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New Film on Corporate/Community Relations

The second film on the use of facilitated dialogue to ease corporate/community tensions has been posted online.  It may be viewed by clicking here.

This film concerns a vast pit mine in the Tintaya region of Andean Peru, that had been created by the government a generation ago.  The indigenous communities that were forced to relocate were left without a means to continue their way of life, and suffered greatly.  When the mine came into private hands, the new owner — BHP Billiton — was unprepared to be confronted with an angry, resentful, hostile and bitter community.

The film tells the story of a multinational company’s confronting its responsibilities to the society in which it is operating, and using mediation and facilitated negotiation to rectify past errors and to put in place continuing, sustainable methods of conflict identification and resolution, called “dialogue tables.”

The film series is a project of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in cooperation with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Business and Human Rights.  The interviews were conducted by David Plumb of Larry Susskind’s Consensus Building Institute and yielded hours of incisive and  illuminating material, here boiled down to 30 minutes.  The film itself was made by David Stott of Match Productions, and is visually ravishing.

The earlier film in the series, documenting communities displaced by a hyroelectric dam and plant in Luzon, Philippines, can be viewed here.  The third film, which concerns Chevron’s efforts to address community demands in the Niger Delta, should be ready by December 2011.

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