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
Freeze after 10 minutes
Outer group: What was going on?
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
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