Are you seeking information about conflict literacy for yourself or an organization? Linked below is a small sampling of articles, tools, podcasts, and trainings that we have learned about through our interviews with movement leaders, activists and conflict transformation practitioners. We do not guarantee results from these resources, yet share them since they have been of support to others. We would appreciate learning what works and what does not for you. If you have recommendations for additional resources or want to share feedback on items on this list, please let us know.
Resources can be found in the following categories:
TO WATCH & LISTEN (Podcasts and Webinars)
TO ENGAGE (Assessments and Trainings)
TO READ (Quick Reads, Blogs, Longer Reads, and Tools and Facilitation Manuals)
TO WATCH & LISTEN
Trauma, Healing & Collective Power
In a conversation hosted by adrienne maree brown, Spenta Kandawalla, Prentis Hemphill and Staci K. Haines, dig into connections between personal, collective and structural transformation, and healing and building collective power. Similar themes are explored in the new book, The Politics of Trauma, by the co-founder of gs.
Cornel West on Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice on the Rise Podcast
Cornel West gives an extraordinary, poetic, rhythmic keynote at the 2015 National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice.
Our Homes & Neighborhoods: Interpersonal Violence Intervention
In episode one of the Love the People Webinar Series, ingredients for transformative interventions are shared and ways to implement intervention practices are explored. Beginning at minute 30, the presenters speak about the difference between conflict and violence and provide ideas of how to approach conflict as a life-giving opportunity. At minute 45, personal stories are shared. 1 hour and 30 minutes
Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice in the time of coronavirus
generative somatics (gs)
This is a video of gs in a practice and discussion about gs co-founder, Staci K. Hanines’ new book The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice, the changing condition of coronavirus, and what somatics has to offer us. Staci was joined by Alta Starr, Prentis Hemphill and Xochitll Bervera, gs teachers who have contributions in the book.
Our Healthy Alliance Assessment
Movement Strategy Center & RoadMap Consulting
This assessment helps your new alliance or existing one take stock of your work, structure and culture, and decide what you want to strengthen for the future.
Many community mediation centers, such as our grant partner SEEDS, offer low cost mediation and 40 hour trainings. Some centers may be located through the National Association of Community Mediation. The one-page article titled, Challenging Neutrality, Examining Privilege And Encouraging Practitioner Self-Reflexivity: A Social Justice Approach To Alternative Dispute Resolution explores the importance of mediators developing a deep understanding of various cultural approaches and self-awareness about assumptions and privilege as a mediator.
Living Into Conflict (Online & In-Person Training)
Conflict is inevitable, but you can learn tools that make conflict safe. Recognize ways different cultures interpret and manage conflict. Reduce triggers, and build understanding and resilience. A PeoplesHub trainer joins your group virtually to help you all work together to develop tools to navigate conflict, and foster understanding and inclusion.
5 Day Social Justice Mediation Training (In-Person Training)
Social Justice Mediation Institute
This model was developed in response to a growing body of scholarship revealing that commonly used mediation models and practices do not serve all disputing parties equally despite best intentions. This training explores how identity and power imbalances affect the development and resolution of conflict and is offered yearly in Massachusetts.
Training for Social Action Trainers
Training for Change
This 2.5 day workshop training is for those using training and group facilitation in social justice movement building work wanting to take their training skills to the next level. It covers fundamentals of experiential education and dynamic facilitation, designed for all experience levels, and explores tools for readying a space for generative conflict. The training takes place in Philadelphia.
Bystander Intervention (Online Training)
As bystanders, we need to be especially vigilant and aware of what harassment, bias incidents, and hate violence look like in order to be able to stand up and intervene at a time when people need it most. Learn how to apply the 5 Ds: Direct, Distract, Delegate, Delay and Document in this online training.
Tools for Addressing Chapter Conflict
By Prentis Hemphill with help from the Black Lives Matter Healing Justice Working group
When we understand the nature of conflict we can also understand that conflict between us, in our chapters, and within our network is an expected and common issue. This tool provides context and questions about trauma, triggers, direct communication, restorative justice/transformative justice and facilitating process to attend to conflict. 5 pages
The CLARA Method for De-escalation When Responding to Questions and Verbal Attacks
By Various Contributors
This tool for self regulation and de-escalation has been developed over time and commonly practiced by conflict workers in situations of mild disagreement to those of extreme violence. The memorable acronym provides a reminder to prioritize being calm and centered before engaging. 2 pages
I’m a black feminist. I think the call-out culture is toxic.
By Loretta Ross
This opinion piece explore how call-outs make people fearful of being targeted. People avoid meaningful conversations when hypervigilant perfectionists point out apparent mistakes, feeding the cannibalistic maw of the cancel culture. Ross offers ways thoughts on how this culture can be changed. 1 page
Kitchen Table Mediation
By adrienne maree brown
This blog posts gives a delicious taste of the book adrienne is currently working on about Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation. Stay tuned for the book’s release date.
The Transformative Power of Practice
By Ng’ethe Maina and Staci Haines of generative somatics
Explore the liberation possible when default practices that can result in us acting and reacting in ways that make us more difficult for others to trust, less effective in our work, or more limited in our approaches to systemic change and movement building are transformed into intentional practices. 4 pages
Challenging Neutrality, Examining Privilege And Encouraging Practitioner Self-Reflexivity: A Social Justice Approach To Alternative Dispute Resolution
By Elli Nagai-Rothe
The dominant approaches to mediation, mediators and facilitators are valued and selected for their ability to separate themselves from the conflict. Contrastingly, many indigenous conflict resolution models emphasize relationships over technique, involving family and community members in the collective transformation of conflict. Deepening understanding of various cultural approaches and engaging in critical self-awareness about assumptions and privilege is a vital process in becoming a more effective conflict practitioner. 1 page
Black Youth Project 100
This is a statement by the accountability teams that have been working since early December 2015 to address an incident of sexual harm by a BYP100 member. The process was made public with permission of all parties involved as a gift to the broader community which is not familiar or accustomed to formal processes of community accountability and transformative justice. 1 page
10 Tips for Receiving Critical Feedback – A Guide for Activists
By Brooke Anderson of Movement Generation
Have you ever received feedback — gentle or not — that you were bringing the same behaviors into social movement spaces that you thought you were there to fight? Did you react with disbelief or defensiveness? Spiral into shame or self-doubt? Disengage and disappear from the work? Or were you able to learn from the feedback, repair harm, and recommit to a lifetime of shifting your practices to better align your values and actions? 4 pages
Blogs & Longer Reads
We are currently compiling a list of recommended books which will be posted here soon. Please contact us to let us know of your favorites.
What is/isn’t transformative justice?
adrienne maree brown
Transformharm.com has compiled an extensive list of resources such as this excellent piece by adrienne marree brown. The focus areas of the website include Transformative Justice, Community Accountability, Abolition, Restorative Justice and Carceral Femenisms.
Blog – Bay Area Nonviolent Communication
A range of authors provide perspectives on anger, empathy, the difference between ‘calling in’ and ‘calling out’ as well as approaches for effective listening.
Facilitation Tools & Manuals
An Extensive Catalog of Exercises and Tools
Training for Change
This online catalog offers tools for 3rd party intervention which highlights practices for peacebuilding, non-violence as well as a section on de-escalation and bystander tactics. Training for Changes’ frameworks and activities for diversity and anti-oppression tools highlight effective approaches for dialogue, community building and group work. There is also a whole section on team building.
Fumbling Towards Repair – A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators
By Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan
This workbook includes reflection questions, skill assessments, facilitation tips, helpful definitions, activities, and hard-learned lessons intended to support people who have taken on the coordination and facilitation of formal community accountability processes to address interpersonal harm & violence.
Courageous Conversations Toolkit
Social Transformation Project
A series of articles, best practices, and tools for engaging successfully in challenging conversations. This tool can help leaders and consultants break patterns of procrastination and avoidance in dealing with challenging and uncomfortable relational situations. Learn best practices and tools to create more successful outcomes from these conversations. 15 pages
Connecting, Inspiring, & Collaborating With Changemakers Facilitation Manual
Developed over 24 years of experiences with YES! camps and Jams, this manual is full of over 200 practices, tools, games and resources to support changemakers at all levels to bring forth thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all. It explores working with different conflict styles and also has an extensive organizing compendium.