Power in Conflict Network

A collaborative workspace for dispute resolution professionals


The Place to Discuss Power in Conflict. Dispute resolution professionals deal with power in conflict dynamics all the time. This workspace was created for us to discuss and learn from each other about power in collaborative processes: its nature, its sources, how it's used, and how to deal with it.

The Power in Conflict Workshop (PiC). This network was created as a workspace for participants in the workshop Balancing & Illuminating Power: Exploring Approaches to Power in Conflict Dynamics. The workshop, presented by Jeff Bean and Martha Bean, will be first presented at the19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, May 4, 2012.

It's also available to anyone attending any of the other seminars, presentations and workshops we're doing:

  • Adding to Getting to Yes Seminar. We'll also be discussing Balancing & Illuminating Power at the Adding to Getting to Yes seminar April 14, 2012, at Seattle University School of Law, presented by King County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and hosted by the SU Dispute Resolution Board.  
  • Power Dynamics in Land Use Disputes. We'll be discussing Power dynamics and Power Illumination with the Land Use & Environmental Mediation Group on June 20, 2012.

Yet you don't have to come to the conference workshop or any other presentation to participate here. Any other dispute resolution professional interested in studying and discussing power is encourage to join us on this network.

Sign-up to join the conversation. Please sign-up to the network, and in your profile tell us about yourself and your interests. When you're approved, then join in on the conversation. Go to the Discussion Forum, comment on the discussions others have already started, and start your own.

Have a colleague you think would be interested in this network? Feel free to invite them.


Threats [video]

Started by Jeff Bean Apr 13, 2012. 0 Replies

One use of power in conflict is to threaten to use it. Below is an example.Are threats to use power always powerful? Are there times they aren't?Do threats create the desired effect? Are they always rationally calculated to affect a desired result?…Continue

About the Power in Conflict Workshop

Started by Jeff Bean Mar 29, 2012. 0 Replies

The Power in Conflict Workshop is designed to encourage the participants to think through and analyze power:the nature of powerour reactions to it as mediators and facilitatorsour responses to itTwo techniques to address power dynamics will be…Continue

How to use the Power in Conflict Network

Started by Jeff Bean Mar 29, 2012. 0 Replies

This website is a network of dispute resolution professionals and a collaborative workspace. It is intended to provide a forum for discussion and sharing ideas about Power in Conflict dynamics in dispute resolution processes.A Place to Share Ideas.…Continue

Why Study Conflict in Power?

Started by Jeff Bean Mar 29, 2012. 0 Replies

Power is a concern to mediators. When participants in a collaborative processes use, threaten or even mention their power, it can be a challenge to the mediator. My sister, Martha Bean, and I are practicing mediators and facilitators. We are…Continue

Power in Conflict Mind-Map


The collaborative workspace for mediators and facilitators exploring power dynamics in conflict and dispute resolution


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