Conducting mediation online: Tips?

February 25, 2008

There is a possibility I might be able to start a project online, mediating/guiding for a group of people who work together. The group of people themselves work together online on a communal project and from time to time, as is human nature, there are feuds and communication issues.

I wrote a paper on Online Dispute Resolution about two years ago. I will dust that off and take a look. I’ve also been looking on YouTube for videos of mediation sessions, even though they aren’t online (it’s still fun for me to watch those).

What I really need is a mentor to help me get started. I need to be able to be some kind of internet-community liaison. For now, I’ll research the area, but I do wish there was a professor at my university who knew what the internet was. Ok, that’s harsh. But I  just need to know who/where to turn to for a bit of guidance.

Suggestions welcome!


Libi: Letting your heart guide you.

December 15, 2007

I came across this site the other day, thought I’d share: The LIBI Center, located in downtown Jerusalem, is a place that encourages the right atmosphere for “awareness, meditation and inspiration.” Here’s their quick mission statement:

Libi invites you to let your heart speak, listen, take action, and be passionately involved in everything you do.


Sounds like a more established version of Merkaz Edna, which I wrote up a little while ago, although the main focus is on teaching people how to meditate.

The center offers courses in several types of meditation, including courses in silent, Jewish, eating, guided, visualization and gibberish meditation. I didn’t realize there were so many types, but then again, meditation is universal across religions, societies, customs.

Maybe I’ll go check it out one of these days… and report back when I do.

A conversation about… conversations.

December 1, 2007

Ray Hanania is a syndicated columnist, comedian and Palestinian American who tours in my neighborhood. He’s currently in Israel for a comedy tour and on Monday, I’m participating on a panel he organized to discuss Internet Media: Strategies and Challenges facing Internet News Web and Blog sites. 

I’ll be representing Mideast Youth and discussing the importance of communication between members of Mideast youth via the internet: Communication, contact, conversations. Worthy cause, right?

Here are the details if you happen to be nearby and want to join the conversation:

SPJ-Arab Journalists

Monday, Dec. 3, 2007
Ambassador Hotel, Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem
1st Floor Conference Room

Sponsored by NAAJA, SPJ-Arab Journalists

PANEL 1: Internet Media: Strategies and Challenges facing Internet News Web and Blog sites
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, 12-2:30

– Moderator, Charley Warady, co-host, Israelisms, an online weekly audio blog of life in Israel (Confirmed)
– Alan Abbey, Former editor,, one of the most popular English language news sites from Israel (Confirmed)
– Khaled Abou-Aker, Editor,, a center for Palestinian, Israeli and Middle East opinion (Confirmed)
– [Me], one of the highest ranked Middle East news blogs on the Internet (Confirmed)
– Fadi Abu Sada, Director Palestine News Network, an online news agency (Confirmed – or a representative if he is not allowed to cross from Bethlehem)
– Sherif Hedayat, standup comedian, online video producer

PANEL 2: Traditional Media: Strategies and Challenges facing coverage of the Palestine-Israel Conflict
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, 2:45-5:30

– Moderator: Ray Hanania, syndicated columnist, SPJ-Arab Journalists coordinator, and Arab Writers Group Syndicate manager. (Confirmed)
– Steve Linde, managing editor, The Jerusalem Post, editor at Israel Radio. Linde has worked at the Jerusalem Post for the past 10 years and 18 years at Israel Radio. (Confirmed)
– Lisa Zilberpriver, reporter Haaretz Newspaper. (Confirmed)
– Dion Nissenbaum, McClatchy Newspapers Jerusalem Bureau (Confirmed)
– Joel Greenberg, Middle East correspondent for the Chicago Tribune (Confirmed)
– Zaki Abu Al-Halaweh, correspondent for al-Quds Newspaper (Confirmed)
– Issa Sharbati, correspondent for al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper (Confirmed)

The event is open to the public. We encourage you to have lunch at the Ambassador Hotel prior to the conference.

A week of positive blogging.

November 4, 2007

I found a comment on my other blog about an initiative being supported in various circles, and especially by Ehav Ever. Below is his message:

I am trying to get people together to take part in A Week of Positive Blogging, from Nov. 4th to Nov. 10th 2007. The idea is for bloggers all over the world to join in blogging everyday during that week about positive things that are going on in the world. There are a list of topics that have been chosen for each day of the week that can be found at my blog.

It is my hope that this will be a way to show the positive things that are taking place in various communities around the world. Also, we want to do what the media often does not do and that is show that there are also positive people doing what they can to help others.

If you you have a blog it would be great if you would participate. If you know someone with a blog please pass this on to them. To see the details and join in on what we are trying to do go here.

Nothing wrong with a little positivity expressed in our cyber-lives, right? Today’s challenge is about positive memories, writings, thoughts, and images. So here is mine:

flowers garden

Merkaz Edna: a place for well-being and peace.

October 28, 2007

I discovered something new tonight: Merkaz Edna. It’s a rented space in Talpiot, Jerusalem, where independent therapists and homeopaths hold talks, therapy sessions and weekly programs.

I was drawn by a class called: “The Interface Between Alternative and Western Medicine.” It was interesting enough but I was more impressed that such a place existed right near me.

Methinks it’s a good idea to stalk it for a little while; one of the notices said that a mediator is holding an eight week course for children of divorced parents in the summer. I’d just love to help out with that in any way, even if my only payment was watching the mediator interact with the kids.

It’s been a challenge finding someone who would take a near-graduated conflict management student as an unpaid intern or volunteer. I’ve got to step up the efforts. Tonight was a good start, then.

WMF 2007: Still trying to attend.

October 7, 2007

Back in July I wrote about the International Conference to the World Mediation Forum taking place in Jerusalem this year (on Tuesday), which is just my luck… except that it costs $535.

Since July, I’ve emailed the conference organizers to see if they offered scholarships (they don’t). I’ve offered to volunteer to pay it off (no go). I found out one of my department faculty is on the organizing committee (she didn’t do anything). Today I see that my very own professor is one of the panelists (I’m not even bothering with him… trust me).

It’s a real shame on so many levels. How does a conference not have a student rate?  How does my own department – involved with the organizers – not get us in?

I’m going to show up Tuesday morning and see if there is any kind of last-minute situation. It’s a very Israeli thing to do, actually – she up last minute and talk my way in. Might as well give it a shot.

Otherwise, I just have to think that maybe it’s the organizers and panelists who are missing out by not having me around.

Psychological West vs. Holistic East.

September 19, 2007

Tonight I went to an orientation for the Reidman International College of Complementary Medicine. The Reidman college is part of a greater network of alternative medicine schools across the world, and is by far the largest of its kind in Israel.

I got a note in the mail about the orientation and decided to check it out. Last year I attended a 3-day conference on alternative healing and I found it fascinating, especially in conjunction with my mediation studies.

It’s a subject I’ve always wanted to explore and I also figure, why shouldn’t it help with my mediation practice? Individuals need to mediate within themselves first, more often than not.

I like what I heard tonight, and I’m thinking I might sign up for the course this time next year when I’m finished with my current conflict management degree. I’d be doing a five-year holistic psychotherapy course which would explore the mind-body connection in regards to psychotherapy. It’s a mix of Western psychology and Eastern holistic medicine, which is exactly the kind of attitude I want to inject in my own offering.

This all falls under the topic I’ve always been curious about, energy healing. What are relationships without energy? Especially the relationship you have with yourself?

I don’t want to rush into that because I feel like I have a long way to go until I could master such a topic, but I am excited to begin exploring.