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Cultural Perceptions of Conflict

Cultural Perceptions of Conflict

Can mediators help change cultural perceptions and approaches to conflict?



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I so, so agree with that. With one difference there. I think that mediation always needs to have an education element in it. In a way, the job of mediators, facilitators should actually be in all ways to make themselves redundant to make the people they’re working with so much better at talking to each other, they no longer may need a third party. That would be really the way forward. To make ourselves redundant. Probably not a very popular point of view. But actually…


I said earlier I don’t edit the video. I might just edit that bit out.


No. Don’t even think about it. One of your jobs in what we do, is actually to teach people how to deal with difference, what we said before, or that caused the difference, is actually to make sure that people learn the habits of process, the habits of dialogue and conversation, which actually make them better able to deal with the difference. While we’re on the subject of difference, another great cause of conflict which, I think in the 21st century is the relationship between conflict and change. In a way, you can see your conflict as being about change. The cost of change, the pace of change, who has to change what, who pays for the cost of change, in what currency? That is a huge relationship which people need to understand, I think.

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Andrew Acland specialises in designing and facilitating stakeholder dialogue and consultation processes in complex, multi-party, multi-issue contexts, often with environmental and social sustainability dimensions. Andrew began his working life as a political analyst specialising in East-West relations and arms control. In 1985, while working on the staff of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, he acted as assistant to the Archbishop’s envoy, T... View Mediator