Finally, mediation can be used in parallel with technological tools such as online negotiation, commonly referred to as online dispute resolution (ODR). This allows you to keep an open channel of discussion with the other party, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The other party’s attitude may change over time so these tools can help you settle when this happens. ODR is often very cheap, sometimes free, to try out. It also takes emotions out of the equation, which in some cases can be helpful. These tools could allow you to settle your dispute before even heading into the mediation, or after it has begun. Therefore, you can optimize your chances of finding an agreement.