Mediation is usually a term applied in conflict that is local….ie a divorce. Obviously it is also applied in larger conflicts…let’s say like party squalor in the US House of Representatives….or international conflict. In our series “Principles of Mediation” we intend to show the basic Principles of Mediation (duh) and then see how they can apply to larger issues on the national and international scene. Each principle will be sourced so as to give you greater idea of landscape of mediation (which is quite large) and also, we’d like to relate these principles to dynamic realties….so that you can see them in action, and maybe one day (maybe today) put them into action yourself, maybe in a friendship, in parenting, or maybe on a wider, more public scale.
Principles of Conduct for Mediators
Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party (the mediator) facilitates the resolution of a dispute(s) between two or more parties by promoting the parties’ voluntary agreement (or self-determination) of the dispute(s).
The mediator facilitates communications, promotes understanding, focuses the parties on their interests and seeks creative solutions to problems that enable the parties to reach their own agreements.