In Europe, conflicting people usually have to decide in advance which way they want to go to find a settlement:
Go to the lawyer and go the way on a legal clarification
Contact a coach or psychologist to get to the bottom of the problem
turn to a mediator
However, deciding which way to go will already decide what kind of solution you can get. And also, which one will not get. However, as a rule, people in conflict do not find advice about which path would be best for their case and for them. What if there were experts to help you decide the HOW? And without having to talk to a lawyer, coach or mediator?
Conflict consultation from a single source
In New Zealand, we found a completely different model that fascinated us. Here, the various experts for handling conflicts generally work together in a law firm. Those seeking help find under one roof psychologists, therapists, coachees, mediators, accountants and lawyers. At the beginning of conflict resolution is initially a screening. Together with a Conflictscreening expert we will search for the most suitable way to resolve the conflict. Different expertises and combinations of procedures can be chosen. This allows conflicts from different areas to be dealt with. Regardless of whether it is a shareholder dispute, a tenant dispute, a family matter, a labor law or a health issue, to list only a few areas. Already the common search and agreement on the question of how to deal with the conflict represents a significant step in the search for a solution.
We went to New Zealand to see and be inspired by various projects and approaches. The countless encounters and discussions have strengthened our belief that we can learn a lot from our friends in New Zealand, across the planet.
These experiences have resulted in a number of projects for 2018, which we will cover here shortly.
The long shadow of the colonial era
A second aspect that has fascinated us during our journey through New Zealand is the way in which people deal with their colonial history. New Zealand is the only country in the world where the Brethren have signed a contract with the locals Maori, who immigrated from Polynesia 800 years before them. The attempt to bring about an understanding at eye level failed – and yet has enormously influenced the different perspectives of historiography.
Shaping the future together
In Nelson, a friendly small town in the north of the South Island, we have dealt intensively with this story. We have become familiar with projects that attempt a very meditative stance in mastering history. In numerous projects, Maori and “whites” are working together to create a better future for all.
For example, joint combines and companies were set up to give land to Maoris for agricultural use and secure their own income and wealth while benefiting the entire country.
Even if the long shadow of the colonial era continues, the likeable people of New Zealand embrace their history and together form a better future.