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Crash Course: Public Policy Mediation 101

Saturday, January, 15, 2011

For those of you who haven't heard of public policy mediation or are interested in learning more about it then you are in the right place. Alternative dispute resolution is a process where third party professionals are hired in order to hear both sides of a story and ultimately decide upon a fair outcome. This option is favorable to many people because it’s cheaper and more efficient than formal litigation. Many of us have never heard of mediation or even know what it is. You may not think this has anything to do with you or ever will but you could be mistaken. It usually comes around without warning and there is a chance, even if a small one, that you will hear about public policy mediation again in the near future. It is nothing to be afraid of but it is something that you should at least get familiar with it in case a situation is ever created in which you need to know more about it. Too many people end up making mistakes because they didn't take the time to ask questions about the legitimacy of a story. You can avoid all of this by just using a little bit of common sense and keeping the option of public policy mediation the back of your mind. A few other helpful hints are to always remain calm if you do go through with the mediation process and to always ask any questions that you can think of. It's always better to be safe than sorry and this type of mediation is no exception. There you have it! You now know a little more about mediation and how to get started so hopefully you will make the right choices and have a good experience with it.