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Top Tier Professionals at Edwards Mediation Academy

Top Tier Professionals at Edwards Mediation Academy Edwards Mediation Academy online courses are taught by acknowledged experts and pioneers in the commercial mediation field. Our students have the unique opportunity to learn from the world’s leading commercial mediators. There is no other way for aspiring mediators to gain the depth and breadth of knowledge provided…

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Solving Social Challenges Through Collaboration

Solving Social Challenges Through Collaboration This past week, I was fortunate enough to participate in Convergence Center for Policy Resolution’s leadership council meeting in Washington, DC.  It was a truly uplifting and inspirational day of conversation. Founded in 2009, Convergence is a non-profit organization that uses mediation skills (respectful dialogue and listening for the most…

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Champions of Peace

Champions of Peace In the back of an old church, off the main square in a small village in Bosnia, sat a village elder. The year was 1999, and his unofficial role in war-torn Bosnia was resolving the type of local inter-ethnic disputes that had recently divided the former Yugoslavia. The elder had no way…

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Chasing Dinosaurs

Chasing Dinosaurs When I first began a career in mediation, almost thirty years ago, we often needed to convince others of the benefits of mediation. In those days, it was not uncommon to encounter attorneys who were resistant to considering any alternative to trial by jury. Given our limited resources of time and money, I…

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Life’s Lessons on Access to Justice

Life’s Lessons on Access to Justice In April 1976, The Pound Conference, which was named in honor of Roscoe Pound, the reforming Dean of Harvard Law School in the 1920s and 30s, was held to create a conversation about the need for reform in our judicial system. At the conference, Professor E.A. Sanders, of Harvard…

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Lessons From Rwanda

Lessons From Rwanda Rwanda is a country of a thousand hills and beautiful mountains, endlessly terraced by farmers. Young children running everywhere, wearing brightly colored school uniforms. Women with babies strapped to their backs, balancing loads on top of their heads. It’s an impressively clean country, free of trash (plastic bags are banned from use…

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The color of conflict?

The color of conflict? Black on blue. Blue on black. Blue on red. Red on blue. No, it’s not opening night at a museum of modern art, it’s a colorful reminder of how deeply divided our nation has become. Less than three weeks’ post-election, this country remains characterized by increased rhetoric, public demonstrations and incidents…

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What Role Should Technology Play in Mediation?

What Role Should Technology Play in Mediation? Much has been written about the growing impact of technology in society, so it’s only appropriate that we consider the role of technology in mediation. It’s no longer a question of should we let technology in the door – it’s already there. The better question now is, “What…

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Using a Hybrid Mediation/Arbitration Approach – Its Benefits and Risks

Using a Hybrid Mediation/Arbitration Approach – Its Benefits and Risks I read with great interest the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation (PON) article this past month concerning the “hybrid tool” of mediation/arbitration, or “med/arb,” as it is often referred to. The article suggested that med/arb is becoming increasingly popular as an approach to dispute…

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It’s Time for Collective Reflection

It’s Time for Collective Reflection I read with interest the recent article written by my friend and colleague Tom Stipanowich, The International Evolution of Mediation: A Call For Dialogue and Deliberation. In his article, Tom does a most credible job identifying divergent mediation perceptions and practices while also promoting the need for “collective reflection, dialogue…

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