I think mediation could be getting used far more than it currently is, and I always keep an eye on the news for the kinds of conflicts where mediation could potentially provide a solution.
There are various community, environmental and political disputes, where I think, ‘Yep: that’s one for mediation!’; there are large-scale international and world disputes where I wonder if there might be a chance of resolution, if only we could direct the mediation towards basic trust-building and identifying a common purpose. And occasionally a story will leap off the page at me, where I think, ‘No brainer! Get the paperwork sent out!’.
In 2001 everything changed
An obscure New Zealand director assembled a cast of relatively unknown actors and filmed three films back to back over a period of years at over 150 different locations.
It was a work of previously unparalleled ambition and it completely changed the face of cinema
Of course I'm talking about the release of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with it's follow up sequel movies
A franchise that cracked open the world of elves, magic, swords and sorcery to a mainstream audience, a world that had previously mostly been for groups of people like me, hanging out at night time, rolling dice and building character sheets.
Lord of the Rings cleared the way for a raft of other films that previously would have been thought of as being 'only for nerds' and not commercially viable, from Harry Potter to The Avengers.
Well this week is the release of the final Lord of the Rings film - The Battle of Five Armies. So I thought it fitting to use it for the theme of this weeks blog, which looks at how to address the monster in the room - conflict.
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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?
The Master Plan Part 4: You Have Become A Mediator Now What?
The Master Plan Part 3: What Mediation Course Is Right For You?
The Master Plan Part 2: The Secret Reasons People Become Mediators
The Master Plan Part 1: Why Become A Mediator?
Introducing 'The Master Plan'
Knowing Who To Trust
Bullying In The Workplace
The Perils of Ignoring Mediation
Marathons & Mediation
5 Things Game of Thrones Teaches About Mediation