EASTER SPECIAL: How to Approach Conflict & Political Conversations with Family!
An Interview with Conflict Resolution Specialist Michelle LeBaron
I have had the opportunity to speak with many experts in various fields. Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle Lebaron, a highly acclaimed scholar specializing in conflict transformation, arts, and resilience. In our conversation, Michelle shared her insights on conflict resolution and mediation, drawing from her experience as a Wallenberg Fellow, and her extensive research on conflict across religious and worldview differences.
One of the key takeaways from our conversation was the importance of de-escalation in conflict resolution. Michelle emphasized the need for active listening, empathy, and understanding when engaging in discussions with people who hold different opinions or perspectives. She also highlighted the value of creating a safe space for people to express their feelings and concerns, without fear of judgement or retribution.
Michelle also shared her thoughts on the challenges within family law, where people can become vicious towards one another. She stressed the importance of maintaining a professional and respectful demeanor when dealing with conflicts in these situations. She emphasized the need to prioritize the interests of children and focus on finding mutually beneficial solutions that benefit all parties involved.
Another topic that we discussed was the role of mediation in resolving conflicts. Michelle explained that mediation is a process in which a neutral third party helps two or more parties come to a mutually acceptable resolution. Mediation can be used to resolve conflicts in a variety of contexts, including workplace disputes, divorce, and international conflicts.
Throughout our conversation, Michelle emphasized the importance of developing skills in conflict resolution and mediation. She highlighted the value of active listening, empathy, and understanding in building stronger relationships and resolving conflicts more effectively. Michelle's insights are invaluable for anyone looking to improve their conflict resolution and mediation skills, and her work in this field has made a significant impact on the world.
If you're interested in learning more about Michelle Lebaron's fascinating work and insights on conflict resolution and mediation, be sure to listen to the full episode of the Bigger Than Me podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube, or Apple Podcasts.