Well-managed conflict can be a powerful driver of real and innovative change. But conflicts often have deep roots and complicated histories, which we can be reluctant to explore for fear of opening a Pandora’s box of trouble and complaint. But if we don’t understand how a conflict has arisen we run the risk of solutions that merely replicate existing problems. Solutions that escalate the dispute and further damage the relationships between those involved.
Effective dispute management builds solutions that last, that are sustainable and that work for everyone involved. It does this by ensuring all aspects and dimensions of a conflict are considered and understood. By transforming our understandings we transform what is possible. And by transforming what is possible we reach agreements and outcomes that offer breathtaking opportunities.
We acknowledge and pay respect to
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, their Elders, both past and present, and their continuing connection to and traditional ownership of lands and waters.