Training and Practice of Mediation
The field of mediation needs to evolve to the next level to deal with what is happening in the world today. Natural Bridge is promoting the cutting edge of mediation through online courses and innovative virtual “conflict transformation labs” with participants around the world using Zoom video conferencing.
The Project will support the development of course material essential to teaching mediation. A key resource is Project Director Bruce Allyn’s forthcoming book Natural Bridge,which brings home in a very personal way the key capacities we all need to transform conflict in our own lives and on the global level. The book includes gripping stories and specific lessons of mediation work in global hotspots that have shaken our world in recent history, including in the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Chechnya, Libya and others.
The Project will:
The Project will provide online courses to a wide public and to key players in current conflicts in the U.S. and internationally. A focus will be to mobilize the Third Side to further cooperative negotiation in the current conflict in U.S.-Russian relations. For application of Third Side mediation processes to U.S.-Russian relations, see Bruce Allyn’s featured articles in the international affairs magazine The National Interest: https://nationalinterest.org/feature/deal-the-russians-america-must-think-the-russians-21280 https://nationalinterest.org/feature/what-kissinger-teaches-us-about-negotiating-russia-107761?page=0%2C3. The Project will explore the potential for productive engagement in other conflicts, including the possible development of a Third Side mediation process in Chile. The Project will engage key players in these countries to work together to build local capacity in mediation, catalyze effective mediation processes and develop specific recommendations that further peaceful and constructive dialogue leading to concrete agreements.
Along the way, the Project will offer educational programs to serve the local community, providing free mediation and conflict transformation sessions with young people and children, in Moscow, Santiago and other locations.
SHARE IN THE CREATION OF NATURAL BRIDGE
To receive updates on Project work, stories and videos from the field, see the Project website www.naturalbridge.earth. There will also be live Zoom conferences from around the world with current participants in mediation training and Track Two citizen diplomacy. All are invited to be part of the Third Side to bring greater peace to our world.
ABOUT BRUCE JAMES ALLYN
Bruce Allyn is a Senior Fellow and Affiliated Faculty at the Harvard Negotiation Project and former director of the Harvard-Soviet Joint Study on Crisis Prevention. For three decades, Allyn has taught negotiation and mediation and served as a strategic advisor and negotiation trainer to national and state governments, corporate leadership teams, and nongovernmental organizations in the field of peace and global security.
A highly-respected mediator, Allyn worked with President Mikhail Gorbachev’s government on negotiations to reduce nuclear risk and reform foreign and domestic policy in the 1980s, and played a key role in bringing together top decision makers from the 1962 Cuban missile crisis for a series of unprecedented face-to-face dialogues in Cambridge (1987), Moscow (1989), and Havana (1992). He is a participant in the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations and the University Consortium, and has held positions as associate director of the Harvard Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, Program Director of the Conflict Management Group, Partner at Monitor Group, and consultant to NBC and ABC News.
He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Economy and Government, an M.A. from Harvard in Soviet Studies, and an M.A. in Political Philosophy from Oxford. He received his BA summa cum laude in Government and Russian from Dartmouth College.