TRANSFORMING CONFLICT Our approach to conflict can be summed up as the simple wisdom of viewing it as an opportunity for an individual or a community to learn and grow. We operate on the premise that conflict, every kind of conflict, can cause harm, and this harm creates obligations. We help people create opportunities for those who have harmed others to accept responsibility and help repair the harm, and for communities to support them as they do so. Communities are empowered to choose their response to conflict. All of those affected by the harm actively participate in devising mutually beneficial solutions, and implementing those solutions. Conflicts are resolved in a way that seeks to restore harmony in the community members’ relationships, and allows people to continue to live together in a safer, healthy environment. This approach allows people to make things as right as possible. We apply this philosophy to every aspect of our work, whether in the course of a workshop or while negotiating agreements.
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