Wouldn’t it be nice if conflicts would just go away. Or would it? How can we decide when conflict suggests an opportunity for change, and when it is unhelpful or dangerous? How can we manage the negative side of conflict, while taking advantage of the opportunities that different perspectives bring?
Mind the Gap’s practical conflict management training and facilitation is part of our core, long-term work. We work with teams and organisations, in complex emergencies, and with long-term intractable environmental conflicts.
Through our training and facilitation, we support people and agencies who need to analyse conflict and identify positive ways forward. We focus on our clients’ strategic and business objectives, and their broader goals for collaboration, sustainable development and effective partnerships.
Working with conflict is certainly challenging and can sometimes feel daunting. But it can also be creative and positive, bringing clarity and a sense of direction – personally, as well as professionally.
We have found that working with women and young people is a key part of our practice – not just in war zones but also in ordinary communities. We provide mixed-gender, diverse teams who can help clients work effectively with the layers of conflict that often hide inside initial descriptions of the conflict.
Internationally, we have strong ties to several communities in conflict or post-conflict situations and can draw on community case studies and experiences, with local people contributing to our training. We also maintain strong links with Norwegian and UK practitioners and specialists in the legal, diplomatic and advocacy aspects of conflict management. Please click here for a more detailed capacity statement on conflict management.
For many of our clients, a focus on healing, reconciliation and peace is their main goal. Whether in war zones or after political conflict; in businesses, schools, organisations or communities, Mind the Gap has experienced, trained people that can help.