WHEN | November 22, 2018
TIME | 19.00 - 21.30
WHERE | Zoku
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Solve disagreement constructively!
Zoku Amsterdam, Weesperstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
An introduction in how to solve disagreement constructively.
You had a disagreement with your colleague who now avoids your presence. She sends you regular emails, with the whole team in cc, complaining about your work.
Your intern is consistently missing deadlines, upsetting your elaborate planning.
Your team needs to make a decision, but one team member stubbornly rejects every proposal.
We’ve never learned how to deal with elephants.
The working place is rife with elephants: issues, disagreements, conflicts, all hushed up and ignored. Most of us avoid issues, because we don’t know how to tackle them. We’ve never been taught how to resolve disagreements constructively.
Sometimes we’re driven to a breaking point, and decide to let the other person have it. We feel we’re in the right, so we want to have our point of view prevail, have the other person give in. This does not lead to a real resolution, as it always leaves one person’s view dismissed.
What if you had tools to tackle these pesky pachyderms, resolve disagreements constructively, and nurture your professional and personal relationships?
Deep Democracy: Elephant Whispering for Beginners
Deep Democracy is a practical approach for solving conflicts on individual and group level. It’s ‘democratic’ because it emphasizes the importance of every voice, because decisions are wisest when both majority and minority voices are valued. It’s ‘deep’ because it goes beyond a rational discussion of ideas. It deals with emotions, attachments, and patterns, encouraging self-development and engagement with others.
In this introduction, you will learn about the theory behind Deep Democracy. You will also get some very light hands-on experience, practicing a tool to tackle difficult conversations with colleagues and partners. Your office will be much more comfortable, once devoid of elephants.
People not Projects founder Ann Cassano is a cultural anthropologist and psychologist. For over a decade she has worked for and with refugees. Noticing that refugees don’t always get a say in projects which are supposed to benefit them, she started looking for methods to boost refugee participation, inclusion, and agency in projects with NGOs. One of the methods she uses is Deep Democracy, which bolsters minority voices and ensures their participation in decisions. Ann lives and works in Amsterdam. She has a thing for elephants.
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