Annual Conference 2016 Itinerary

Conference  Schedule
(this draft schedule is subject to change and more details will be added as they become available)

 

FRIDAY 14TH  OCTOBER

8.30 – 9.00

Registration & Tea/Coffee

9.00 – 9.15        

Opening Address by Sabine Walsh, President of the MII

9.15 – 10.30

Mediating in a World of Serious Conflicts
Keynote Address  from Carrie Menkel-Meadow 

The world is in serious crisis— conflict on almost every continent, Brexit, terrorism, dictators, coups, civil wars and dangerous politicians appealing to the worst, not the best, in humanity. So why hasn’t the process of mediation, peace-making and empathetic listening not made greater progress in the world today?  Professor. Menkel-Meadow will explore the culture of conflict that presents challenges for mediation and then offer some hopeful suggestions for how to continue to advocate for the use of mediation as a process and sensibility that is essential for the flourishing of countries, communities, companies, couples and all human beings.

10.30 – 11.00

Presentation of Research on Exploring the Competencies, Skills and Behaviours of Effective Workplace Mediators – Kennedy Institute Research Group

11.00 – 11.30

Tea/Coffee break

11.30-13.00     

Workshop Session 1

To Caucus or Not to Caucus that is the question!! (and other practices of           controversy in mediation - Carrie Menkel Meadow

Beyond Transactional to Transformative Mediation in the Workplace - Michele Berry

Impossible and Irresolvable? Mediating with High Conflict Dynamics  - Cathy Ward

Multicultural Relations, Beauty and Social Transformation: How Individual and Collective Arts Practices can Foster Better Mediation   - Michelle LeBaron

13.00-14.30

 LUNCH

14.30-16.00

Workshops Session 2

To Caucus or Not to Caucus that is the question!! (and other practices of  controversy in mediation - Carrie Menkel Meadow

 Mediation in Insurance Claims, and Financial Services / Pensions disputes  - Bill  Holohan and David Curran

The Straw that Breaks the Camel’s Back – Mediation in Organisations during times of Organisational Change - Jim Halley

Restorative Practices: Another Mediative Approach- TIDES Training

16.00-16.15     

Tea/Coffee break.

16.15-17.00

Brexit and its implicatons for the field of Conflict Resolution- presented by Ashok Panikkar (more information)

Brexit is not merely about Britain and its continuance in the European Union. Brexit has serious implications for democracy, internationalism, pluralistic societies and the field of conflict resolution itself. With European societies under enormous pressure because of the refugee crisis, the rise of intolerance epitomized by Donald Trump in the USA, and the unleashing of xenophobia and nationalism in many parts of the world,  democracy itself is today threatened as never before.

17.30-19.00

Annual General Meeting

19.30                   

Pre-dinner Prosecco Reception

20.00                  

Conference Dinner 

Pre-dinner address from Ms. Oonagh Buckley, Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission

SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER

9.15 – 9.45

Registration

9.45 -10.15

Developments in Mediation, recent changes in practice here in Ireland with an emphasis on ODR -  Professor Brian Hutchinson 

10.15-11.30

Demonstration & Role Play Session with practice in groups

Commercial Sector – Focus on Identifying Issues and Creating Solutions 

or 
Workplace Sector: Focus on The Exchange – building a shared awareness and understanding of underlying needs and interests’ "

or

Family Mediation  – Discussion Panel

11.30-12.00

Tea/Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.15    

Continuing the Demonstration & Role Play Session
Commercial Sector – Focus on Identifying Issues and Creating Solutions 

or 
Workplace Sector: Focus on The Exchange – building a shared awareness and understanding of underlying needs and interests’ "

or

Elder Sector - Discussion Panel

13.15 – 13.30

Closing Summary from President, Sabine Walsh