Conflict resolution in the form of a mediation process has been growing in popularity for some time now. In mediation, a conflict is resolved by the parties directly involved in the conflict. A professional mediator acts as a facilitator for the discussion and negotiations and ensures that each side is able to clearly communicate their concerns.
This neutral yet guiding approach preserves the rights and dignity of both parties and is confidential. The written agreement at the end of the mediation is binding, but it was negotiated and agreed upon by the two parties involved. Here are areas where the process of mediation demonstrates a sustainable and lower carbon alternative to the traditional method of solving disputes.
The mediation process can affirm participants’ confidence in their ability to resolve disagreements without exhausting themselves emotionally. Students that get their masters in dispute resolution find that practicing conflict resolution preserves the dignity of the individual. Instead of negatively using tremendous amounts of emotional energy, participants in mediation focus on a peaceful solution.
Settling a disagreement through mediation can cost thousands of dollars less than going through the traditional legal process in the courts. This preserves the finances of individuals and small businesses that would strain to afford the legal representation that a court case would entail.
Case Western notes that corporations are utilizing professionals with dispute resolution skills in positions where mediation and negotiation are paramount. Businesses are seeing the value of having their own mediation professional rather than overly relying on expensive legal representation to handle productivity draining conflict.
Instead of being focused on using outside resources to solve a disagreement, mediation uses the abilities of the parties involved as the main resource for resolution. The result is that mediation promotes conservation of resources and can be a low or no carbon way to remediate conflict.
Since both parties are individually negotiating with the facilitation of a mediator, witnesses do not need to use resources of time and fossil fuels to travel to a court hearing. In fact, mediation sessions via Skype or conference call are becoming more commonplace. The lack of having to file official briefs or evidence saves on paper and energy resources.
Time is able to be saved through the use of mediation because it achieves the same result as the legal system’s court process in a less amount of time. The ability to schedule convenient mediation sessions is more flexible than having to appear on the court’s timetable. The use of mediation for disagreements that are not criminal charges reduces the load on the legal system so that it can more readily use resources for serious cases meriting its attention. For participants in mediation, their energy can be focused on personal or company objectives, not a continuing court case that can continue on for years.
Well trained mediators help preserve relationships and conserve a variety of personal and community resources. In fact, the surge in issues being solved through mediation could influence conflict resolution as a whole across society. The benefits of using mediation make it an advantageous choice when considering how to resolve a conflict.