Fresno, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2011
Douglas E. Noll, professional mediator and author of Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts, calls for immediate mediation between our elected officials fighting over the debt ceiling limits and deficit reduction. “This conflict has spiraled into pure ideology. As a peacemaker and mediator, I deal with this type of conflict frequently. Ideological conflicts must be managed with skill and patience. However, skill and patience do not share the same table with ideology. Washington D.C. needs an intervention,” Noll advises.
Social identity theory explains the dynamics of ideological conflicts. “Social identity theory says that people define themselves in terms of the groups to which they belong. “For example Progressive Democrats believe that social justice is a right endowed to all Americans. Values and beliefs become associated with the individual and group identity, and anyone who disagrees with “them” is perceived a personal threat,” Noll explains.
“The dynamics that drive the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are the same dynamics that fuels the debt ceiling conflict in Washington DC. In other words, there is a serious conflict within our government that is holding our economic safety and future hostage. The elected officials stonewalling the process are behaving like extremists. Both sides of the aisle have staked out a moral high ground based on their respective social identities. At this stage negotiation looks impossible.”
Noll explains how this is further played out in social media by point out the growing number of conservative blogs featuring President Obama as evil.
“Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Obama are both dealing with extreme elements within their own constituencies. As a mediator, I recommend that in order to resolve this conflict, the President should meet with the Tea Party Patriots and the leaders of the Tea party should meet with liberal Democrats. Professionals skilled in conflict conversations must facilitate these meetings, because the parties themselves do not have the capacity to be civil and respectful to one another. For the good of our country, someone will hopefully take action and make this happen.”
After a successful 22 year trial career, Doug decided that litigation was a wasteful way to resolve conflicts, and earned his Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Since then, he has dedicated his life to mediation and peacemaking. Today, Doug is a nationally recognized mediator, trainer, and speaker. He has hosted a weekly radio show dedicated to giving a voice to international peacemakers for over five years. His current pro bono project is training murderers committed to life sentences in the largest women’s prison in the world to become peacemakers and mediators (go to http://www.prisonofpeace.org for more information this project).
Noll was recently selected from a worldwide search as one of 194 mediators to be included in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation.