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Interest in Transformative Mediation

Interest in Transformative Mediation

Why did you become interested in transformative mediation?

 

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I think part of it is just that I, for some reason, probably based on childhood issues, have a love of self-determination and kind of a resistance to authority and kind of a sense that authority is often misused. And then I heard Baruch Bush speak and then I read their book and I thought, ‘Okay. These guys have thought very deeply about what conflict is. And based on what conflict is, at its core, what would be the most helpful way to intervene so people get to a better place with it?’ So I think they did a lot of the hard intellectual work in defining what the role of the mediator is and it just resonated with me. And then it took a lot of practice because it’s very hard to let go of wanting to be in control, wanting to convince the parties that I was adding value all the time and so I’d say things for the purpose of convincing them that I was adding value. Those were not things that added value, they were just for the purpose of convincing them that I was adding value, but they didn’t. So letting go of a lot of that and really focusing, I think, on what is helpful.

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As a teacher and practitioner of the transformative approach, Dan helps parties have a constructive conversation about their differences. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law, his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and his B.A., with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley. Although he is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, he prefers to practice mediat... View Mediator