November 2011

at Think on This - by Dr. Kathy

That mediation (finally) took a well-deserved bow on the international stage in June, 2011 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution entitled “Strengthening the role of mediation in peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution”. This resolution invited member states to optimize the use of mediation and the other tools outlined in Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter for

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Nov
2011

  A: A moderator is someone sufficiently knowledgeable about the subject matter of a meeting that he can competently introduce speakers, ask intelligent questions about their presentations that provoke discussion and regulate contributions and questions from participants. You may have seen a moderator at work at the last panel discussion you attended.

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Nov
2011

Mediation!

at In the Spotlight - by Dr. Kathy

  From November 6-11, 2011, The Mediation Board of Trinidad & Tobago is observing “Mediation Week” by hosting a number of activities designed to educate people about and highlight the utility of mediation.  As far as I am concerned, and I readily admit my bias, EVERY week should be mediation week!   Divorce mediation, peer mediation, elder mediation, online mediation, mediation conducted by an organizational

03

Nov
2011

  The annual conference of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) was held in San Diego last month and it was fabulous! Whilst I could not be there in person, I was able to tune in online and to see the exhibits and read the presentations of speakers using an application called “LOCKBOX”.  Isn’t technology a wonderful thing?!   Forrest “Woody” Mosten, one of the

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Nov
2011
October 2011

  At this year’s Independence Day Awards, attorney-at-law and mediator Mrs. Stephanie Daly was awarded the Chaconia Medal (gold) for long and meritorious service to Trinidad & Tobago in the sphere of law.   A few days ago, Mrs. Daly, who started mediating in 1995, shared with MEND some of her experiences and thoughts on a number of topics that will be of interest to

04

Oct
2011

  A: Court-annexed mediation is the mediation of matters which a judicial officer has ordered to go to mediation or which are mediated pursuant to a general court direction (eg. a procedural rule which states that parties to a matter make an attempt to settle the matter by way of mediation before the first case management conference).   Court-annexed mediation is most often used as

04

Oct
2011

at Think on This - by Dr. Kathy

When we begin our mediation training and practice, we often hear (and speak) of the magic of mediation. When it works, it truly is wondrous. It’s easy to see why a mediator feels like a wizard with supernatural powers, enabling lambs to lie down with lions.

04

Oct
2011

  In the last issue I spoke about the physiological reactions experienced by a person who loses “face” and the defences which he erects when such face-loss occurs. In this issue I will outline a few techniques which a mediator can employ to break down these defences.     Having experienced face-loss, which is essentially a loss of self-esteem, a party will try to re-establish

03

Oct
2011
September 2011

at Think on This - by Dr. Kathy

  Once upon a time, if you could take a cup of water, put it in a box, push a button, and make that water boil — without raising the temperature inside the box — you’d have a miracle on your hands. Ditto for talking to someone, or even seeing them in real time, on the other side of the planet — or even in

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Sep
2011

  The concept of “face” originated in China in the 4th century, B.C. It comprised two aspects–good moral character and high social standing. A person’s “face” told the world his worth as a human being.   In Western cultures, “face” can be equated to self-esteem. A person loses “face”/self-esteem when his self-image—the vision of himself which he presents to the world—is tarnished. This may occur

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Sep
2011

September 2011

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