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Community Mediation

Community Mediation is a process where conflicts and disputes between local groups or organisations, business people and citizens are informally worked through to find amicable and sustainable solutions

Many community disputes begin innocuously, others because untenable situations arose where inaction was not an option. Many cases end up in the courts, almost guaranteeing that whoever “wins” the price is likely to be high and hard won. It is for this reason that more and more judges are referring community based disputes to mediation.

The community is a special environment for mediation as it is here where what is now “modern” mediation began. In Africa, where tribal elders often mediated and arbitrated over local disputes a beautiful concept called Ubuntu (or Obuntu) evolved. Centered on human kindness it has been translated (not literally) as “I am because we are”. This reflects the need, accepting that sometimes it is not always straightforward, for everyone in a community to strive to improve relationships.

Explained here further by the late Nelson Mandela it allows for personal gain and asks how the gain benefits the community. (video:wikipedia.com)

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