What does it mean?
- not helping or supporting either side in a conflict, disagreement, etc.; impartial
- having no strongly marked or positive characteristics or features
- an impartial or unbiased country or person
- a neutral color or shade, especially light gray or beige.
- a disengaged position of gears in which the engine is disconnected from the driven parts
- an electrically neutral point, terminal, conductor, or wire.
What does it look like?
It looks like that they will not intervene in the substance of the dispute. It looks like that they will be indifferent to both sides welfare. It means they will have no relationship with parties outside of the mediation. It looks like they will not attempt to alter perceived power balance differences. It looks like they are disinterested in the outcome. It looks like they are unconcerned with the impact of the settlement on unrepresented parties. It looks like there is no bias and their own agendas get set aside. It looks like they are absence of judgement.
So is a neutral space possible?
How about when it comes to religion?
How about when it comes to beliefs?
How about when it comes to everything?
How do you ensure your explanations of other religions is neutral?
How do you ensure your explanation of other beliefs is neutral?
How do you keep your personal opinion from interfering with it?
Do you it out when someone says something that isn’t factual?
Can you allow both sides to make their case?
Can you go without making generalizations and or making assumptions?
How does it look and how does it feel when you try to be neutral?
Where can it be neutral?
In your community?
In your association?