You learn something new every day!

I had never had a mediation go viral before last week.  I don’t know how carefully you define “confidential” in your Agreement to Mediate, but obviously I didn’t define it carefully (or clearly) enough because shortly after we concluded a 9 hour session, one of the parties was on facebook placing confidential information out there for all the world to see.  Amazing!

Which has led me to believe that I need to add an additional paragraph in my Agreement to Mediate that clearly deals with confidentiality as it applies to social media.  After I finish it, I’ll post it here in case you are interested.

In the mean time, if you are mediating, think about this lesson and try to prevent something as silly as social media from compromising an otherwise effective mediation effort.