"If I have seen farther than others, it is by standing on the shoulder of giants." -Isaac Newton
We don't have all the answers. But we're on a mission to build on the knowledge, experience, and hard-won lessons from the pioneers and changemakers who came before us.
The skills you'll find here are based on over 30 years of experience. But this was really made possible by the generosity, magnanimity, and selflessness of two pioneers who were committed to make these skills widely available to anyone who wants to learn them.
Drawing on fields as diverse as leadership, management, personal development, Buddhism, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, child rearing, critical thinking, and even martial arts, Helena Cornelius and Shoshana Faire carefully constructed a package of key skills that would constitute a key framework for conflict resolution. And their significance and relevance in improving people's lives has become abundantly clear. These tools apply from the boardroom to the bush, from government to jungle gyms, from local communities to international institutions.
Helena Cornelius is a founding director of the Conflict Resolution Network (CRN). Her background as a psychologist, workshop leader, and mediator now informs her work supervising CRN's digital learning programs. She has authored, produced, and co-authored twelve other major works in the area of Conflict Resolution, including The Gentle Revolution. Her techniques and manuals are widely used in corporate organizations, government departments, schools, and the wider community.
Shoshana Faire has over 30 years of experience as a workshop leader, facilitator, mediator, and coach in corporate settings, and is an expert in the field of Conflict Resolution. She supports both community-based and international peace building organizations in developing the mindsets and skills that can transform conflict into collaborative outcomes. She has influenced many thousands of people to have the constructive conversations that create healthy relationships and facilitated dialogues that build bridges across divides, and she authored the seminal book, called Everyone Can Win.
The Conflict Resolution Network (CRN) is a resource center that offers high-quality free and low-cost training materials for educational programs that move people and systems away from adversarial approaches towards cooperation and sustainable solutions. For more information and access to their absolutely incredible (and extraordinarily accessible) resources, we recommend you visit www.crnhq.org.