From Conflict to Community
By: Gwendolyn Olton - Microcosm Publishing, $16.95
Description: Conflict is everywhere: our living rooms, our streets, our community organizations, and every corner of the internet. But few of us have the training to successfully intervene or resolve these conflicts.
In these pages, experienced peacemaker Gwendolyn Olton shows you how to use your existing skills and intuition to transform a wide variety of conflicts from insurmountable impasses to working relationships where everyone�s needs are met.
The result is a practical, kind, realistic guidebook for anyone who�s found themselves in a conflict (their own or someone else�s) and wondered, How did we get here and what can I do to make it better!?
Verdict: From Conflict to Community: Transforming Conflicts Without Authorities is broken up into three sections: learn�the basics of conflicts, help others work out their conflicts, and finally, resolve and heal the conflicts in your own life.
Conflicts tend to have a bad reputation, however, it can be a good thing and can provide growth opportunities. Individuals and groups that learn to navigate through conflict and use it to their benefit can become highly motivated and effective.
Thus, throughout this well-constructed, impeccably written, expertly structured, and wholly immersive new book, we learn how our perception of conflict influences both ourselves and those around us, how when we navigate our professional and personal relationships, they can bring different end results, and how different perspectives on conflict can be shared, along with various techniques to manage conflict and build trust, with others to create a larger pool of invested knowledge.
As for the author herself, Gwendolyn Olton, she has been working, both pain and unpaid, as a conflict transformer and mediator for most of her life. As for her reasoning behind writing the book, Olton reveals it is for those people who want to do more to help with conflict but don�t have, or are not interested in getting, formal training in conflict transformation.
Filled with real life examples and thought-provoking scenarios, Gwendolyn Olton offers a variety of conflict analysis and conversation tools that you can use to navigate the most challenging interpersonal dynamics, and to better understand yourself and others along the way � all without calling HR or the cops!
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