This review considers three recent films that focus on the lives of captive exotic animals and the people who keep them: Water for Elephants (2011), a fictional Hollywood feature, and the documentaries One Lucky Elephant (2010) and The Elephant in the Living Room (2010). Despite their different motivations and target audiences, all three productions tell the stories of well-meaning people who take wild animals captive—most prominently elephants and lions—believing that only they can keep the animals safe and fulfilled. In each context, these people have profound, if self-interested, emotional attachments to their nonhuman captives. These three films, then, offer captive wild animals as ambivalent figures and cinematic loci for stories of human hubris and redemption.
This article examines three innovative efforts initiated by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School to promote conflict resolution on an international scale: the e-Parliament, the Israeli Settlements Project, and the Negotiation Skills Training Program in Mexico. These projects achieve successful collaboration and coordination by creating "communities of learning" and "common cultures" among the many actors involved. The article analyzes the critical components of successful collaboration and coordination in multi-party situations that are incorporated shared decision-making and responsibility, meaningful participation, joint commitment, and reciprocity.