Program Schedule


The following schedule outlines the activities pof the Senior Fellow Training in Berlin entitled "Effective Communication and Mediation," a three-day program from Humanity in Action.  

We are very grateful to the Germeshausen Foundation for it's generous support of this program. The content of this program does not represent an expression of opinion by the Germeshausen Foundation.


Friday, November 13, 2015
Get Together & Project Presentations
Location: Conference Center WeiberWirtschaft, 5th Floor
Anklamer Straße 38, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
19:30-22:30     Get Together & Project Presentations with Dr. Judy Goldstein, Founder and Executive Director of Humanity in Action, Board Members of Humanity in Action Germany, Funders and Friends of the Organization, Senior Fellows, Staff from across all the Humanity in Action Offices, and Representatives of recently conducted Senior Fellow Projects:
Antisemitism in a Democratic Society – The “Wave of Smears“ in Hamburg 1959/60
  • Anton Guhl, Gülay Gün
The Anne Frank Project PosznaƄ
  • Sudip Bhandari
Roman Medya: How to Communicate Through Media 
  • Beril Eski 
Pull the Brake Against Roma Discrimination 
  • Elma Orucevic
Learning Assistance for Warsaw’s Roma Children
  • Jarmila Rybicka
ROMA – A discussion of Diversity and the Treatment of Minorities
  • Magnus Harrison, Sahra-Josephine Hjorth
With WINGS and ROOTS: The Miman Study Guide
  • Lotti Schulz
Saturday, November 14, 2015 
Location:Conference Center WeiberWirtschaft, 4th Floor
Anklamer Straße 38, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
09:45-10:00    Welcome & Introduction – Johannes Lukas Gartner, Humanity in Action
10:00-11:30    Training Session (I): 
The Toolbox of the Mediator – Lenka Hora Adema, Organizational Coach and Mediator
Welcome and Introduction to the Toolbox of the Mediator: The Triangle of Attitude, Skills & Process 
“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” (Laing)
What do we see? About the Paradigm of the Mediator, Mental Models, Assumptions and the Challenge of the Mediator to Always Check Assumptions
  • Exercise on the Basic Tools of the Mediator: Active Listening and Questioning with an Open Attitude
11:30-11:45    Coffee Break
11:45-13:00    Training Session (II): Conflict Styles – Lenka Hora Adema
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself only, what am I?” (Hillel)
The Tension Between Empathy and Assertiveness
  • Exercise on Conflict Styles: Finding Assumptions, Convictions, Norms and Values
13:00-14:00    Lunch
Restaurant Lemongrass (on-site)
14:00-15:15    Training Session (III): De-Escalation Tools – Lenka Hora Adema
“But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” (Anne Frank)
Dealing with Emotions, Complaints, Escalations & the Secrets of Convincing
  • Exercises on the De-Escalation Tools of the Mediator: Reflecting Emotions and Reformulating Positions to Interests
15:15-15:30    Coffee Break
15:30-17:00    Training Session (IV): Conflict Patterns & Meta-Communication – Lenka Hora Adema
“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.” (Bill Gates)
When Communication Doesn’t Work: Recognizing Different Conflict Patterns and How to Use Meta-Communication to Make it Work Again
  • Exercise on Recognizing Conflict Patterns and Using Meta-Communication
17:00-18:00    Closing of the Day
Looking Back, Time for Last Questions & Looking Ahead: Preparation for Sunday
18:00-18:30    Walk Together to Dinner Place 
Location:Pizzeria Due Forni
Schönhauser Allee 12, 10119 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
18:30-20:30    Dinner 
Sunday, November 15, 2015 
Location:Alte Feuerwache, Seminar Room 4 (SR4)
Axel-Springer-Str. 40/41, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
10:00-11:15    Training Session (V): Pitfalls of the Mediator (i) – Lenka Hora Adema
“Good things do not come easy. The road is lined with pitfalls.” (Desi Arnaz) 
Pitfalls of the Mediator (i): 
  • The Drama Triangle by Berne – Exercises on the Triangle and Quadrants
11:15-11:30    Coffee Break
11:30-13:00    Training Session (V): 
Pitfalls of the Mediator (ii) – Lenka Hora Adema
  • The Quadrant Methodology by Ofman
13:00-14:00    Good-Bye Lunch (on-site)