Feedback from the three presenters of “Bridging the Gap between Workplace Mediation Research and Practice”, Kennedy Institute Research Group (KIWMRG), Ireland
This was the first time that the KIWMRG had attended the World Mediation Summit although members of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland have attended in the past. We presented to a number of the delegates, over a 90 minute period, which proved to be both interesting and thought-provoking. There was good interaction and engagement from delegates particularly during the two interactive elements of the presentation where they fully participated in considering the importance of research to workplace mediation and in identifying priority mediation questions that could/should be addressed through research.
Attending the World Mediation Summit over the three days provided an opportunity to continue the conversation started during our presentation with delegates. It also informed us in relation to the practice and use of mediation in a number of countries and in a range of different contexts. The superb skills of Ruth Sirman meant that sessions kept within the allocated timeframes. The questions raised during sessions and further conversations with other delegates provided insight into common challenges that exist particularly in terms of developing the use of mediation and how best to mentor mediators into practice – as well as ideas and potential options to address these challenges.
We met a range of extremely interesting people over the three days and we did that in the surroundings of Madrid. The city itself is a wonderful location. We are delighted to have attended and presented at the WMS and have highlighted its value and significance to our colleagues and mediation organisations.
Dr Deirdre Curran, Treasa Kenny and Mags Bouchier
Members of the Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group