Civility and Civil Public Discourse: Mediation Skills Citizens Can Use

Our second video, sponsored in recognition of the American Bar Association’s Mediation Week focuses on mediation skills that everyone can use to promote more civil discourse.  We welcome guests Paul Ladehoff who directs the University of Missouri’s Campus Mediation Program and also the Law School’s LLM program in Dispute Resolution, and Noel English who is the director of the University of Missouri’s Equity program for this discussion on “Civility and Civil Discourse: Mediator Skills Everyone Can Use.”  We invite you to show this video to groups you may be involved with and invite further discussion.  Questions you might ask include what types of communication invite conflict? which invite further discussion? what are some of the specific skills mediators use that can help calm emotions and invite further reflection and dialogue? Which might you be willing to use?  How would our communities benefit if we had more civil dialogue? We also invite you to share your comments and experiences by using the comment feature of this blog.

All videos in this series were recorded using VTC Stream.  Find out more about this technology at  You can use the “embed and share” link to the right of the video to post this to your website or other location.

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