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Webinar recording | Cross-cultural community mediation: insights for mainstream practice

with Sarah Blake

Pre-recorded | Online

This presentation draws together the challenges of cross-cultural settings, presenting an opportunity to reflect on issues such as confidentiality, legal protections, power and capacity.

Drawing on over 20 years of experience working in remote and cross-cultural landscapes, Sarah Blake explores with you a case study on some of the challenges of complex, multi-party, whole-of-community mediations.

In cross cultural settings, it is important that mediators facilitate decision-making that engages with and respects the cultural norms and systemic needs from multiple perspectives. It is often complex involving many parties, support people, lawyers and mediators all wrestling with being effective in this space. This ethical dimension weaves a curious influence, shaping the mediation process beyond mere formula into something unique.

This presentation draws together such challenges, presenting an opportunity to reflect on issues such as confidentiality, legal protections, power and capacity.

Sarah shares some of her insights into how these challenges have shaped her mainstream practices. As well, Sarah frames the conversation to encourage cross-fertilization across different types of conflict resolution practice, asking about:

  • Purpose – what you are doing?
  • Legitimate authority – how you are doing it?
  • Responsibility – who (you, them and us)?

Sarah provides a case study ahead of the session to encourage you to engage in the topic and actively participate.

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About the presenter

Sarah Blake

Sarah is passionate about helping people in complex situations make good decisions.

Sarah has more than 20 years’ experience, in governance and delivering mediation and conflict management services. Sarah’s expertise in the field of multi-party mediation and cross-cultural decision-making allows her to customize services that bridge cultural, commercial and legal divides. Her innovative approach to designing and delivering cross-cultural training across Australia and internationally has earned Sarah considerable respect. In 2016, Sarah was the winner of the 2016 Australian ADR Young Mediator of the Year Award.

Sarah holds accreditations under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS) and the International Mediation Institute (IMI). She provides mediation, negotiation and conflict management in workplace, commercial and community settings. Sarah also offers boards, particularly in the NFP sector, decision making and communication services. Her capacity development services incorporate design, risk assessment and recovery–focussed training. Sarah is a member of a range of mediation panels including Aboriginal Mediation Service, Department of Justice WA and the Federal Court of Australia - Native Title Mediator Panel.

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