MOAS Building Life Skills
Q and A with Professor Scott Dittloff- University of Incarnate Word – Texas USA
Q: Tell us about your responsibility at the 33rd MOAS?
A: Well, my job is basically over. I have been preparing the students to do negotiations, to learn a little bit about the OAS, how the OAS process works and then teaches them about the basic issues that they are addressing. There are half a dozen issues such as disaster relief, humanitarian responses in things of this nature, migration and then probably the most important thing from my point of view, how to arrive at a consensus among different states that may have different sorts of concerns.
Q: That is a perspective that I am not sure that most persons would not have thought of, the fact that negotiation is a life skill that can serve you in any area of life.
A: Absolutely. It includes anything from marriage, getting a job or even getting a raise. It is a great skill to have. The other person is competing against you in most things anyway, even though it is not a physical battle. The fact is, you know that if one person gets the raise, that means that you don’t. If one person gets the house or the particular car, that means that you don’t.
Q: It also branches off into conflict resolution.
A: Absolutely, and it’s a good way of avoiding the conflict in the first place. Simple conflicts do not have to end in animosity. If you can recognize that, then you can say ‘okay, what do I do to resolve the issue in an amicable way?
Q: That is an important skill for a young person, especially the delegates here given the fact that the world is getting smaller. You know that people are traveling and migrating more which results in exposure to different cultures around the world.
A: Absolutely. They will meet other people who are different and they have to recognize that there are different approaches, different cultures, and different viewpoints on things. You must recognize that even though we are politically very powerful, we do not make up the majority of the world’s population. There are many others in the world who want the same sort of things that we want such as oil, development and jobs. You have to learn that you can’t have everything, it’s not necessary to have everything.