Mediators without Borders is now accepting applications from graduates and other professionals interested in opening a Mediators without Borders branded Center in their area. Each Center will be directed by one to four individuals overseeing operations and taking private cases. Each Center Director must complete the year long professional development training. Center Directors may then hire independent contractors to work in the Centers as long as they have been trained as Mediators and Arbitrators in the Mediators without Borders inAccord model. Below we offer an overview of the Center model concept.
Mediators Without Borders is interested in delivering our unique inAccord model as a specialized product to a national and international market. Our delivery system dictates the expanding ADR Center model of education and services that is beginning to be established throughout the United States and abroad, currently in Romania, the broader EU, and Nigeria.
As of this writing, the Mediators Without Borders ADR Centers are planned at specific sites around the world, and will be linked both physically and virtually through technology to our central business and research team in Colorado. Our research team is led by Dr. Susan Harter, professor emerita at the University of Denver.
It is our vision that this network of educational ADR Centers will help create local solutions to conflict. By being connected to our organization, the local area can then archive these cases and their outcomes, which then can be used as resources for other ADR Centers dealing with similar issues. In this sense, an ADR Center in the Niger Delta that is successfully dealing with the tensions of an inequitable distribution of wealth and resources case might offer assistance to another ADR Center, half-way around the world in a village in Peru which is also struggling with inequitable resource issues, but in their own local context. This assistance could be offered in as simple a manner as a letter, email, or phone call, or through more advanced technology such as virtual classrooms, and web-based communication between ADR Centers and among practitioners. The hope is that the learning of what methods work to bring resolution to one area can inform and guide the process in another area due to the linkage through this organization.