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Why is peace so difficult to achieve in the modern world? Each week, Doug brings on guests from around the world to talk about their work and practice. Be inspired and informed by some of the most innovative peacemakers of our time.

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03 Peacemakers: The Challenges of Training Lawyers to Be Problem Solvers-Pr

12/16/2010
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The concept of lawyers as peacemakers and problem solvers has evolved over the past 20 years has mediation and alternative dispute resolution has grown. However, the American law school curriculum has not, at the core level, changed dramatically. The law school curriculum is driven by accreditation and bar examination requirements. Thus, training lawyers as problem solvers remains somewhat peripheral to training lawyers in adversarial ideology. Despite this, students are very receptive to...

02 Peacemakers: From Litigator to a Teacher a Peacemakers-Prof. Paula Young

12/16/2010
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Paula went to law school to protect friends and family after her boyfriend was arrested. Feeling helpless in that situation, she decided to do something about it. After graduating from law school, she practiced in oil and gas law for five years then turned to commercial litigation. She worked for a receiver of an insolvent insurance company in St. Louis, trying multi-million-dollar lawsuits. Her team started using mediation and, to their surprise, began settling cases near the amount they...

01 Peacemakers: Training Lawyers to Be Problem Solvers Not Problem Makers-P

12/16/2010
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My guest on this edition of The Doug Noll Show is Professor Paula Young--a leader in training lawyers to be problem solvers and peacemakers.Paula, winner of the Distinguished Mediator Award given by the Virginia mediation Network, is an Associate Professor of Law at the Appalachian School of Law and Director of its Lawyer as Problem-Solver certificate program. She teaches group facilitation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, dispute resolution system design, and insurance practice. Paula...

04 The Middle East: Observations of a World Peacemaker-John McDonald

12/9/2010
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Ambassador McDonald tells us that 80% of the people in Israel and Palestine want peace. His Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy worked in the Middle East for five years in the 1990s before the project funding ended. During the project, he learned that the people really seek peace, yet the politicians persist in extreme ideology to protect their personal power, position, and privilege. Ambassador McDonald gives us some examples of how multi-track diplomacy to build consensus around difficult...

03 Multi-Track Diplomacy: Bringing Everyone to the Table-John McDonald

12/9/2010
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I ask Ambassador McDonald about the nature of national sovereignty, starting with the Treaty of Westphalia. Ambassador McDonald tells us that the United Nations charter was based on the concept of national sovereignty. In 1947 at the time the United Nations was formed, there were about 80 sovereign nations in the world. Today, The United Nations membership consists of 193 nations, many of which arose from collapsed empires. In the mid-20th century, most world conflicts were nation against...

02 Emerging Conflicts: Wars Over Water-John McDonald

12/9/2010
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Ambassador McDonald talks about his foreign service career, which started in 1947 after law school. One of his most interesting early assignments was working on the Marshall Plan in Europe. Ambassador McDonald tells us that the Marshall plan represented the first time in human history the conquering nation had helped rebuild the nation that had lost in war. During that period, foreign aid was 3.5% of the federal budget. Today, by comparison, it is only .15% while spending on the military has...

01 Peacemakers: From Diplomat to World Peacemaker-John McDonald

12/9/2010
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My guest on this edition of The Doug Noll Show is Ambassador John W. McDonald--a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert and a peace builder, concerned about world social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for sixteen years on United Nations economic and social affairs. He is currently Chairman and co-founder of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, in Washington D.C., which...

04 Peace and Violence: Creating Safe Schools Steven Wytree

12/2/2010
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Stephen tells us that to reverse the false identity syndrome, schools must remove all of the negative identifiers associated with violence and chaos. Simple things like changing school mascots, providing for green zones within schools (trees, gardens, and lawns), and teaching students, administrators, teachers, and parents about the insidious nature of negative identifiers can have profound effects on the school environment. Steve claims that if we change the nature of traits that identify...

03 Peace and Violence: Holidays as Symbols as Violence Steven Wytree

12/2/2010
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Steve talks about surveys he gives to people he trains concerning the holidays. He asks people to rank the US holidays of Halloween, Fourth of July, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Veterans Day in order of violence. He says the experience is eye-opening as people tend to rank Halloween, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day as violent and Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving as peaceful. He makes the point that the symbols of violence create identities of violence within our culture. Steve...

02 Peace and Violence: Who and What We Identify With Predicts ViolenceSteve

12/2/2010
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Steve tells us that he developed a theory that he calls false human identity belief syndrome. This is the belief that humans are predators, which he claims is a false belief. Steve tells us that there are 20 fundamental traits that separate predators from herbivores. Humans do not have any predator traits and are not natural meat eaters. I asked Steve if he is not oversimplifying a more complex problem around the human capacity for peaceful and violent behaviors. Steve says that he believes...

01 School Violence: Mascots and School Violence Go Hand in Hand--Steven Wyt

12/2/2010
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On this edition of the Doug Noll Show I talk with Steven Wytree, a peace trainer out of Hayden, Idaho.Steven Wytree has been researching the subject of violence in our homes, communities, schools and throughout history since 1984. At 24 years old, he had an insight about the cause of violence in society that paralleled human history. He worked with violent street gang members was part of an anti-gang task force while working for Los Angeles Unified School District. In 1986, he lived on skid...

04 Peace at Home: Decisions by Consensus in a Co-Housing Community-Susan Al

11/18/2010
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In addition to being an international peacemaker and scholar, Susan takes her peacemaking practice home with her. She describes her living situation in a co-housing community of 56 families. All of the decisions of the community are made by consensus, and learning about consensus decision-making has been an interesting journey in peacemaking. Susan tells us the consensus occurs when everybody affected by a decision is have an opportunity to speak and has no serious objection to the decision....

03 Peaceful Societies: The U.S. Is Not a Peaceful Nation-Susan Allen Nan

11/18/2010
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Susan and I talk about the Global Peace Index. The United States ranks 85th out of 149 countries, indicating that based on 23 indicators used in the GPI, the U.S. not a particularly peaceful country. The indicators include objectively measurable factors such as number of people imprisoned, weapons in society, number of people killed in external conflicts, and size of the military. Susan advises us that a visit to the website is insightful.Much of Susan's academic interest is in reflective...

02 Peacemaking: How Hatred Transforms to Peace-Susan Allen Nan

11/18/2010
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I ask Susan if the Point of View workshops were a form of Track Two diplomacy. Susan says that she considers the workshops to be Track 1 1/2 diplomacy because several of the Georgian representatives hold official capacities within the Georgian government. Although the workshops are informal and unofficial, there is a practical reality to having decision-makers participate in the process. The South Ossetians generally are civilian thought leaders.Susan tells us that she structures the...

01 Peacemaking: Republic of Georgia and South Ossetia Build Confidence-Susa

11/18/2010
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On this edition of the Doug Noll Show we will have a conversation with scholar peacemaker Susan Allen Nan, assistant professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Susans academic focus is on reflective practice and research that emerges from practice contexts. In addition, she has engaged long-term in conflict resolution in the Caucasus, as well as contributing to a variety of conflict resolution initiatives in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the...

04 Peacemakers: Punishment, Retribution, and War Are Based in Fear - Jacque

11/11/2010
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We talk about retribution and punishment as a form of violence. Jackie tells us that retribution is not where people are in their hearts. The rapid expansion of the prison-industrial complex in the past 20 years is a result of marketing to people's fears. Jackie tells us that she has learned to respond to people that she disagrees with gentleness, grace, and compassion. The great challenge is how to stay connected with people despite great differences of values, beliefs, and opinions. The...

03 Peacemaking: The Secret of Peace is Affirming the Value of Others - Jacq

11/11/2010
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I asked Jackie about the principle of affirmation. Jackie tells us that she learned about the importance of affirmation from a Quaker group. People must feel safe and affirmed before they can solve their problems. Thus, when there is deep and intractable conflict, the peacemakers role is to first affirmed the parties and their essential humanity. From Jackie's perspective as a peace educator, the role of peace education is to first teach the principle of affirmation. When children are taught...

02 Peacemakers: Peacemaking as a Way of Being and a Journey - Jacqueline Ha

11/11/2010
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We begin this segment with the question of what is a peacemaker. Jackie tells us that a peacemaker is a person on a personal journey. The peacemaker is contemplating the question: how can we do the kind and just thing? I asked Jackie why the concept of peacemaking is difficult for people to embody in their lives. Part of the problem is cultural. There are societies where violence simply does not exist. There are other societies where violence is a way of life. Fundamentally, peacemaking...

01 Peacemaking and Families: What is Peace Really? - Jacqueline Haessly

11/11/2010
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What is peace really? My guest on the November 11, 2010 edition of The Doug Noll Show is peace educator Jacqueline Haessly. She is founder and president of Peacemaking Associates training and consulting company and of Peace Talks Publications -- a specialty press publishing company, brings forty years experience to her presentations on topics of peace and social justice for families, educators, family life professionals, religious, community, and business leaders in local, national and...

04 War and Conflict: The Solider as Peacemaker- Gord Breedyk and Erich Sche

11/4/2010
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Gord and Erich see this project as a long-term endeavor. They hope that as time goes on, the quality of accredited peace professionals will demonstrate the power of the credentialing process. Their project is drawing the interest of both the Canadian and United States military leadership as those organizations begin to realize the importance of the peace professionals core values and competencies within the military.The challenge going forward is to find funding to make the accreditation...
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