The second section of Waging Peace includes a chapter for families and information about the Resolving Conflict Creatively Curriculum.
RCC emphasizes the development of sophisticated communication skills as the center of non-violent conflict resolution. They also focus on teaching students how to name, express and cope with feelings They encourage a “win-win” negotiation process and the use of mediation. They also have a significant emphasis on anti-bias / addressing diversity and the challenges of “isms.”
Tom Roderick’s pointers on resolving conflicts nonviolently (86-88) :
- Slow down the action
- Listen well
- Give the other person the benefit of the doubt
- Acknowledge the other person’s feelings
- Be strong without being mean
- Try to see a conflict as a problem to be solved rather than a contest to be won
- Set your sights on a win-win solution
- If you don’t seem to be getting anywhere in solving a conflict, ask for help
- Remember that conflict, handed well, can lead to personal growth and better relationships
- The true heroes of today’s world are not the Rambos.