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Change is a notion relative to the perception of a situation. The change of things can only be a matter of perception and representation. In fact, there might be change only according to the idea of the person who thinks so.

Change is associated with observable differences. Change may be the result of a natural phenomenon such as climate change or be the result of an action that a person has caused by making an act, voluntary or not. Therefore, the change may be wanted or unwanted. This is not because the change has been chosen that its consequences, more or less anticipated, also have been.

Turning off the light does not mean that we wish to be plunged into complete darkness.

Peacefully, from the viewpoint of the one who knows and without any emotional expression, change can be considered as "a process that aims at helping one or more people to go out of darkness and accompany them to wisdom, or in other words, to the light through and along various stages".


[edit] Changes

  • Abandonment
  • Rupture
  • Rejection

[edit] Unilateral Change

  • Reorganization

[edit] Two Aspects

The identification of the various aspects involved in a change enables to proceed to its accompaniment. This accompaniment of change is a work of anticipation.

  • Material aspects of the change:
  • What is materially and concretely required.
  • Human aspects of the change:
  • What the change may emotionally call into question in an involved person, even irrationally.

[edit] In Mediation

In mediation, this accompaniment towards positions of appeasement, even wisdom, is made by a professional who uses specific techniques and respects a rigorous code of ethics and deontology in order to pass by the different stages that enable to evolve through time.

Along the path of change, we encounter primarily all kinds of pollutions of human relationships like value judgments, interpretations, suspicions, viewpoints of the protagonists, the unsaid... and secondly the skills and tools of the mediator.

The allegory of the cave philosophically highlights that if prisoners, who are trapped in the cave, chained since their young age, unable neither to move their feet nor turn their head, receiving some light coming from the mountain only through a hole, able to observe only some moving and talking shadows, could go out from there, released by the philosopher: it is not easy for them to immediately appreciate their release and freedom because of their ignorance of things. It is difficult to learn, therefore the concept of learning and knowledge becomes fundamental.

According to the mediator's viewpoint, the allegory of the cave is the foundation of mediation. In the mediation approach, the prisoners of the cave are similar to people in conflict, locked by their limitations and chained by their prejudices, viewpoints and respective positioning which hinder communication and the clear vision of reality.

The mediator who will release the prisoners from their limitations is aware that the accompaniment of people in conflict toward wisdom is not an easy task. The mediator knows that there are several factors to overcome to be able to pass from darkness into light. Therefore he has a rigorous reflection regarding the concept of learning and knowledge aiming to be freed from the cave, climb the mountain and find the light.

The accompaniment for change implies to the mediator to also define his own position, to be released from his 'mental radio' in order to perform his occupation with professionalism. Therefore conditioned and prepared, the mediator is able to act as a “liberator” and is ready to unlock the prisoners' chains, one by one. Finally he can lead them to learn how to move their feet and neck, walk, move forward and evolve...

Once all pollutions that hinder good communication have been removed, the mediator frames the prisoners during these stages and gently takes them out of the cave. Step by step the prisoners go up the hill and face the light until the acceptance of change.

Without forgetting steps, it should be noticed that all along the process leading to the change, the mediator uses a set of fundamental tools of mediation which are: the window of moods, language in the first and second person and his creative approach without which an accompaniment towards an acceptable and sustainable change would be impossible.

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