The Conflict Resolution program at Bar Ilan University has contributed deeply to my understanding of conflict dynamics. I have been learning about the ARIA method which has given a new language to the process that groups in conflicts go through. There are faint reminders of Bruce Tuckman's Stages of Group Development (1965) which I have had the privilege of learning in an educational framework. Redefining the concepts which we take for granted will help change the reality we live in (cf. Aristotle). I am fondly reminded of how music was integrated into our simulation of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. I was Abdullah al-Husseini, a prominent Palestinian academic and advocate of creating a democratic Federal Republic of the Holy Land. Putting my political goals in a Palestinian context reinforced my belief that this is a coherent ideology which can be supported by both sides for the good of our common future.
This post is dedicated to my good friend Rabbi Joshua Corber.