Kudos to Mediators Beyond Borders (of which I am a member!) and board member Alan Gross:
He gives a great explaination on how mediation can be involved in climate discussions, watch below and read the article…. then leave a comment here!
New York Times Blog- Andrew C. Revkin
…I was engaged in a discussion with Monckton about his views of climate science and some disputes we’d had over stories I’d written when Brad Johnson, a climate blogger and editor at the liberal Center for American Progress, walked by – creating one of those volatile moments, as if matter and anti-matter had come a bit too close for comfort.
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:
To most people, negotiation is a battle of words. They are all about reaching an agreement. They get blinded by the myth fueled by their biases that they are there...By Papito Francis Ojok