Mission Statement by Director and Founder - Prof. Daniel Erdmann

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„Mediation is a social core skill that lies veiled within each of us.“ In order to follow up on this point, WMO intends to offer a certain type of education that is available to everybody. Reaching everybody means that Prof. Erdmann created an educational concept that is acceptable and practical within every type of culture. This cross border and cross-cultural training  - and vision of WMO in general - does not intend to impose a western style of Applied Mediation on another culture, but it deals with a sensible core, or the point within the circle. This core emulsifies with the cultural background and language of the student and allows him or her to become a unique inner border professional. In this way, WMO is able to offer the only worldwide achievable training that respects and works with global diversity. „Ignorance is no acceptable option.“ 

Many times, we receive emails of persons asking whether the WMO Online Program is a basic or an advanced training. At this point, I have the pleasure to respond that it can be both, as it generally does not deal with ordinary topics, but with topics that widen and deepen the understanding of Applied Mediation in an interdisciplinary way. I briefly would like to talk about, is the WMO community, its expansion, and the people who try to master the craft of it. The series of WMO Symposia builds an interactive platform for professionals from all over the world who share the same vision, who look beyond one’s own nose, and who understand that Applied Mediation may also be interpreted as a cross border philosophy of life.

What we know today being the World Mediation Organization, started back in 2006 as an idea that today developed into a vast, growing worldwide community of aspiring professionals. These affiliated men and women who are handling crisis, delaying wars and putting the world in a harmonized state are the very soul of our mission, the first brick in discovering and witnessing the power of Applied Mediation.

To be a mediator has often been associated with being a trained and listed member of a national association. But this is not the case. Applied Mediation has far more to offer than a membership card of good standing. Applied Mediation, as far as I understand and believe, is more likely a social competence that is to be found within every person’s being. It is a basic emotional and logical necessity of a human being to live within a community or social construct. And it is also a basic necessity to communicate and to enable communication within such a group, as well as to create dialogue in order to fix or to optimize something that got out of balance. WMO targets to unveil this social competence to the upmost quantity of persons worldwide. So, to those who already discovered Applied Mediation and its potential power, we intend to deepen the understanding in the previously outlined interdisciplinary way, and to offer the symposia where peer visionaries exchange and optimize their skills in the most profound way. As we all know, all conflicts are different and having the same solution for different problems eventually backfires, because of several reasons, such as cultural differences, social differences, and different ways of communication.

That is why we needed something bigger, something broader rather than a simple stage model and a definition, as well as a better possibility to get in touch with potential practitioners. That is how WMO stumbled upon the topic of interdisciplinary mediation and upon offering WMO Symposia. It is important to note that today you must perceive Applied Mediation as a inter-disciplinary science. It does not only rely on techniques and stage models, but also on historical and cultural background, and on an anthropological and a sociological point of view. In the perplexity of this rich system of values, lies the inner core of Applied Mediation. Somehow, the secret of WMO. This core is dealt with briefly in the WMO Training, but is actually communicated in private instruction only. Through this core the student can adopt and master his techniques, can switch roles, and decipher the conditions and complex subjectivity of the conflict.

What the WMO has done in the beginning, will further strengthen our cause and our future. Our reliability and flexibility stretches and ties knots all over the globe. Our mission is to deliver the message of peace across all nations and that is why WMO is globally represented by its affiliated experts. Simply put, if you can’t reach us, we will reach you. This is further maintained by the series of symposia that allows us to ‘overwhelm’ our fellowmen with information coming from sources other than the mass media and the Internet.

If you feel that all this is true and highly valuable, than you may understand that to become a successful and effective mediator requires you to explore Applied Mediation’s inner logic and basic structure. A certain level of self-awareness and awareness regarding the environment you are living in or you are getting in touch with professionally ought be created. I believe that each of us should open him- or herself in order learn a very important lesson, namely that Applied Mediation is also a process of healing and in order to heal the world, we should try to raise the awareness of this possibility that lies within mankind. William Blake said: “We must leave the age of innocence and enter the age of experience, and through experience, hopefully, we’ll find innocence again” There is truly much more to say but I hope these thoughts could explain a bit the vision and purpose the series of WMO Symposia. If you feel that supporting peace and to raise conflict awareness is of importance to mankind and worth your participation, I kindly invite you to become a WMO Fellow.

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