Exploring the lessons
In the past mediation would have been a natural part of everyday life in a family, village, tribe, or town setting.
Today many of societyís traditional methods of resolving disputes have been lost to us.
More and more we rely on the authorities to resolve our problems typically through the Courts.
Aside from providing mediators we aim to help reintroduce the use of mediation as a life skill.
By teaching others the skills inherent in mediation, and negotiation, society benefits as a whole.
Potentially bringing peace to communities, and in households, and reducing crime especially where violence may have been the outcome.
An excellent example is the program presently in South Bay correctional facility, where hardened criminals have learnt how to mediate their own conflicts.
Thus reducing prison violence, and consequently recidivism.
Reference Palm Beach Post article on John Cohenís innovative use of mediation in prisons.