In the heat of conflict, we experience diminished access to our sense of inner strength and our awareness of our connection to others.  At these times, we behave destructively, in ways that harm ourselves and those we’re in conflict with.  At our worst moments, we have the urge to lash out at the other side, […]

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Transformative theory describes the phenomenon of conflict escalation (aka interactional degeneration). It acknowledges people’s propensity to fall into a vicious cycle of feeling threatened, losing compassion for each other, and then behaving in ways that perpetuate or worsen those experiences. In that vicious cycle, we behave in ways that are either too aggressive or too […]

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Guest Post by Dusty Rhoades It’s all over the news – community unrest and protest sparked by instances of violence between law enforcement and citizens. Black males have been the most grievously impacted, but none of us are untouched, one way or another, by the conflict and the continuing public dialogue. The Community Mediation Center […]

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On the internet, where conflict often gets ugly, Wikipedia has achieved something amazing. 80,000 volunteers contribute content to Wikipedia. Often, many volunteers collaborate on a single entry. Somehow, those many volunteers come to a consensus on every word of any article. The inevitable strong disagreements are managed in a way that keeps volunteers engaged and […]

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According to the employee, he’d been ready and able to go back to work for the past 6 months.  What’s more, the medical division had officially cleared him to go back to work 6 months ago. Despite periodic phone calls to his manager and to the medical division, the employee wasn’t told by management that […]

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The recent publicity around the longstanding challenges in interaction between police and community members, particularly black community members, has led to some promising insights. Community mediation centers are well situated to help improve relations and decrease violence. Those centers are able to be especially helpful if they’ve embraced empowerment and recognition as the primary values […]

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