The 2018 Mediators’ Institute of Ireland Annual Conference took place in The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October.
The conference was widely held to be another outstanding success with keynote speakers John Sturrock, Turlough O’Donnell and Dr Caroline Casey delivering critical insights on a range of related topics including the Mediation Act and the Brexit negotiations.
As part of the activities a team of researchers from the Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group delivered an innovative and interactive workshop.
Titled ‘Grow Your Own Research’, the workshop adopted the life cycle of plants to illustrate key points about the importance, conduct, and outputs of mediation research.
Dressed in style in ‘gardener’ costumes and wellingtons, the team members drew on insights from recent research done by the KIWMRG to dispel some of the myths about research and researchers.
The aims of the workshop were to:
- Dispel some of the myths regarding research
- Make the case for research-informed practice
- Demonstrate that research can be fascinating, enlightening & fun
- Highlight some of the KIWMRG projects/findings to date
- Encourage audience members to consider joining KIWMRG and/or using the Group as a resource
The workshop was very well received with audience members working on designing a research strategy for questions they identified. Several people expressed an intention to join the KIWMRG.
The workshop was designed and facilitate by: Deirdre Curran, Oksana Kokaylo, Pruthvish Jagadish Kumar, Margaret Bouchier and Treasa Kenny.