Looking Beneath the Surface
How Cultural Differences can be the Fuel for Transformative Work

In collaboration with the Center for Understanding in Conflict, mediator and restorative justice practitioner Eric Butler will facilitate this workshop exploring how culture, race, power, and privilege impact conflict work.

When differences arise, the discussion often revolves around the “issue” at hand, ignoring the many forces operating below the surface and from the outside. Each party to a conflict — as well as the conflict professionals themselves — are driven by what is important to them on a deeper level, which is impacted by familial, cultural, and societal forces. Yet, these forces are rarely acknowledged or examined.

This experiential workshop will guide participants in looking beneath the surface, to explore and understand the commonalities and differences across cultural lines, and how these commonalities and differences can be the fuel for transformative work.

MCLE: This course is approved by the State Bar of California for 2 MCLE credits for the elimination of bias (provider #9323).
San Francisco Conflict Resolution Center
Founded in 1976, Community Boards operates the oldest nonprofit conflict resolution center in the US. As a restorative justice organization, they offer a wide array of conflict resolution services: mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation, plus a range of trainings. Community Boards maintains a pool of +450 highly skilled volunteer Community Mediators. Mediations are provided in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. They strive to keep their services accessible: sliding scale and waived fees, negotiated contract discounts, and training scholarships.