Questions to Consider during a Group Conflict

by Tree Bressen

If this issue has been with your group for a long time now, what are you going to do differently today in order to help create a shift?

What do you appreciate that has been done by someone you disagreed with on this issue?

What do you feel proud of in how you've handled this issue? What do you feel you sorry about?

What do you understand of the other party's concerns? What do you think their understandable, legitimate internal story is about what's been happening? Can you fairly represent their viewpoint in a discussion?

What key piece(s) have you not felt heard about so far? What do you most want others to understand?

What is your power in this situation?

What have you contributed that made it turn out the way it has so far? What might you want to do differently now? What responsibility can you take for co-creating a better future?

Tree Bressen, facilitator and teacher, has been assisting intentional communities, nonprofits, and other organizations with group process since 1994. Pages from her website are available for copying and distribution free of charge as long as you continue to include these credit lines and contact information.

Tree Bressen
Eugene, Oregon
541-343-3855