Recognition

 

Recognition in Different Contexts and Forms

These comments vary widely, but all speak to the importance of recognizing the legitimacy of the other side and the other side's interests and concerns.

Helen Chauncey explores the similarities between transformative mediation and their coexistence work. A focus on empowerment and recognition is one similarity.
William Ury says the third side recognizes and respects all the other sides. It is "a container for creative contention" that allows for the transformation of the conflict.
Helen Chauncey argues that reaching out to other identities can be constructive.
Silke Hansen talks about how parties' increased understanding of the other side's perspective can transform conflict dynamics.
Silke Hansen talks about the value of bringing strong emotions to the mediation table, as it allows each side to recognize the feelings of the other.
Susan Dearborn suggests that when people with similar values disagree over an issue, it may be useful to highlight their common principles.
Helen Chauncey says intervenors should not be neutral when it comes to identity issues, rather they should be bi-partisan, recognizing the interests and needs of both sides.
Nancy Ferrell explains how she persuaded a business community to address a racial problem with Iranian students by convincing the white leaders that the conflict might impact their financial interests.