By Florence de Vesvrotte, MBBI Writer
Have you ever wondered how the magic of mediation operates in the most challenging of contexts? If yes, then a chat with MBBI’s Kenya Initiative Team Leader, Gail Ervin, is what you need. In an interview, Gail patiently explained to me how the MBBI team helps foster peace through dialogue in rural pastoralist (nomadic herder) areas of Kenya, an account which elucidated the benefits of mediation.
The Concept of Dialogue: Returning to the Basics of Community Building to solve a National crisis
Dialogue helps individuals understand each other all around the world— communities regularly and naturally return to this basic technique to solve their conflicts. I use the term ‘return to’ because, fundamentally, dialogue is a tool that keeps being put aside as societies grow— until a crisis re-arises and forces citizens to reconsider the idea of engaging peacefully with each other. Repeatedly, one attempts to go back to a culture of dialogue and cooperation, each time hoping it will last permanently.
Speaking with Gail only confirmed that MBBI understands this; her experience in Kenya is a good illustration of how MBBI helps empower sustainable ways to engage with one-another in communities. [Read more…]