CMM Fellows Program Call: Conflict Transformation, Getting Past Disagreement

2015 CMM Fellows Program CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Conflict Transformation – Getting Past Disagreement

This unique fellowship program reflects a partnership among Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication & Society, Fielding Graduate University Institute for Social Innovation, and the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution.

Intention: In this year’s call for fellows, the focus is on proposals that take a communication perspective and use the lens of CMM to further our understanding of conflict transformation. Proposals that can demonstrate the practical import of a communication perspective and that enrich our understanding of the value of using CMM to understand conflict transformation are particularly encouraged.

Recognition: Each Fellow will receive a cash award plus an allowance for travel expenses to attend the 2015 CMM Learning Exchange in September 2015 in Munich and present resulting work there.

Application Process: Applications can be downloaded using the “Letter of Intent” form on the CMM Institute website.

Important Dates:
– Applications are due by March 15, 2015
– Applicants will be notified the week of May 15, 2015
– Fellows will be expected to make a presentation of their work at the CMM Learning Exchange and Global Integral Competence conference, September 17-20, 2015 in Munich, Germany

For more information, contact Kim Pearce.

Definitions and parameters:
Proposals are welcome that address virtually any kind of conflict, and how it may be resolved or prevented by taking a “communication perspective.”

Conflict can be anything from a minor or major disagreement to a full- blown war, and the many levels between these extremes. One way of defining conflict is when there are needs we have that are unmet and we attribute the cause to someone or something else, as another person, organization or country, or we might blame ourselves. We can encounter conflict:
– Within ourselves as when we feel conflicted about decisions we have made
– With another person as an interpersonal conflict;
– Within our own groups as intragroup conflict;
– With another group of people or team as intergroup conflict;
– Within an organization as intraorganizational conflict;
– Between organizations as interorganizational conflict;
– Within nations and states as in civil war as intrastate conflict; and
– Between states or cultures as interstate conflict.

The communication perspective is essentially about how we make our social worlds together in communication and storytelling. There are stories we tell about the others with whom we are in conflict and this is part of the framing we give to the conflict situation. Our framing of these stories may inhibit us from being able to shift our perspective and constructively address the conflict situation.

The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) theory offers us concepts and tools that allow us to see conflict from alternative points of view to shift our perspective and understanding of the conflict, the other person and ourselves. In this manner, we are able to transform our conflict narrative and consequently, transform the conflict. This transformation opens up a range of possibilities that were previously not available to us.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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