„Mediation is a social core skill that lies veiled within each of us.“ In order to follow up on this point, we try to equip individuals as well as future generations in general with tools of Critical Thinking and Conflict Resolution Competencies by offering a free educational program that is available to everybody. Reaching everybody means that Prof. Erdmann created an educational concept that is acceptable and practical within every type of culture. This cross-border and cross-cultural training does not intend to impose a western style of Applied Mediation on another culture, but it deals with a sensible core, or the point within the circle. This core emulsifies with the cultural background and language of the student and allows him or her to become a unique inner border professional. In this way, WMO is able to offer the only worldwide achievable training that respects and works with global diversity. We believe that „Ignorance is no acceptable option.“
Focussing on education and personal exchange, we are in the lucky position to connect with all levels of peace activists – scholars – and supporters. In order to reach all their needs and interests, the WMO Online Program suits all of them. It generally does not deal with ordinary topics, but with topics that widen and deepen the understanding of Applied Mediation in an interdisciplinary way. But online education is not the only way we accepted to be suitable for us to improve our understanding of global complexity and cultural diversity. The series of WMO Symposia builds an interactive platform for professionals from all over the world who share the same vision, who look beyond one’s own nose, and who understand that Applied Mediation may also be interpreted as a cross border philosophy of life.
What we know today being the World Mediation Organization, started back in 2006 as an idea that today developed into a vast, growing worldwide community of aspiring professionals. These affiliated ladies and gentlemen who are handling crisis, delaying wars and putting the world in a harmonized state, and restructure society toward a balanced level – are the very soul of our mission, the cornerstone on the path of discovering and witnessing the power of Applied Mediation.
To be a mediator has often been associated with being a trained and listed member of a national association. But this is not the case. Applied Mediation has far more to offer than a membership card of good standing. Applied Mediation, as far as I understand and believe, is more likely a social competence that is to be found within every person’s being. It is a basic emotional and logical necessity of a human being to live within a community or social construct. And it is also a basic necessity to communicate and to enable communication within such a group, as well as to create dialogue in order to fix or to optimize something that got out of balance. WMO targets to unveil this social competence to the upmost quantity of persons worldwide. So, to those who already discovered Applied Mediation and its potential power, we intend to deepen the understanding in the previously outlined interdisciplinary way, and to offer our course and the symposia where peer visionaries exchange and optimize their skills in the most profound way. As we all know, all conflicts are different and targeting on the same solution for different problems eventually backfires, because of several reasons, such as cultural differences, social differences, and different ways of communication – to only name a few.
That is why we needed something bigger, something broader rather than a simple stage model and a definition of mediation. That is how WMO stumbled upon the topic of interdisciplinary mediation. It is important to note that today, you must perceive Applied Mediation as a inter-disciplinary science. It does not rely on techniques and stage models at all, but on historical and cultural background, on an anthropological and a sociological point of view, and on the capability of the mediator to adopt her / his skills to the conflict and its parties. In the perplexity of this rich system of values, lies the inner core of Applied Mediation. Somehow, the secret of WMO. This core is dealt with briefly in the WMO Training, but is actually communicated in private instruction only. Through this core the student can adopt and master his techniques, can switch roles, and decipher the conditions and complex subjectivity of the conflict.
What WMO has done in the beginning, will further strengthen our cause and our future. Our reliability and flexibility stretches and ties knots all over the globe. Our mission is to deliver the message of peace across all nations.
If you feel that all this is true and highly valuable, than you may understand that to become a successful and effective mediator requires you to explore Applied Mediation’s inner logic and basic structure. A certain level of self-awareness and awareness regarding the environment you are living in or you are getting in touch with professionally ought be created. I believe that each of us should open her- / himself in order learn a very important lesson, namely that Applied Mediation is also a process of healing and in order to heal the world, we should try to raise the awareness of this possibility that lies within mankind. William Blake said: “We must leave the age of innocence and enter the age of experience, and through experience, hopefully, we’ll find innocence again”. I kindly invite you to consider to assist us by supporting our crowd-funding based free training in Mediation, Critical Thinking and Conflict Resolution Competencies that will be available in 30 languages. Become a listed Supporter of Global Peace.
Alternatively, if you are a professional from this field, you may not hesitate in becoming listed WMO Fellow Mediator who shares first hand conflict insights and reports that are not controlled by mass-media tycoons.