Then I was fascinated to see that the very next booth held the antithesis of combativeness – representatives of Mediators Beyond Borders, a group that aims to help resolve the world’s most vexing, persistent fights using Kheel-style methods to break a complicated battle into manageable parts.
The video above conveys the scene and includes a short interview with Alan Gross, a mediator and co-founder of the group.
He said the group, which has projects from Israel to Zimbabwe to Pittsburgh, was there to try to convince delegates to the talks to include language in any draft agreement that calls for mediators to be applied. Here’s the language proposed by the group:
Jeff Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor at Lipscomb University, researcher, mediator, and trainer. He is also involved in crisis and hostage negotiation as well as a law enforcement detective. His research includes law enforcement crisis and hostage negotiation in terrorist incidents. He received his doctorate from Griffith University Law School having researched the impact nonverbal communication has in conflict situations with respect to developing rapport, building trust, and displaying professionalism.
Dr. Thompson has presented and trained on the topic of conflict, mediation, (crisis and hostage) negotiation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally for a variety of audiences including police personnel, government officials, judges, attorneys, physicians, sales people, business professionals, and both graduate and undergraduate students. He has also been published in numerous professional and academic publications.
He is the co-chair of ACR's national Crisis Negotiation Section, and he is an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple academic journals. He received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute, Creighton University School of Law.
(All posts by Jeff Thompson represent his personal reflections and opinions and not that of any organization.)