ABA's Problem Solver of the Year Award last week in San Francisco.
Some of the most powerful mediators in the business have joined together to create the American Institute of Mediation. The link below takes you to their web site and schedule of upcoming trainings.
From their site:
When I started this project, I didn't know that Mediate.com had undertaken a similar project of interviewing pioneers and leaders in the mediation world a few years ago. It was great to learn that someone else had a similar idea and that it had worked!
Usually those videos are available only to their paid subscribers but for the month of April, they're free! I got this message from Jim Melamed:
Mediate.com is opening our Video Center to everyone for the month of April. I am hoping that you will visit the Video Center and, as worthy, consider spreading the word.
The easiest jump off point is here:
This page provides access to the overall Video Center as well as focused access to 60 or so sets of interview clips (by interviewee).
Once at the Video Center, both full interviews and searchable video clips are available for viewing. Be sure to check out the Inside and Search Tabs.
I especially enjoyed going in and watching a video of Sid Lesak, one of the pioneer mediators of Oregon, who passed away a few years ago. It is precious to have his wisdom still available to the community. It reminds me of the value of documenting this movement now, a living history that will be available for years to come.
In the spirit of collaboration, not competition, Mediate.com is the top partner of CuttingEdgeLaw.com. Go check out their wonderful video library!
Jim Melamed, CEO of Mediate.com, will be offering his 40-hour ACR Approved Divorce Mediation Training four times during 2009 as follows:
* March 11-15 in Eugene, OR
* April 1-5 in Los Angeles, CA
* September 23-27 in Los Angeles, CA
* October 14-18 in Eugene, OR
Full information and registration information is at www.smartmediator.com
This course is also available on 5 DVDs (15 hours) at www.mediate.com/divorce
At Dictionary.com, Mediation is simply defined as: The attempt to settle a dispute through a neutral party.* That is a broad definition and covers a lot of ground...as does the field of mediation. On one end of the spectrum, settlement is the goal to be achieved. At this far end, retired judges act as evaluators and convince litigants to agree to a settlement that has been developed by the mediator. At that far end of the spectrum, the parties usually meet in separate rooms and never talk with each other.