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The International Mediation Institute Partners with Brāv

The idea of using mediation to resolve conflicts in organizations, including school and work is still foreign to many, yet in actuality it is a simple concept with a high success rate. Specifically, disagreeing parties often feel more empowered through mutual consensus and decision-making. One group in particular is hoping to normalize this idea through making readily available resources – globally: the International Mediation Institute (IMI).
IMI is a non-profit organization funded entirely by donations, that acts as a central depot for dispute resolution resources. It serves a global base for experienced mediators, advocates and others involved in collaborative dispute resolution and negotiation processes. The Institute also convenes stakeholders, promotes understanding and disseminates skills, all in a non-service provider capacity. IMI has several great components:
(1) setting standards for mediators and mediation advocates/advisors on a global scale.imi-logo
(2) the unique mission to establish mediation as a recognized profession.
(3) holding consultative status with the UN economic and social council (ECOSOC), and observer status with UNCITRAL.
(4) the IMI credentialing scheme sets high standards, but also makes those standards transparent to Users by requiring IMI Certified Mediators to:
a – collect feedback from Users (disputants and their professional representatives), on the experience they had in mediation and the performance of a mediator;
b – appoint an independent organization or individual to summarize it into a Feedback Digest, and include it in the IMI Certified Mediator’s Profile.
In this way, the mediator’s ongoing competency is validated by the community they serve.
When high practice standards are developed, tested and implemented consistently cross-border by recognized, professional experts, global professional standards exist. IMI achieves this through the Independent Standards Commission (ISC), a 70+ strong body of Mediators, Users, Judiciary, Providers, Trainers, and Educators from 27 countries and established system of the Qualifying Assessment Programs approved by ISC.
For businesses, the widespread adoption of international credentialing provides confidence to parties seeking help resolving conflicts and creates a standard for every neutral to adopt. “It also means a greater ability to trust choices of other parties (re-starting the relationship building process) based on the known element of IMI Certification (even if the specific individual is unknown). Making suitable choices between a number of competent mediators is much easier.
Further, organization conflict management means a professional approach to help parties negotiate through conflicts when bilateral efforts threaten a sustainable outcome. Ultimately it means lower costs and less time focusing on process aspects – leaving more opportunity to manage the conflict itself. When organizations and companies propose mediation as part of their ongoing business, it is viewed not as an expression of weakness but as a strength and a genuine implementation of organizational and corporate policy and ethos.

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