This page provides you with conflict mediation impulses that are aimed to support constructive interactions and a Culture of Dialogue. Explore the potential empowerment through conflicts in our short video below.
The Anatomy of Conflict
If there is no communication then there is no respect.
If there is no respect then there is no caring.
If there is no caring then there is no understanding.
Shannon L. Alder
Personal considerations when addressing conflicts:
For most of us it feels natural to avoid conflicts, because:
- Conflicts can be frightening and uncomfortable;
- Conflicts can touch painful scars of our life stories;
- Conflicts can reactivate our past hurt, sadness, rage or anger.
Yet confronting conflicts can unlock incredible potentials, such as:
- Processed conflicts support us to change stuck situations;
- Processed conflicts train us to live with tensions and challenges;
- Processed conflicts prepare us to move beyond hurtful past.
Take courage! Empower yourself and others by processing conflicts! Yet, go in remembering realities, such as:
- Conflict transformation is not about avoiding conflicts;
- Conflict transformation requires patience, frankness and compassion with self and others;
- Conflict transformation is not always comfortable and needs at times outside support.
Explore the Levels of a Conflict in our video below.
Explore constructive dialogue further on our pages Initiating Interracial Dialogue and Culture of Dialogue. Our film American Textures applies intercultural and conflict mediation skills to intergroup dialogue. View the short trailer below.
Contact us to initiate a powerful dialogue event with American Textures.