This essay begins with an examination of the importance of conflict transformation. The failings of an ideology of management currently dominating the conflict resolution field are contrasted with components of a transformative practice. I then offer three cases from my own experience and draw lessons from them to illustrate the potential of conflict resolution in three distinct areas: fostering community, building a responsive governance, and resolving public conflict. The examples are the following:
- A school redistricting dispute, where a return to the sense of common purpose and community was the primary goal of the convenors;
- A tri-jurisdiction community visioning process, illustrating ways of strengthening the nexus between citizenry and government;
- The Virginia Mental Health Insurance Parity process, where mediation helped end continuing legislative stalemate and address key health and economic issues.
"Why Conflict Transformation Matters: Three Cases,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol6/iss1/5