Mediation is a unique process because it allows the parties to transform themselves by defining problems and goals in their own terms.
If the goal for the transformative mediator is to help the parties to improve their communication and their decision-making (Ardagh, A; 1999, p.2) and to foster the parties’ empowerment and recognition (Bush and Folger: 2007), with settlement presented as one, but clearly not the only possible solution, then this alternative approach to their current problem, as well as transforming later problems, with a stronger, more open view success of the outcome of mediation is achieved.
By working themselves to identify solutions, or even deciding to not resolve a conflict, parties become empowered. They usually also come to recognise the views of the other party in the process.
More on transformative mediation next week.
- Ardagh, A 1999: “Transformative mediation: the opportunity and the challenge,” ADR Bulletin: Vol. 2: No. 1.
- Bush, R A. Baruch and Folger, J P., 2007: The Promise of Mediation, pp 266-275
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