About Creative Conflict Wisdom

This site is an attempt to help you creatively re-frame how you handle conflict hopefully to get better results and improve the relations with those you regularly have conflict with. Unless otherwise stated it is written entirely by one person who is a conflict professional who believes there is no fundamental difference between the conflicts you have in your family or at work and the conflicts that lead to wars at the global political level. And it will be weaving in emerging research from neuroscience that helps us better understand what the brain is doing in conflict.

You will see from the Categories to the right, that I cover almost all aspects of conflict and invite you to sample my perspectives on movies, books, neuro-science, as well as practical approaches to conflict handling you can use in your own life in the section PERSONAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION: CREATIVE STRATEGIES. In particular, the blog is underlain by a conflict model: a disciplined seven step process for handling conflict differently, hopefully leading to better results. But obviously I cannot guarantee that, as conflict is complex, personal and often very varied. If you find any of the insights of this blog to be helpful, please post a comment and tell us your experience. This blog is a learning process, not a one way teaching/preaching process. I hope you enjoy it.

I hope you use it to look at your own personal conflicts afresh and equipped to reach for higher level solutions that are win-win with those close to you at home, work or your friends. To do this, however, you may have to recognize and overcome you aversion to thinking about conflict, to facing the conflicts and using a systematic process to handle them in improved ways. This blog is dedicated to helping you in that process, as well as throwing light on all aspects of the world’s conflicts current and historical.

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18 Responses to About Creative Conflict Wisdom

  1. Food Slicer says:

    Just wondering if you took any writing or editorial classes? You write so well! Maybe you should consider some payed writing pieces. Just a thought! – Kim

    • Thanks Kim. No I didn’t take any special classes but when I was at school they actually taught us to write tightly! 🙂

      And I do it for the love of conflict or at least its improved working out. Best from CCW

  2. It’s not always easy coming up with new content, but you really can do it well!

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  5. Hi Ed – I would like to offer you the Liebster Blog Award – I don’t know if you’ll want to accept it but I definitely think you deserve it for your work!
    http://creatingreciprocity.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/go-raibh-mile-maith-agat/

  6. Great blog. I’m impressed with what you’ve done. Keep up the great work, it would be great to chat some time.

    • @louploup2. Thanks. Interesting piece. And it was Lynn Margolis I think who demonstrated that much of evolution is driven by cooperation rather than competition citing her work on how cells emerged. It would be obvious to anyone who has served in the military that what binds soldiers is loyalty to each other which is why they would annihilate our camo wearing hyper individualist gundamentalists. Not much sign of good ole boys with guns when Eisenhower sent the airborne into Little Rock in 1956 or Kennedy into Oxford Miss in 1962.

  7. Bill L. says:

    Another interesting writer on evolution driven by cooperation is Franz de Waal, the primatologist who wrote _Good_Natured_ and _The_Bonobo_and_the_Atheist_.

  8. Leah says:

    My major is Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I’m curious about the careers and academic schooling of those who have created/contributed to this website.

    • @Leah. Unless otherwise cited I created everything on this website. My academic schooling was in economics, though I have also studied with one of the senior figures in the Harvard Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School and I also have a background more recently in neuroscience and psychology but via individual research and study. My career was in labor relations in the auto industry in the UK and USA, probably the most instructive place to learn how deal with immensely consequential, high pressure conflict. Hope this helps.

  9. Carolyn Jabs says:

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog with interest. I discovered it because I’ve co-written a book called Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Given your interests, I think the book would interest you and I’d like to send you a copy. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at the e-mail below. I look forward to hearing from you–and reading more of your thoughtful and insightful posts.

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