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Who is Joanna Kalowski?

Who is Joanna Kalowski?

Who is Joanna Kalowski?

 

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Now today’s guest has been working with groups as a mediator for over 20 years in highly sensitive, interracial, and political settings all over the world. In 2001 she became chairman or chairperson of LEADR, Australia’s largest non-for profit dispute resolution organization. And in 2006 became a visiting Fellow at LEADR, Fellow? Fella? I don’t know about that. She’s a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for ten years and later a member of the National Native Title Tribunal where she mediated land claims by Aboriginal people to their traditional lands and waters.

 

She now runs a management consultancy where over the past five years much of her work has been in the areas of judicial education, working with courts and tribunals across Australia in areas such as managing tension in the courtroom, communicating with unrepresented litigants, and cross-cultural communication.

 

Now after attending a three-day workshop on cross-cultural mediation run by Jo last summer, I really understood just how passionate she is about mediation and also making sense of how cultural differences play a part in many of the conflicts we all experience. I also learned a lot about myself in ways that were unexpected, but that’s another story. In this interview I really want to understand more about how culture and cultural differences show up in a mediation. What challenges they present us as mediators. And how we can manage them. And I’m sure we’ll cover some ground with my guest. Joanna Kalowski, welcome.

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Joanna has been working with groups as a mediator for over 20years in highly sensitive inter-racial and political settings all over the world. In 2001 she became chairman of LEADR, Australia’s largest non for profit dispute resolution organisation and in 2006 became a visiting fellow at LEADR. She was a member of the administrative appeals tribunal for 10 years and later a member of the National Native Title Tribunal where she mediated land cla... View Mediator