Why Collaborative Solutions?
The word collaborative derives from the Latin for working together. Good facilitation, mediation and engagement entails providing an environment where working (well) together is not only possible, the resulting outcomes are enhanced and parties develop skill and insight that enables them to deal with problem situations better in the future.
Because they have originated from what is traditionally known as a “soft skills” environment there is an assumption that outcomes from facilitation and mediation are not robust or durable, however the reverse is the case. Beyond assisting people to reach agreement, facilitation and mediation provide for better communication, better understanding (of the problem and the solution) and the opportunity to establish agreements based on precision, detail and improved trust.
I hope that articles, stories and updates on this website will provide some good practical examples of existing and developing uses of mediation and facilitation.