International Online Mediation Conference – 7th Leipzig Mediation Forum – The Steinbeis Days – with Allison Malkin
International Workshop: Exploring culture in mediation – Where are we coming from and where are we going?
Culture is learned through our living environment and is subject to influence and change throughout our lives. Our cultural backgrounds provide us with a sense of identity and belonging, and ultimately shape the lens’ through which we see the world. Developing deeper self-awareness of our values, beliefs and perceptions; and investigating how these link to our environment, strengthen our ability as practitioners and serve to benefit parties to a mediation in myriad ways.
Mediating across cultures requires a varied toolkit, which recognises diversity and appreciates nuance. Curiosity will be our guide as together, we:
- explore where we are coming from as practitioners
- introduce prevailing cultural theories and case examples from our mediation practice
- consider ‘context’ as mediators working across cultures and borders
- identify resources for use in our practice going forward