Mediation, Dispute Resolution and Town Halls

“The end result of successful mediation is that parties are able to address a situation, look at it from other points of view, and work towards mutually agreed upon solutions that all parties can live with.”

Mediation

  • Is a process where the parties in a dispute seek the help of a neutral party called a mediator
  • Works with the future in mind, “how can we all live together once the conflict is resolved?” How are we all going to move forward?
  • Getsat the causes for the conflict and focuses on identifyingand communicating mutual interests for resolving the conflict
  • Provides a framework when disputing parties, “can’t even talk to each other”

Town Halls

  • Engaging, connecting and conducting effective conversations with community members on the front endof an issue.
  • Confronting a high stakes issue by bringing the facts and sound thinking to the process
  • Providing a forum for people to provide input and feel “listened to”
  • Documenting group concerns /issues
  • Assistingindividuals and groups clarify their most important goals, roles and/or priorities
  • De-escalating tension between parties

We might be able to help you if...

  • You need a mutually agreed upon solution
  • Disputes between people – family, neighbors, and/or
    employees,prevent you from coming to a solution and moving forward
  • Your group is facing a high stakes issue
  • Decisions will significantly impact the future
  • Everyone is ignoring/avoiding the issue
  • No one knows how to start to the conversation
  • Groups of people have to make a decision about a contentious issue
  • You just need a neutral person, (because of the personalities involved) to help get through difficult parts of the conversation

We might be able to help you if...

  • Quicker resolution for disputes (days, weeks or months, versus years, being too late, or never)
  • Mutually agreed upon solutions
  • More creative and flexible solutions
  • Discreet, professional, confidential assistance
  • Parties have productive conversations based on sound facts and reasoning
  • Control of the process and the outcome
  • Can bring a “voice of reality” to the process
  • Can lead to improved support for the outcome
  • Less expensive, a few thousand dollars versus hundreds of thousands of dollars in actual losses, legal fees or lost opportunity cost.