By Chuck Doran and Katie Hyten, MWI Mediators
After trying to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Kerry has been somewhat unceremoniously extricated from the conflict resolution processes. And as Israel pulled back from US mediation efforts in favor of an Egypt-brokered process, Kerry saw his efforts to mediate a settlement fall apart for the second time in as many years. Egyptian-brokered ceasefires have remained largely intact, while Kerry’s involvement has been universally berated.
Barak Ravid at Haaretz declared: “If Kerry did anything on Friday it was to thwart the possibility of reaching a cease-fire in Gaza. Instead of promoting a cease-fire, Kerry pushed it away.” Avi Issacharoff at The Times of Israel noted: “Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan were all in agreement that Kerry’s efforts were...
By MWI Mentors Vicky Bennet and Robin DiGiammarino
Mediators looking for a personalized, structured way to fast track their skill development report success and satisfaction with their participation in MWI mentor programs.
Mentees work with MWI's Director of Mediation & Arbitration Services, Josh Hoch, to design their own program. Participants work with Josh on selecting a mentor or mentors, establishing goals and setting the pace for their learning. Sessions vary in number and can be scheduled back-to-back or spaced over weeks to allow for practice between sessions.
Each session, whether it is classroom time, observation of an actual mediation, or a solo or co-mediation, offers an opportunity to try a new strategy, take a chance, ask for help, and learn from mistakes. Working alongside an expert mediator, mentees have a safety net while they gain confidence in their skills. And mentees appreciate when their...
By Howard N. Gorney, MWI Mediator & Arbitrator
Howard Gorney is a commercial mediator and arbitrator with MWI. Howard completed his initial mediation training with MWI in 2004.
Recently, at a mediation between a nation-wide franchisor and a local franchisee involving a dispute over compliance with the franchisor’s marketing rules and a debit of funds previously awarded as incentives to the franchisee, I was in a meeting with the franchisee discussing an offer of settlement from the franchisor. Under this franchise agreement, a franchisee could earn substantial incentive payments for sales of the franchisor’s products in specific marketing campaigns. However, if the requirements of any particular promotion were not strictly complied with, the franchisor could take back any previously paid sums as a penalty.
After I conveyed what I personally thought was a very reasonable offer to the franchisee, he almost ignored...