Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Summit – Presentation Excerpts part 1

Asia Pacific Mediation Forum Summit – Presentation Excerpts part 1

Last December, I attended a gathering of Mediators from all over the world. Among experts, I looked like a curious mosquito..

I felt privileged to mingle with these people as they discuss ideas to alleviate conflicts and disputes in society whether in the field of education, medicine, law or even conflicts in the family.

I’m including here excerpts from the paper abstract document emailed to me by Anna Malindog, the organizer head of the event.. This is just the first part though, will blog about the succeeding parts next.

Some words are technical (and scholarly, I nosebled!) so I have tried to simplify them a bit so general readers may understand.. and so many can apply these bits of wisdom in their daily lives. If you need mediators in your field, feel free to let me know so I can redirect you to my network. If you need me to send you the complete presentation, kindly email me at grasya (at) grasya dot com, thank you



in a company of expert mediators lies a curious mosquito

Multidisciplinary Collaborative Practice: A Valuable Family Dispute Resolution Approach in Cases of Domestic Violence
Dr Amanda Shea Hart

“Domestic violence is widely recognised as a serious social problem, but it is often overlooked as a major risk factor for children’s safety.. Children exposed to domestic violence face a challenge in their own adjustment, recovery, and future relationships with their parents..

Family dispute resolution practitioners are the gatekeepers for facilitating or preventing exploration of crucial information about what is in the best interests of the child. The team of lawyers and mental health professionals work together to provide a safe, supportive, and effective dispute resolution process.”

Where Mediation and Meditation Converge – Inspiring Mediation Education in Hong Kong
Antonia Yeung
Institute of Crisis and Risk management (CRM), Hongkong

“The paper presented a mediator training program which takes on a meditative approach to help shape the mindfulness of aspiring mediators from non-legal backgrounds. Beyond the conventional body of knowledge and skillful execution of the mediation process, we examine how the mediation learner could be guided to elevate his/her sense of clarity and responsiveness in the mediator role by being in tune with the self”

Dissolution, not Resolution – A Post-Modern Approach to Mediation
in International Relations
Max Doering Eberhard Karls
University Tuebingen /Freelance Mediator

Here, the broadly acknowledged and reflected failure of mediation has at best evoked some attempts to widen the concept of mediation in order to include any kind of third-party-involvement in a negotiation situation

The paper concludes how an approach could make mediation on an international level more effective and contribute to fulfil the post-modern paradigm shift in the scholarship on mediation in international relations.

The Status and Prospect of the Separatist Movement in the Southern Philippines
Henry K. Solomon
Western Mindanao State University

In Southeast Asia, Islamic movement for the promotion of Islamic awareness and system is an emerging phenomenon. The Philippines is no exception to this. According to Clive J. Christie Islam is the principal caused of Muslim separatism in Southeast Asia and shape the objectives of any separatist movement in this region. With the evolution of historical events, Muslim communities in this region have been trapped on the wrong side with the formation of nation-states and subjected to either European colonialism or pre-colonial patterns of political power. However, armed resistance is the result of discriminatory practices and inadequacy of existing political institutions to provide accommodation to minority interest.

The paper seeks to explore the status of Moro separatism and its relevance to the present political developments in Southeast Asia in general and Philippines in particular.

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Survival of Multiculturalism against Fundamentalism
Tanu Mehta

I have come to the awareness that a humanist personality, reflected in a caring, kind and compassionate attitude might be seen in different people with different ideologies and philosophies. As compared to a humanist personality, some people have a fundamentalist personality that is very critical, judgmental and aggressive. People with such personality try to convert others and get into angry and bitter debates with their opponents..

“We are a migratory species. Science proves it. Sociology proves it. Yet, we do not accept migration as a human right”

“Human beings are free and ought to be free to choose the home/land they want to live in. The problem arises when we want to have political ownership of our home, i.e., we want to exclude others, and prevent anyone else from making ‘my’ home as ‘his’ home even in the future. The concept of ‘exclusivity’ of one kind of people to politically own a place is primarily a restriction on human freedom. But, in a world obsessed with human identity and politics, this assault on human freedom goes un-noticed.”

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