Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Listening Room, Episode 1: A Seat at the Table

From a public school to negotiations over the Iran nuclear program to a neighborhood in Baltimore, group decisionmaking is inevitably impacted by who’s at the table—and who’s not. In this inaugural episode of “The Listening Room,” we hear about three very different experiences trying to get individuals to the negotiating table—and what happened once they were there.



Included in this episode:

  • Nathan Abelman ’18, member of HLS Negotiators and former 6th grade math teacher in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Richard Nephew , Program Director, Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Nephew joined the Center February 1, 2015 directly from his role as Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State, a position he held since February 2013. Nephew also served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran. From May 2011 to January 2013 Nephew served as the Director for Iran on the National Security Staff where he was responsible for managing a period of intense expansion of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Earlier in his career he served in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department and in the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at the Department of Energy. Nephew holds a Masters in Security Policy Studies and a Bachelors in International Affairs, both from The George Washington University.
  • Lauren Abramson, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, Community Conferencing Center, and Assistant Professor, Child Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Lauren Abramson is a psychologist who has worked with children and families in communities for the past 25 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, Maryland and Assistant Professor (part-time) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Lauren focused attention on Community Conferencing in Baltimore in 1995. She advances conferencing as a means of building social capital and collective efficacy on many levels, including: Empowering individuals and communities to resolve their own conflicts; Keeping young people out of the criminal justice system, and; Mobilizing the existing untapped human assets in communities. Lauren publishes articles on both the theoretical and empirical socio-political aspects of conferencing. The work of the Community Conferencing Center is groundbreaking for its multi-sector use of conferencing in highly distressed urban American communities.


Music from this episode:

Blue Dot Sessions: “Dirtbike Lovers”

Sergey Cheremisinov: “Fog”

Zebrat: “The Way We Like It”

DLay: “Red Kachina”