about Silpar

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David Silvera has been involved in the movement to introduce and develop mediation as an alternate form of dispute resolution in Israel since 1998.  In 1986, he established Silpar (Israel) Ltd., which provided consulting services to businesses in Israel and the United Kingdom

The firm began functioning as a center for dispute resolution and training in 1998, and earned the recognition of the Advisory Council on Mediation to the Israeli judicial system in May 2001

Additionally, Dr. Silvera is academic director of "Pathways" ("Drachim"): The School for Conflict Resolution, a subsidiary of Silpar (Israel) Ltd

In 1991 he was appointed as public appointee on the Greater Tel Aviv Labor Court Bench, and in 1998, he began serving as mediator of the same labor court; he held both positions through March 2004

Dr Silvera, who has worked as a print and broadcast journalist, is currently Editor-in Chief of Sulcha,  Israel’s mediation portal, which he established in 1999 as a cooperative venture between Silpar (Israel) Ltd. and Olive Interactive Ltd

His activities include writing articles on various aspects of mediation and mediators training

Dr. Silvera has lectured at Israel’s Open University since 1989, in the department of Political Science, Sociology and Communications, and currently serves as a lecturer assisting students in seminar research on::  “Leadership and its Applications in Education, and train mediators for the Israeli courts at the Ben Gurion University in Beer –Sheva..”

As a veteran activist in social organizations, Dr. Silvera has endeavored to address the issue of intercultural tension in Israel, and to minimize ethnic polarization in Israeli society

He was also involved in research and study of the "apartheid" in South Africa in comparison to Rhodesia, and the question of the "gust arbiters" in Germany

Dr. Silvera authored Crossroads East and West ("Zomet Mizrah-Ma’arav"), an anthology of broadcasts culled from his five-year tenure as radio broadcaster for The Voice of Israel ("Kol Israel").  The book, which was published by Zmora Bitan in 1989, focuses on intercultural mediation and dialogue

In his introduction to the book, Professor Andre Chouraqui noted, “[Crossroads East and West] makes a singular and unifying contribution to culture in Israel.”

Dr. Silvera is  the chairman of the Israeli Chamber of Mediators since 2005

Doctor of  Political Science (Ph.D.)
Executive Board member of the Association of Israeli Mediators and since 2005 – its Chairman.
Deputy president of the Israel Adult Education Association affiliated to the EAEA =the European Association for Adult Education.
Executive member of the Association for the United Nations for Israel
Member of the presidium – the Israel Association of the Periodical Press , affiliated to the International Federation  (IAPP)
Member of the Executive Council of the Israel Adult Education Association, (IAEA) and Editor-in-Chief of the IAEA website
Former executive director of the World Sephardic Federation of Great Britain and the Commonwealth
Former director of the Central Israel School of Tourism

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