You are cordially invited to this program at the ABA conference in Seattle, which will take place on Friday, April 17, from 3-4:15, in the Orcas Room.
Here’s the idea for our program –
How many times have you heard that mediators equalize power? Or that everything in mediation is confidential? These are just two examples of illusions that people in our field perpetuate. Why do we do it so often? This highly interactive session will discuss some of the top misconceptions about dispute resolution and use them to analyze why people in our field propagate such ideas. We won’t litigate the truth of the statements but will suggest ideas about how we can be more honest with ourselves and others about the field we love.
When Gina Brown saw the title of our proposal, she immediately reacted that we are a bunch of provocateurs. And she was exactly right.
We want to provoke people to consider why there is so much conventional wisdom in our field that is passed off as obvious truth when much of it is arguable or not always true. Heck, what is the truth anyway? Is there even any such thing as “truth”?
(BTW, I don’t really think that everything you know is wrong. You may have stumbled onto the truth a few times.)
We shouldn’t constantly question all our beliefs and assumptions, but neither should we accept conventional thinking so easily. How can we develop an appropriate mindset in ourselves, colleagues, students, clients, and others?
We would love to have you join our discussion – if you can handle it.