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  • Writer's pictureChuck Kanafi

My Touchstone - Vision, Mission and Values (previous version)

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(This Touchstone was created in the framework of a Conscious Contracts® training conducted by J. Kim Wright).

What follows is a statement of my vision, mission and values as relates to my mediation and integrative legal work. I commit to adhering to these principles in my work with my clients, and invite them to create their own touchstones as well.

Vision: I envision a world where conflicts - from the individual to the international level - are resolved through direct communication without resort to violence or coercion; where power imbalances are intrinsically corrected out of a sense of fairness and justice by those holding power towards those who hold less; where humans are instilled with the courage to prefer their natural tendency towards collaboration; and where science and truth are respected fully and equinanimously.

Mission: I strive to provide the best possible tools, assistance and guidance in my ability for prevention, management and resolution of commercial conflicts. I strive to shift paradigms from a conflict- to a change-centric orientation, stressing individual responsibility for processes alongside willingness to seek outside assistance when needed.

Values: In my mission, I treasure the following values both in myself and my clients:

  1. Integrity - I strive for harmony between my desires, actions and words. Taking account of their backgrounds, needs and interests, I expect my clients to do the same.

  2. Omnipartialism (h/t Ken Cloke) - I strive for outcomes that benefit all parties as well as myself, the greater society and the planet.

  3. Curiosity - I value curiosity and continual learning in myself and others.

  4. Value creation - Zero sum is negative sum. The pie can usually be made larger.

  5. Service - I have spent my working life in service of others and of higher ideals. I would like my clients to view their work as service of their interests and principles as well.

  6. Perseverance - I try to make every effort to achieve my desired outcome, even at the expense of other resources.

  7. Humor - let’s have fun with this, but never lose sight of our own ridiculousness

  8. Fair trade practices- the environment is important to me, but not nearly as much as the well-being of those involved in the supply chain from start to finish.

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