Working Effectively with Especially Challenging Behaviors in Member-Led Activist Groups. Webinar with Diana Leafe Christian on June 14th

Working Effectively with Especially Challenging Behaviors in Member-Led Activist Groups. Webinar with Diana Leafe Christian on June 14th
Photo by Chris Sabor / Unsplash

Working Effectively with Especially Challenging Behaviors in Member-Led Activist Groups is the fourth webinar part of the Conflict Resilience Series, a series highlighting some fantastic resources on the benefits of addressing and re-framing conflict to maintain effective groups.

Friday June 14th, 2024 · 15:00 - 17:00 h Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). Check your local time here.

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Most conflict tension and in member-led activist groups looks on the surface like simple interpersonal conflict. But I identify three different sources of conflict:
  1. Simple interpersonal conflict, for which there are tried and true remedies involving good communication skills and mediation methods.
  2. Twelve kinds of “Structural conflict" (I first identified six kinds of structural conflict in my book Creating a Life Together).
  3. The conflict arising from what I see as “especially challenging behaviors" and described in my eight-part article series for Communities magazine, "Working Effectively with Especially Challenging Behaviors".
I approach conflict in member-led groups and offers suggestions that are quite different from the approach and suggestions of most communication consultants and mediators.

In this 2-hour presentation people will get an overview of practical, workable solutions successful groups have used  to resolve or contain each type of conflict, but focusing mostly on managing especially challenging behaviors.

The presentation, with Q&A,  is for people who may have felt confused, baffled, or even hopeless about ongoing conflict in their group and seek grounded, field-tested solutions.  There are things groups can do!

Our guest: Diana Leafe Christian

Diana Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities (now in French, Italian Spanish, Russian, Korean, Hebrew, and German), and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community (New Society Publishers, 2003, 2005).

She speaks at ecovillage and cohousing conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops and online trainings internationally. With the ability to make things simple and clear, and drawing on a deep and broad understanding of intentional community dynamics, Diana encourages effective and harmonious ways for groups to become healthy and thriving, and to resolve the typical interpersonal challenges that can arise in any community.

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The art~ist

Setting up healthy boundaries is the artwork Ena Sutherland created

Ena Sutherland (Edinburgh) is one of the artists we contacted to come up with a picture about setting up healthy boundaries.

Check the interview to Ena here:

Challenging behaviors: when is it wise and healthy to set up boundaries?
Ena Sutherland is the artist who created this digital art around “Working Effectively with Especially Challenging Behaviors”. Ena were inspired by these articles, written by Diana Leafe Christian. 📗Check and download HERE the articles series “Working Effectively with Especially Challenging Behaviors” The image Ena created and the articles are connected

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