Dan Simon, MA, J.D.
  • Director of Twin Cities Mediation
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Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Looking for an Inspiring Mediation Conference?

May 2nd and 3rd, Dayton, Ohio will host maybe the most amazing mediation conference ever. You can read about it here.See More
Jan 25
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Divorce Mediation: Gaining Popularity, Losing Quality

It's unfortunate that as divorce mediation has become more widely known, the process has lost its focus on party self-determination.  Read the blog here.See More
Dec 21, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Getting Along with Humans isn't that Complicated

The transformative theory of conflict makes people like me.  Read the blog post here.See More
Dec 4, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. commented on Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s blog post Maryland Study Shows Reflective Techniques are Best in Parenting Mediation
"Here's a better link to the blog.   And here's a link to the official report from Maryland."
Nov 15, 2015
Craig Zelizer liked Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s blog post Maryland Study Shows Reflective Techniques are Best in Parenting Mediation
Nov 4, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Maryland Study Shows Reflective Techniques are Best in Parenting Mediation

An extremely rigorous study of parenting mediation techniques has been published by the Maryland Office of Administration of Courts.  You can read more about it here.See More
Nov 3, 2015
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Conflict and Death Are Part of Life

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande explores the over-medicalization of death.  A similar phenomenon happens with conflict, over-legalization.  Read the blog about the parallels here.See More
Oct 20, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. liked Jarem Sawatsky's blog post Did I just win the lottery? The curse and gift of being named a disease.
Oct 20, 2015
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Retired Judges Don't Know What They're Doing as Mediators

It's not politically correct to say it.  And it comes off as somehow inconsistent with the nonjudgmental attitude a mediator is supposed to have.  But who are we kidding?  Read my story about a recent mediation at JAMS here.See More
Aug 14, 2015
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Marriage Equality, Empowerment and Recognition

Empowerment and recognition are the core concepts of the transformative theory of conflict.  They help explain the phenomenon that led to the recent progress of marriage equality in the USA.  Read the full blog post here.See More
Jun 29, 2015
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"I just want what's fair!" and Other Things Mediation Clients Say

The transformative theory of conflict focuses on parties' efforts to regain strength and responsiveness.  When working with clients, transformative mediators need to be able to recognize those efforts.  This article suggests possible ways to interpret some of the typical things parties say. You can read the article here.See More
Jun 11, 2015
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Mediators Don't Like Being Told What to Do Either

The fundamental challenge to the mediation movement is it's tendency to drift toward legalistic, coercive, manipulative, and outcome-focused methods.  The theory and practice of transformative mediation provide a rationale and corresponding skills that make it easier for it to remain true to the ideal of party self-determination.  But non-transformative mediators don't like to hear that.  …See More
May 23, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Kent State Creates a Mediator

Janet Mueller describes how the violence at Kent State led her to an amazing career.  You can read the post here.See More
May 6, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Starkly Different Approaches to Mediation

Many mediators say that they use a toolbox approach.  I'm committed to the transformative approach.  I have many conversations with mediators in which they share their preference for using a variety of approaches and where they suggest that all mediators generally have the same goals.  A typical such conversation appears here in the latest blog post.See More
Apr 3, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Divorce without Judicial Oversight

Minnesota is considering legislation that would allow couples to forego all legal procedures and any oversight from a judge.  You can read more about it here.See More
Mar 13, 2015
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Transformative Mediation Conference in the Netherlands in June

If you can make it to the Netherlands in June, you should.  Among other reasons, you can attend a major conference on transformative mediation that will include Joe Folger, co-author of The Promise of Mediation. Read more about the conference here.See More
Mar 1, 2015

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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

Looking for an Inspiring Mediation Conference?

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 2:30am 0 Comments

May 2nd and 3rd, Dayton, Ohio will host maybe the most amazing mediation conference ever. You can read about it here.

Divorce Mediation: Gaining Popularity, Losing Quality

Posted on December 21, 2015 at 6:08pm 0 Comments

It's unfortunate that as divorce mediation has become more widely known, the process has lost its focus on party self-determination.  Read the blog here.

Getting Along with Humans isn't that Complicated

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 10:07pm 0 Comments

The transformative theory of conflict makes people like me.  Read the blog post here.

Maryland Study Shows Reflective Techniques are Best in Parenting Mediation

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 10:27pm 1 Comment

An extremely rigorous study of parenting mediation techniques has been published by the Maryland Office of Administration of Courts.  You can read more about it here.

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