The Ecuador Mediation Exchange and Capacity Building Project operated in conjunction with the JAMS Foundation. The project collaborated with Ecuador’s conflict resolution leaders and mediation practitioners to enhance multicultural mediation practices in Ecuador and the United States.
Project Team Leaders: Jeffrey Range and Ximena Bustamante
Partners: MBB, with the JAMS Foundation, provided the Ecuador Mediation Exchange and Capacity Building Project. It consisted of an extensive network of mediators that include lawyers, judges, government officials, academics, for-profit and nonprofit business professionals, and other conflict resolution experts. The project goals were achieved by participant collaboration in the development and expansion of a conflict resolution curriculum and practice, and in the promotion and increased use of mediation as an effective method for the resolution of disputes in both the private and public sectors.The Project had four main objectives: to develop an online platform for collaboration by conflict resolution practitioners; to develop best practices in mediation; to organize a series of symposia the objective of sharing cross-culture perspectives and to develop and sponsor an outreach component that will promote the use of mediation and conflict resolution in non-traditional settings
Benefits of the Project:
- Promoted greater use of mediation in the resolution of disputes across diverse sectors of society.
- Provided access to online communication to foster interactions among conflict resolution professionals who are remotely located from each other.
- Provided a platform for information sharing to enhance and document mediation expertise.
- Developed substantive best practices through a series of symposia.
- Strengthened professional relationships among mediators across cultures.