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

Responding to conflict Morally?

Guest Blogger, Basia Solarz, explains that there is always an ethical/moral dimension to how we behave in conflict.  You can read the blog entry here.See More
Jan 26
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

David, Goliath, Gladwell and Mediation

Malcolm Gladwell's latest book covers many themes that are relevant to mediators.  I discuss it in my latest blog entry, available here.See More
Jan 14
Ibrahim Bahati liked Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s blog post Is All Conflict about the Interaction?
Dec 20, 2013
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Is All Conflict about the Interaction?

Most mediators claim they can tell whether the interaction between the parties matters.  They say sometimes the mediator should focus on settlement and other times the mediator should focus on the interaction.  This new blog post, available here, argues that conflict is always about the interaction.See More
Dec 20, 2013
Craig Zelizer liked Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s blog post Dusty Rhoades on Why Transformative Theory Matters
Nov 27, 2013
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Dusty Rhoades on Why Transformative Theory Matters

Read what Dusty Rhoades has to say about the importance of transformative theory in our latest blog post.See More
Nov 26, 2013
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

A Transformative Interpretation of a Personal Fight

In my latest blog post, available here, I apply transformative theory to a fight I had with a friend.  I refer to my previous post and explain how transformative theory provides helpful insight into all conflicts.See More
Oct 27, 2013
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Is it about the Money? Or not?

I've heard lawyers and even mediators express skepticism anytime a disputant says "it's not about the money."  Or worse, if the client IS fighting for principle, sometimes the professionals try to talk them out of that, and tell them that they should focus on a financial cost-benefit analysis.  I feel very lucky to have way to help people in conflict focus on whatever aspect of the situation matters to them the most - the money, the principle, something else, or a combination of things.  Here's…See More
Oct 3, 2013
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Autonomy and Conflict

In my latest blog entry, which you can read here, I discuss why autonomy is such a big deal in conflict.  Yet often, even, in mediation, party autonomy is undermined. The transformative approach keeps party autonomy as the most central consideration.See More
Sep 11, 2013
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

A Transformative Mediator and a Problem-Solving Mediator Collide!

In my latest blog entry, available here, I describe a co-mediation I did with a problem-solving mediator.  She was willing to sit back and watch what happened when we let the parties choose the direction of the conversation.See More
Aug 22, 2013
Drazen Pehar commented on Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s blog post But What if the Demonizing is Accurate?
"A pertinent question. There may be, occasionally, a rational element in demonizing. Which I would put differently: when one party, in the eyes of an other party, loses an appropriate moral standing (this can also happen through talk, or discourse;…"
Jul 25, 2013
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

But What if the Demonizing is Accurate?

Tough questions about human nature were raised by a recent training by Baruch Bush and Joe Folger.  A participant raised some issues that may be interesting to all mediators.  You can read the questions and my answers here in my latest blog post.See More
Jul 25, 2013

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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

UK National Health Service Mediator Switches to the Transformative Approach

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:44am 0 Comments

In this blog post, Angie Gaspar of the UK tells how she switched to the transformative approach.  You can read it here.

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

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:51pm 0 Comments

Michelle Zaremba writes about using her understanding of conflict dynamics in responding to her 5-year-old.  You can read it here.

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

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 9:32pm 0 Comments

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.

Positional Bargaining - What's the deal with it?

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

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.

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