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The Importance of Language in Conflict Resolution

The Bangalore, India based conflict resolution consultancy, Meta-Culture, has released a paper titled The Importance of Language in Conflict Resolution in response to the Delhi Policy Group and Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s July publication Conflict Resolution: Learning Lessons from Dialogue Processes in India (pdf version & more publications), to draw lessons from current conflict resolution efforts that are relevant to policymakers and practitioners. The paper highlights the need for clear terminology and an appreciation of distinct conflict resolution modalities.

They look forward to your feedback, which you can do here in the comments or contact them directly through their website, www.meta-culture.in.

Resource Link:  www.meta-culture.in/recent_projects.html

A little more about Meta-Culture (from their website)…

Founded in 2005, Meta-Culture is South Asia’s first relationship and conflict management consulting firm. Based in Bangalore, India, Meta-Culture is committed to improving organizations’ understanding and management of internal and external conflict. Our interventions and strategies are based on the field of Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). We are a multinational team with rich international expertise, enabling us to meet the consulting and training needs of multi-national companies in Asia and elsewhere. While many of these principles and methodologies come out of leading research and best practices at institutions across the globe, our consultants are adept at tailoring them to different cultural contexts.

Meta-Culture was founded by Ashok Panikkar, a Conflict Resolution professional who returned to India after ten years in the United States working as a trainer, consultant, mediator and dialogue facilitator. Our staff have advanced degrees in Conflict Resolution, International Affairs, International Law, Psychology, Organizational Development, Business and Critical and Creative Thinking. Together we provide world class training, mediation, facilitation and consulting services to individuals, organizations and communities.

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  1. lily chimuanya Says:

    The salient part of the role of language in conflict resolution draws from the fact that people have strong sentiment towards their languaguage especially when they know that they created that variety of the language. for instance, I am currently working on the Nigerian English variety and one of my submissions is that an institutionalised Nigerian English will go a long way in bridging the gap greated by the hecterogenous language situation of my country. The conflict created by class in the use of the English language, will be disarmed if people know that a standard Nigerian English is intelligible and acceptable.

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