Beyond Intractability
Topical Audio Interview Segments from the Beyond Intractability Project

  • Dennis Sandole explains how people in intractable conflicts are frequently afflicted with "cognitive blindness," which prevents them from seeing or understanding the other side's point of view.

  • Roy Lewicki, Professor of Management and Human Resources at Ohio State University, suggests that many of the mechanisms implemented to manage distrust typically offer little hope of building trust. The rules and procedures associated with security measures, workplace regulations, and prenuptial agreements are directed instead at preventing violations or reducing risks.

  • Peter Coleman explains how intractable conflicts are different from simpler "tractable" conflicts.

  • The third side recognizes and respects all the other sides, says William Ury. It is "a container for creative contention" that allows for the transformation of the conflict.

  • Morton Deutsch explains one of his basic principles of conflict resolution: how to get people to approach a conflict cooperatively rather than competitively.

  • Ron Fisher, of American University, explains that our ultimate goal should be a culture of peace, in which people -- and especially decision-makers -- look to cooperative nonviolent methods for dealing with their differences, and eschew violence except when attacked.

  • What defines a good leader? Mark Gerzon, key organizer of the Congressional civility retreats, suggests that a good leader is one who knows how to deal with differences constructively and is able to oppose adversaries without demonizing them.

  • Though she doesn't use the world per se, peacebuilder Elise Boulding highlights the important role of women, children, and artists in the peacemaking process.

  • Mediator Silke Hansen describes how she gained the parties' trust by serving as a one-person rumor-control team.

  • Andrea Strimling, Commissioner, International ADR, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, recounts a story from Indonesia in which the pervasiveness of violence necessitated much attention at the grassroots level.


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