12. - 15. September 2001 at the University, Vienna
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For John M. Haynes, our teacher and friend, in memento
»There is this general idea, that conflicts bring forth only winners and losers. In case one wins, the other is necessarily losing. The mediator helps that the involved parties can acknowledge that there is a possibility (in almost any case) to solve the problem to the satisfaction of both sides, i.e., that both sides can win.«
John M. Haynes 1998
Mediation as a helpful approach to conflict resolution for private and public disputes is spreading rapidly in several areas, including family, social work, education, business, employment and environmental issues. In addition, it spreads more and more in public administration, in social institutions, for environmental projects and in intercultural and political conflicts.
We become testimony to a paradigm shift from a culture of litigation to a culture of negotiation, affecting professional identities of judges, lawyers, social workers, military, etc. A new consulting profession of mediators, but changes as well as adjustments in laws are evolving.
This development is an expression of a new social competence of civilians: conflicts should no longer be resolved by power, which often ends in a destructive way, but constructively and future-oriented.
Mediation is both, an efficient method to deal with conflicts and to exercise and take social responsibility and participate in the community; it promotes a treasured democratic attitude.
The latest developments around the world call for the necessity to administer mediation also in the political arena.
he conference will introduce mediation as a helpful method to utilize a democratic stance: incorporating responsibility and participation of citizens in relevant decision-making processes.
The conference will have 3 main topics:
Field examples will be the process of Vienna Airport Mediation, and Negotiations for minority rights of Native Indians in Mexico and their demand for more autonomy.
Dr. Klaus Rückert, Dr. Gerda Klammer, Dr. Silvia Michal-Misak, Iris Rückert-Possél, Harald Picker, Werner Mayer, Wilfried Graf, Mag. Katrin Echtermeyer, Isabella Marzi u.a.
Hörsaalzentrum Wiener AKH
Währinger Gürtel 18-20
Resolution of the participants: Vienna Appeal
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