Compassionate listening is an approach to conflict intervention that assumes that interpersonal or group encounters in the heat of the moment typically escalate conflict situations. By contrast, compassionate listening provides constructive tools for quieting one’s reactivity to the other in order to understand, via empathic listening, the other’s narrative, experience, feelings and values; the outcome, ideally, is to humanize and develop respect for the other.
This experiential workshop will teach some of these tools developed by The Compassionate Listening Project (TCLP) designed to listen compassionately, non-judgmentally, and productively to those with whom we are in conflict. It will begin with a short film that serves as an introduction to TCLP. We will then learn and practice some of the aforementioned tools by engaging in compassionate listening in dyads and larger groups.
Workshop participants will gain an appreciation for the personally transformative power of compassionate listening, power that can be used in the service of peace building.