November 1, 2011
Mediation in a World of Conflict
Co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Criminal Justice Department and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program
Melissa Brodrick, Ombudsperson at Harvard Medical School, and former mediator for Fortune 500 companies, the State of Massachusetts and non-profit organizations, led an interactive presentation on how mediation can reduce conflict in our world. She spoke about her experiences as a mediator and how mediation looks at conflict as an opportunity for change. She compared mediation to other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and explained how mediation is different: it is voluntary, the parties have self-determination to make any decisions, it is confidential and the mediators are neutral.