Conflict is an inevitable part of every relationship. We experience it with our partners, children, friends, colleagues, even strangers. Conflict can be harmful when we are unwilling or unequipped to address it, but it can also be a powerful tool for reaching deeper levels of understanding and bringing about restorative justice when we are prepared to face it.
The Institute for Market Transformation’s Community Engagement (CE) team worked with a group of community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop the Community Engagement Framework. Throughout the feedback process, many of them asked how our team handles conflict. We developed the following Conflict Resolution Transformative Justice Guide in an effort to promote transparency and accountability and guide us when conflict arises between IMT, community partners, and other external partners.
To create this guide, we pulled information from the Racial Equity Tools database, the Restorative Just Culture Checklist by Sidney Dekker, Turning Towards Each Other, A Conflict Workbook by Jovida Ross and Weyam Ghadbian, and (divorcing) White Supremacy Culture.
To learn more about the Framework and our process for implementing it into our work, view our: