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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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
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
Craig Zelizer liked Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s blog post More on Evaluation in Mediation
Feb 20
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

More on Evaluation in Mediation

Evaluation is still a big part of the so-called mediation that occurs in litigated cases.  It's too bad.  Here's a conversation about that.See More
Feb 20
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Jan 21
Dan Simon, MA, J.D. posted a blog post

Can You Mediate for Friends?

Many mediators would hate to treat their friends the same way they treat their clients.  With mediation clients, some mediators see it as their job to educate, persuade and nudge.  We know our friends don't like that sort of thing.  Maybe we should reconsider how we treat our clients.  With the transformative approach, there's no reason not to mediate for your friends.  See the article here.See More
Jan 3
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Jan 3
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
Dec 17, 2014
Craig Zelizer liked Dan Simon, MA, J.D.'s blog post Six Things Needed for Mediation to Survive
Dec 4, 2014
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, 2014

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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

Retired Judges Don't Know What They're Doing as Mediators

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

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.

Marriage Equality, Empowerment and Recognition

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 12:13am 0 Comments

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.

"I just want what's fair!" and Other Things Mediation Clients Say

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 1:16am 0 Comments

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…

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Mediators Don't Like Being Told What to Do Either

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 8:09am 0 Comments

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.  …

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