Integral Mediation: A Proposal for a Pragmatic, Adaptable, Open-Source Approach to Mediation

Brian Jarrett
Program on Dispute Resolution – University of Alaska

May 15, 2013

Dispute Resolution Journal 68(1), pp. 59-96 (2013)

Abstract:

Mediation has become a competition between brands vying for distinction not unlike cereal manufacturers competing with each other for access to the market of potential consumers. This is not a positive development for a professional field of endeavor. Mediation has much more to offer than competing claims of superiority that attempt to deride and disparage the competition. This article, which is written from a sociological viewpoint, challenges these claims and suggests that the mediation community should develop instead a broader integrated approach to mediation that is pragmatic, flexible, open-source, and based on a robust theoretical foundation.

Integral Mediation- A Proposal for a Pragmatic, Adaptable, Open-Source Approach to Mediation

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