13 Responses

  1. Thank you for the invitation to read your paper. Particularly I like your reference to the promoting the circular economy and although there are instances of persons attempting support the “circular economy” such as cultivating mushrooms from waste coffee grounds, practiced by companies such as Beyond Coffee. However, this is the exception rather than the norm, but how can we reverse this trend? Is there a place for preemptive mediation here?

    Your paper also inspired me to think of a related but different concept. That is, about economies that are dependent on one form of income such as crude oil and how sometimes attention may be directed away from basic but important issues such as food security because of a propensity for political powers to focus on self-interest. In nations where corruption indices are high, these factors may not be explored fully as topics for international mediation instead of litigation.

    1. Dear Devika Sammy,

      I am delighted that you see the context I am putting forth with ease. Exactly, on your point with the circular economy, yes. That is a place where preemptive mediation could be used in connection with for instance strategy. Regrettably usually the only ones that might initiate such a process are those who are powerful financers or owners and why should they? That is where our task as mediators might come into the picture also with some form of preemptive work, right?

      This connects to your second point. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, the philosopher stated, a point I have often encountered in life myself: That knowledge and being both have to grow together for the most positive results to manifest themselves through people. I state that as I have often found discussion to be futile at least as it proceeds most commonly. How can our conversation be an experience that transforms ourselves and other people?

      One of the examples I enjoyed as it made me hopeful when I was younger was the case of Paul David Hewson who with little education made it his work to study economics with private tuition in order for himself to reach U.S. decision makers. He then found out where most resistance was with change, not in committees but individual persons whom he then proceeded to take on a journey through conversation and if I recall correctly he also travelled with some though the slums of South Africa; where upon encountering the humanity of the other the far removed people had an experience and change of heart. An example of his way of conversation is written about by here: Joshua William Busby. (2007). Bono Made Jesse Helms Cry: Jubilee 2000, Debt Relief, and Moral Action in International Politics. International Studies Quarterly, 51(2), 247-275. Retrieved August 27, 2020, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/4621714

      In fact I think that punishments are less interesting than growth and change of character so I support your conclusion wholeheartedly.

  2. Hi Finnur. Thank you for such a reflective paper. I’m a new member in MWO, and I’m so excited and thankful to Prof. Daniel, who introduced me to this great organization.

    I wish to say that listening to your videos, so much have been discussed in your paper. But one central point that kept recurring is the connection of your discussion to “Decision making.”
    This is one of the most crucial issues in human existence/in the world from time immemorial. Due to the plurality of people’s backgrounds, they often end up in a dilemma regarding decision making. This can happen as a result of fear of the outcome of one’s decision.
    You mentioned how people go into government with good intentions but turn out to be corrupt. This in my opinion is the influence of the environment on our decisions or choices. While outside the government, we see issues with the eyes of an outsider, but once we are in, we see with the eyes of an insider. For the insiders corruption is normal while for outsiders it hurts the ordinary person.
    As a mediator, calling out the ills in the society is not out of place. Sometimes it may be risky, but it’s worth taking.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Dear Emmanuel Tizhe,

    I am also thankful for Prof. Daniel who by his friendly and yet professional character has motivated me also to enjoy the work of the WMO. I am also very glad to get to communicate to a worldwide pool of expert talent!

    I accept your point on ‘Decision making’ wholeheartedly – it provides with ponderous thought on self and also the forces of habit and even scientific and philosophical research on consciousness. The point on decisions also is the whole aim of thinking of ethics as something that can lead to better outcomes. What then are the real ethics?

    What happens if I reflect on my private person: my courage, my level of wisdom and circumstance? Perhaps I have sometimes been right at the wrong time? How do I know when to press and when to let go? Have the threats seemed to be or been over powering? Did some pain of mine or a loved one drag me too much down, take my attention and energy? Which fight belongs to me and which one to someone else? When have I been fooling myself?

    We have to safeguard what Life has given inside of us in our own experience otherwise we lose our vitality. From our inside the power to face danger arises, and importantly to face another human being with as much respect and care as we can muster while being strong ourselves.

    We know it is dangerous to deal with another as being wrong in their being. When I fight the monster as a monster I am myself already failing. I personally have had to pull out of situations where my frustration had caused sleepless nights and me to become less effective than was called for. Perhaps I had stayed too long in too difficult circumstances?

    To gain personal strength I have taken comfort in the thought that not all things revolve around me. Life is bigger. I remember the occasions where I as a person stood up to the task as if the higher circumstance made me the person I then could be and needed to be.

    Indeed I as many seek historical examples as the American Civil Rights Movement for encouragement. (I am appalled at the ongoing shooting of people that pose no danger by the police). I am thinking that mediation can be a process that brings different people together that have been estranged from one another similarly to how the infrastructure investment in cable cars in Medellin Columbia helped bring the poorest people opportunity. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272476924_Urban_Mobility_and_Poverty_Lessons_from_Medellin_and_Soacha_Colombia

    Such a project turned out to be disappointing in Brazil as there where elements left out. Showing us that we always have to apply contextual wisdom and actions. https://apolitical.co/en/solution_article/medellin-cable-cars-transformed-slums-rio-made-worse

    Value differences are sometimes too great to reach understandings or people seem to have been damaged in such a way that they do not show empathy in normal ways. Can we expect miracles?

    Then there are systematic oppression factors and dangers many of which I find horrifying when I think of them: I do not want to be a martyr at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. This is also the reflection I put forth in my paper regarding ‘catastrophic anxiety’ and ‘radical evil’ and my own and others danger of normalizing situations we should never accept. The only solution I have regarding such is good company a company of people, furthering strength to the inner man, to deal with what has to be dealt with. Hopefully we deal with things in such a way as to create more harmony, more wholeness and less friction.
    ………………………………
    As you are a man of faith I will expect the impossible of you in the future (Eph 6.12. – Col 2.15.) And then thank Life for all good that happens through all of us. I take the opportunity to remind myself that Life is in all, also the ‘bad people’ which I have given up on and have felt it best to avoid as I want to counter any patterns of thinking that might be based on fear in me and do not want to instill any enemy images.

    There is the example of the former potential ‘war criminal’ turned pacifist Morihei Ueshiba who stated that he had given upon people as they did bad things to one another so he had determined only to deal with God in each person (Gal. 3.20) and the attitudes I learned about in the sermons of Martin Luther King which help me keep going. Such power of conviction and respect for human dignity as a gift is more needed nowadays than we can even imagine.

  4. Hi Finnur. Thank you so much for this thought-provoking presentation. May I state that I am a student interested in knowing more about mediation and a new member in WMO. I am very excited to be part of this community and also want to thank Prof. Erdmann, who introduced me to this wonderful platform.
    After listening to your wonderful paper, I wish to comment that preemptive mediation is indeed a process that needs to be given enough consideration in our quest to find lasting peace in this world. Some of the conflicts that confront us today could have been prevented if the necessary actions were taken when the early warning signs were showing. I see preemptive mediation process as a tool that fits into this gap making use of the early warning signs and talking to the right authorities to prevent an explosion of the situation. However, a lot needs to be done especially from the developing world point of view. How do you go in as a mediator to fix a problem that every member of the community is complaining about but the decision-maker thinks that he is not answerable to the community or the people? Again, how does the worker gets a fair hearing when the employer is not abiding by the labour laws but for fear of intimidation remains silent? That notwithstanding, I think that a lot could be achieved in this process if there are strong independent institutions that will serve as checks and balances. Institutions that will work for the people without fear or favour and not be influenced by the politician or the government in power. This will create an environment that mediators will feel more comfortable and secured to discuss any brewing issues with the right people and to help them to come out of it. In the end, stress, tension, and potential deaths will be prevented through the preemptive mediation process and our human existence will be protected from conflicts.
    Thanks you.

  5. Hola Finnur un gusto en saludarte y agradecida porque se gestionen estos espacios de diálogo y conocimiento intercultural. Pues bien el tema de prevención en ocasiones a las y los juzgadores (hablando específicamente en la justicia), no es tema medular ni prioritario. Pareciera que por cultura, en méxico diversas organizaciones y entornos gubernamentales están enfocados en solo sancionar más que en prevenir, considero que la prevención puede contribuir en las diversas problemáticas desde lo individual y social, con gran impacto en políticas públicas. Lo más parecido que se ha realizado en mi país es en el tema de mediación comunitaria con pocas respuestas en la colectividad y pasos paulatinos en algunos barrios o localidades de situaciones de pobreza y/o violencia. Al escucharte, me hizo recordar también ese desgaste emocional que como mediadores se puede presentar, ese desgaste por empatía y por ayudar a los demás dentro de sus problemáticas; sin duda, un tema de gran relevancia atender la salud mental de quienes contribuyen en gestionar conflictos y mejora en la toma de decisiones.

    Un gran saludo desde Ciudad de México

  6. Dear Finnur,
    Thank you for sharing your valuable mediation experiences with us. Many topics are briefly explained in an effective way. It is clear that mediation as a method for overcoming conflict is applicable in various life activities. Starting from personal development through corporate management, crisis communication. Mediation is a flexible – universal method to establish peace. I agree with your statement that we live in a time when information is available but that there is a lack of real knowledge. This is one of the causes of frustration and even conflict. The emergence of a new phenomenon in information is false news. The line between lies and truth is in knowledge. I think that media literacy plays a significant role in modern information technology. Fake news can cause unrest and panic. That is why media literacy is important. On the other hand, half-information, which had too many opposing opinions during the pandemic, led to the creation of unrest at the local and global levels. The role of elementary knowledge and general literacy is of great importance. I think that we never had available information again, while there is very little real knowledge.
    Thanks again, the topics were very useful and applicable in practice.
    Sincerely,
    Kristina

  7. Hola Vanesa Díaz Padilla,

    Thank you. Yes! I agree we have to take care of our level of tolerance. Burn out happens when people stay too long in circumstances where they are not able to process emotional load.

    It can also be extreamily difficult to deal in communication with people that have obsessive compulsive tendencies (as can for instance be because of trauma), or are on the autism spectrum as they may maintain a very monoton view point. There are also difficulties when people are scarred by experience and lack empathy for various reasons. In such cases maybe a mediator who is also more linear and logical can rather tolerate the stressors? IN fact I think very often team effort with experts of various backgrounds with differing education and experience is needed.

    Where do we find our place of impact (vs. hopeful fantasy) in the world?

  8. Dear Kristina Cukic,

    Your are spot on!

    I have even had the issue when being myself a main actor in the middle of the storm that peoples view points and understanding differ by their role in an organization or access to it. That is also something that has to do with the understanding we can have. It is almost as in Einstein’s theories regarding time and events being differently experienced depending on one’s own position.

    This becomes crystal clear to you if it ever happens to you (or has happened) that other people make up a conspiracy theory about you ! Especially if there are partial elements of truth but wrong guessing on motives, intentions, context and outcomes.

  9. Hi Finnur. Thank you so much for this thought-provoking presentation. May I state that I am a student interested in knowing more about mediation and a new member in WMO. I am very excited to be part of this community and also want to thank Prof. Erdmann, who introduced me to this wonderful platform. After listening to your wonderful paper, I wish to comment that preemptive mediation is indeed a process that needs to be given enough consideration in our quest to find lasting peace in this world. Some of the conflicts that confront us today could have been prevented if the necessary actions were taken when the early warning signs were showing. I see preemptive mediation process as a tool that fits into this gap making use of the early warning signs and talking to the right authorities to prevent an explosion of the situation. However, a lot needs to be done especially from the developing world point of view. How do you go in as a mediator to fix a problem that every member of the community is complaining about but the decision-maker thinks that he is not answerable to the community or the people? Again, how does the worker gets a fair hearing when the employer is not abiding by the labour laws but for fear of intimidation remains silent? That notwithstanding, I think that a lot could be achieved in this process if there are strong independent institutions that will serve as checks and balances. Institutions that will work for the people without fear or favour and not be influenced by the politician or the government in power. This will create an environment that mediators will feel more comfortable and secured to discuss any brewing issues with the right people and to help them to come out of it. In the end, stress, tension, and potential deaths will be prevented through the preemptive mediation process and our human existence will be protected from conflicts. Thank you.

  10. Mediation is a process to solve conflict. As a mediator, we are not going to judge which side is right or wrong in the medication process. We just want to have an agreement to be reached. Both parties in the mediation process need to make concession in order to make the agreement.

    As a mediator, we need to dig out the core value of the conflicting from both parties. We need to be integrity during the process and we could not let either side of the conflict parties feel that the mediator is partial to one side. So the mediator could not let our personal feeling involving in the process. We just need to lead the conflict parties accept the condition offer by other side and make concession to reach agreement.

    In order to have a clear picture of the issue to be mediated, we need to study the case clearly and get information about case before starting mediation. With more information on hand, we could easy to handle the mediation and have agreement reach. So, I agree with the statement that mediation is a preemptive process.

  11. Dear Andrews Oduah,

    Indeed you point out some of the bigger difficulties just as Alvin Leung Wai Lon points out as mediators we have to be mindful of our role and responsibility with the proper role-relationship. That is also part in helping us stay healthy as individuals – that we let the responsibilities rest where they belong.

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13 Responses

  1. Thank you for the invitation to read your paper. Particularly I like your reference to the promoting the circular economy and although there are instances of persons attempting support the “circular economy” such as cultivating mushrooms from waste coffee grounds, practiced by companies such as Beyond Coffee. However, this is the exception rather than the norm, but how can we reverse this trend? Is there a place for preemptive mediation here?

    Your paper also inspired me to think of a related but different concept. That is, about economies that are dependent on one form of income such as crude oil and how sometimes attention may be directed away from basic but important issues such as food security because of a propensity for political powers to focus on self-interest. In nations where corruption indices are high, these factors may not be explored fully as topics for international mediation instead of litigation.

    1. Dear Devika Sammy,

      I am delighted that you see the context I am putting forth with ease. Exactly, on your point with the circular economy, yes. That is a place where preemptive mediation could be used in connection with for instance strategy. Regrettably usually the only ones that might initiate such a process are those who are powerful financers or owners and why should they? That is where our task as mediators might come into the picture also with some form of preemptive work, right?

      This connects to your second point. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, the philosopher stated, a point I have often encountered in life myself: That knowledge and being both have to grow together for the most positive results to manifest themselves through people. I state that as I have often found discussion to be futile at least as it proceeds most commonly. How can our conversation be an experience that transforms ourselves and other people?

      One of the examples I enjoyed as it made me hopeful when I was younger was the case of Paul David Hewson who with little education made it his work to study economics with private tuition in order for himself to reach U.S. decision makers. He then found out where most resistance was with change, not in committees but individual persons whom he then proceeded to take on a journey through conversation and if I recall correctly he also travelled with some though the slums of South Africa; where upon encountering the humanity of the other the far removed people had an experience and change of heart. An example of his way of conversation is written about by here: Joshua William Busby. (2007). Bono Made Jesse Helms Cry: Jubilee 2000, Debt Relief, and Moral Action in International Politics. International Studies Quarterly, 51(2), 247-275. Retrieved August 27, 2020, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/4621714

      In fact I think that punishments are less interesting than growth and change of character so I support your conclusion wholeheartedly.

  2. Hi Finnur. Thank you for such a reflective paper. I’m a new member in MWO, and I’m so excited and thankful to Prof. Daniel, who introduced me to this great organization.

    I wish to say that listening to your videos, so much have been discussed in your paper. But one central point that kept recurring is the connection of your discussion to “Decision making.”
    This is one of the most crucial issues in human existence/in the world from time immemorial. Due to the plurality of people’s backgrounds, they often end up in a dilemma regarding decision making. This can happen as a result of fear of the outcome of one’s decision.
    You mentioned how people go into government with good intentions but turn out to be corrupt. This in my opinion is the influence of the environment on our decisions or choices. While outside the government, we see issues with the eyes of an outsider, but once we are in, we see with the eyes of an insider. For the insiders corruption is normal while for outsiders it hurts the ordinary person.
    As a mediator, calling out the ills in the society is not out of place. Sometimes it may be risky, but it’s worth taking.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Dear Emmanuel Tizhe,

    I am also thankful for Prof. Daniel who by his friendly and yet professional character has motivated me also to enjoy the work of the WMO. I am also very glad to get to communicate to a worldwide pool of expert talent!

    I accept your point on ‘Decision making’ wholeheartedly – it provides with ponderous thought on self and also the forces of habit and even scientific and philosophical research on consciousness. The point on decisions also is the whole aim of thinking of ethics as something that can lead to better outcomes. What then are the real ethics?

    What happens if I reflect on my private person: my courage, my level of wisdom and circumstance? Perhaps I have sometimes been right at the wrong time? How do I know when to press and when to let go? Have the threats seemed to be or been over powering? Did some pain of mine or a loved one drag me too much down, take my attention and energy? Which fight belongs to me and which one to someone else? When have I been fooling myself?

    We have to safeguard what Life has given inside of us in our own experience otherwise we lose our vitality. From our inside the power to face danger arises, and importantly to face another human being with as much respect and care as we can muster while being strong ourselves.

    We know it is dangerous to deal with another as being wrong in their being. When I fight the monster as a monster I am myself already failing. I personally have had to pull out of situations where my frustration had caused sleepless nights and me to become less effective than was called for. Perhaps I had stayed too long in too difficult circumstances?

    To gain personal strength I have taken comfort in the thought that not all things revolve around me. Life is bigger. I remember the occasions where I as a person stood up to the task as if the higher circumstance made me the person I then could be and needed to be.

    Indeed I as many seek historical examples as the American Civil Rights Movement for encouragement. (I am appalled at the ongoing shooting of people that pose no danger by the police). I am thinking that mediation can be a process that brings different people together that have been estranged from one another similarly to how the infrastructure investment in cable cars in Medellin Columbia helped bring the poorest people opportunity. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272476924_Urban_Mobility_and_Poverty_Lessons_from_Medellin_and_Soacha_Colombia

    Such a project turned out to be disappointing in Brazil as there where elements left out. Showing us that we always have to apply contextual wisdom and actions. https://apolitical.co/en/solution_article/medellin-cable-cars-transformed-slums-rio-made-worse

    Value differences are sometimes too great to reach understandings or people seem to have been damaged in such a way that they do not show empathy in normal ways. Can we expect miracles?

    Then there are systematic oppression factors and dangers many of which I find horrifying when I think of them: I do not want to be a martyr at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. This is also the reflection I put forth in my paper regarding ‘catastrophic anxiety’ and ‘radical evil’ and my own and others danger of normalizing situations we should never accept. The only solution I have regarding such is good company a company of people, furthering strength to the inner man, to deal with what has to be dealt with. Hopefully we deal with things in such a way as to create more harmony, more wholeness and less friction.
    ………………………………
    As you are a man of faith I will expect the impossible of you in the future (Eph 6.12. – Col 2.15.) And then thank Life for all good that happens through all of us. I take the opportunity to remind myself that Life is in all, also the ‘bad people’ which I have given up on and have felt it best to avoid as I want to counter any patterns of thinking that might be based on fear in me and do not want to instill any enemy images.

    There is the example of the former potential ‘war criminal’ turned pacifist Morihei Ueshiba who stated that he had given upon people as they did bad things to one another so he had determined only to deal with God in each person (Gal. 3.20) and the attitudes I learned about in the sermons of Martin Luther King which help me keep going. Such power of conviction and respect for human dignity as a gift is more needed nowadays than we can even imagine.

  4. Hi Finnur. Thank you so much for this thought-provoking presentation. May I state that I am a student interested in knowing more about mediation and a new member in WMO. I am very excited to be part of this community and also want to thank Prof. Erdmann, who introduced me to this wonderful platform.
    After listening to your wonderful paper, I wish to comment that preemptive mediation is indeed a process that needs to be given enough consideration in our quest to find lasting peace in this world. Some of the conflicts that confront us today could have been prevented if the necessary actions were taken when the early warning signs were showing. I see preemptive mediation process as a tool that fits into this gap making use of the early warning signs and talking to the right authorities to prevent an explosion of the situation. However, a lot needs to be done especially from the developing world point of view. How do you go in as a mediator to fix a problem that every member of the community is complaining about but the decision-maker thinks that he is not answerable to the community or the people? Again, how does the worker gets a fair hearing when the employer is not abiding by the labour laws but for fear of intimidation remains silent? That notwithstanding, I think that a lot could be achieved in this process if there are strong independent institutions that will serve as checks and balances. Institutions that will work for the people without fear or favour and not be influenced by the politician or the government in power. This will create an environment that mediators will feel more comfortable and secured to discuss any brewing issues with the right people and to help them to come out of it. In the end, stress, tension, and potential deaths will be prevented through the preemptive mediation process and our human existence will be protected from conflicts.
    Thanks you.

  5. Hola Finnur un gusto en saludarte y agradecida porque se gestionen estos espacios de diálogo y conocimiento intercultural. Pues bien el tema de prevención en ocasiones a las y los juzgadores (hablando específicamente en la justicia), no es tema medular ni prioritario. Pareciera que por cultura, en méxico diversas organizaciones y entornos gubernamentales están enfocados en solo sancionar más que en prevenir, considero que la prevención puede contribuir en las diversas problemáticas desde lo individual y social, con gran impacto en políticas públicas. Lo más parecido que se ha realizado en mi país es en el tema de mediación comunitaria con pocas respuestas en la colectividad y pasos paulatinos en algunos barrios o localidades de situaciones de pobreza y/o violencia. Al escucharte, me hizo recordar también ese desgaste emocional que como mediadores se puede presentar, ese desgaste por empatía y por ayudar a los demás dentro de sus problemáticas; sin duda, un tema de gran relevancia atender la salud mental de quienes contribuyen en gestionar conflictos y mejora en la toma de decisiones.

    Un gran saludo desde Ciudad de México

  6. Dear Finnur,
    Thank you for sharing your valuable mediation experiences with us. Many topics are briefly explained in an effective way. It is clear that mediation as a method for overcoming conflict is applicable in various life activities. Starting from personal development through corporate management, crisis communication. Mediation is a flexible – universal method to establish peace. I agree with your statement that we live in a time when information is available but that there is a lack of real knowledge. This is one of the causes of frustration and even conflict. The emergence of a new phenomenon in information is false news. The line between lies and truth is in knowledge. I think that media literacy plays a significant role in modern information technology. Fake news can cause unrest and panic. That is why media literacy is important. On the other hand, half-information, which had too many opposing opinions during the pandemic, led to the creation of unrest at the local and global levels. The role of elementary knowledge and general literacy is of great importance. I think that we never had available information again, while there is very little real knowledge.
    Thanks again, the topics were very useful and applicable in practice.
    Sincerely,
    Kristina

  7. Hola Vanesa Díaz Padilla,

    Thank you. Yes! I agree we have to take care of our level of tolerance. Burn out happens when people stay too long in circumstances where they are not able to process emotional load.

    It can also be extreamily difficult to deal in communication with people that have obsessive compulsive tendencies (as can for instance be because of trauma), or are on the autism spectrum as they may maintain a very monoton view point. There are also difficulties when people are scarred by experience and lack empathy for various reasons. In such cases maybe a mediator who is also more linear and logical can rather tolerate the stressors? IN fact I think very often team effort with experts of various backgrounds with differing education and experience is needed.

    Where do we find our place of impact (vs. hopeful fantasy) in the world?

  8. Dear Kristina Cukic,

    Your are spot on!

    I have even had the issue when being myself a main actor in the middle of the storm that peoples view points and understanding differ by their role in an organization or access to it. That is also something that has to do with the understanding we can have. It is almost as in Einstein’s theories regarding time and events being differently experienced depending on one’s own position.

    This becomes crystal clear to you if it ever happens to you (or has happened) that other people make up a conspiracy theory about you ! Especially if there are partial elements of truth but wrong guessing on motives, intentions, context and outcomes.

  9. Hi Finnur. Thank you so much for this thought-provoking presentation. May I state that I am a student interested in knowing more about mediation and a new member in WMO. I am very excited to be part of this community and also want to thank Prof. Erdmann, who introduced me to this wonderful platform. After listening to your wonderful paper, I wish to comment that preemptive mediation is indeed a process that needs to be given enough consideration in our quest to find lasting peace in this world. Some of the conflicts that confront us today could have been prevented if the necessary actions were taken when the early warning signs were showing. I see preemptive mediation process as a tool that fits into this gap making use of the early warning signs and talking to the right authorities to prevent an explosion of the situation. However, a lot needs to be done especially from the developing world point of view. How do you go in as a mediator to fix a problem that every member of the community is complaining about but the decision-maker thinks that he is not answerable to the community or the people? Again, how does the worker gets a fair hearing when the employer is not abiding by the labour laws but for fear of intimidation remains silent? That notwithstanding, I think that a lot could be achieved in this process if there are strong independent institutions that will serve as checks and balances. Institutions that will work for the people without fear or favour and not be influenced by the politician or the government in power. This will create an environment that mediators will feel more comfortable and secured to discuss any brewing issues with the right people and to help them to come out of it. In the end, stress, tension, and potential deaths will be prevented through the preemptive mediation process and our human existence will be protected from conflicts. Thank you.

  10. Mediation is a process to solve conflict. As a mediator, we are not going to judge which side is right or wrong in the medication process. We just want to have an agreement to be reached. Both parties in the mediation process need to make concession in order to make the agreement.

    As a mediator, we need to dig out the core value of the conflicting from both parties. We need to be integrity during the process and we could not let either side of the conflict parties feel that the mediator is partial to one side. So the mediator could not let our personal feeling involving in the process. We just need to lead the conflict parties accept the condition offer by other side and make concession to reach agreement.

    In order to have a clear picture of the issue to be mediated, we need to study the case clearly and get information about case before starting mediation. With more information on hand, we could easy to handle the mediation and have agreement reach. So, I agree with the statement that mediation is a preemptive process.

  11. Dear Andrews Oduah,

    Indeed you point out some of the bigger difficulties just as Alvin Leung Wai Lon points out as mediators we have to be mindful of our role and responsibility with the proper role-relationship. That is also part in helping us stay healthy as individuals – that we let the responsibilities rest where they belong.

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