ABA Mediation Week 2014

Tom Wahlrab on Transformative Mediation and Civic Engagement

Tom Wahlrab

Part of ABA Mediation Week 2014 – “Stories Mediators Tell”

October 13, 2014 at Noon in Saxbe Auditorium

Join the Program on Dispute Resolution and the Ohio Mediation Association as we learn about transformative mediation theory and its use in public policy development and civic engagement.  This event is free and open to the public and lunch will be served.

This one and one-half hour lecture by mediator Tom Wahlrab will be punctuated with small group exercises and with opportunities for participant discussions.  It includes a basic overview of transformative mediation theory, principles, and practices based on The Promise of Mediation, by Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger (1994).  From there, the lecture will offer a definition of conflict and mediation and several strategies that distinguish the transformative mediation model from other mediation models. Using the Dayton Mediation Center’s programs as examples, the lecture will itemize the breadth of engagements with the community at-large and the justice system in particular.

Going beyond mediation, the lecture will include case studies showing how the distinctive strategies of the transformative model have been used in opening up opportunities for multiple sectors of the government and the community to work together. Specifically, Mr. Wahlrab will discuss how the transformative tools were used in the creation of a community-generated plan to be an immigrant-friendly city.

About Tom Wahlrab

Tom Wahlrab is the former Executive Director of the City of Dayton (Ohio) Human Relations Council and the Dayton Mediation Center. Mr. Wahlrab is one of the principal facilitators of the community conversation that resulted in the Welcome Dayton Plan. He supported the process that resulted in the City of Dayton’s Second Generation Disparity Study and subsequent Procurement Enhancement Plan Ordinance and Policy. He has thirty years working in government and private sector environments involving affirmative action, contract compliance, civil rights, mediation and conflict management, community building, civic engagement and workplace team systems development. He received his BA from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio and a MS Ed. from the University of Dayton. Mr. Wahlrab is a Fellow and Board member with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT), a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and a founding member and first chairperson of the Ohio Community Mediation Association.