The Human Progress Network's programs to support human progress
and survival include
the concept of super-optimum solutions, to assist in the
resolution of major
The Arab-Israeli confrontation resulted in a tremendous waste of
military expenditures, occasional bloody warfare, and unresolved
and environmental problems. The continued violence in the Middle East
ideas to bring about real peace. Previous problems with the peace
process are hindered
by the Arab mindset. Any true peace (salaam) with Israel could result
in a "win-lose"
situation. Namely, Israel wins and the Arabs lose (again). What is
needed is a "win-win"
solution, where both parties gain most of their objectives.
The concept of super-optimum solutions was applied to resolve the
the Arab World and Israel. A research paper was developed, titled The
of Abraham, which outlines a possible approach to the problems of
Super-optimum solutions (SOS) are alternatives to public policy
problems in which
both liberals and conservatives -- and others holding opposing
viewpoints -- come
out ahead of their initial best expectations. Developed by Stuart
S. Nagel, professor of political science at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
super-optimum solutions offer a method of developing alternative
solutions to many
of the human conflicts of the world.
Briefly, the methodology involves organizing the alternatives and
goals of a given
situation -- usually a crisis or serious problem -- in a systematic
alternatives and goals are organized in a table. Value ratings are
assigned to the
various combinations of alternatives and goals, ranging from Excellent
to Poor. A
set of multiplier or weight factor is also assigned to the goals,
relative importance of each goal. The resulting alternatives and value
then tabulated and summarized, to arrive at the optimum -- most
favorable to both
sides -- alternative. There are ways of systematically reaching
The Confederation of Abraham is an example of a
proposed for a major conflict that afflicted the world for more than
For the detailed summation of the super-optimum solution, go to
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