Monday, May 22, 2006

Top five mediation blogs recognized

Top 5 mediation blogs announced and Online Guide to Mediation leads the packNational Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution(NIACR) has announced the winners of its first Annual Mediation Blog Roundup, naming five as the top mediation blogs.

Winners are this blog, Online Guide to Mediation, ranked #1 and selected as Editor's Choice, Geoff Sharp's Mediator Blah...Blah..., Tammy Lenski's Mediator Tech, Mediation Mindset by Anthony Cerminaro, and Florida Mediator by Perry Itkin. Congratulations to everyone. You can read all about it right here.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that any organization has recognized mediation blogs as a unique genre. I know that I am certainly grateful for the recognition and appreciate that NIACR took the initiative here in raising public awareness of the value that blogs can add to the Internet conversation, particularly with respect to a field that actively promotes dialogue and collaboration.

What has been tremendously exciting has been to see the growth in popularity of blogging among conflict resolution professionals just within the past 12 months. Today there exist 25 active blogs devoted to alternative dispute resolution with 13 additional blogs that regularly feature posts about ADR for a grand total of 38. It may not sound like much, but when I started doing this, you could count us all on one hand.

I hope to continue to add names to my Directory of Alternative Dispute Resolution Blogs in the coming months. In fact, I'm breaking ground on a new home for the Directory at www.adrblogs.com and hope to announce a housewarming party soon.

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