Transforming Conflict: A Liberatory Approach to Mediation

At Vision Change Win, we dream of movement organizations so intentional, resilient, and skilled that the need for outside mediators is rare. We dream of organizations equipped to lead through and with challenging conflicts.

We invite your group or organization to join the Transforming Conflict cohort, where you will learn about the root causes of conflict, practice tools to lead skillfully through conflict and be trained in the seven steps of mediation, all with the politics and values of movement organizations at the center.

This highly interactive small cohort is designed for organizations ready to transform how they view and address conflict and who have the capacity to send three or more people to attend sessions on a range of Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in August and September 2024.

Applications are now closed for the Summer 2024 cohort. Stay tuned for details about the next time we will run this program.

What is the Transforming Conflict Cohort?

Vision Change Win is proud to present an intensive program tailored for organizations aiming to deepen their understanding of conflict transformation and continue developing the necessary skills to practice. 

During this highly interactive program, participants will:

  • Learn to identify the root causes of conflict, including interpersonal dynamics versus organizational shortcomings
  • Practice navigating challenging conversations
  • Practice using tools to create cultures and structures within their organizations more conducive to accountability
  • Learn the seven steps of mediation and how to apply them
  • Practice leading the seven steps of mediation

The program includes:

  • 9+ hours of training on the root causes of conflict within organizations, focusing on creating accountable cultures and structures
  • 27+ hours of direct mediation training.
  • 2 practice labs with a trainer to further develop your skills.
  • One 60-minute coaching call with a trained practitioner for personalized support in addressing organizational conflict.
  • 60-page Conflict Transformation Toolkit to equip your organization with essential tools for conflict resolution.

To ensure a high-quality learning environment, the program offers limited spots. This approach guarantees that each participant receives personalized attention and ample practice opportunities from our trainers.

Program Dates and Times:

The mediation training will occur on the following dates in August, with each session running from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST):

  • Tuesday, August 13th
  • Wednesday, August 14th
  • Thursday, August 15th
  • Tuesday, August 20th
  • Wednesday, August 21st
  • Thursday, August 22nd

Practice Labs: Practice Labs are scheduled in September, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM PST) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 4th
  • Wednesday, September 18th

Conflict Cohort Tuition

The program includes 36 hours of training as well as a one-hour coaching call with a practitioner and a 60-page Transforming Conflict workbook. Participation requires at least three members from each organization to effectively practice mediation.

Full Tuition: $5,000 per organization (3-4 individual participants)

Grassroots organizations are eligible to receive a 20% discount

Financial Assistance:

A limited number of solidarity scholarships are available, with priority given to BIPOC- and Trans- and Queer-led organizations, especially those operating on budgets under $400,000, However, any organization can apply for a scholarship. We do not want budget to be a barrier for movement groups to be able to attend this training. Flexible payment plans are also available.

This training helped me reflect on my own conflict tendencies and think about how I show up in my organization with conflict.

Deborah, conflict cohort participant