Dan’s Blog

Purpose Drives Practice in Transformative Mediation

August 18 Dan's Blog, Transformative Theory

In the below video, here’s what I say about what transformative mediation, and how its purpose connects to its practice: The way that we talk about transformative mediation, for me it’s perfectly accurate to say that my job as a transformative mediator is to help you have whatever conversation you want to have, period. When […]... Read More

Why are divorce lawyers so damaging?

August 9 Dan's Blog

Divorce lawyers are generally decent people who believe they’re being helpful. And some divorcing people find it helpful to consult with a lawyer. But most often, engaging a divorce lawyer turns a good divorce bad or turns a bad divorce worse. Despite lawyers’ good intentions, they are limited by a system that increases defensiveness, fear […]... Read More

The Transformative View of Conflict

April 6 Dan's Blog, Featured, Transformative Theory

In the below video, here’s what I say about the transformative view of conflict: You’ve got two parties, individuals, countries, or corporations, but two people or groups who are feeling threatened by each other and they are behaving therefore in ways that are designed to defend themselves from each other but often are perceived by the other […]... Read More

The Transformative Approach to Mediation vs. the Mainstream Approach

March 3 Dan's Blog, Transformative Theory

I the video below, here’s what I say about the interest-based, Facilitative or problem-solving approach to mediation, along with an introduction to the very different transformative approach: Facilitative: The next step of the evolution of mediation [that is, the next step after the very backward settlement-conference approach used by many retired judges and long-time litigator-mediators] [&... Read More

Simon Mediation Training Courses Testimonials

October 24 Dan's Blog, Mediation Training

You can find the latest testimonials for my courses at this page Very engaging. The feedback was very helpful and encouraging. Pamela Kigham, Attorney, Saint Paul, MN. I’ve had a couple transformative trainings now and I’m completely sold on the method of transformative mediation. 10 out of 10. Melissa Maher, Attorney, Lino Lakes, MN. I […]... Read More

Old-School Mediation Techniques

October 22 Dan's Blog, Mediation vs. The Law, Lawyers, and Courts, Transformative Theory

Learn why old-school mediation techniques aren’t effective. Here’s what I said in this interview about the unfortunate way that most litigation-related mediation is currently done: ” I think there is a wide spectrum of what is considered mediation or what is called mediation. From what I’ve gathered from anecdotes from the lawyers I’ve talked to […]... Read More