neutral advocate role
A neutral advocate is a 3rd party who is not a decision maker. The neutral facilitates conversations between two or more parties. The conversation is generally structured to:
understand current state, explore issues, brain-storm options,
And structure these into mutually acceptable agreements between the decision making parties.
A neutral will advocate for specific values. These could include neutral role, interest based negotiation process, norms and principles.
duty of role:
The neutral advocate role, as a mediator, has three duties:
Autonomy of decisions by each party;
Procedural fairness; and
Substantive fairness in outcome.
Advocacy is for:
Accomplishment of these three duties;
Decision quality through informed consent and evidence based decisions; and
Agreed norms, principles and shared interests.
A neutral advocate will not seek any specific solution outcome.
Neutral Advocate core skills
- brings a number of key skills around each component of their role
- The ability to work with parties to resolve challenges
- The ability to advocate for a resolution within the stated objectives of parties
- The ability to educate parties on the processes used
- Use these tools to provide insight into the challenge from a conflict resolution perspective