Mediation doesn’t always get a fair shake when it comes to pop culture. I can think of several instances where an arbitration process was called mediation. Another where a shuttle mediation seemed to be conducted by a rather pathetic facilitator unable to deal with facts, supporting evidence and the conflict narrative of the mediation (please, in no way take away from this that the emotional aspects of how people experience and relate to conflict as being trivial!). Representations in the media are slowly improving, but they’re not there yet.
As a part of Conflict Resolution Week, Mediate BC put out a request to Roster mediators to submit pictures and behind the scenes videos. We wanted to do this to communicate the many benefits of mediation and to demystify what actually happens in mediation.From this, we’ve created a set of resources based on our surveys and interviews that will have a life beyond Conflict Resolution Week. These resources are also intended as ones that can be shared with potential mediation clients to help them get a bit more understanding of what the mediation process is and can do for them.
Behind the Scenes of Mediation
Our warm thanks to all those Roster mediators who decided to provide their photos and videos! The generosity of the mediation community for #WhyNotMediate has been amazing.
Dispute resolution professionals may also be interested in taking a look at the practice tip videos that CoRe Conflict Resolution Society has been producing for use in the upcoming CLE Share the Land conference as well. If you can’t attend the conference, think about selecting one practice tip a week and working that into your practice. Soon enough you’ll have incorporated a bevvy of best practices into your mediations!
Check out CoReClinic’s YouTube channel for their Share the Land Best Tips.