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.
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.
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…Continue
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. …Continue