Today we ran an online mediation simulation via Skype of a personal loan dispute between 2 old friends. The reason? To see what can happen when a mediator trained in “facilitative” mediation tries the “transformative” approach – for the first time.
All three mediators who participated in our simulation – Lisa (Hawaii, USA), Dorota (Florida, USA) and Derek (Barbados) – kindly agreed to share their mediation and debriefing sessions. They hope that their experience can be useful to other mediators around the world, when they ask themselves some tough questions like:
- Which mediation method do I prefer: e.g. facilitative, transformative, narrative, evaluative? And why – simply because is the only method I know?
- Which method would be most useful in this particular case, with these parties?
- Besides, do I really need to choose between method X, Y, Z? Or can I create my own method? And if I do use my own method – or no method at all – how will it work from the parties’ perspectives?
Kudos to Lisa, Dorota and Derek for their willingness to participate in today’s “experiment”, aimed at answering some of those questions in our Virtual Mediation Lab.
We hope you will find this video useful and interesting. And you have any comments or suggestions for additional videos, we would like to hear from you. Please send us an email or join our LinkedIn Group Mediation Skills Development Around the World with Skype
If you are interested to see more examples of VML simulations, you can watch these other videos
PLEASE NOTE – We no longer use Skype for our Virtual Mediation Lab online mediation simulations. To learn why, sign up for our 1-hour Introduction to Online Mediation with PC Mac and Mobile Devices. One of the topics we cover during that training is “How to Choose a Video Conferencing Software for Online Mediation”.