WORKSHOP: Practical Exercises in embracing Differences and Conflicts
A workshop by
Malina Baranowska-Janusz, Center for Citizenship Education, Poland, and Mia Cortes & Marie Reiter, Youth Town and Danish Centre for Conflict Resolution
The Lewis Method of Deep Democracy is a practical five-step approach to working with groups and individuals in different settings. It is “democratic” because it emphasizes that every voice matters and that decisions are wisest when majority and minority voices are both valued and taken into consideration. It is “deep” because it extends communication between people beyond abstract ideas and rational arguments, embracing emotions, intuitions, attachments and patterns. This approach supports self-development and engagement processes that build community and connections. CoResolve Youth Speaks model provides a classroom-friendly version of the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy. It enables teachers and educators to convene difficult conversations and resolve tension and conflict in educational settings at all levels, from primary schools to universities.