The art of mediation comes in different styles and form in today’s society. With all the styles and formats, the foundation on helping others try to solve their disputes still hold true. In the early years of mediation, many of today’s well known mediators used their backgrounds as a foundation for their mediations, today’s mediators use their specialty skills to conduct mediations in some of the same ways in the early years of mediation. According to Moore, mediation is an intervention in a conflict accepting a third party to assist in reaching mutually acceptable settlements (2003). Beer, Packard, & Stief (2012) define mediation as a process for resolving disputes where an intermediary helps conflicting parties have a conversation to jointly have a conversation. During the early years of mediation, the mediation movement expanded and developed to significantly high levels (Moore, 2003). There were a number of leaders who broke new grounds in the field of mediation pushing mediation to what it is today. Leaders in the field of mediation were interviewed on their views, thoughts and practice concerning mediation along with the conflict management field. The analysis of Bill Hartgering, Joseph Stulberg, and Zena Zumeta interviews contents will be discussed.
Zena Zumet’s started the within the field of mediation from her background role in labor negotiations. Her background helped propel the mediation movement in the early years of mediation. The background in labor negotiations translated smoothly into the field of mediation. Likewise the same is true for Joseph Stulburg’s background which helped him fall into mediation. Bill Hartgering’s background in law also played a role in how he conducts mediation (Benjamin, R. D., Melamed, J.C., & Knapp, C., 2005). Mosten (2001) concurs that mediators have many different personality types, educational and professional back grounds and are motivated in various ways.
Beer, Packard, & Stief (2012) discusses that mediators need more knowledge in specific backgrounds besides just life experiences. Beer et al. (2001) also argued that professional mediators are expected to have a specialty background and trainings in different arenas. All three interviews had different backgrounds that benefited their mediation skills. Each person in the interviews brings a unique quality of skills sets. One common theme for each interview was the all had a passion to advocate for others. As Zumeta explained, she started advocating from a middle point of view in conflicts. Hartgering enjoyed being able to advocate for clients to be able to see both sides of the conflict, Stulberg loved the role of the third party neutral more than advocating, He explained that as a third party, he can get multiple perspectives within the conflict (Benjamin et al, 2005). Zena Zumeta compares to Hartgering in mediation which looks at the different perspectives and sees the inner and outer changes with the parties involved. ...