I will be presenting three programs in Baltimore on May 2 and 3. They are being offered by the ADR Section of the Maryland Bar Association at Westminster Hall, site of the Edgar Allan Poe crypt. Below is the description of the day-long program being held on May 2. I will also give a keynote that evening.
And, if 20 people register by April 1, we will have a practicum on May 3 based on the day-long program from the day before. More information and registration for May 2 here. If you are interested in the practicum, please email David Simison. [Note added April 3: We are no longer taking sign-ups for the practicum.]
I hope to see many of you there!
Lessons from Poe: Detecting the Inner Mediator
Poe is acknowledged by many as the genius who invented the detective story and inspired the genre of science fiction. Over 150 years after his death, we can still learn much from the imagination of this author and poet.
A skilled mediator is a supreme detective. The foremost, primary, and threshold mystery to solve: What method of mediation is best suited to the individual conflict professional, the parties, and the conflict. We will use an assessment approach to facilitate that first solution.
The clues a mediator must be able to read with precision involve self-awareness and self-knowledge, discovery of purpose, theory of mind (or discovering what's in the minds of other people), and razor focus on solutions, not problems. We will take our magnifying glasses to those topics and sharpen those skills.
What's science fiction have to do with mediation? Currently conflict resolution training is full of neuroscience that is fiction. We will separate the facts from the fiction and hype. We'll look at
reasons why mediators seem to be so attracted to brain science, and how the goals they want to achieve by looking at the brain often can be achieved more successfully by other solutions. Bringing science fiction to a situation may have worked for Poe but, for us, it's probably not a good tool.
Join us to look at some new ways to be a solution sleuth. Just yards from the crypt of Edgar Allan Poe, let's learn from him and his detective character Auguste Dupin. Let's have fun while looking at dispute resolution with the eyes of Dupin.
The roots of the word "detective" are the same as those of "discover," "uncover," and "reveal." The day will be full of discovery and revelations, as we uncover your best mediator intuition, artistry, and discernment.
Training participants are also invited to attend that evening's Bell Award Dinner during which the ADR Section will present it's annual Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award to that ADR organization or practitioner who has made significant contributions to the field of ADR. Stephanie West Allen will offer the Keynote Address at this year's dinner.