Blue background with flowers in multiple bright colors. Text reads Fighting Shame Around How We Respond in Conflict by Kyla Hartsfield and Laura Eberly
April 25, 2024

When it comes to conflict, are you competitive, accommodating, avoidant, compromising, or collaborative? Which response or style have you been taught is “bad”? In this rich, reflective audio episode, CompassPoint Project Director Kyla Hartsfield and CompassPoint Teacher Team Member Laura Eberly discuss Kenneth Thomas and Ralph Kilmann’s “Conflict Styles” framework together, offering personal storytelling and social justice analysis along the way. They unpack how these different approaches to conflict can work for and against us, depending on where our identities are situated within systems of oppression, our positionalities within power dynamics, and what our goals are when working towards liberation collectively. 

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