Guest blogger, Tom Wahlrab, is the former Executive Director of the City of Dayton Human Relations Council and the Dayton Mediation Center. He’s one of the principal facilitators of the community conversation that resulted in the Welcome Dayton Plan. He supported the process that resulted in the City of Dayton’s Second Generation Disparity Study and subsequent Procurement Enhancement Plan Ordinance and Policy.He has thirty years working in government and private sector environments involving affirmative action, contract compliance, civil rights, mediation and conflict management, community building, civic engagement and workplace team systems development. He’s also a Fellow and Board member with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation, and a founding member and first chairperson of the Ohio Community Mediation Association.
The October 15, 2012 posting by Erik Cleven and Judy Saul, “Beyond Mediation: Transformative Dialogue Reaches Africa” states, “The relational understanding of conflict, at the core of transformative mediation, can be applied to more than the interpersonal conflicts that find their way to mediation.” This move from the privacy of the mediation room to, “communities that have been torn by ethnic and political conflict (EPC),” may be more common then is recognized.
What is transformative dialogue? In this video, Joseph Folger, co-author of The Promise of Mediation talks to Erik Cleven and Judith Saul about Transformative Dialogue, a relational approach to working with political and community conflict which builds on the principles of transformative mediation.
Two guys across the aisle from me on a crowded plane, still at the departure gate, in a 2-person row, had the following conversation:
Glasses Guy: ”Can I have a little bit of that armrest?”
Big Guy: ”No.”
June 10 – 11, 2013
I thought it was a big deal when an International Conference on Transformative Mediation came to Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2006. And it was. We had mediators from Australia, Iraq, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, The UK, Israel, Barbados and Guam, as well as North America. But I can’t wait to see who shows up to the conference this summer in Rome