Conflict's Powerful Magnets: Identity, Emotions and Power

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Most of us understand when there is a conflict, but we have not looked at what keeps us locked into the conflict. Those three components are powerful magnets for us. The program today will examine how identity, emotion and power work in conflict, and how understanding each of them can reduce their pull on us and show us paths out of the conflict.

Tricia Jones is a Professor of Education at Temple University in Philadelphia and she is the Project Director of the CRETE Project -- Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education. CRETE has been funded since 2004 by the United States Department of Education and the JAMS Foundation. Dr. Jones has worked with thousands of teachers, helping them understand how to teach students constructive conflict management to help create safe and effective schools and communities. She is a member of the Peace Education Working Group of the Global Partnership for the Prevention for Armed Conflict working around the world to support conflict education and peace education.

Zena Zumeta, internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators. She is president of the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Zena is a lawyer and a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators. She is the recipient of the Michigan Lifetime Achievement in Mediation Award; the National Education Association/Saturn Corporation Award for Union-Management Collaboration; the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; and the Kumba Award from the National Conference on Minorities in ADR.

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