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F=T(Q+I)

Tuesday, 4th February 2015

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 17px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.6; color: #222222"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit">&quot;whereby F=The Future, &nbsp;T=Trust, &nbsp;Q=Quality and &nbsp;I=Information</strong></p><div><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 17px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.6; color: #222222">The&nbsp;<strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit">F</strong>uture of mediation hangs on several factors. Probably the most important is&nbsp;<strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit">T</strong>rust.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 17px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.6; color: #222222">If mediation is not widely trusted by users, it has a mediocre future. This is simply because mediation depends on the parties, who usually do not trust each other, fully trusting the mediator and the mediation process. Unfortunately, mediation appears to stand some way down the trust stakes.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 17px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.6; color: #222222">Low trust can be traced to the belief that mediation is considered a legal process dominated by lawyers who are advocates and mediators. Sadly, there is strong empirical evidence that, worldwide, lawyers are not highly trusted. Mediators and the mediation user community need to overcome this vicariously applied impediment. To do so, they need to collectively forge mediation as a free-standing profession, based on quality and information, which are the core ingredients of trust and respect. An inhibiting factor that surfaced at last year&rsquo;s Convention on&nbsp;<em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit">Shaping the Future of Dispute Resolution</em>,<sup style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 0em" class="footnote"><a id="fnref-5379-1" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #0768a9; text-decoration: none; line-height: inherit; font-size: 9px" href="http://kluwermediationblog.com/2015/02/02/ftqi-whereby-fthe-future-ttrust-qquality-and-iinformation/#fn-5379-1">1</a></sup>&nbsp;was lack of familiarity with mediation. If trust can be reinforced by users recognizing that mediation is an independent profession, mediation use will likely increase exponentially.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 17px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.6; color: #222222">Select the link to read this article in full.&nbsp;</p></strong></div>


Web-link: http://kluwermediationblog.com/2015/02/02/ftqi-whereby-fthe-future-ttrust-qquali...
Source: International Mediation Institute
Language: English
Contact: Michael Leathes


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