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Greetings, friends-

Below, a little update on recent events. Here, a request for you:
I am working on a new book project and would love your help.

The book is a practical, interactive handbook focused on how to analyze conflict– ways to be present inside the mess and still see where you are and what’s going on. I’m looking for a broad range of conflict examples to work with. Might you have a conflict scenario that you would be willing to offer? Maybe from your work, family, community, other? All kinds of scenarios are useful, from day-to-day to more complex. The conflict can be about anything, the more diverse the examples, the better!

I’m looking for just the basic outline of the conflict, no need to include specific details. Here are examples of the level of detail that would be great:

1. The director of a school receives pressure from the board to accept the child of a donor as a student in order to keep the donations flowing. The student does not have the qualifications the school requires and the director feels uncomfortable.
2. Parents disagree on how much screen time their child should have. One parent is worried the child is spending too much time alone, the other parent is exhausted from work and welcomes the break the screen offers.
3. A community is in conflict over a proposal for a new addiction treatment facility.

Any ideas you might have to offer would be greatly appreciated!
Many thanks and all my best wishes from the snowy hills of Vermont-

recent events
Jena, Germany: 
The Exchange: an action dialogue
+ Workshop

What can the practices of artists bring to the process of building society? At this conference focused on arts as an engine for productive change, I partnered with the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv to shared my work integrating conflict resolution methodologies and artistic technologies and to engage participants in our large-scale public dialogue on violence: The Exchange.

More info here.
London, England:
Work Day for UNDER | STAND: an action dialogue on race at Roehampton University

What action is useful in reducing the power of racist systems?  It was amazing to have the chance to be in dialogue with 25 thinkers from different and intersecting areas– racial justice activists, artists,
scholars– on this day research day for the project.

More info here.

selected media

I've been researching the use of choreographic thought in protest and this is one of my recent favorites, where a German town turned a neo-Nazi march into a fundraiser for an anti-extremist charity.

And, I'm inspired by this short video of Emile Bruneau, Director, Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab, University of Pennsylvania on what neuroscience can show us about the phenomena of polarization.

Thanks, Dana
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