The Master Mediator
Quick Takes: Magic Moments
Editor's note: Alternatives columnist
Bob Creo, a Pittsburgh arbitrator and mediator, has been revisiting his
catalog of CPR Institute website columns, originated a decade ago, in a
Back to Basics series that he has subtitled “Human Problems, Human
Solutions.” These updated and expanded columns are in print for the
first time, building on new concepts and knowledge. He has revisited a
wide spectrum of mediation room behaviors and practices. This month's
column combines two of those early efforts.
child soldiers from the Liberia civil wars at the United Nations
Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana, a decade ago, was a rare privilege that
broadened my perspective on the scope of conflict, human resiliency,
problem solving, and the diversity of mediators' roles.
mission was to reintegrate 100 former child soldiers and their families
into communities in Liberia. The repatriation project encompassed
training the people in vocational skills, providing psychological and
other counseling services, while supplementing the basic needs of food,
shelter and health care.