Tomorrow, I have the pleasure of presenting at the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Spring Conference in Washington DC. This workshop will focus on how to creatively disrupt negative patterns of communication by using innovative and unpredictable approaches to conflict.
Contained within the Japanese martial art of Aikido is Atemi – a strike used to unbalance or distract. We will explore the concept of ‘verbal Atemi’ through stories taken from the conflict resolution text, Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree: 61 Stories of Creative & Compassionate Ways out of Conflict by Mark Andreas. (Click here to listen to my interview of Mark Andreas about his book.) You will hear multiple case studies, taken from real-life situations, that highlight how you can apply this technique to transform high-conflict situations into peaceful resolutions. Join me tomorrow to learn more!