Transparent Isn't Always Good, Mediators

To all of the mediators who believe in transparency, take a look at this short clip and let me know if being transparent is always good.  Enjoy  :)

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UN Mediation & Peacemaking

Did you know the UN has a site dedicated to peacemaking?
They also have a mediation response team always on standby ready and able to help when called upon.  
From the site:


Established in 2008, the Standby Team is a group of full-time mediation experts that can be rapidly deployed to provide technical advice to United Nation’s officials and others leading mediation and conflict prevention efforts. Team members possess expertise in a wide range of issues that tend to arise in negotiations including constitution-making, gender issues, natural resources, power-sharing, process design and security arrangements.

Read more about the team and more on the UN and peacemaking [HERE].

Read about "Guidance For Effective Mediation" [HERE].
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Seek First To Understand

Faris Alsalih, MS Candidate

Have a read of of the Werner Institute's latest blog post.  It is by MS Candidate, Firas Alsalih.  He shares his reflections on his first place finish the mediation contest and some tips for mediators based on his experience.

I am glad to see rapport is mentioned and even happier to hear his professor at the Werner Institute, John Ford, teaches it, and the importance of building it, in his course.

Here's a snippet:

We often talk about “intuitive” abilities, and I even recall writing once in one of our online posts for the MS NDR program at Creighton, that the more you learn, the better stocked your “intuitive arsenal” is.  I thus found myself applying skills that felt completely intuitive, although they are ones I only learned over the past 18 months, and were far from intuitive prior to entering the program.

...I also learned that as a general rule, the greatest contribution a mediator can make in resolving conflict is helping parties build rapport (thank you John Ford), and creating a safe, open and constructive environment where dialogue can take place, and where genuine rapport can indeed be built.

Read the entire post at the Werner Institute Blog [here].
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