Tag Archives: conflict

Resilience when Working for Change

Resilience when Working for Change

I have often wondered why it is that there is so much strife and conflict in so many of the communities and movements I know of. This has been especially challenging to grasp when the groups I am talking about are generally committed to a vision of a peaceful world …

Conflict and the Illusion of Safety

“I will do everything in my power to resolve every conflict, however small.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

I think I am not alone in nursing the fantasy that if I only got the “right” people in some “right” configuration, we would essentially have no significant conflict. Of course I know …

In Search of Dialogue: Notes from OccupyOakland, October 22nd

In Search of Dialogue: Notes from OccupyOakland, October 22nd

After my first visit to OccupyOakland I felt inspired. I was connected to the vision, to a sense of possibility. I was fully open to the unfolding, to seeing what would come. I’ve been very encouraged by the response I’ve been getting to my post about that visit.

Before I …

Empathy and Authenticity in the Workplace (part 1 of 3)

When I talk with people about Nonviolent Communication and about empathy and authenticity, I often hear skepticism in the form of “Yes, but what about_______.” Frequent candidates for filling in the blank are teenagers that don’t respond to anything; Hitler; very angry people; and workplace situations. It seems many of …