The Centre for Innovative Dispute Resolution can plan, convene and facilitate meetings of groups with differing views to:
- address those differences in constructive ways
- enhance communication and encourage dialogue among members of various constituencies
- develop solutions to problems of mutual concern
- avoid polarization among disputants
Experience helping organizations create and administer dispute resolution systems has demonstrated that it is possible to design systems for resolving disputes that offer significant advantages over traditional methods of dealing with conflict.
Mediation is the alternative to litigation that assumes disputants can act in their own self-interest and avoid expensive, time-consuming litigation, which is very adversarial. Mediation is an approach to conflict resolution in which the parties are given the opportunity and the help they need to get beyond impasse.