One of the basic concepts for mediators to learn is to be attentive to the physical mediation environment – i.e., setting up the room, seating arrangements, the size and shape of the table, whether a table is used at all, etc. Imagine the dispute to be over who sits where! Okay, don’t imagine – it’s real according to this article in CBC Nova Scotia. The local school board is looking at canceling future meetings until a mediator is brought in to help settle a dispute over the seating arrangement. The dispute is actually deeper than what appears on the surface [I know, what a surprise!] according to this article from CBC Nova Scotia which provides a little more background.
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