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Ladies and Gentlemen,

the World Mediation Organization invites you to join and to actively participate in the 12. WMO Symposium - Berlin 2017, the 12th edition of its kind, dealing with: Integrated Mediation and Conflict Studies of International Interest.

We are about to witness for the first time the fruits of an incredible planning and brainstorming process that gave birth to trans-continental friendships across the globe. Collectively, we can make this event even better than the schedule indicates. Personal exchange, active participation in high-end discussions, and peer coaching will create a complex sustainable benefit for all participants, and will turn this event into actionable items worth remembering.

This event is all about you, the practitioners, scholars and students. The reason why we will be able to gather is your specific interest in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and a more peaceful world, your wish to meet international peers, and your desire to discuss topics relevant to all of us in this increasingly complex global environment. So, I hereby express my gratitude to you, being a pro-active visionary and expert professional, who is interested in international exchange constructive thinking. Daniel Erdmann

Event Postponed … Event Postponed ...

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In cooperation with: Integrated Mediation: "The word integrated mediation has a double meaning. On the one hand it shows up the name of an international welfare association supporting all the kinds of mediation. On the other hand it is a technical term describing a style of mediation. We talk about mediation that can be managed even where it is not demanded. This way of mediation becomes possible if we see the cognition process behind and if we talk about the doings instead of the procedure. The procedure must be demanded. What we are doing or thinking is on us solely. Imagine, mediation would be possible anywhere and anytime, demanded or not. Imagine it would be used like a philosophy and becomes a way of thinking. Wouldn’t you think this could overcome hassles and help improving our world a bit? Though improving the world is not our concern we like to improve the use of mediation. A better world might be the outcome like a raised demand of mediation. Integrated mediation has been founded in 2001. We are situated in several countries in Europe. Our claim is: integrated mediation, the way we understand us."

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Miss Orit Asnin, LLM: Mediation between multi-cultural commercial parties in high conflict regions

This topic has an enormous potential, above and beyond solving the commercial dispute itself. Such mediations are super challenging, as there is an extra hidden layer of the conflict, a layer that has to be revealed in order to confront the commercial problem itself. Once the hidden multi-cultural layer is unveiled, and as long as it is approached carefully by a professional mediator, the added value in reaching a solution is greater for the disputant parties and for the society they live in, creating a proof that cross-cultural differences should not prevent parties from reaching agreeable peaceful solutions. For an Israeli mediator working in a unique environment, the task of mediating between multi-cultural-parties is especially challenging and also very beneficial proving that in multi-cultural societies, disputes can be properly and effectively solved, when the cultural issues are carefully and professionally addressed. 

Dr. Elena Baixauli: Mediation and Policy
Citizens no longer believe in politics, politicians have lost their legitimacy and credibility. Agrees that the most corrupt countries are also countries with higher rates of violence and crime. Hence the need to speak of mediation and policy. The politician must represent the country again, being an example of ethics and values. They seem oblivious to the concerns of citizens and to understand what they need to combat violence and out of the crisis. The philosophy of mediation brings to the education policy in moral values and the ability to dialogue with lobbyists and the etidades, or people. The welfare society goes through mediation, the culture of peace and dialogue, for values education.

Miss Nancy Baker, MSc: Defining Decision Making

Resolving conflicts involves questioning our decision making process. This short presentation suggests we look at how we make decisions and what do we do with multiple stakeholders involved. Different preferencing has different processes for decision making and people have different capacities. How does this all relate or fit within the conflict resolution process for mediators? 

Dr. Barry Bannister: Education in mediation and cognate skill sets as smart diplomacy in newly-democratic and post-conflict environments 
A significant challenge facing mediators is that of how to engender the conditions for constructive, sustained dialogue to occur. During several decades as a university professor, administrator and international development consultant there have been opportunities to resolve difficult issues and occasionally to transform them using a peacebuilding approach focused on education in mediation and cognate skills, especially dialogue. This workshop includes a narrative account of select issues and proposed solutions, on the premise that educating people in ‘mediation as dialogue’, may result in pre-emptive as well as remedial outcomes. The contexts in which this work has occurred include: institutional capacity-building in Slovakia prior to EU membership; national human resource framework development in the Maldives as part of a UN project in a new democracy; educational programs in Asia and North Africa as part of the US Department of State’s diplomatic outreach to emerging young leaders; and finally, campus-culture enhancement initiatives funded by universities and colleges.

Miss Claudia Caluori, LLM Candidate: How to benefit from Mediation: the transactional approach

Mediation is widely known as a powerful and effective method of conflict resolution, through which simple as well as harsh disagreements arisen between two or more parties can be handled. However, as mediators know well, during the process it is crucial to think out-of-the-box, while appealing to the inventive mind of all the involved parties, mainly the neutral, and considering the multifaceted reality that surrounds us as single human beings and as society. As flexible as reality, Mediation can be molded according to our best interests. In order to do so, you can look at Mediation along the timeline of a relationship, specifically commercial, before it is born, during its lifetime, and after it ends. Shift the focus of Mediation from the (possible) end to the founding moment of that relationship. Finally, analyze what would be the effects if the parties would profit from the help of a mediator to shape their best, efficient and sustainable agreement since the beginning, rather than negotiating the solution to a dispute later on. You will thus have a preventive mediation or also called transactional run by so called making-deal facilitators, whose work is to leverage the skills of mediation in conflicts for develop and maintain open channels of communication between the parties, and lead them to possible scenarios of agreement. The object is now the contract, not the conflict itself. As such, mediation could reasonably be integrated in daily life as an Alternative Dialog Routine, particularly in commercial deal-making at the international level, allowing parties to design creative solutions and avoid, as much as possible, conflicts, based on their best individual interests and needs. At the end of the day, You don’t build a business. You build people, then people build the business (ZZ)”. 

Miss Fleurdeliz Credo-Taylan: INTEGRATING AND UNDERSTANDING THE LAWS, HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AND CULTURAL DOGMAS OF THE PARTIES: FACTORS TO AN EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Integrating and understanding these factors during mediation proceedings will resolve international disputes. Stressing and/or emphasizing these factors on both parties will enlighten the mind of each party litigant. Understanding where each party stands will definitely give the other party a chance to give out or defer some of their claims. Most importantly, mediator’s inclination and/or knowledge on these factors will definitely aid him in the resolution of a conflict.  

Miss Linda Dobson: Conflict Coaching - An Essential Tool for Resolving Disputes
What would it be like for you to have another proven tool that assists clients to achieve robust conflict conversations? Conflict Coaching helps identify values central to effective solutions, strengthens skills, champions solutions, blends coaching approaches and proven conflict resolution methodology, and develops capacity to build strong, effective resolutions. This brief session, delivered by veteran mediator and Master Certified Coach examines what conflict coaching is (and isn’t), when it is appropriate, and how to integrate it into your dispute resolution practice.  The session introduces the “Conflict Coaching Roadmap”™ that you can use immediately with mediation or negotiation clients, and introduces key conflict coaching skills essential for helping clients begin their dance of conflict and emerge out the other side, their confidence and integrity intact.

Dr. Zoe Giannopoulou: Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding in a highly complex environment…
International responses to conflict and post-conflict environments are highly complex. How ideas about conflict resolution can cast light on individual conflicts and peace initiatives? Participants will be asked to actively engage in the application of a conflict assessment methodology, focusing on the conflict analysis, and on developing policy recommendations for intervention.

Mr. Aleksander Jakobcic, MSc: The role of Protracted Conflict in International Relations today
Protracted conflicts influence the stability of the whole international community and threaten the people living in disputed areas. It could provide a source of instability and a way of taking advantage of the situation, looking from state perspective and through IR realist theory. Modern international society has plenty of peaceful ways of conflict resolution and management, from arbitration, mediation, restorative justice procedures, etc. So why do such conflict stay frozen? In my/our presentation I/we would try to provide an answer to that question.

Miss Marina K. Khamitsevich, LLM: Youth Crime in Favelas of Brazil

Brazil is known for its creative celebration of life. But also notorious for wealth imbalances and urban violence. In the city of Rio de Janeiro the most luxurious condominiums are located in the close neighborhood with favelas (shantytowns) having no basic facilities. World-famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are regularly disturbed by arrastões – robbing raids committed by groups of favela residents, most of whom are minors. The report will explore the roots of complex and controversial problem of urban violence in today’s Brazil as well as measures being taken to cure the situation and other possible solutions that are still in high demand.

Miss Daniela Musiol / Mr. Thomas Geldmacher: Losing Lands, Losing Hope - International Conflict, Collective Grief, and Mediation
In armed conflict, you may lose a relative, a close friend or a neighbor to the war. Mediation (and trauma therapy) can, in a way, deal with this because mediators have recently started to apply concepts developed for grief therapy in their work—because, basically, every separation represents a loss, albeit not necessarily death-related. But what about collective grief? How do we cope with the loss of a piece of our country, the loss of an election, the loss of a particular aspect of our national history, the loss of abstract concepts like “freedom“? And is there anything mediation can do to help?

Dr. Anna Plevri: Mediation and Conflict Negotiation in the frames of the Cyprus Problem

Miss Lizbeth Reyes, MA: The use of Mediation Mitigates Corruption
For countries where corruption has penetrated their legal systems it is recommendable to try mediation, as a different path to get justice, when possible, before going to trial so that they can reduce the risk of corruption. Every professional on the mediation field has a huge responsibility in order to encourage its use by the international society to have better relationships but also to prevent corruption because if it can be reduced or even more if it can be eliminated, then the human being will be able to get closer to a peaceful world. 

Mr. Rahim Shamji, LLB: Mediating in Cross-Culturally
In an increasingly inter-dependent world, conflicts are becoming more ‘mixed’.  Parties coming from different parts of the world, ‘high context and low context’ or ‘hot context and cold context’.  Are we aware of the difference?  Do we know how to use the mediation process effectively to allow parties to understand theirs and the others context!  The session will analyse the concept of labels and how they mean different things in different contexts.  The sessions will allow delegates to assess their own knowledge of cross cultures.  Delegates will be exposed the the SCRAF model (David Rock 2008) and understanding the social needs of a human!

Dr. Tsisana Shamlikashvili: Mediation in the Modern World

Mediation is not panacea indeed. And at the same time modern mediation empowering people is much more than just dispute resolution method. Mediation can help people to regain values which are nearly lost. Respect and appreciation of each other, ability to make informed and responsible choice, to stay in dialogue and feel strong and influential when the future is under the question. Mediation  and its principles been embroidered in to the social tissue  can help our society to be healthier. In the era of information technologies creating tools for communication   World and individuals are more disconnected than ever. Individuals are disconnected from their own needs been always engaged in strong information flows from outside. Public opinion is mostly opinion created by media or crowd of social networks. We as human beings are losing the main abilities which makes us different from the other creatures – ability to have real communication with each other, to base choices (which we have to make each and every minute) on our personal responsibility, conscience, with very simple question – is it good for me? for  future generations? Today it  is more than ever important to see the World not only from consumer point of view but to cultivate an attitude – we are responsible to what kind of place the World will be for our children and future generations.

Mag. Sandra ThalerFarm Succession – Inter-generational Mediation

Family owned businesses and farms are important economic sectors all over the world. Between tradition-conscious and modern thinking, older and younger generations, the private life and the company are closely connected. Mediation facilitates the communication between the parties and offers deescalating effects. The structured process including soft and hard facts leads to a better understanding and workable solution for a partnership, collaboration, heritage and business transfer. 

Mr. Arthur Trossen, Judge (R): Workshop on Integrated Mediation

Marie Therese Villa-Caoile, BSResolving conflict through comprehension of the psych-social factors influencing the dispute of the litigants

FEAR AND SENSE OF THREAT: the parties involved take time to disclose pertinent informations as they overcome these factors. MORAL CONFLICTS AND ISSUES: distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of certain beliefs and norms triggering dispute. ISSUES OF JUSTICE: A person's concept of justice is in relation to the rights, norms, standads, entitlements, recognition that are perceived to be observed for decent rightful treatment. RIGHTS OR REVENGE: underlying reasons can be dealt through mediation proceedings, disclosure of one's sentiments and complaints, claims and consequences of mental and emotional agony. IDENTITY RATIONALE: recognizing the proper role with respect towards self and to the community. CONFLICT ON DISTRIBUTION OR EQUALITY OF SHARES with regards to SOCIAL STATUS: nobody wants to be on the bottom, lower costing, and few are willing to share the highest level of the social hierarchy. HUMANITARIAN NEEDS: needs for survival vs rightful needs.

Miss Virginia Vilches, LL.M. / Ms Charalee Graydon, LLB, BCL (Oxon): Showcasing Mediation for Climate Changes Matters
Climate change is one of the most important issues that humankind is facing. Air, water, natural resources and, with them, the health and livelihood of the earth’s population are at stake. Willing it or not, we are all involved and the price to pay is too high should we choose to look the other way. Mediation, as a method for conflict resolution has an important role to play in dealing with disputes arising from climate change. Although, for years we have been trying to extend the use of mediation as an alternative to traditional judicial procedures, we need new and creative ways to engage people and promote mediation. In this presentation, we explore the use of the creative arts as tools for promoting the engagement of people in addressing climate change and sustainability issues and for the use of mediation in resolving disputes resulting from climate change.

Miss Nadja Zeschmann, BA: Mediation and Mindful Leadership
Observing the changes in the corporate world, it is remarkable that more and more people are prioritizing a job where they do not suffer from pressure, stress and competition. There is a longing for appreciation, understanding and recognition. People working in such a positive atmosphere, show higher motivation and productivity. The key to achieving such a positive team atmosphere is that leaders apply the inner attitude of a mediator. This means to be open-minded for different perspectives, to let go prejudices and to seek for mutual understanding, which is the basis for a successful international communication, cooperation and innovation. For me, mediation in daily life is raising awareness of different personal characteristics and behaviors and speaking with the “language of our heart”. 

Prof. Dr. Katharina Kriegel-Schmidt / Isabell Zwania-Rößler, M.A.: Activities & Research Clusters

Panel Discussion led by' The interdisciplinary German Research Group on Mediation’: To start with, I will introduce aims & activities of the Interdisciplinary German Research Group on Mediation. Secondly I would like to outline how mediation and mediation research can profit from a multidisciplinary approach and highlight the benefits from culture theories and intercultural communication research for the better understanding of mediation. Finally we can engage in an active debate: How can national programs on Mediation research collaborate effectively on an international scale? From a practionners' point of view: What should be contributions of research on mediation? What are inspiring - national and international - practices regarding the transfer of research results in the field of mediation?

Dr. Jennifer Mahony: Radically Collaborating through Radicalised Fear 

Everywhere we turn, there is something, or someone, to fear; something, or someone, to blame.  How as mediators in an increasingly global world can we work through the fear that has become radicalised in our collective psyche? How can we remind ourselves – and reassure participants – that we already have the tools to work through these conflicts? Borrowing the works of Jim Tamm and Ken Cloke; how the Maori culture of New Zealand informs New Zealand dispute resolution practice and theory; and drawing upon real-life experiences from those participating, this presentation and workshop starts from the microcosm of self and the understanding of what drives each of us, our defences, and how we can work through those defences to fearlessly collaborate across the meeting room table as well as borders and different cultures.  We then move to the macrocosm of world affairs, including the New Zealand political landscape, to show how the same, basic practices and principles often apply on the global stage. We finish by working through a set of difficult scenarios as a collaborative, connected group that will test and extend our personal and professional understanding of collaboration and peace-building.  

Ischtar Khalaf-Newsome, M.A. / Zoë Schlär: Meeting the Challenge of Mediating Cross-border, Bi-cultural Custody Disputes and Child Abduction Cases

When couples with children divorce or separate, custody disputes can ensue that are often so highly emotional and contentious that they will put the most experienced mediator to the test.  This is so even in cases where all parties share the same cultural background. Where the parents come from different cultural backgrounds, the scenario can become significantly more complex and the stakes can be raised even higher, for example when one parent decides to return to their native country, taking the children without the permission of the other parent. Parental child abduction cases are the most escalated form of cross-border custody dispute requiring particular skills and knowledge on the part of the mediator. While the different cultural and language backgrounds of the parents may not be the actual source of the conflict, culture – and language as the transmitter of culture – has a crucial impact on the mediation, in respect of the way it is conducted and its outcome. Culture, defined by Storti as “the shared assumptions, values, and beliefs of a group of people which result in characteristic behaviors”, may impact on the way a person thinks, feels, acts and reacts. It may also influence their conflict behavior and style in the mediation. Therefore a mediator’s ability to understand the nuances of the cultural differences, the languages and the legal framework involved in the mediation is crucial. Using case studies, Ms Khalaf-Newsome will introduce the MiKK mediation model and address the challenges associated with the bi-lingual, bi-cultural and legal complexities in cross-border family mediation.

Vasiliki Papadimitriou, L.L.M: Mediation in ancient Greece, its development / practice in the present time, and its future in the financial crisis of globalization.

Mediation can be found in the ancient Greek culture threw a philosophical movement which purpose was to make people gain better communication between each other and to understand themselves. Maieutic is one of the methods which helped people in the process of mediation." It is a belief that an individual has knowledge which is stored in his conscience and accumulated from previous generations". Philosophers used this skill to enable a person to reach and express the best of him. This practice aimed at developing individual responsibility through the control of passions, and also at helping individuals to think about their “master-slave” relations between themselves and others (The Republic, Book IV, Plato). There were several civilizations which embraced mediation long  ago. Historians speaks of the Phoenician using mediation in commercial disputes and there are references in Justinia. In Greece a mediator was termed as "προξενητης“. In China with a long term tradition of Confucius theory was based his works in persuasion and compromise rather than coercion. In multi-cultural places like Kelara, there is a similar history of negotiated settlement and appropriately the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation is based in Cochin. Last but not least, there are other traditions where a neutral third party has helped disputants reach an accord the Quakers, as merely one example, have played a distinguished role. There are so many interesting and fascinating stories of conflicts between the Gods in the Greek Mythology and how those conflicts in turn influenced the Earthly life of humans.However,  one story in particular, the legend of Hades and Persephone. is practical in examining the consequences of family mediation. The recent situation of the financial crisis in Greece has "forced" the society and the judicial system to change the mentality in ways of finding justice. Citizens are seeking alternative disputes resolutions to solve their legal cases with less money and time. Recently  a new Law has been enforced for the "red debts" of the companies owed to the banks by imposing mediation as a compulsory process to resolve them. What is the future of mediation in the financial world? Mediation is the future base in the field of communication and especially  for our children and for a better world with peace! 

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