NeighborWorks: Transforming Conflict Into Action

My third work­shop was Transforming Conflict Into Action, some­thing that is al­so very im­por­tant in my neigh­bor­hood. There are a lot of groups that butt-heads over a va­ri­ety of is­sues and this work­shop fo­cused on pro­vid­ing us with tools to use ef­fec­tive lis­ten­ing in or­der to re­solve con­flict and keep it from re­sult­ing in stag­na­tion of a group’s goals. We did sev­er­al role-play­ing ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to help us em­pathize with peo­ple typ­i­cal­ly viewed as the prob­lem in a group. By do­ing this we gained valu­able per­spec­tive and hope­ful­ly when we’re en­gaged in con­flict in the fu­ture, we’ll be able to dis­arm and com­mu­ni­cate. An ef­fec­tive method for build­ing strong non-con­flict­ing bonds be­tween con­flict­ing groups is to en­gage in lis­ten­ing projects. That is, on­ly lis­ten, [don’t pro­vide opin­ions!] to what the per­son is say­ing and through ef­fec­tive dis­cern­ment, the true is­sues can of­ten be teased out.