|Tools for conflict||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: John Sechrest (sechrestpeak.org)|
|Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 09:36:08 -0600|
Hello Dee, The social dynamics of conflict are complex and varied. I do not think that there is "A proceedure" that will solve the problems. But thinking about it and working on many simple tools may improve things for you. The intentional community groups have had this problem at many levels. And they have all come up with various different filters and tools. I have found reading the "Communities Magazine" very interesting in this regard. (http://www.ic.org) The first place to start are in the "Initial filters" phase. This comes in the form of barriers to entry. There is an "Approval committee", or a apprenticeship period, or some kind of testing period where people are seeing how things work. There are several ways to approach this, but even businesses have a probation period on hiring. So, this is a good starting point. The second place to work on is in the building connections phase. How do the people connect with each other in community. Where are the ways that they run into each other that are not over issues of planning, conflict resolution or finances? This is an ongoing task that needs attention. With out it, the third phase is tough. This second phase is where the communication skills and relationships are built that make conflict resolution possible without scarring. The third phase is internal conflict resolution processes. What are the ways that people are are accepted into the community are able to bring issues of conflict out and to bring them to resolution in a way that is statifactory. The problem is that each community has to find the right path for this. And it depends on the assumptions about the community. So one size does not fit all. I hope this helps the conversation some. Dee Dishon <ddishon [at] erols.com> writes: % Dear all: % It was suggested by Michael McIntyre of Sunward Cohousing in Ann % Arbor that I connect with cohousers at this address for a request that I % made to him. Namely, we in Blueberry Hill Cohousing need a procedure for % mediation/grievance/whatever. We had major problems with one member (who has % left) and we want to catch problems much earlier! Anyone have a plan, set of % steps, recommendations, whatever! % Thanks a million! Looking forward to making connections with lots of % you! % Dee Dishon % Blueberry Hill Cohousing % Vienna, VA (near Wash. DC) % - ----- John Sechrest . Helping people use PEAK - . computers and the Internet Public Electronic . more effectively Access to Knowledge,Inc . 850 SW 15th Street . Internet: sechrest [at] peak.org Corvallis Oregon 97331 . (541) 754-7325 . http://www.peak.org/~sechrest
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