Mediation Info

Mediation FAQ

What is mediation?

The term "mediation" broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach agreement. The process is private and confidential. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process. Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator's skill and training.

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What are our policies about mediators?

Sasona mediators are to: "Be available to members who want to talk about a problem they might be having with some aspect of the house. Keep discussions confidential unless given permission to share with someone else (for example, with another mediator, or to ask the other party in the dispute their side of the story."

History: Originally, Sasona only had one mediator, the Director/Membership Coordinator (which was originally one position). When that position was split into two positions ca. 2007, so there were two mediators, the Steward & the Membership Coordinator. Circa 2010, two more mediator labor of love positions were created.

Circa 2014, this section of the wiki was re-written and adopted by house vote. There are currently at least 4 Mediators. The Membership Coordinator and Steward are Mediators as part of those jobs. There are also at least two other elected Mediators. Sasona members may choose any of these to facilitate the resolution of alleged uncivil behavior or dispute involving other members

What are our policies relating to uncooperative behavior?

See Section 4.9 of the House Rules for details.

Some highlights:

What do we as a house recommend doing about uncooperative behavior?

In ascending order of escalation:

What are our policies relating to eviction for uncooperative behavior?

House Rules 4.7 detail eviction procedures for Uncooperative Behavior. “A simple majority vote is required” to evict someone from the house.

Policies on membership reviews can be found here: MembershipReviews

Some Proven Mediation Processes

Intentional Dialogue Process

Click here for a description of the Intentional Dialogue Process invented by Dr. Harville Hendrix, founder of Imago Therapy.

Click here for a simplified version of the Intentional Dialogue Process.

Non-Violent Communication

Quick Intro to NVC: Quick Intro to NVC.pdf

Click here for more info: NonViolentCommunication

Here's some information from a class on NVC taught one year at NASCO Institute (co-op conference):

Here's some informative websites:

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