Symposium on Religion, Culture and Water Conflicts
Dr. Aaron Wolf, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University
Spiritual Transformation & Lessons for Environmental Negotiations, or,
Conflict, Cooperation, and Kabbalah
3 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2008, Norman Hall 137 (see attached flyer)
Dr. Wolf's presentation will examine the process of environmental
conflict resolution, particularly as related to shared water resources.
While the press focuses on coming "water wars," what has been more
encouraging is that, throughout the world, water also induces
cooperation - even in particularly hostile basins - and even as disputes
rage over other issues. Prevailing theories fail utterly to explain this
phenomenon: Why do countries resolve water disputes, even when
"rationality" dictates that they should not?
Dr. Wolf's research centers on the process of transformation in
negotiations the specific moment in time at which parties move from
thinking of themselves as representing countries to perceiving more
broadly the needs of all stakeholders within a basin. While not
explained by prevailing theories, this negotiation transformation may
have a corollary in spiritual transformation.
Topics of investigation to be raised include:
* Mystical constructs of anger and conflict
* Approaches and techniques from the world of spiritual transformation
applicable to the negotiations setting
* Spiritual lessons for global water management
Sponsored by the Water Institute, the Religion Department, the Center
for Women's Studies and Gender Research and CHiTra.
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