Destructive Impediments of Dichotomy

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)

     One of humankind’s most destructive impediments is the tendency to perceive imaginary fears as opposing dichotomies or threatening ideologies. In doing so imaginary fears become reality; circumstances exasperate and become a very real “clear and present danger”. Desire or fear tend to create an either its only black or its only white thinking which tends to breed mistrust and hinders broad-based inclusive solutions.

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Inclusive Solutions

All inclusive Means to Conflict Resolution

     A Systems Theory approach allows civic leaders & mediators alike to engage in effective, mutually-accountable consensus building. A vital initial step is to develop a  framework to promote a unified vision in such a manner where all parties are allowed to offer creative solutions. When all participants contribute towards a community’s vision or solving a conflict, commitment is at a maximum and both individual and group transform each other.

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Systems Approach to Contentions

Solution Focused Vision Beyond Dichotomy

     A unifying vision when it stems from realistic optimism provides an image for a more desirable community. As Peter Block (1987) explains, “A vision statement is an expression of hope, and if we have no hope, it is hard to create a vision” (p. 107).

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