Are cultural differences a cause for disputes? If so how can we, as mediators, deal with these differences to help solving those disputes?
In this interactive training we will take a closer look at the phenomenon that we vaguely call “culture” and discuss the practical implications for cross-border mediation. Culture as a whole is difficult to grasp so we will look at different aspects of culture from four perspectives:
1.Mental orientation and the programming of the mind
2.Strategies of defining one’s own identity and the “Other”
This approach to intercultural mediation is based on the work of Dr. Kriegel-Schmidt as described in her work “Interkulturelle Mediation: Plädoyer für ein Perspektiven-reflexives Modell (Intercultural Mediation: A plea for a perspective reflective model) (2012)”. We will also discuss if mediation itself is determined by culture and how, if at all, its theories and methods can be applied to different cultures.