The March Mediate BC newsletter referenced a paper, prompted by the Distance Family Mediation Project’s Phase 2 work, published by Noam Ebner and Colleen Getz in the academic journal, Conflict Resolution Quarterly. (The paper, “ODR: The Next Green Giant” can be downloaded for free from here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1993192)
In follow-up to this paper there will be a free webinar on the topic, hosted by Creighton University, School of Law’s ADRHub. Noam Ebner has invited Colleen Getz (Evaluator for the Distance Family Mediation Project) and Susanna Jani, (Project Manager for the Distance Family Mediation Project) to join him for a discussion on Phase 2’s “green lens”.
The webinar will be on May 14th, 3 – 4 pm (PST). You can register for it at: http://adrhubmay2012-estw.eventbrite.com.
Here is a description of what will be discussed in the webinar:
ODR: Making the “Green in the Machine” Work for You
A Presentation by Noam Ebner, Colleen Getz, and Susanna Jani
Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is becoming widely accepted, with its proponents pointing out the advantages that harnessing the power of the Internet offers to dispute resolution. These benefits include enhanced flexibility, expertise, and accessibility, as well as reduced costs, time-investment and travel. One clear benefit of ODR which has not been spotlighted, however, is the environmental advantage which ODR enjoys over any other form of dispute resolution.
In this webinar, we will explore the nature and value of this advantage, presenting case studies which illustrate how significant this advantage is. We will also address the fundamental question of ‘What’s in it for us?’ Benefit to the planet aside – what do ODR practitioners, and the ODR field, stand to gain from spotlighting ODR’s environmental aspects? And – what might we do in order to achieve these gains?