What is Mediation?
Mediation is a way to resolve the differences parties may have while trying to resolve a dispute. Mediation offers a safe environment that allows parties to be completely honest with one another. It also provides a cost-effective solution because it may eliminate paying costly lawyers and court fees. Unlike other dispute-resolution tools, the parties in a mediation process have complete control of the process and outcome.
Who is a Mediator?
A mediator is a neutral party. The role of the mediator is to support the disagreeing parties so that they can reach a mutually agreed-upon solution to their dispute. The role of the mediator is not to offer solutions, but instead to facilitate the development of a solution designed and created, with implementation goals set by the parties themselves.
Mediation is a cost-effective tool that parties can use to resolve their disputes. A mediation can replace the need to pay the high cost of lawyers and court fees.
Mediation is also a tremendous time saver. Dealing with attorneys can be time-consuming. Documents need to be drafted, and passed back and forth between attorneys for each side of a dispute. If a court proceeding is involved, the time it would take to find a solution will take longer. With mediation, the parties can reach agreements much more quickly.
Another very important benefit of mediation is control and ownership. Parties engaged in mediation are able to reach agreements that work for everyone. Parties agree on the terms and implementation schedule that works for them. When a dispute ends up in court, the decision is made by a judge, and it may or may not be in the interest of any of the involved parties. It will be the judge’s solution, and not yours. The judge’s solution may be unimplementable, whereas a mediated solution will be.
Who may seek Mediation?
Examples of cases where mediation would be ideal are divorce, employee-employer disputes, business negotiations and disputes, inheritance disagreements and client-vendor disputes.
What is Facilitation?
Facilitation is a process where the mediator helps a group of people agree in a course of action. Unlike mediation, parties are on the same page. The challenge for these parties, is in creating a structured platform that will enable them to develop a plan that will lead them into the future. The role of the facilitator is to create this environment so that the parties can focus on the issues at hand and not on the logistics involved in the creation of such an environment.
Who needs a Facilitator?
The people most in need of facilitation are those creating a road map for the future of an organization. Such organizations include, but are not limited to, non-profits, churches, business, volunteer organizations, etc.