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Setting Up as Mediator in India

Setting Up as Mediator in India

What was the most important quality for a mediator starting his new business?



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You need to have fire in the belly, and I say this because there is a considerable difference between practicing mediation in Cambridge, Boston or Cambridge Massachusetts and trying to do something like that any place in India. And the primary difference is that even though conflict resolution and mediation are not main stream professions in the U.S., it has far greater acceptability, it’s far more evolved, and there are clients who are willing to hire mediators and dialogue facilitators. And even if we don’t get paid as much as Investment Bankers, it’s possible to make some kind of living.

About the mediator

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Ashok is fond of saying that, while he is no Mother Theresa or Gautama Buddha, he is utterly fascinated by the intricacies and nuances of conflict resolution and peacemaking. A facilitator for 25 years, he has been called many names, including “agent provocateur.” The many hats he wears include mediator, facilitator, educator, and office clown. When asked why he does this work, he says: ‘Conflicts are early warning signals that things ar... View Mediator