Society as Mediator for Conflict Resolution: Elkarri’s Peace Conference

An audience of people listening to a speakerElkarri, a group based in the Basque Region, has used a form of dialogue they call social mediation to encourage the broadest possible participation from all arenas of society to discuss solutions to the conflict. Community members were given a broad choice of ways to get involved: from signing a petition to becoming a member to participating in and organizing discussion groups. But however people chose to participate, they learned that they had a role to play in mediating the conflict that affected their lives and created pressure on the groups in conflict to make steps toward seeking peaceful resolution.

Year of Publication: 2004
Author(s): Tamara Muruetagoiena

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