Looking at the political deadlock in the negotiations, I believe that a possible solution, although very ambitious would be to put all the official PARTY members, Non Governmental organizations, youth , Ringos, Igos and all the various stakeholders in the process to a global solution through Peer and Intercultural learning. At the GTZ Summer school we have been through a five step learning process with a culturally and academically diverse group of scholars.
We started with getting to know each other as a part of a process of participants’ experiences. We presented our own profiles and our learning styles- being either Extrovert or Introvert , Sensate or Intuitive, Feeler or thinker, judger or perceiver and we kept in mind the different working styles and incorporated learning by doing processes accordingly.
We assimilated peer and intercultural learning along with constructing our own working code to constitute our learning philosophy .So we all learn mostly by listening to the perspectives of others, by reflecting our points of view, and then coming to a consensus on possible solutions which would be in favour of sustainable lifestyles in our own environment.
The second stage was to analyse our patterns of experiences. We visited various ongoing projects like the eco industrial parks and a field trip to the local RWA in Hyderabad. The next step was to assimilate inputs of new information which came through a panel discussion with experts in Fishbowl strategy.
Here we would construct leading questions to ask the experts in a Fishbowl strategy where one person poses the question to the panel who sit in a fishbowl shape. We then applied our new knowledge by studying ongoing projects in Tirupati where we realised how different ground realities are and the challenges of implementation at root level. We used the action research methodology where we eliminate the gaps between the researcher and the researchee.
The last stage is to transfer back the knowledge which we are in the process of doing and will continue to do so, in our own respective institutions and networks.
So why not remodel this as a workshop fro all stakeholders within the secretariat, where they can get to together and come to a consensus on a framework or treaty that takes everyones’ voice into concern. So all of them put there profiles up, right down as to how many people are in their family, to their most irritating trait.
The working philosophy could entail international protocols of working foreign policy and things like keeping their mobiles silent. The Fishbowl can be done with scientific , economical and political science experts external to the UNFCCC framework who can give timely and precis
e advise on numbers and impacts without having us to refer to 500 different publications. The action reserach copuld be in the AOSIS countries , where all these negotiators ,ust visit and live in the conditions that these people are living in,
to really realize the impact of thier decisions.
And last of all they should be coming together and integrating their new knowledge into constructing an international model/protocol and then transferring this new knowledge an learning process to create their own domestic policies in their own country.
Maybe this could be a way of breaking the deadlock and the monotony of plenary meetings. It could also make the process more participatory approach where everyone has an equal voice. Is this too out of the box or are do we not realize the series of bigger boxes we are in?