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Virtual Study Group: Mediation
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The MVPG is intended to be a venue for FFI members with mediation skills to share developments in the field of dispute resolution through discussion of their practical experience, skill building, marketing, and other related matters. In addition to discussions among members, it is contemplated to have presentations by members and recognized thought leaders in various mediation disciplines, as well as related fields, including developments in psychology and neuroscience.


Group meetings are intended to convene bi-monthly.

Code of conduct

The Group members are expected to observe to the FFI Professional Best Practices. Discussions held during Group meetings or on the group private discussion board are confidential and should not be shared outside of the Group. 


All MVPG members shall be members of FFI in good standing.


Richard Lutringer

Members Only Area

Click on the button below to access the Study Group private online forums. Please note: you must sign in to your FFI account to view the forums. Contact Lenny Fogel at if you need assistance with your user id or password. 

Technical Requirements for Web Video Conferencing

As the Group is entirely virtual and meets live online via video conferencing, there are technical requirements to be observed. The software applications to access the virtual meetings are free to download, free to use and are available on nearly all computing devices including PC, Mac, and mobile devices. For questions about these technical requirements, contact the Group chair.


• An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

• Speakers and a microphone – built-in or plug-in

• Webcam or HD webcam - built-in or plug-in

Supported Operating Systems

• iOS5.0 or later

• Send and receive video using front or rear camera

• iPad 2, new iPad, iPhone 3 (no front facing camera) 4, 4S and iPod touch 4th Generation

• Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6/(Snow Leopard) or later

• Windows 7 or Windows Vista with SP1 or later, or Windows XP with SP3 or later

• Android (coming soon)

Supported Browsers for Web Start

• Windows: IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari5+, Opera12+

• Mac: Safari5+, Firefox, Chrome

• iOS: Safari5+, Chrome

• Android (coming soon): Webkit (default), Chrome

Processor Requirement

• Any 1 Ghz single core processor or better


All FFI Members are eligible to participate in study groups. Study groups meet face-to-face in locations around the globe as well as virtually within the FFI study group online community. There are no annual dues to participate. Study groups may be organized based on geographic region (as is the case with New York and Oregon study groups for example), topic of interest (succession or Latin American family enterprise for example), as well as profession of origin (accounting, finance or behavioral therapy for example). For more information about forming a study group go here.



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