Re: [holistichelping] FREE WEBINAR: Conflict in Collaboration: From Getting Along to Getting things Accomplished
Dear Asif, Janet, Andrius, and All,
This is a fantastic topic, and I am passing this posting along to the ActALIVE forum, as there are many who will be interested, myself included.
International conflict resolution was my primary field in grad school, though I quickly learned that the personal and interpersonal levels of conflict--including creative collaboration with oneself, let alone others!--are integral aspects and dimensions of the international...and vice versa.
Conflict is a part of life in the same way that we live and breathe. The key to its "management" is how we address it, as what we do with it determines where it will lead us...either down a destructive path, or a creative and constructive avenue.
Thanks so much for offering this to all of us, and hope--if myself and others interested cannot attend this time--that there will be other webinars on this theme offered in future. With excitement and appreciation, Janet
Sent: Sep 18, 2007 1:50 PM
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Subject: [holistichelping] FREE WEBINAR: Conflict in Collaboration: From Getting Along to Getting things Accomplished
Limited (FREE) Registration Now Open for a Live Webinar
Title: Conflict in Collaboration: From Getting Along to Getting things Accomplished
Speakers: Janet Salmons, Ph.D. and Lynn Wilson, Ph.D.
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2007
Time: 11:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT (Arrive at 10:30 for tutorial on Elluminate)
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Conflict is a factor in many collaborative processes. Conflict is frequently managed by attempting to eliminate it. In negating conflict, opportunities for innovation can be overlooked. Conflict can become a positive force for generating new, creative ideas. Successful collaborations can often do more than create consensus. Under certain conditions they can encourage sharing ideas, promote creative learning and allow a context for constructing new parameters to address the original issue or problem.
Conflict studies and conflict management tools provide a framework for using conflict in collaboration, although these approaches sometime limit the definition of desirable outcomes to achieving consensus. Collaboration studies and practices add elements for considering more constructive uses of conflict. Clear understanding about the types of conflict, together with decisions about desirable collaborative outcomes and how to create and use optimum tension can create an entirely new context in which to see conflict as a positive tool for collaboration.
These are some of the issues we’ll explore from both theoretical and practical perspectives in this webinar:
- What features distinguish conflict that is productive in collaborative efforts from conflict that obstructs progress toward collaborative outcomes?
- How do we know whether a particular process can benefit from purposefully using conflict or if the goal should be to overcome it?
- Basic tenets of conflict resolution and management: uses and limitations. Definitions and perspectives from the literature.
- What issues surrounding conflict are particularly critical when the collaboration takes place in the virtual environment?
- Cases of conflict in collaboration – examples from different disciplines and across disciplines
- What can (and what cannot) be done about power in collaborative efforts that involve conflict?
- How can concepts about using conflict constructively be applied to designing collaborations, addressing issues during a collaborative process and evaluative collaborations?
- Is so-called “intractable conflict” ever a positive element, or is it always a barrier to collaborative efforts?
- What are your experiences? Under what circumstances have you encountered conflict in collaboration? Was it handled appropriately? Could it have been leveraged for a more creative result? What did you learn that others might apply?
This presentation will take a closer look at some of the theories, factors and practices that contribute to rethinking how to use conflict for successful collaboration. It will also provide some techniques that demonstrate how emerging work in collaboration contributes to the scholarship and practice of conflict management. The webinar leaders will draw from a wealth of scholarly and practical experience with conflict in collaboration. They work in and across disciplines including education and training, business and leadership, the arts, environmental science, government policy-making and social sector disciplines.
About the Presenters
Janet Salmons, Ph.D., is a consultant through Vision2Lead, Inc.(www.vision2lead.com), and is online faculty member at Capella University’s School of Business and Technology where she teaches in the MBA and PhD programs. ). Lynn Wilson, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the environmental scientific and educational nonprofit organization SeaTrust Institute (www.seatrustinstitute.org). She also provides research, policy and strategic advice to governmental, business and nonprofit organizations through her firm, OSSIA. Lynn and Janet are editors of the forthcoming book, A Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy (http://www.vision2lead.com/html/esynergy.html).
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