Back from a trip to Israel, here are some new panoramas. And in addition, here's a proposal for how new technology might slowly improve the prospects for peace there, by making students find and collaborate with an online pal from the "other side" and understand their viewpoint in order to pass a course.
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- Understand their viewpoint, or pretend to understand?Mar 20, 2012
- Pretend is a start. If they are so far gone as to want to do that, it makes sense to start younger. But it takes a special skill to pretend to understand, to summarize the other viewpoint in a way that they other agrees is valid.Mar 20, 2012
- Former Sen. George Mitchell gave a talk at the University of Colorado several years ago. He said in his peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, he started by getting leaders from both sides to go to a pub for dinner together. By eating and drinking together, they started to see each other as people from the same culture.
This approach might be a little harder for the Israelis and Palestinians, but they do have overlapping dietary restrictions. Importantly, it needs a coordinating party with strong leadership skills who's seen as neutral by both sides. And finding someone who's perceived neutral in this conflict is a challenge in itself.Mar 20, 2012
- it does sound hopeful!Mar 21, 2012
- Good thoughts Bradley and what absolutely beautiful pictures. When a conflict is so value-based and deeply entrenched in belief systems, it seems the only path to any form of change must come through a multi-generational approach that seeks to re-humanize the other.Mar 23, 2012