The Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino (UNSTA) joined ODR Latinoamerica to organize the face-to-face and Virtual Congress ODR Expo Tech NOA Edition, being this the first regional venue of this prestigious event.
UNSTA has been, for more than ten years, a recognized institution in the training of professional mediators in the province of Tucumán and the NOA region (Jujuy, Catamarca, San Luis, La Rioja, Tucumán y Santiago del Estero provinces). The philosophy of mediation and the appropriate resolution of conflicts are part of the vision of the university, and correspond to concrete actions and values necessary for the construction of more peaceful societies.
ODR Latinoamerica is a prestigious academic and research space in the articulation of new technologies and conflict resolution with a long history in the promotion of ODR, and the continuous training courses for the different conflict operators in the public and private spheres.
Together, we intend to take this experience of transmitting knowledge and practices to different parts of the planet, for which we have developed a program that combines face-to-face and virtual sessions in a synchronous and asynchronous format, in which renowned local and international specialists will participate.
Convinced that only through joint work, collaborative learning and research within the field of conflict resolution with the use of technological means, we will be able to improve the mechanisms available so that society has a diversified system for the appropriate care of each conflict, according to its own nature. This is why we invite you to join us in this great event. Registration is for free (without certification in PDF, which is a separate paid service we offer) https://expotechnoa.eventbrite.com.ar
It is for these reasons that, inspired by the need to continue promoting the growth of different conflict resolution methodologies mediated by the use of I&CT, and hoping to be able to share local developments with the experiences of prestigious professionals from different parts of the world, that we proudly organized this event. Hope you can join us!
We’re glad to share the full recording of ODR EXPO.TECH 2021 English Chapter with you! Hope you enjoy the great day we had on April 29, with all the ODR expert Platform specialists.
Alberto Elisavetsky, Ana Sambold, Colin Rule, Chris Draper, Rachelly Ashwall, Graham Ross, Laura May Skillen, Mark Likhten, Mireze Philippe, Katrine A. Larsen, Damian Croker & Joe Al-Khayat, Kathryn Hughes, Morenike Obi-Farinde, Dan Rainey.
The most anticipated meeting in the world of Online Dispute Resolution
Visit us at: https://odrexpo.tech/ 5 days that will completely change the way you think about Online Dispute Resolution.
Featured speakers from 5 continents, inspiring talks in 3 languages, simultaneous translation into Portuguese, English and Spanish. 20 interactive workshops, 15 demonstrations of cutting-edge technology, a networking space (yes, live networking!), with 24-hour online community meetings and much more. A disruptive and revolutionary event like none other you have experienced
More than 3,000 specialists in Conflict Resolution choose online training to take their practice to the next level
To a large extent pushed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the world in 2020 and led the world population to confinement in their homes, face-to-face formats had to give way to virtual and online spaces.
ODR Latinoamerica a is a Social Network and an Academic Space that since 2006 works on the field of Online Dispute Resolution / Alternative Dispute Resolution. In this context of world health emergencies, we had to respond immediately to the urgent training needs regarding the use of new technologies in the professional field.
We decided then to put the engine at maximum power to expand and diversify the offer of courses and activities for all professional conflict operators and related specialists. What we found was a surprising response and an urgent need for applied learning in relation to New Information and Communication Technologies.
We would like, as a summary, to share with you our main activities; those that have made a difference for the mediator community and that have allowed many specialists to cope with these times where presence is so limited and conflicts are the order of the day.
We hope that 2021 finds us stronger and more together than ever.
Consumer protection and trust is at the
forefront of all discussions related to commerce. While millions of
transactions fulfill the purchasing expectations of the customers there is
quite a considerable number of them that do not. Consumers are mostly
uninformed of the existence of online dispute resolution tools and
instead of using
them they are subjected to a dispute
by being directed to other
customer service tools (if the trader has
such) and by struggling to establish
communication with the right department/person through lengthy & persisting efforts. As the
volumes of e-commerce are growing, so is the lack of trust by consumers as to
the redress mechanisms the traders are making available to them to address
their concerns when a problem occurs.
On the other hand, the majority
of traders seem to have prioritized the use of ADR mechanisms pretty low in their agenda. They tend to exhaust dispute resolution efforts to direct negotiations with their customers, do not seem to have appreciated the added value of the involvement of a third neutral
party in the ADR process and seem to prefer postponement of their engagement in it under the belief
that the low value claims discourage consumers to pursue further action through costly & time consuming court proceedings.
That is a reality that calls for further thinking on the idea of establishing a
framework of a mandatory ADR process for consumer disputes just like is being done
more and more in several jurisdictions in civil, commercial and family
This is where we
stand at the moment. So what we need is to act on two different levels. The
first one is to connect technology with consumer dispute resolution. Not in the
abstract, but through real tools of everyday use. We need to provide a
super-fast, efficient and easily accessible environment for both consumers and
traders. The consumer must be able to use online ADR at a distance of a click.
They must have the option to seek redress instantly. Even at the premises of
the trader. So, they need what we could call an “ADR go”. Available at all
times, in all places. Smartphones can play a key role in providing
access to such ADR mechanisms. With the number of
smartphones projected to be 3,5 billion in 2020, 1 billion up from 2016, it is
estimated that in 12 years most of the word population will hold a smartphone.
The second level we
need to work on is to address the skepticism of the traders. To understand and
discuss their concerns. We need to build on a system that will facilitate honest
direct negotiations between the consumer and the trader. Make them understand
that the goal is neither replacing direct negotiations with neutral resolutions
nor aiming solely at consumer protection, but rather at the protection of both.
They need to realize that direct negotiations and ADR is a single two stage
process that creates value and as such must be an integral part of their
services to their customers. In that sense they need to have a modern online
environment, customized to their needs. A cloud system that will allow them to
manage cases internally and immediately and to help them acknowledge the
complementary role of an ADR body in handling a number of unresolved disputes.
A system that would become standard practice offering a customer-centered service that will upgrade the company’s
image and reputation.
This is exactly what we envisage with the ADR4ALL app and the components we currently add. We are creating a consumer-trader ADR ecosystem that provides all the necessary features and tools for addressing consumer disputes. The ADR4ALL app is a joint project funded by the European Commission and ADR point and is the first smartphone app of its kind in this field not only in Europe but globally.
The ADR4ALL app
operates in both android and iOS systems and combines an easy interface and a
dynamic case management tool. The app offers an introductory tutorial of the
submission process and the user can easily file a complaint in a few clicks following
the app wizard. After submitting a case the consumer can watch the status of
the complaint by clicking a button at the toolbar of his app. A software calculates
whether the dispute resolution process is a free or a paid service and the
consumer is informed of the next steps in the process. After a complaint is
submitted the system manager runs a dual check and if the case is admissible a
case handler is appointed and once the trader consents to participate, the case
moves on to the dispute resolution process which is completed either when
parties reach an agreement during their communication with the trader or when
the case handler proposes a solution which the parties may or may not follow
depending on the procedural rules of the ADR body the case has been referred
to. In the upcoming few months the ADR4ALL smartphone app will be converted
into a holistic ADR ecosystem for consumers & traders. New features will be
integrated which will allow several levels of management, a direct negotiation
system built-in the app, a traders’ interactive customer management platform
enabling negotiations and dispute resolution by an ADR body, features making
the app accessible by vulnerable consumers, time alerts, case statistics,
reviews for traders and so on.
The ADR4ALL app is an easy entry point to dispute
The updated version will be an entry point to an ADR ecosystem. What the
consumers need is instant access to simple redress mechanisms. What the traders
need is a familiar and well explained resolution process smoothly integrated in
their customer service philosophy. What both the consumers and the traders need
is full trust in ODR. Our endless effort is to let them know that dispute
resolution technology has tools that can serve their needs. Matching “buying
online” with “resolving online” will be the new deal for consumers and traders
in the future ahead.
Petros Zourdoumis, Founder of ODReurope , General Director of ADR point, Fellow at the NCTDR, Member of the Central Mediation Committee of the Ministry of Justice.
Solving Conflicts in the New Age with Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience
ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION 5.0
How important would you say emotions have when it comes to resolving a conflict?
And what would you say if you had a tool that allows you to perceive and represent a person’s emotions digitally and in real time?
It’s not science fiction, it’s web 5.0
Imagine that through sensors and facial reading a device can modify the status of your avatar in real time.
2020 has been the boost AI needed. The era begins in which new tools will allow us to recognize, for example, what sensation a text or video causes and thanks to portability, speed, learning memory, neural implantations and high resolution, the 5.0 network is now a reality
You are ready? We invite you to live a sensory – emotional experience, capable of identifying the emotions of a user and giving way to personalized instances like you could never perceive them before.