The Wild West
A lawless, unscrupulous place for the most part, where making a living is hard and everyone is out to grab whatever they can, no matter the costs.
A place with little governance, law and order and no central regulation.
The only stability in such a place were the small outposts of good, honest sheriffs who tried their best to bring order and peace to a tumultuous area.
Well, believe it or not, that's a lot like mediation
In recent years, as mediation has become more widely recognised as an alternative to litigation, increasing numbers of individuals and organisations have set themselves up either to train mediators, and/or to practise mediation.
Current practice standards are variable, to say the least: some practitioners have minimal training but years of practical experience; some have little or no experience at all but their training providers tell them that they can call themselves ‘accredited mediators’ just by attending their course, while others are offering something they call mediation, which unfortunately turns out to be something else altogether!
You can't have missed the social media storm that was dressgate.
It all started at a wedding in Scotland and like an apocalyptic pandemic it soon engulfed the entire world with everyone from Neuroscientists to The Washington Post and from US Senators to Kim Kardashian getting involved
One man in a moment of questionable judgement even rushed out to get a tattoo of a blue and black dress upon his person.
A Wild West Model
Voluntary Registration for Mediators
#Dressgate & Mediation
Big Increase in Court Fees
Less Haste, More Speed
All for One
You Must Be Crazy
The Three Types of Mediation
Lessons from the Super Bowl
Keeping Things Private
Counting the Cost
New Year, New Career
New Year Resolution Resolution
A Great Opportunity for Mediation
Facing the Monster in the Room
Take a Break
Why Your Website Isn't Getting You Any Business
Getting To Mediation
Game Theory & Mediation
Not All Mediation is Created Equal
Get Out Of The Rat Race
Finding the Win-Win Pt. 2
Commercial Mediation - The Untapped Market
Looking For The Win-Win Scenario Pt.1
Dealing With The Neighbours From Hell
Complaints Mediation Keeping You Out Of Court
How An Independent Investigator Can Help You
The Importance of Venue
Who Can Become A Mediator?
Training At The Highest Level
The Fall of Mandatory Mediation
How Do I Get A Gig?
With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility
Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation - What Does It All Mean?
What's Right For Me? Negotiation
What The Devil Is Team Facilitation?