4. Negotiating Conflict Across Worldviews

March 12-14, 2019

As we view the world around us, it sometimes seems as if intercultural dialogue is declining and intercultural conflict is thriving. The ways we resolve conflicts differ greatly across cultures, genders, even across generations. Whatever issue sparks a conflict, the methods we use for resolving it frequently makes the problem even more uncomfortable. In this workshop, we will explore dynamics between culture and conflict in a variety of settings including interpersonal, organizational and community contexts, and learn ways to design interventions for specific situations. Using cultural fluency as a resource, we will deepen our capacities to negotiate, while developing proficiency at evaluating conflict engagement processes for cultural biases. We will also examine the roles of worldviews and spirituality in intercultural conflict, and develop proficiency with dialogue. Participants will have opportunities to work on real issues from their home settings, and to apply creative and arts-based tools for engaging conflict effectively across cultures.

Michelle LeBaron cross cultural communication strategies

Michelle LeBaron is a scholar/practitioner and Professor of Law and Dispute Resolution at the Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her most recent book is Changing Our Worlds: Art as Transformative Practice. One of the pioneers of the field of intercultural conflict engagement, Michelle applies unique perspectives from the arts and her work on worldview conflicts in diverse regions to teach about dispute system design and conflict engagement.