How is mediation different from facilitation?

Dick Salem

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Nobody authorized us to mediate. I donít think the parties felt any need for that, but we were there to participate and help facilitate. We were more in a facilitative mode.

Explain how youíre using those two terms differently. What do you do when youíre facilitating?

Well youíre helping to get things going. Youíre there to help in those roles to do what you can to keep it moving, but they didnít want you sitting at the head of the table saying this is what weíre going to do.

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