Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age

It was an honour to contribute to the peer reviewed series Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age. The focus of our article is the importance of using data in shaping the future of mediation. The entire series is now available as a free e-book here: SEVEN KEYS TO UNLOCK MEDIATION’S GOLDEN AGE: A WORK BY 40 AUTHORS FROM_AROUND THE WORLD . You can download the the chrome e-book extension here: free chrome epub reader

In the 2nd Key-Data: Run the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series every 5-7 Years, we suggest that by collecting data through events like regular GPCs, the DR community will be better placed to meet the needs of the people in dispute. Most importantly, this type of data can contribute to a deeper, evidence-based understanding of parties’ perceptions of the role and effectiveness of mediation in resolving disputes, including the ways in which it may have evolved and adapted to the different contexts in which it is used.

In adopting this party-centric, data-driven approach to conceptualising the future of mediation, it increases the potential for empowering practitioners, industry groups and government to take a conscious and purposeful approach to supporting and enabling truly effective dispute resolution processes and genuine access to justice.

World-renowned mediation thought leaders Nadja Alexander, Lela Love and Michael Leathes provide an excellent starting point to the series in their article Seven Keys to Unlock Mediation’s Golden Age – The Introduction where they list the seven keys as:

  1. Leadership
  2. Data
  3. Education
  4. Profession
  5. Technology
  6. Government
  7. Usage

They also explain that each key has between two and four articles, each no more than 1,111 words in length, contributed by some 40 leading authors around the world.

We hope you enjoy reading the contributions from the around the world just as much as we did.


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