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Transcultural Friendship: Our Political Future

Chapter Six: The Future Human

Section 17: Summary of System Competencies

 

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 Item three performed by Mary and others of Aztec Dancers at the San Jose America Festival on July 3, 1998.

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To conclude this section, the future human must be capable of promoting one's own interests and those of the groups with which one identifies. The following are ingredients for this capability:

 

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1) effective communication skills so that illusory issues can be eliminated, and actual disputes clarified;

 

 

2) willingness to compromise and to recognize compromise as promoting the long-term interests of all parties;

 

 

3) creative problem solving skills so that where possible, competing interests can be aligned synergistically;

 

 

4) willingness to use third party interventions;

 

 

5) ability to serve as a third party intervenor;

 

 

6) the ability to recognize mutuality of interest -- this would include avoiding the tendency to characterize one's opponents as evil, carefully distinguishing behavior from the identity of the opponent;

 

 

7) the use of education, including non-violent strategies, to make an opponent aware of the mutuality of interest;

 

 

8) the power and conviction to use resources to protect one's own interests, including the willingness to suffer when (and only when) circumstances merit;

 

 

9) the worthiness and educational ability to rally the support of third parties in pursuing the most desirable resolution to conflicts when necessary.

 

 

These are both individual and system capabilities. Thus, the individual's capabilities include being able to develop and employ conflict resolution on behalf of systems.

 

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