The Little Book of Conflict Transformation by John Lederach

By John Lederach

This in actual fact articulated assertion deals a hopeful and practicable method of conflict—that forever beleaguering human situation.

John Paul Lederach is the world over well-known for his leap forward considering and motion relating to clash on all levels—person-to-person, factions inside groups, warring international locations. He explores why "conflict transformation" is extra acceptable than "conflict solution" or "management." yet he refuses to be drawn into impractical idealism.

Conflict Transformation is an idea with a deep achieve. Its perform, says Lederach, calls for "both strategies and social change." It asks now not easily "How will we finish whatever no longer desired?", yet "How can we finish whatever harmful and construct whatever desired?" How can we take care of the speedy concern, in addition to the long term state of affairs? What disciplines make such pondering and practices attainable?

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Defining Conflict Transformation I propose the following definition: Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human relationships. The meaning and implications of this definition will be easier to understand if we analyze the italicized components. Imagine conflict transformation as a person on a journey, comprised of a head, heart, hands, and legs.

From a descriptive perspective, transformation reminds us that we as individuals are affected by conflict in both negative and positive ways. Conflict affects our physical well-being, self-esteem, emotional stability, capacity to perceive accurately, and spiritual integrity. Change must be viewed descriptively and prescriptively. Prescriptively, transformation represents deliberate intervention to minimize the destructive effects of social conflict and to maximize its potential for growth in the person as an individual human being, at physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

What changes are occurring as a result of conflict? For example, what are the patterns and the effects of this conflict? • What kind of changes do we seek? To answer this second question, we need to ask what our values and intentions may be. With these two questions in mind, let us consider these four areas. The personal aspect of conflict refers to changes affected in and desired for the individual. This involves the full person, including the cognitive, emotional, perceptual, and spiritual dimensions.

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