Conflict is a vehicle for positive change in individuals, interpersonal relationships, organizations, and even society as a whole. It can also scare us when it happens! Conflict transformation rests on a few key assumptions about conflict:
- Conflict represents an important opportunity for growth, empowerment, and empathy for others.
- Working with conflict is not only about managing the most visible episodes or
symptoms. It often requires patiently and persistently identifying and addressing the root causes of the conflict as well.
- Simply resolving conflict is undesirable when people are living in situations of imbalance or injustice. Instead, what is required is proactive, non-violent change in relationships and social structures.
Conflict transformation theory contributes to Just Outcomes’ work on two levels:
- First, we believe that incidents of harm within communities and organizations can be understood as important opportunities for growth in individuals, relationships, and regulatory policies.
- Second, we approach our work with an understanding that as leaders and decision-makers enter into conversation about the justice issues they face, conflict will inevitably occur. When it does, Just Outcomes works to retain important issues and topics while preserving an atmosphere of respectful and forward-thinking dialogue.
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