Things YOU Can Do To Help Blog
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. It includes a series of short posts explaining each idea, links to additional information, and supporting Infographics.
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A chronological listing of the most recent posts.
Infographic: Conflict Isn't a Spectator Sport
Political conflict isn't a spectator sport--in a democracy we all have the responsibility to get involved in a constructive way.
Use a mediator's "tricks" to more effectively address conflicts on your own.
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!