Conflict is Renewable Energy: a Conflict Transformation Workshop
Conflict happens! In many ways, the only way we build trust in cooperatives is through conflict, through how we repair when we rupture. The word conflict means “to strike together,” a friction that throws a hot spark into the room. The energy of fire can burn us or warm us, it’s a disturbance that can destroy like a wildfire or cleanse like a cultural burn to make more life possible. In fact, conflict is the most renewable energy we have! It’s inevitable when we live and work with biodiversity. The question isn’t if we have conflict, but what are we doing with the feedback of heat?
So many collective movements and cooperative experiments split because of the crushing pinch between top-down repression and restriction and internal tension, coercion, and hurt. So many organizers and movement leaders recognize the urgency and vital need for grassroots groups and organizations to practice the future right now in the midst of difference and pain. This workshop focuses on conflict, power, and a transforming and restoring practice of justice. Animated by popular education, rainbow coalitions, and liberating examples around the world, we’ll dream and scheme to:
-Craft intentions and agreements so accountability is shaped by consent instead of being punitive or performative
-See patterns of conflict as a renewable form of energy with processes to transform them
-Recognize the possible ways we enact power
-Feel our emotions as flowing information about what we care about and what we need to do
-Practice feedback as food for the energy of conflict
-Reveal that we can change our actions and habits through tender struggle and compassionate collaboration
None of this is cookie-cutter, none of it is a cheat sheet that works in every context. Instead, the goal is the way, cultivating some common ground for conflict so we can strike up sparks and shape them into the kind of heat we want to stay with.
Conflict as Renewable Energy Day 1: Practice, Power, and Possibility
This is a standalone workshop that will introduce us to conflict transformation, reshape our imagination around conflict, and explore how power and emotions come into play. We will also collaborate to rethink how we build agreements and how we can shift our practices around conflict. This workshop will take place from 10am till 5pm on Dec 2nd with a break for lunch.
Conflict as Renewable Energy Day 2: Putting Power and Justice into Action
Our second day of workshop will be a space for anyone who would like to dive deeper into our work on the first day. You must have attended day 1 to join us on day 2. During the second day, we will explore the differences between conflict, harm and abuse as well as practice cooperative ways of shaping power and practicing feedback. This workshop will include an introduction to meditation and restorative justice as approaches to conflict. Day 2 will include breakfast and lunch and take place between 9am and 4pm on Dec 3rd.
Anyone who registers for both days is welcome to camp or sleep indoors slumber-party style with us overnight. If you would prefer to reserve a bed or a room, we have some space to accommodate you for an additional fee. Please contact Tevyn at dream[email protected] to reserve these additional accommodations!