Have you ever wondered what in the world is going through the mind of people in conflict as they battle things out in front of you? In this fascinating presentation on “Brain Whispering: the neurosciences of mediation,” Sarah Peyton with Empathy Brain, led us through the inner workings of the brain as people seek to resolve their issues.
Companies making large-scale investments in high-risk environments increasingly face disputes with local communities around issues such as land ownership, employment schemes, social investment programs or security policies. As a response, companies engage in an array of voluntary conflict management activities.
Mediation can be a timely and cost-effective mechanism to help corporations prevent and resolve conflicts with local communities and avoid more formal complaint procedures.
During a lunch co-hosted by the International Mediators Community of Practice (IMCP) and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University, Finnish Ambassador Pekka Metso, recently appointed Ambassador at Large for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, shared his passion for mediation and interreligious dialogue in the context of Finnish Foreign Policy and Human Rights.
At the initiative of the IMCP Apprenticeship Working Group led by Communities in Transition, the IMCP is partnering with GWU’ Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) to offer graduate students an intensive 8-weeks “Civic Engagement: Conflict Resolution Apprenticeship” Summer Institute.
While conflict is present all over the world, job opportunities as mediators working overseas seem to be quite rare. During this Peer-2-peer consultation, participants agreed that mediation in the field of international conflict management is not a profession yet but a useful skill to have.
One reason may be that engaging in mediation requires a diverse background with a large toolbox of skills in addition to the ability of managing a dialogue process between contentious parties, and therefore may not be the primary “job title” one may hold.