Archives for Popular Culture

Our Favorite Word for 2015!

Curiosity. You can’t have a real conversation without curiosity. It can lead to creative and innovation approaches to conflict and open a pathway to resolution. We all know this but I wonder how many conflict resolvers make a concerted effort to identify and uncover their own assumptions and to be… more »

BC Teachers’ Dispute: The Need to Find Common Ground

Today we are very pleased to feature an article recently penned by Mediate BC Roster Mediator Julia Menard.  She explores the complexity of the current BC teachers’ dispute from the perspective of a conflict resolution practitioner:  how can we move through impasse (even a seemingly intractable impasse)?  Her insightful… more »

How can the justice system more effectively use mediation to enable SRLs to obtain fair resolution of their conflicts?

I have been very inspired by the ongoing posts to the National Self-Represented Litigants Project blog.  My post last week was an introduction to a very important topic featuring frequently in that blog.  This post takes the topic to a slightly deeper level. One could write an entire book… more »

Mediator Wins Gold in Turino!

Congratulations to Colleen Cattell Q.C., member of Mediate BC’s Civil and Child Protection Rosters, for her stunning success in the 2013 World Master’s Games in Turino, Italy, last month! In addition to her legal, negotiation and mediation expertise, Colleen has resumed her illustrious rowing career (started while at UVic).  Her… more »

Rolling Stones! What does this have to do with mediation – part 2P

For my husband’s birthday I treated him to the Rolling Stones concert at the Red Robinson Theatre last night.  Okay, it wasn’t the “real” Rolling StonesPbut it could have been!  The band was fantastic.  They had obviously worked for hours to adopt all of the style, antics and energy of… more »

Mediator Scot Beckenbaugh for NHL’s Hart Trophy?

Today’s guest blogger is devoted hockey fan Rob Finlay, Manager of Mediate BC’s Family Mediation Services Program.  Rob became a certified mediator and licensed attorney in the State of Washington and then returned home to join Mediate BC.  He provides some insightful comments on the intersection of mediation and the … more »

Creating a Mediator’s Playlist

Today’s post is a “first”!  Sharon Sutherland shares her “conflict resolution” playlists and suggests tunes to help us get into the best possible frame of mind to assist others in problem-solving.  Read on for some inspiring and surprising ideas! At last week’s Small Claims Mediator meeting, Court Mediation Program Consultant… more »

Popular Culture in Dispute Resolution Training

Today’s post is from our special guest blogger Sharon Sutherland.  Sharon is Assistant Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law at Allard Hall teaching Ethics and Professionalism, the Clinical Mediation Program and the Judicial Externship.  She was one of the founders of Mediate BC and the CoRe Conflict Resolution Clinic … more »