a) Fighting conflict and resolving conflict

  • Introduction: Remember the game Tug of War? In a tug of war, there are individulas pulling the rope from the end attempting to win. This game will help you understand the way we view and handle conflicts. Dowload and read Handout Tug of War and reflect on how you would deal with your adversaries as an “enemy” and as a “friend”.
  • Now that you understand the game of tug of war, you need to recognize that there are rules for fighting fair.
  • Study the five rules for fighting fair in Handout Fighting Fair and solve the conflict situations provided in the Handout.
  • Identify what both people in the conflict situations “won” when the conflict was resolved fairly.
  • Mediation. Have you heard of mediation? It is probably that most of you have an understanding of this concept. Mediation is an alternative form to help empower others to solve their conflicts. Often, we are used to telling others what to do, but that is not always helpful. Mediation is used by schools, organizations, and courts for solving problems and reaching agreements.  The mediator listens and asks questions that help the individuals solve their disputes.  All of us have the ability to be mediators.
  • View the following YouTube video about mediation. It illustrates the meaning of mediation and its benefits.

  •  Review Handout Steps for Mediation for further instructions.
  • Read the handout" Mediate "..
    • Answer the following questions:
    • What did you learned from the activity?
    • Can you see the benefits of mediation?