Conflict Transformation

Conflict transformation, sometimes called mediation or conflict resolution, is an under-recognized tool in the United States. It is well known and used more often outside the United States than within. The process focuses on resolving conflicts and tensions, as well as on improving communication, addressing misconceptions, and building relationships and common ground among individuals, groups and nations. In some instances, conflict transformation also includes efforts to redress inequities, including racial/ethnic inequities that have come about as a result of conflict among individuals, groups and nations, through restorative justice and reparations. Thus, the conflict transformation framework offers some possible new ways of framing racial equity work in the United States. In addition, the tactics and processes of conflict transformation work offer useful methods and tools for racial equity work.

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