Conflict Resolution (from ASEN)

a very good friend compiled a cd full of useful stuff! and i would like to share this.

it is a workshop (outline) on an Aus-student-enviro-network camp. 

i think it is a “model” activists, collectives, communities, even NGOs and govt institutions (better burned) should look into, and try it out….. even for “share house”.

anyway, i am always keen to explore “this” with people…. so whoever interested and want to start building something sustainable, healthy and progressive, really really progressive, and not some superficial rightous political  ideologies, bah.. i end my rant here……

let us know! what you think



CONFLICT RESOLUTION Workshop 1st afternoon session


What is conflict? -> first reactions to mind, how you might define it

What are some types of conflict?

What are ways you respond to conflict? Eg anger, ignoring

Ways of beginning to resolve conflict


Why conflict happens, where can it come from, what can fuel it?

-conflict is natural and healthy in groups and communities

-conflict is connective and tension can hold people together


What influences how you respond to conflict?

Gender, socialisation, experience in conflict, culture, structural oppression




Conflict in collectives: 10 people – fishbowl

Scenario: organising a night film screening and discussion event on campus, conflict around whether it should be alcohol free.

Roles:  facilitator – pushing to have alcohol

Quiet person who says nothing – wants alcohol free

Emo kid – runs out of room visibly upset

Physical presence – stands up to argue point, using presence, for alcohol

Verbose kid – same thing over and over

Random smack kid – politically incorrect – people who don’t drink are fags etc

Speaks over others and acronym junkie

Takes a long time to say something

Wait for 5 second silence before you speak

Sexist language

Freeze after 10 minutes

Outer group: What was going on?

        Identifying roles/behaviours

        Identifying conflicts, ways you could have responded

Inner group: How did you feel? What was going on?

       “I feel…” “This is what happened to me “ Ways I could respond

Role play take 2: beginning to name/responded

   Using ‘I’ statements

Freeze after 5 minutes

Outer group: What was good?

        What could have been better?

Inner group: How did you feel calling someone out – did it work?

       How did it feel being called out, how did you respond?



Talking through force – how to safely explore conflict

Many kinds of safety – what might it take to feel safe in a collective, home, social situation or resolving conflict



Positives: prepared facilitators

   Good to learn from and share peoples own experiences

   Learned listening

   Living assertive

   Fishbowl – good having common conflicts, and a realistic issue, so not abstract

      – good to talk about solutions

Changes: Struggled with creating safe space

   Could do better with giving preparation for role plays

   Could have acknowledged more silent stuff

   Needed more on the positive outcomes of conflict

   Should have put safety earlier – made people feel unsafe

   Playing up stereotypes was problematic – could have acknowledge better

   Expand on areas of conflict, eg stalls at festival

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