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- Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 28mm | 431g
- Publication date: 9 November 2004
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0787974838
- ISBN 13: 9780787974831
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised edition
- Sales rank: 159,883
The award-winning first edition of "The Promise of Mediation", published ten years ago, is a landmark classic that changed the field's understanding of the theory and practice of conflict intervention. That volume first articulated the 'transformative model' of mediation, which greatly humanized the vision of how the mediation process could help parties in conflict. In the past decade, the transformative model has proved itself and gained increasing acceptance. It is now being used in such diverse arenas as workplace, community, family, organizational, and public policy conflicts, among others. In this new edition, the authors draw on a decade of work in theory development, training, practice, research, and assessment to present a thoroughly revised and updated account of the transformative model of mediation and its practical application, including a compelling description of how the field has moved toward increasing acceptance of the transformative model; a new and clearer presentation of the theory and practices of transformative mediation, with many concrete examples; a new case study that provides a vivid picture of the model in practice, with a commentary full of new information about how to use it effectively; clarifications of common misconceptions about the model; and, a vision for the future that shows how the model can coexist with other approaches and where the 'market' for transformative mediation is emerging. This volume is a foundational resource on transformative practice, for both readers of the first edition and new readers - including mediators, facilitators, lawyers, administrators, human resource professionals, policymakers, and conflict resolution researchers and educators. More generally, this book will strike a chord with anyone interested in humanizing our social institutions and building on a relational vision of society.
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Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger are the acknowledged originators of the transformative model of mediation and its best-known exponents. They are cofounders of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. Bush is the Rains Distinguished Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution Law at Hofstra University School of Law. He has authored more than two dozen articles and books on mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Folger is professor of adult and organizational development at Temple University. He has published extensively on mediation and conflict and is coauthor of the award-winning text Working Through Conflict: Strategies for Relationships, Groups and Organizations.
"I recommend this book as it provokes creative thought, encompasses positive aspirational goals and broadens the perspective of practicing mediators." (IAM Mediation Newsletter; 12/1/2004)
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The Guide on the Transformative Mediation ProcessPraise for The Promise of Mediation"The Promise of Mediation has been the single most significant influence on the modern ADR movement. This brilliant work serves as a constant reminder that mediation is about more than settling cases. Any serious student of the mediation process would be enlightened by the imaginative approach taken by the authors, and this new edition adds a wealth of new detail and substance about the approach, drawn from a decade's experience applying it in many different contexts." -James Alfini, president and dean, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas"Bush and Folger have once again provided the field with a book that inspires and challenges us to reconnect with the reason many of us became involved with mediation in the first place. In the ten years since Bush and Folger wrote The Promise of Mediation, they have gained experience and grown in clarity regarding transformative mediation, and they skillfully share this through the second edition. It is clear that transformative mediation is here to stay and that it will continue to have a profound and enriching impact on the field." -Sharon Press, director, Florida Dispute Resolution Center, and former president, SPIDR"The Promise of Mediation provides a road map for mediating workplace disputes in corporate America. Rather than pushing parties to settle, transformative mediation provides a process for employees to really work through their differences-so they can move forward with a positive outlook and get back to business productively. I saw firsthand how transformative mediation improved the workplace culture at the United States Postal Service, and I have no doubt that its potential for impact on corporate America is significant. A must-read for human resource professionals, corporate counsel, and all managers committed to improving the workplace through building greater understanding between employees." -Cynthia J. Hallberlin, founder of REDRESS Mediation Program and former ADR Counsel of the United States Postal Service
The award-winning first edition of The Promise of Mediation, published ten years ago, is a landmark classic that changed thefield's understanding of the theory and practice of conflictintervention. That volume first articulated the "transformativemodel" of mediation, which greatly humanized the vision of how themediation process could help parties in conflict. In the pastdecade, the transformative model has proved itself and gainedincreasing acceptance. It is now being used in such diverse arenasas workplace, community, family, organizational, and public policyconflicts, among others. In this new edition, the authors draw on a decade of work intheory development, training, practice, research, and assessment topresent a thoroughly revised and updated account of thetransformative model of mediation and its practical application, includinga compelling description of how the field has moved towardincreasing acceptance of the transformative modela new and clearer presentation of the theory and practices oftransformative mediation, with many concrete examplesa new case study that provides a vivid picture of the model inpractice, with a commentary full of new information about how touse it effectivelyclarifications of common misconceptions about the modela vision for the future that shows how the model can coexistwith other approaches and where the "market" for transformativemediation is emergingThis volume is a foundational resource on transformativepractice, for both readers of the first edition and newreaders-including mediators, facilitators, lawyers, administrators, human resource professionals, policymakers, andconflict resolution researchers and educators. More generally, thisbook will strike a chord with anyone interested in humanizing oursocial institutions and building on a relational vision ofsociety.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. The Mediation Field: An Overview and Four Stories. 2. A Transformative View of Conflict and Mediation. 3. Gaining Sight of the Goal of Transformation. 4. Putting Transformative Theory into Practice: The "Purple House" Mediation, with Commentary-Part One. 5. Putting Transformative Theory into Practice: The "Purple House" Mediation, with Commentary-Part Two. 6. Myths and Misconceptions About Transformative Mediation. 7. Paths Toward the Future: Living with Differences in Values and Practice. References. About the Authors. Index.