January 24, 2023 9:00 am - January 26, 2023 12:00 pm

CRSI is excited to present…

“GOOD TROUBLE: Disrupting and Connecting for Social Change”

with Bernie Mayer, PhD & Jacqueline N. FontGuzmán, PhD, JD

Conflict intervention, peacebuilding, and social justice advocacy are natural and important but uneasy allies. The complex interaction between helping people to connect across our differences and supporting those whose mission is to disrupt oppressive systems is at the heart of not only of our most significant ethical dilemmas but also of our very relevance to the most essential social conflicts we face. We often try to avoid the challenge this presents by hiding behind a commitment to neutrality, impartiality, and objectivity, but this inevitably puts us on the side of the most powerful. In this training, we discuss how we can determine when and how to help people connect with those they are in conflict with as well as with potential allies and how we can also support efforts to build strategic and durable approaches to systems disruption. We will look at the “neutrality trap” and how to avoid it while maintaining our credibility as interveners, and how we can help navigate the road from chaotic to strategic disruption (which is often a two way street). We will look at conflicts on the interpersonal, communal, and societal level in the spirit of helping people “get into good trouble, necessary trouble” in the words of the late John Lewis.

Participate in this Virtual Conference and learn how to help people connect with those they are in conflict with, as well as potential allies.

Conference Information and Schedule

About our Presenters

Bernie Mayer, Ph.D., has provided conflict intervention for families, communities, NGO’s, unions, corporations, and governmental agencies throughout North America and internationally for over 40 years. He is Professor Emeritus of Conflict Studies, Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Creighton University and a founding partner of CDR Associates, a conflict intervention firm headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Bernie’s newest book (with Jacqueline Font-Guzmán), The Neutrality Trap: from Constructive Engagement to Strategic Disruption in Social Conflict, was published in January 2022. Previous books include The Dynamics of Conflict, Beyond Neutrality, and Staying With Conflict., and The Conflict Paradox. Bernie lives in Kingsville, Ontario.

Jacqueline (Jackie) N. Font-Guzmán, PhD, JD (she/her/ella), is a Fulbright scholar with vast experience in conflict, healthcare, academia, and the legal system. Her work has been internationally recognized. She has provided consulting and training to universities, government agencies, courts, healthcare institutions, and many other entities. She serves as the Vice-President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Professor in their Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Jackie’s newest book (with Bernie Mayer, Ph.D.), is The Neutrality Trap: from Constructive Engagement to Strategic Disruption in Social Conflict. Jackie lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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