The Mediation Process
The classic explanation of mediation.
Your orange tree drops an orange onto the property of your neighbor. Each of you claims the orange. You argue but cannot reach agreement. You know that a judge would order you to cut the orange down the middle and each take half – but you each still want the entire citrus.
So, together, you engage a mediator to discuss the matter. The mediator asks about your needs and interests in the orange, not about your perceived rights. You explain that, since you bake, you collect the rind. Your neighbor craves the juice.
Ah! says the mediator, who has just enabled you and your neighbor to smile again at each other.
What is mediation?
Mediation is all about you. Mediation is a voluntary process by which a mediator helps you negotiate acceptable and mutually beneficial settlements in a cooperative and sensitive manner.
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