The Power of Polarity - Uncovering Healthy Ways to work with Conflict
Whether it be masks, politics or climate change, the world seems to be taking on greater and greater polarisation: "if you agree with me, you’re my friend and if you don’t then I don’t want to speak with you: you’re my enemy."
In this session, Edward Nelson will present three different lenses on conflict that can help us embrace polarity and look at how we can work with it to cultivate healthy change: Positional, Personal and Process. He will also draw parallels with symbols such as the Yin & Yang to understand how things sometimes need to be viewed from different and even opposite perspectives.
Edward will draw on his work as a mediator, process worker and facilitator to draw out patterns that can be identified in conflict to help people embrace difference and generate understanding, even amidst difficult conversations.
The aim will be to help people gain a greater understanding of some of the challenges they face and offer some practical ways in which to defuse tension.
After the TED-style talk, attendees will have an opportunity to reflect together on what has arisen for them in hearing Edward's ideas.