Preventing International Crises through Consensus Projects - (Pages 1-14)

Gilbert Ahamer

Wegener Centre for Climate and Global Change, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria


Abstract: This article presents a theoretical description highlighting how consensus can constructed to avoid international crises. Perspectives onto reality are the elemental units of our world. They are changed through learning processes. Societal learning can enlarge and approximate spaces of understanding. Social spaces are a type of “social capital”.

Design of learning procedures refers to the design of structures in time, space and in the space of opinions that facilitates multi-perspectivist and multidisciplinary understanding of involved stakeholders.

In a series of cases for learning settings, especially dialogic intercultural learning is identified as a key path to a harmonious development of nations. The following section of this case dwells on several cases of cooperative learning through dialogue: the UniNet network in Kyrgyzstan and Nepal, Global Studies, the ESD forum, the Environmental Systems Analysis Curriculum USW, and the European Union Twinning tool applied in Slovakia, Slovenia, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Keywords: Perspectives, Constructivist, Consensus, Approximation, Training, Twinning, Interdisciplinary, Intercultural.