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The Mediators: Principles of Mediation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

 

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Mediation is usually a term applied in conflict that is local….ie a divorce. Obviously it is also applied in larger conflicts…let’s say like party squalor in the US House of Representatives….or international conflict. In our series “Principles of Mediation” we intend to show the basic Principles of Mediation (duh) and then see how they can apply to larger issues on the national and international scene. Each principle will be sourced so as to give you greater idea of landscape of mediation (which is quite large) and also, we’d like to relate these principles to dynamic realties….so that you can see them in action, and maybe one day (maybe today) put them into action yourself, maybe in a friendship, in parenting, or maybe on a wider, more public scale.

Principles of Conduct for Mediators

Mediation Defined

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Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party (the mediator) facilitates the resolution of a dispute(s) between two or more parties by promoting the parties’ voluntary agreement (or self-determination) of the dispute(s).

The mediator facilitates communications, promotes understanding, focuses the parties on their interests and seeks creative solutions to problems that enable the parties to reach their own agreements.

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The Mediators: Cory Booker releases “United”

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Yes, Cory Booker, whose entire position in the senate is about mediation and unifying and working together, did just publish his autobiography “United.” But why now? Booker, during the last days of New Hampshire, campaigned with Hillary Clinton. He’s rarely mentioned as a VP choice. Why not? All her Vp choices that are being discussed at the moment are not famous. This election is gonna involve a lot of fame. He may come off as very strong, particularly constitutionally, for someone like Hillary (Booker was a wide receiver at Stanford who turned down NFL hysteria (he was very sought after in the NFL draft) to become a Rhodes Scholar, he routinely did things like rescue people in fires or run down criminals in Newark when he was Mayor there) BUT…Hillary is married to Bill Clinton, who in his day could sink icebergs (just by casually bumping into them). She’s used to very seriously constituted men in her life. We feel this is a VP choice. Oh yes, this is a VP choice indeed.  The choice of VPs is really usually very telling. In Trump’s case, he may be a strong enough salesman to sell ANY VP choice (this…we actually doubt…it’s the first really extremely serious judgement call of the nominee BUT in Trump’s case this idea of selling anything is the core element of his success at the moment so…)….

Of course who the candidates will be, as well as who the VP choices will be….remains to be seen….the above…may actually be some strategy in the works and we’re taking note of that possibility…so there you have it.

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“The Mediators” S1 E5 “Carol Backus: The New Hampshire Education Staff Organization”

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The Mediators: “Carol Backus; The New Hampshire Teacher’s Staff Organization” from The Georgia Pictures Company on Vimeo.

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“The Mediators S1 E4 “Eli Boumitri”

Monday, September 14th, 2015

“The Mediators” S1 E4 “Eli Boumitri” from The Georgia Pictures Company on Vimeo.

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“The Mediators” S1, E3 “Nancy, Motorcylist on Scott Walker NH tour”

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

From our “Labor Day Talks” Project at “The Mediators”

“The Mediators” S1 E3 NANCY NEW HAMPTON, NH from The Georgia Pictures Company on Vimeo.

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Teachers’ Unions: Noble…Yes…Flexible?…Not So Much.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Speaking with someone from the American Federation of Teachers on 12-13-14  in DC. I came away with much more respect for Teaching Unions, and  for quite a bit of Teachers’ Unions do…but as we’re seeing with the Police Union in New York City..there can be a blanket un-nuanced vibe…after this very guy told me teaching unions never do anything wrong….I came back the next day with more of a conversational and critical tone.  However, he did have some wonderful things to say ,though. Hope to talk to these guys again…maybe a few times.

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