Listening to Wisconsin Public Radio today, I heard a statistician discussing lingustic research that measures the “mood of the nation” — happy or sad. Christopher M. Danforth, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of Vermont, claims that he can determine how happy or sad we are collectively by monitoring the things we read or listen to, such as song lyrics, blogs and speeches. Not surprisingly, he reminded us that two of the most stressful and saddening things to hear or read about are change and uncertainty. My thoughts immediately turned to mediation. Isn’t that what it is all about? Eliminate uncertainty and participate in change so that you can, to some extent, control it’s direction. How is that for a marketing theme?