • The impact of “world view” on dispute resolution methods
  • Family Mediation Services in Mediate BC – what’s new and different
  • New training opportunities for new and advanced mediators
  • Neuroscience and conflict resolution

We encourage you to check back next week to read about opportunities to link the restorative justice and dispute resolution communities in BC, particularly in regards to the Vancouver riots of 2011.

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