Practice note: Challenging conventions in challenging conditions: Thirty-minute mediations at Burning Man



For the past eight years, Ron Kelly has offered mediation services at the annual Burning Man festival. The process he designed appears to bring significant help to disputing couples in half an hour, and useful conflict coaching to individuals in fifteen minutes. It is tightly formatted—and uses a kitchen timer. This interview covers the origins of his process and explores how the creativity and generosity of the festival are available to all mediators.