Dan Simon, MA, J.D.
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Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

How Mediators Interfere with Party Self-Determination

Mediators' attempts to get parties to settle run counter to support of party self-determination.  This blog post describes 3 specific ways mediators make this mistake.See More
Thursday
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Dec 4
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Six Things Needed for Mediation to Survive

In a new article by Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, they list six things that we mediators need to do to prevent the demise of mediation.  You can read about them here.See More
Dec 4
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Why Do Coercive Mediation Methods Persist?

The market for mediation in litigated cases demands practices that undermine self-determination.  The latest blog post at the Institute for the Study of Transformation enumerates that factor and 4 others that make it hard for mediators to remain true to mediations ideal.  You can read it here.See More
Nov 10
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Volunteer Transformative Mediator Inspired

Pamela Gregg volunteers for the Dayton Mediation Center.  In this blog entry, she describes why she finds it so inspiring.  You can read it here.See More
Oct 31
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Ohio Employees Get Transformative Mediation

Transformative mediation offers benefits beyond resolving the dispute.  It brings with it a change in the interaction between the parties that makes for improved work environments. You can read about Ohio's new program here.See More
Oct 25
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Business Mediation Gone Right

The latest blog at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation describes a mediation where the mediator refused to take control.  You can read it here.See More
Sep 26
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Lawyers in Mediation - Transformative Approach is Best

Transformative mediation allows for direct communication and high quality conversations, exactly what's needed in the mediation of litigated cases.  A new video from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation illustrates how it works.  You can read about the video here.See More
Sep 5
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Even Law Professors are Getting on Board with Transformative Mediation

Professor Sherry Colb learned a lot in her four day transformative mediation training.  You can read about it here.See More
Aug 7
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Slovenian Conference Focuses on Transformative Mediation

In today's blog post, Janet Mueller describes her participation in an international conference in Slovenia.  You can read it here.See More
Jul 15
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

It's Tempting to Give Advice as a Mediator

Our latest blog post, which you can read here, uses the example of Charlie Brown and Lucy to demonstrate that mediators have no business giving advice.See More
May 31
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Free Chance to Learn about Transformative Mediation - Starting Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, the first of four free teleconference will be held on the topic of transformative mediation.  You can read about them here.See More
Apr 27
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

UK National Health Service Mediator Switches to the Transformative Approach

In this blog post, Angie Gaspar of the UK tells how she switched to the transformative approach.  You can read it here.See More
Apr 15
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Conflict with a 5-year-old: A Transformative Mediator Handles it

Michelle Zaremba writes about using her understanding of conflict dynamics in responding to her 5-year-old.  You can read it here.See More
Apr 3
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

How do you get your mediation clients to. . . ?

The latest blog from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, available here, discusses the tendency of mediators to want their clients to get somewhere.  So they try to get them somewhere.  The transformative approach recommends that we abstain from trying to get clients to do anything.See More
Mar 9
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Positional Bargaining - What's the deal with it?

The latest blog entry from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation says that positional bargaining is more a symptom than a cause of destructive conflict.  You can read the article here.See More
Feb 18

Profile Information

Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I've trained mediators throughout the country for the U.S. Postal Service and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation; and I'm currently the only Certified Transformative Mediator (certified by the ISCT) in Minnesota. I'm also one of only around 50 mediators in the United States who have satisfied mediate.com's criteria for certification.

I've been the director of Twin Cities Mediation since I founded it in 1998. I help with divorces, parenting differences, real estate issues, employment cases, business disputes, and neighbor to neighbor conflicts.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
USA
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
USA
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Director of Twin Cities Mediation
How many years professional experience do you have ?
11-15
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://twincitiesmediation.com
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, Gender, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Capacity Building, Communication, Training
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
TRANSFORMATIVE MEDIATION: A SOURCEBOOK – RESOURCES FOR CONFLICT INTERVENTION PRACTITIONERS AND PROGRAMS” (J. P. Folger, R.A.B. Bush, & D. J. Della Noce, eds.), NY: Association for Conflict Resolution & Institute for the Study of Conflict Resolution, 2010. (Order online at www.transformativemediation.org)

Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s Blog

How Mediators Interfere with Party Self-Determination

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:10pm 0 Comments

Mediators' attempts to get parties to settle run counter to support of party self-determination.  This blog post describes 3 specific ways mediators make this mistake.

Six Things Needed for Mediation to Survive

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 1:13am 0 Comments

In a new article by Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, they list six things that we mediators need to do to prevent the demise of mediation.  You can read about them here.

Why Do Coercive Mediation Methods Persist?

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:18pm 0 Comments

The market for mediation in litigated cases demands practices that undermine self-determination.  The latest blog post at the Institute for the Study of Transformation enumerates that factor and 4 others that make it hard for mediators to remain true to mediations ideal.  You can read it here.

Volunteer Transformative Mediator Inspired

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 9:55pm 0 Comments

Pamela Gregg volunteers for the Dayton Mediation Center.  In this blog entry, she describes why she finds it so inspiring.  You can read it here.

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