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The Transformative Power of Conflict

Conflict is a natural, common occurrence in our day-to-day lives, more so than we would like to think. Whether it is experienced as a subtle internal war, often exacerbated by the inner critic, or it manifests externally with the inevitable friction, disagreements, and opposing viewpoints of those we interact with, conflict is unavoidable - at least for 99.5% of the population.

Most seminars and workshops dealing with conflict focus on what it takes to manage conflict or resolve isolated disputes. These workshops focus on the external work of conflict – e.g. making ”I” statements, “deep” listening, understanding the difference between positions and interests, communication skills, brainstorming techniques, and the like.

Our approach is different.  In this session, we will explore the inner work of conflict and how when we work with these clashes in more creative, open-hearted, and daring ways, we not only transform the nature of our conflicts, but we transform ourselves in the process.
Presented by Diana Redmond and Curt Micka for the IEA Canadian Conference