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Conversations about Conflict- Around the World, In Your Home

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Conflict occurs in everyday lives; it is inevitable. Cooperative approaches help parties find a mutually beneficial agreement based on their needs and interests—their common ground.

Visit: http://www.sfcg.org/resources/training/resources_conversation.html for more information on Conflict Resolution and on how to start your own Conflict Conversation.

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Approaches to Conflict and their Results- Use them in your own home!!

  • Jun 9, 2010
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On Search for Common Ground's website there is a brochure regarding conflict and how to properly manage it. It's not just talking about civil wars in Africa or a dispute among nations in the Middle East. This brochure is applicable to conflict that occurs in the home, church, school, or in any other kind of organization in which many minds, attitudes, and opinions collaborate. The following review discusses how one can peacefully and successfully reduce conflict in their everyday lives, thanks to information provided by Search. After reading these tips, if you are interested on teaching others how to apply these to their lives, the website also offers a Facilitator's Guide to organizing a Conversation about Conflict. A conversation- not a training course- can help engage others by proposing challenging questions and propositions. Who knows what kind of difference you can make by opening another's eyes to a peaceful solution to conflict?


Conflict Transformation is a broad term that describes approaches to resolve conflicts cooperatively and transform relationships.
Conflict Resolution (CR) refers to interventions and techniques that improve the ability of individuals, organizations and institutions to resolve conflicts cooperatively.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) defines a dialogue-based set of legal alternatives to litigation.

How do we put these techniques into practice?

Mediation: A neutral third party supports the disputing sides to help them reach a balanced solution through dialogue.
Arbitration: Disputing parties discuss their problem before an impartial third party, who makes a binding decision if the parties cannot agree through dialogue.
Negotiation: Disputing parties attempt to reach a mutually satisfying solution by exploring their respective needs, concerns and interests.
Conciliation: A third party takes steps to reduce tension with the aim of creating an environment where negotiation can take place.

Where do these approaches apply?

Commercial/Workplace:Contracts, co-worker and labour-management disputes, consumer issues
Family: Divorce, custody and visitation, adoption, parent/child, sibling or partner relations
Community: Neighbor disputes, race relations, religious disputes, land use, landlord/tenant issues
Schools/Universities: Peer disputes, disciplinary proceedings
Agriculture: Migrant workers, farm subsidies
Environmental/Land Use: Clean water/air, development rights

Success Stories
At least 12,000 public schools in the US integrate conflict resolution education into their curriculum. And more than 600 university mediation and conflict resolution programs exist across the country.

CR education improves children’s self-esteem, develops their problem-solving skills and helps avoid inappropriate or unsafe behaviours.

Schools with CR programs demonstrate anincrease in academic achievements, student cooperation and self-worth. Studies have shown up to an 80% reduction in student violence and suspensions, a 60% reduction in discipline problems, and a 41% decrease in aggression-related disciplinary incidents.

"I've seen changes in some of the kids at school since we started this program. They look at things differently now…. I think we are really changing the gangs on this campus. There used to be a lot of gangs before… but it's sort of stopped. It's more peaceful now."
-A ninth-grade student from CA, after completing a CR education program.

Thoughts on this topic? Discuss.

Source: http://www.sfcg.org/resources/training/resources_conversation.html

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