Studying any effort, any vocation, any avocation, through the lens of its artistry can be eye-opening and perspective-shifting. Conflict resolution is no exception and looking at its artistry can be helpful for both practitioners and clients. And here's an article for you on that very process.
"Artful ADR Training" (ACResolution) was written by Samantha Hardy and Cathryn Lloyd about whom I have blogged at Brains on Purpose: Professional Artistry of Mediation: Accessing more of your brain and the knowledge of your body. Their article begins:
This article explores how arts-based ADR training can be used to help conflict resolution practitioners develop artistry in practice. It explores how engagement in arts-based experiential learning methods offer alternative modes for understanding, expression and representation of knowledge in mediation and conflict resolution practice. It will explore how the use of images, painting and exposure to performance can be used as a catalyst for inquiry, reflection and seeing things anew.
The authors suggest a number of activities. Because I have used images in training programs for many years (see links below) and know how they can be conducive to learning and insight, I was particularly intrigued with one of the exercises Hardy and Lloyd described. Since the