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Mediation Humor Articles

Something Spooky About Conflict

(10/31/16)Clare Fowler

The Boogeyman is real. And he is sitting at the mediation table.

Laughing Through Conflict – Benefits of Infusing Humor into Your Relationship

(3/31/16)Patricia Porter

Humor and laughter can be a valuable tool for defusing the tension brought on by conflict.

The Music of Mediation

(1/04/16)John Sturrock

Knowing that whoever reads this is probably relaxing with a fine wine in hand, or perhaps a favoured beer, away from the hustle and bustle of the usual diet of mediation work, this blog adopts a similarly indulgent and merry feel. Here is one mediator’s choice of mediation-themed songs (with a UK- and popular music-slant, I accept) with which I would happily be stranded on a desert island.

Time Traveling

(2/25/15)Jan Frankel Schau

Litigation and mediation need to change in the future. People have new expectations about interacting with professionals, and the wise mediator will make note of these changes and incorporate these new trends in their practice.

‘Tis the Season for Mediation

(12/12/14)Susan Yates

In what has become an annual tradition, here is RSI’s seasonal parody of the Twelve Day of Christmas. Enjoy!

Prisoner’s Dilemma Game Show

(9/19/14)Andrea Schneider

In class earlier this week, we rebooted the idea of the prisoner’s dilemma as previously portrayed on The Bachelor Pad (discussed on the Freakonomics Blog and four years ago on this site). This time, the conversation revolved around a British game show called Golden Balls that was very popular several years ago. I can only assume that you’ve already discounted Golden Balls’ educational value based on its name alone but bear with me . . .

Pioneer Series: Humor, Rapport, and Experience - Video

(6/10/14)Sid Lezak

Sid Lezak describes how he uses humor to lighten the mood of parties coming in and help them focus on what is in their best interests. He also talks about his vast experience and how his responses can be somewhat automatic.

Imaginary Mediation: Snowden to Return, Face the Music!

(5/29/14)Anony Mous

I had a dream, surely stimulated by Brian Williams’ interview of Edward Snowden on NBC. My dream was that I had just mediated agreement between Snowden and the US Government for Snowden to come home and, in the words of Secretary of State Kerry, “face the music.”

Mediation Monster Mash-up

(9/30/13)Brad Heckman

To quote Frankenstein’s monster, FIRE BAD. Mediators take a different view. We fearlessly go toward the heat in conflict, giving our clients a safe space for tough conversations…no matter how scary. Here’s a round-up of my Halloween tweets quoting mediators working with monstrous, er, misunderstood, clients.

Kid ADR Conflict Resolution Rap - Video


This video is a rap put together by children. Peer mediators and elementary school children discuss conflict resolution techniques.

Conflict Resolution Video: How To Argue

(7/12/13)Tammy Lenski

The Argument Clinic is a Monty Python classic, funny because it magnifies the uncomfortably familiar habits some of us fall into. For more on how to argue effectively, check the list below the video.

Mediation Case Law Video: Those All-Day Mediations -- Maybe We Should Reassess?

(4/30/13)James Coben

In the case In re Rains, the appellate court concluded that the bankruptcy court did not clearly err in finding a debtor mentally competent to enter into a mediated settlement, notwithstanding that immediately following the conclusion of mediation the debtor drove himself to the hospital where he was admitted and diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm and stroke.

Smiling Mediators and Other Results of this "Serious" Survey

(3/31/13)Konstantin Pilikov

For April Fool's Day, here are the results of a survey about mediators and smiling. The summary of the results are available here, and the entire article is available to download. The survey included mediators and attorneys in both a mediation and an arbitration.

Reframing the Seven Deadly Sins

(3/15/13)Laurie Israel

As mediators, we learn to “reframe” issues. This mediator asks if it's possible to even reframe the seemingly unreframeable: The Seven Deadly Sins.

Resolve-O-Matic (humor video)

(3/08/13)Chip Rose, Donald T. Saposnek

Join Chip Rose and Don Saposnek for their tongue-in-check infomercial for Resolve-O-Matic. Hear about all of the many benefits and how Resolve-O-Matic will change your life for the better.

Mediation Training Academy (humor video)

(3/05/13)Chip Rose, Donald T. Saposnek

This tongue in cheek video shows two instructors at "The Mediation Academy" discussing mediation fee arrangements and 12 steps to avoid mediator emotional co-dependency. Be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at University.

Mangled Roommate Mediation (humor video)


Brittni and McKay seek help from a roommate mediator, a somewhat directive mediator that, ultimately, has a solution for all.

Nanny McPhee’s for Grownups

(3/01/13)Andrea Maia

"There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It’s rather sad, really, but there it is."

The Perfect Mediation (humor video)

(2/27/13)Chip Rose

The Perfect Mediation is a 4 minute video showing how easy mediation can sometimes be. Be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at University.

The True Beginning of Mediation (humor video)

(2/25/13)Jim Melamed, Chip Rose, Donald T. Saposnek

The True Beginning of Mediation is an 8 minute tongue-in-cheek documentary tracing mediation's roots to Woodstock. Join Sunshine, A.J. and Jerry the Macrame Mediator for good laughs, and be sure to to check out all of our continuing education offerings at University!

Conversations Leading Lord Grantham to Agreement

(2/22/13)Victoria Pynchon

If you think the 20th century’s teen years look an awful lot like those of the 21st – massive technological change and fault lines breaking open between the one and the 99% – you’re quite right. In the most recent season of the rare PBS hit, Downton Abbey the British aristocracy is reeling from post-World War I modernization.

Mediation Gains Popularity in India (video)

(1/25/13)Mint TV

This excellent news report from India shows the new Delhi Mediation Center. Unfortunately, it seems that the sign above the door inadvertently says "Meditation Room." Oops!

Twelve Hours of Conflict

(12/27/12)Susan Yates

For the first hour of conflict, my neutral gave to me a round table with a great view For the second hour of conflict, my neutral gave to me two succinct summaries And a round table with a great view

Tips for Dealing with Family Conflict During the Holidays

(12/14/12)Alexandria Skinner

Alexandria Skinner has put together a useful list of suggestions for avoiding and neutralizing family conflict during holiday gatherings, roughly framed in terms of the general principles of interest based negotiation.

Review of "Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACS and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce

(8/28/12)Michael Scott

Saposnek and Eddy offer an interesting and insightful perspective of the current American political landscape. This book offers a highly descriptive explanation of conflict, easily understood on the micro level of the dynamic between divorcing couples, which is then transposed onto the macro level of our two major political parties that are unable to resolve conflict.

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