Mediation uses a neutral third party to bring together two or more parties in a structured way to improve dialogue and resolve disputes. A mediator uses a flexible process to bring people together, explore solutions, and negotiate resolution. The best mediated discussions help people work together to create an equitable solution and a plan to implement that solution.
Advantages of mediation include:
- A third party can help people see new perspectives, and can make it easier for people to come together to discuss tough issues.
- The parties have shared control over the process and are able to negotiate agreements that everyone can support.
- Mediation can save both parties time and money.
Mediation is about making sure that every voice is heard and that differing perspectives can agree on a plan to move forward. Only a small portion of my work takes place in a traditional mediation setting, but the methods and philosophies of mediation underlie all of my work.