This blog contains posts highlighting things everyone--not just powerful people, not just important or rich people--but everyone of us --can do to help limit the dynamics that lead to destructive and intractable conflicts.
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A complete listing of all currently available "Things You Can Do To Help" posts.
A chronological listing of the most recent posts.
Pick Your Fights--Let Things Go When You Can
Fights cost lots and may be lost! If you can live and let live, it is often much better for all.
Try Collaboration First!
If we dig below positions, we often can collaborate with "our enemies" to the benefit of all.
Listen To and Talk With (not to) the Other Side
Even if you think you know what the other side thinks, you likely don't--and they don't know you either.
Find Others to Work With
Alone we can do a little bit, but with others we can accomplish much more. Collaboration works!
Treat EVERYONE With Respect
Respect is free to give, yet its payback is huge: breaking down stereotypes and often earning respect in return.
Don't Take the "Hate Bait"
Hate begets hate, fear, anger, and eventually violence. Don't fall into the trap! And if you are in, climb out!
Play a "Third Side Role"
"Third siders" are disputants and outsiders - united in a desire to transform conflicts for the better.
Minimize the Use of Force
Exchange and respect are more powerful than force--they persuade without causing backlash.