By Michelle LeBaron

Bridging stricken Waters is ready a strong and holistic method of resolving clash. It starts off the place a lot of the presently accredited conception and perform within the box leaves off. Like a hand pulling again the curtain from elements folks which were closeted away, this ebook unearths methods we will be able to use extra of ourselves in addressing clash. relocating past the analytic and the highbrow, it situates our efforts at bridging clash within the very locations the place clash is born--relationships. From relationships come connection, that means, and identification. it's via knowledge of connection, shared that means, and appreciate for identification that conflicts are reworked.

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When we arrived back in Dublin, the relational climate among us had shifted. Over the remaining days, we worked together with energy and imagination. We did not solve the complex issues involved, but we engaged in authentic conversations and exchanged ideas that were followed up after the workshop. The physical act of taking a bus trip got us out of our problem-solving minds, tapping our emotional intelligence in the service of building relationships. We had shared dreams, and this helped us take an imaginative look at our 26 ' BRIDGING TROUBLED WATERS subject, the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Someone who would do what she had done, even inadvertently, and then laugh about it could not be all bad. Meredith knew to follow the tributaries of surprise and interest to the relational river. Now students sat in postures of openness and interest. They listened, participated, offered ideas. They asked questions about her practice. Meredith had changed for them, from someone outside their world to someone they welcomed in. A stranger still, she had come into relationship with them and this changed everything.

Our processes also become accessible and useful to a much wider range of people. Not only are these resources important for building and sustaining good relationships, they validate different ways of learning, knowing, and approaching conflict. They help us bridge cultural and personality differences; they help equalize power; they broaden the wisdom available for changing the form and dynamics of conflict. Educators know that presenting material in different modes, at different paces, in ways that promote interaction and reflection is effective in promoting learning.

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