MBBI-LA and Rotary are partnering on a two-day training event which kicked off on September 23rd. Qualified MBBLA dialogue faciliators are training Rotarians on how to facilitate difficult conversations within their clubs. The sessions (pictured below) are lead by MBBI member and peace fellow Scott Martin. [Read more…]
Angelika Kahlos, Civic and Peace Education Manager of Mote Oo, was interviewed by Katharine Mckenney, MBBI Writer, in September 2017.
Myanmar’s recent history includes numerous bloody civil wars, placing mediation and peace education as a key priority to those living there. Although conflict on the Western border in Rakhine State has escalated in recent weeks, other conflicts have devastated populations in Shan and Kachin States as well.
Angelika Kahlos is the Civic and Peace Education Manager for Mote Oo, a local organization based in Yangon, Myanmar with an office in Mae Sot, Thailand—a township on the Thai-Myanmar border. Mote Oo has been operating in the informal education sector for adult learners in Myanmar and bordering countries since 2013, with over 40,000 textbooks disseminated between 2013 and 2017. [Read more…]
Register for the Rotarian Action Group for Peace conference here.
Louise Phipps Senft, Esq. founder and CEO of Baltimore Mediation, was interviewed by Nurulayn Noor, MBBI Writer, on June 30th, 2017
Honored as a top CEO by SmartCEO Magazine for her leadership of Baltimore Mediation, the first transformative mediation company in the US, which she founded 24 years ago, Louise Phipps Senft is a recognized pioneer in the field, and a renowned mediation advocate, trainer, entrepreneur and public figure across the US and Europe.
Louise began her journey in mediation when she was dissatisfied by working as a litigator in a corporate law firm. She found that litigation worsened conflicts, whereas mediation attempted to resolve them, therefore, she searched for ways to regain a human connection with cases and began inviting opposing sides in litigation to engage in face-to-face dialogues. Eventually, she began internally mediating within her law firm for clients before they became litigation clients—while this resulted in fruitful outcomes, it did not fit the culture of the large firm, and Louise realized then there was an unfulfilled need for lawyers (and others) to fill. By engaging in mediation with clients, she helped people in a different way—which was also deeply satisfying to Louise as it felt more aligned with her beliefs about people and the world. [Read more…]
This is the fifth article in Mediators Beyond Borders’ six-part series answering, “What would your company/industry/field, and region, look like if adversarial decision-making systems were replaced by collaborative ones?” This article explores the mediation field in the Balkans.
In a multicultural society, there are different notions of justice and variations of moral concepts. Different economic, social, and personal issues overlap with linguistic differences, making it difficult to find a universal understanding of “justice” that addresses the interests of all stakeholders. The Balkan countries, having traditionally been a focus of political turmoil and power plays, are faced with this problem.
Finding a solution to a dispute through a mutually beneficial compromise, achieved by the parties themselves rather than a decision from a third party (e.g a court), increases the sense of justice between the disputants. The sense of justice depends on individuals’ ethical and moral views in light of the region’s ethnic and cultural contexts. This is why the Balkan Association for Dispute Resolution (BADR) believes that the combination of lawyers’ and mediators’ knowledge of the legislation of each of the countries affected by the dispute, and the use of mediation techniques, will lead to the quickest, most adequate, and efficient solution to commercial disputes.
It is time to establish new conditions for dialogue—stimulating the contact between individuals of different cultural and religious backgrounds. There must also be an education in tolerance and mutual respect— so as to learn to hear through the ears, and look through the eyes, of others. The Balkans needs a new global culture of solidarity, empathy and collaboration. BADR has is uniquely positioned to change from the norm and resolve disputes through mediation in the Balkans. [Read more…]