does conflict resolution begin with Sustained Dialogue?
Karen may be more right than
Why does Sustained Dialogue begin with STORY and not
"issues?" people often ask.
The answer begins with a third question:
What is the most powerful weapon of all to fashion
Armaments of death?
Barriers to hide behind? Punishing and
media wars that elevate oneself and dimish the
No. None of them.
Consider STORY POWER.
STORIES are the new weapons, the single most
powerful tools for communication and change.
"Sometimes we need stories more than food to
stay alive," said Robert Bly, and re-affirmed:
Associates, Jonesborough, TN -- http://www.polaris-associates.com/
"An enemy is one whose story we have not
heard," is time-tested wisdom from educator Ms. Gene Knudsen-Hoffman.
And our choice of story will allow us to survive and
excel, or not, and shape who we are.
"People become the stories they hear and the
stories they tell," says Elie Wiesel.
So what is our most important story?
To become our highest and most human, we must
first understand our shared story of being here on Earth together -- One,
No individual survival.
Watch and listen to streaming video for a minute
of Joseph Campbell, with Bill Moyers, clarifying in
"The Power of Myth" that the only guiding story worth considering
is that of Earth and all of us listening and cooperating.
Why do stories have such explosive
What do stories do?
* * STORIES bridge wide gaps between people.
* * STORIES convey ideas, knowledge and wisdom better
-- and two to three times faster -- than any other form of communication.
* * STORIES decrease the time it takes to communicate
complex plans and information.
* * STORIES will be remembered and repeated far more
frequently than any factuall report.
* * STORIES reduce resistance to change by 20% or
* * STORIES collapse from months to weeks the times
required to create public awareness of new ideas.
More about Story is at http://traubman.igc.org/story.htm
contrast and fruitlessly, most Palestinians and Jews line up their supporters
to continue shouting facts and statistics in the war for victimhood,
while blaming the "other" and accepting little responsibility -- the
prescription for continued war and predictable failure.
While lashing out loudly and listening little, nothing
Both Jews and Palestinians still felt isolated, like
no one else in the world cares about them.
But last week a new kind of story emerged before our
We saw how story, not political barrages, can increase
global sympathy. interest and support for both
In 2006, the story of Palestinian women has been
written by a young woman in India.
Kolkata journalist Aditi Bhaduri (
Aditi_cal@yahoo.com ) traveled to the Middle East
to hear with empathy human experiences.
Her chapter that humanizes is in the newly released:
Across Asia: Issues of Identities"
by The Indian Association for Asian & Pacific Studies
the WSRC, Calcutta University
At the same time, Jewish identity and story has
come to Japanese awareness through "Fiddler on the Roof," the
heartfelt musical about Jewish history, challenges and aspirations.
See the Japanese in streaming video as they
practice telling another people's story with great purpose:
prepare yourself for March's instructional story of the season -- BREAKING
For four weeks, citizens from war-involved nations
will trek cooperatively from Jerusalem across
the Sahara desert to Tripoli,
Follow these women and men -- http://www.breaking-the-ice.de/index.php?page=journeys_sahara_diary
-- from Afghanistan,
Iraq, Iran, Israel,
the Palestinian Authority, the former Soviet Union and the United States.
Their professed mission: no less than healing the rift
between Western and Muslim ideologies.
Here Friday's story of BREAKING THE
ICE -- a new myth for the days, months and years just ahead:
in the FORWARD -- New York, NY -- Friday, 17 February 2006
the Web at http://forward.com/main/article.php?ref=sacks200602151042
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