Full Video Posted of Forum on the Global Growth of Mediation

by Jim Melamed, Forrest (Woody) Mosten

April 2021


How do we best support the growth of mediation around the world?  This Forum shared the perspectives of panelists from Nigeria, Argentina, Russia and India who compared and contrasted their experiences with online mediation and online training in developing mediation cultures.

Hosts:  Bruce Edwards and Tara Ollapally

Additional Panelists include: 

How do we best support the growth of mediation around the world?  This Forum will share the perspectives of panelists from Nigeria, Argentina, Russia and India to compare and contrast the experiences of online mediation and training in developing mediation cultures.  The hosts and panelists will also share their own professional observations about the transportability of online mediation and online mediation training, particularly with underserved and technically challenged populations.

Here is the recorded Global Growth Forum!

The web page for this Forum on the Global Growth of Mediation is HERE.

This web page includes:

  • A more detailed description of the Global Growth Forum;
  • Links to Hosts and Panelists;
  • Links to 4 draft papers on Mediation in ArgentinaMediation in IndiaMediation in Nigeria and Mediation in Russia (also here provided); and
  • Additional "global growth" topics raised by registrants for consideration.

DRAFT Papers on National Development (4/23/21)

Additional topics raised by registrants for consideration:

  • How can we best support the global growth of online mediation?
  • Rather than a universal approach to online mediation, what are appropriate regional concerns and opportunities?
  • To what extent does the development of online mediation in a country require also developing face-to-face mediation services?
  • To what extent does the development of online mediation in a country require also developing local and regional professional mediation organizations?
  • What development of standards regarding online mediation would most benefit global online mediation development?
  • To what extent is the training of mediators online likely to be accepted around the world to expand opportunities for training at lower cost?
  • To what extent is the online mediation of cases likely to be adapted and expanded around the world?

Jim Melamed co-founded Mediate.com in 1996 and served as CEO of Mediate.com through June 2020 (25 years).  During Jim's tenure, Mediate.com received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.  Before Mediate.com, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86). Jim's undergraduate degree is in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association's 2003 Award for Excellence; The Oregon State Bar's 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award; The APFM's first Outstanding Mediator Award (2018); and the Oregon Mediation Association's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979 and currently is practicing mediation and collaborative law 100% online serving clients throughout the world. Woody is a founding partner of the Mosten-Guthrie Online Training Academy for Mediators and Collaborative Professionals. He is Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law where he teaches Mediation, Family Law Practice, and Lawyer as Peacemaker. He and has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979.

Woody is the author of six books and numerous articles on mediation, collaborative law, legal access, and building a peacemaking career. Woody served as convener for the 1999 international symposium, Training Mediators for the 21st Century. He has been Guest Editor for the Family Court Review’s special issues 4 times, most recently for the July 2015 issue on Peacemaking for Divorcing Families.

Woody trains mediators, collaborative professionals, and lawyers in conflict resolution courses ranging from basic to master classes and trainings for mediation trainers and presents keynotes at conferences throughout the world.  In 2019, Woody received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and, in 2020, the Southern California Mediation Association established the Forrest Mosten Star Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mediation. Woody can be reached at www.MostenMediation.com.

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