Nora Ludviksen

About Nora Ludviksen

In my former career as an architect, the most satisfying part of my work was leading teams of people through complex decisions, from conflict to creativity. I developed a knack for creating an environment where clients and consultants could tap into their most creative and collaborative selves, respond to obstacles and setbacks, shift frustration to focus, and get the work done.

These experiences drew me to facilitative mediation—a perfect fit with my interests and nature.

Out of my own relationships as a wife, mother and daughter, I am drawn to working with people struggling through big life transitions, particularly elders, teenagers and their families. I love that my role as a mediator is to hold a place for each person at the table, upholding the validity of their views and values as they move into and out of roles of power in the family.

Training and Experience

I trained at the Volunteers of America Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in Everett, Washington, where I completed the rigorous eighteen-month practicum required for certification. The DRC and its staff are renowned for professional trainings of the highest caliber, created and developed with over thirty years of experience in the conflict management field. My training and practice meet the guidelines of the Washington Mediation Association.

Since 2012, I’ve served as a volunteer mediator at the DRC in Seattle, mediating parenting plans, divorce matters, property division, parent-teen conversations, and workplace conflicts.

My trainings and advanced professional education total over 130 hours and include:

Basic mediation Narrative mediation
Family mediation Settlement writing
Elder mediation Property division
Child-informed mediation for divorcing families Regional and national dispute resolution conferences
Workplace mediation
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About the Table

In naming my practice, I was inspired by Pablo Neruda’s book of poetry Odes to Common Things. Neruda reveals the beauty and universal meaning in ordinary objects around us. He describes the table as trustworthy and life sustaining. For me, the table also represents the place where, for generations, people have gathered to break bread, discuss important issues, and settle their differences. At the Table, I’ve created a neutral yet familiar place for people to meet and talk.

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"Nora was calm, very observant and persistent."