Dr. Ben Hoffman’s most recent book titled “Peaceweaving: Shamanistic Insights Into Mediating the Transformation of Power” is now available to purchase online through Amazon.
Peaceweaving invites the reader to let go of conventional ideas about conflict, and then guides us on a journey through a parallel universe of working for peace from a shamanistic perspective. Far from fanciful, Hoffman grounds his discussion of evil spirits, the destructive use of power, and the central role that our values play in producing conflict and the ways in which we try to resolve it in solid practical experience. Offering us an ‘evolutionary paradigm’ of power, and how we might help transform the way power is used, we find ourselves undergoing our own transformation and come out the other end with new insights and techniques to apply in our personal lives and professional practice. A tour de force for anyone wanting to make our world more peaceful.
“A real page turner by one of Canada’s and the world’s leading mediators. I haven’t enjoyed reading a negotiation or mediation book so much since I read ‘Getting to Yes’. Ben’s story is truly inspirational. A must read full of practical tips for anyone who has any interest in conflict resolution.”
David Bennett LL. B., Chartered Mediator, Ottawa
“In this book Ben Hoffman deftly merges the technical and mystical dimensions of mediation. There is no one path to combine the science and art of mediation, no standard way to bring together the politics and poetry of peacemaking – and Ben Hoffman does not pretend tehre is. What he does do is to trace his own personal path of weaving and developing as a mediator, thereby inspiring us to be more honest, to look deeper, and to go further. Mediation technocrats as well as mediation romantics may be unsettled by this book. Those who can sustain such discomfort, however, will be greatly enriched.”
Simon J. A. Mason, Mediator and Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
“This is a highly personal work. It is also something that takes the practice of peacemaking and drops it down from our heads into our hearts, our guts. This is where peacemaking belongs. Our heads are much too puny to handle this most engaging of soul-making activities! Mediators, peacemakers, people of professionals everwhere – come read this book! It’s the one we’ve been waiting for.”
Julia Menard, Mediator and Leadership Development Consultant, Victoria, BC