Sometimes it is easy to have tunnel-vision when it comes to conflict resolution curriculum. Every student, professor, practitioner, etc. has very different concepts of how they want to focus their skills. For example, I am currently a law student; therefore, my ADR coursework has been geared toward supplementing my legal skills - improving interpersonal skills, negotiation techniques, communication, transparency, etc. However, many of my other classmates or professors have focus on improving community/government relations, studying (and solving) wartime conflicts, and restorative justice. What I have noticed as I peruse the ADRHub is that I am reminded that conflict resolution goes beyond the business-world, even if I may not see that side of this field. As I was researching material this week, I found a UN posting that talked about the impact of armed conflict on children. It brings a new level of understanding for conflict resolution and a further admiration for those who can take these skills outside of businesses.

 

The broad impacts of conflict include problems with health/nutrition, psychological well-being, and education. All these impacts are heartbreaking but also just reality. Are there more impacts that happen that we don't realize yet? Do impacts like this provoke you to take another perspective in your studies or practice? 

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