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Deep Democracy: Facilitator Tools for Navigating Conflict

Applications have closed for this offering of the training.

 

Whether within our group, the community we live in, or the issue we organize around, we all have experienced conflict. It’s a natural, inevitable and even necessary part of any group life. But supporting and harnessing the wisdom from this tension requires skill and practice. For our groups to grow, heal, take risks and create new solutions, we must strengthen our ability to disagree and seek what’s beneath the surface.

Often, conflict goes unaddressed; activists and organizers focus only on external goals and avoid disagreement within. There are good reasons for this. We may fear that acknowledging conflict will threaten our public image of strength and unity. Conflict can also explode and escalate, bringing up old hurts, reminding us of our families or the violence of the state. Playing nice has made it possible for communities of color to survive white and middle class culture. U.S. white folks learned to minimize their differences and assimilate into “polite” behavior that maintains the status quo. Structures set up to negotiate, mediate or resolve conflict don’t often consider power or rank, the impact that structural inequity has on those involved, or the context of the conflict.

When there is a conflict or a diversity problem, Deep Democracy suggests that we let the different sides express themselves and interact with each other. This includes giving our different roles, thoughts, points of view, feelings, and diverse inner experiences a place where they are welcome and can interact with each other. Out of that interaction, the wisdom of the group, organization, or individual can arise, and connection, community, and creative solutions can be built.

For those who applied, please don’t book travel or accommodations until we confirm registration.

We’re committed to accepting a diverse group for each training and to supporting folks with less access to resources to attend. People of color, working class folks, and folks from less-resourced organizations are encouraged to apply. We also aim to accept people with specific groups, projects, or organizations back home to apply what they learn.

Oct 13-14th

Friday, October 13th
Shared Meal: 5-7PM
Session I – Opening & Getting to Know Who’s Here: 7-9PM

Saturday, October 14th
Shared Breakfast: 9-10AM
Session II – Patterns of Conflict: 10-12:30PM
Shared Lunch: 12:30-1:30PM
Session III – Large group supported practice: 1:30-4PM
Session IV – Small group supported practice: 4-5:30PM
Shared Dinner: 5:30-6:30PM
Session V – Large group practice: 6:30-9PM

Who: 20-24 people

Preference for groups of 2-5 people from an organization with the focus on base building or movement support.

No missed sessions. Confidentiality.

We receive and accept applications on a rolling basis, but aim to confirm all participants at least a month before the training. We’re mindful that folks coming from out of town need time to book travel, and we’ll follow up as soon as possible about the acceptance process. Please don’t book travel or accommodations until we confirm registration.

We’re committed to accepting a diverse group for each training and to supporting folks with less access to resources to attend. People of color, working class folks, and folks from less-resourced organizations are encouraged to apply. We also aim to accept people with specific groups, projects, or organizations back home to apply what they learn.

If your income is… $15,000 $15,001 – $25,000 $25,001 – $35,000 $35,001 – $45,000 $45,001 – $55,000 over $55,000
You Pay… $200 $270 $350 $425 $550 $650
You will learn how to:

You will learn how to:

  • notice patterns of conflict and track the impact they have on a group
  • slow down strong emotions or moments of escalation
  • identify different roles that often show up in conflict
  • see when multiple forms of communication are occurring; e.g., through the body, non verbal, intuitive
  • practice meta-communication: speaking to the whole group in a way that makes meaning of individual behaviors or interpersonal dynamics
  • support participants to face conflict, with the goal of eliciting deeper wisdom
  • gain awareness as a facilitator about internal beliefs you may have about conflict

This workshop will be led by Lane Arye, a friend and mentor to Training for Change, who has taught us how to apply Deep Democracy Conflict Facilitation practices to activist groups.

For more information, please contact Zein (registration@trainingforchange.org).
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