Improvisation and Mediation: Balancing Acts
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2005
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 425–434, October 2005
How to Cite
Balachandra, L., Barrett, F., Bellman, H., Fisher, C. and Susskind, L. (2005), Improvisation and Mediation: Balancing Acts. Negotiation Journal, 21: 425–434. doi: 10.1111/j.1571-9979.2005.00075.x
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 26 SEP 2005
Improvisation can be an important element of mediation practice, and there are several ways in which mediation practice correlates to improvisational performance. In this article, two mediation experts and two skilled jazz musicians explore the improvisational aspects of mediation. Two central themes emerge: (1) mediators often use improvisational techniques, and (2) by being improvisational, mediators can create environments that would encourage the parties themselves to be improvisational. We argue that practitioners can enhance their effectiveness as mediators by mastering improvisational skills.