Saturday, 7 July 2007
Despair within Conversational Riffs workshop
One of the cards within my Conversational Riffs workshop is despair. The "Black card of despair" as I call it.
Despair is a powerful concept and one we are all familiar with.
"This is pointless, we'll never get this sorted, here we go again..." and so on.
As I was presenting this on Wednesday I became aware that by raising the prospect of despair that I am in a way mapping out the future perils we should expect to encounter as we work in dispute resolution.
Just as a roadmap might show a perilous cliff, or (more colourfully) a treasure map might show an erupting volcano, if we are able to map out the future perils we will encounter then we give them a very different meaning.
Now, when I reach the cliff, or I see the fiery lava flow, my first response is not peril and a need to flee, but instead I am reassured that I am heading in the right direction. So, if I feel despair looming, I need not be overwhelmed and controlled by it, but rather I can think "Oh, there it is" and use that as a reference point as I continue to negotiate my way through the current conflict resolution.
Just a thought, and probably a good platform for a workshop game.