Going to the Balcony

My friend Bill Ury has a phrase that in conflict we sometimes need to ‘go to the balcony’ and see the conflict from outside it. This photo seemed to capture this idea symbolically for me

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump in the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos over Roswell, New Mexico. The Austrian lifted off aboard a helium balloon for the test jump. He rode inside a pressurised capsule to an altitude of 13.6 miles (21.8 kilometres), then jumped. Baumgartner is aiming for nearly 23 miles (37 kilometres) this summer. The record is 19.5 miles (31.3 kilometres). For comparison, commercial jets generally cruise at over 30,000 feet (9 kilometers). Baumgartner reached speeds of up to 364.4 mph (586.4 kph) and was in free fall for three minutes and 43 seconds before pulling his parachute cords. The entire jump lasted eight minutes and eight seconds...

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump in the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos over Roswell, New Mexico. The Austrian lifted off aboard a helium balloon for the test jump. He rode inside a pressurised capsule to an altitude of 13.6 miles (21.8 kilometres), then jumped. Baumgartner is aiming for nearly 23 miles (37 kilometres) this summer. The record is 19.5 miles (31.3 kilometres). For comparison, commercial jets generally cruise at over 30,000 feet (9 kilometers). Baumgartner reached speeds of up to 364.4 mph (586.4 kph) and was in free fall for three minutes and 43 seconds before pulling his parachute cords. The entire jump lasted eight minutes and eight seconds…

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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