Melody Stanford Martin – Conflict Transformation and the Lost Art of Healthy Disagreement

In Making Waves Conversations by Mark Sylvester
 / 
06/09/2021

Conflict Transformation and the Lost Art of Healthy Disagreement

In a society of seemingly unending conflict, impasse, and polarization, many of us feel our communities tearing apart at the seams. Using an anti-oppression lens, author Melody Stanford Martin offers an approach rooted in restorative justice: conflict transformation. The term "conflict transformation" was coined by Professor John Paul Lederach and is used among peacebuilding and civil rights practitioners. Melody's work takes this concept to an interpersonal level, teaching healthy disagreement, rhetorical ethics, and skills for building resilient relationships that can handle the weight of conflict and not break. Social change, she offers, can only be as strong as our day-to-day interactions. As we find the courage to transform the ways we relate to each other across differences, we are also challenged to transform systems and institutions to become more equitable. This fulfills the larger vision of conflict transformation: to address social problems at their root so we can disrupt cycles of conflict and violence — through truth-telling and action — and forge greater paths to collective healing.

Melody Stanford Martin

Social Ethicist

Melody Stanford Martin is a social ethicist and communications expert. She is the author of Brave Talk: Building Resilient Relationships in the Face of Conflict (Broadleaf Books, 2020), Founder of Brave Talk Project, and Founder & CEO of Cambridge Creative Group, a narrative marketing company specializing in non-profit outreach. She holds a Masters of Divinity and is a graduate of the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology. Melody's work focuses on rhetorical innovation, courageous community engagement, and out-of-the-box thinking to solve social problems.


More Resources

Upcoming Salon Conversations

Image

Sheela Shenoi – The pandemic’s effects on global health

Feb 22, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Dr. Shenoi will review the covid19 pandemic’s trickle-down effect on other health conditions worldwide, including tuberculosis and HIV and noncommunicable diseases that plague our world.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Asude Altintas – Bringing Heart to Science Education

Mar 1, 2023 12:00 PM in Pacific Time
Asude will talk about the “double-winged” approach in education. She learned about this idea at YGA, an NGO in Turkey. They believe children need to be double-winged, competent, and compassionate to make a positive impact by using their minds and hearts together.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Sarah E. McDonald – Cancer: How we show up for others in crisis

Mar 29, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
At 44, Sarah McDonald was newly married, newly promoted, and planning pregnancy. It felt like a time of new beginnings when suddenly she was diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer. Two months later, she was diagnosed with another unrelated cancer. In this conversation, we’ll explore how we show up, especially with many challenges in the past few years.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Jennifer Karapetian – Imprisoned in a web of trauma

Apr 19, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Intergenerational trauma can lead to a perpetual cycle of substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, child abuse, interpersonal violence, and other criminal behavior. We can break the cycle of intergenerational trauma through greater access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, education, and community awareness.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Matthew Chang – A Teen Climate Activist’s Perspective on the Cumulative Power of Action

May 17, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
At first glance, an innocuous cold email may not seem like a powerful seed of change. But for Matthew, it has led to a climate movement and years of public service.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD – The Long Road to Awareness: Breaking down barriers in long covid research

May 31, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
There is irrefutable data on the underpinnings of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (aka Long COVID). However, despite the burgeoning research on the topic, it has taken some time for the medical community and the general public to recognize the existence and severity of Long Covid.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk