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The Power of Polarity - Uncovering Healthy Ways to work with Conflict

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An exploration of different views on conflict through the lens of polarity, offering ways we can work towards healthy change

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Whether it be masks, politics or climate change, the world seems to be taking on greater and greater polarisation.

In this session, Edward Nelson will present different views on conflict that may help us embrace polarity and look at how we can work with it to cultivate healthy change.

Edward will draw on his work as a mediator, process worker and facilitator to draw out patterns that can be identified in conflict to help people embrace difference and generate understanding, even amidst difficult conversations. In this session he will introduce some different lenses to explore conflict in order to help people to gain a greater understanding of some of the challenges they face and some practical ways in which to defuse the tension.

After the TED-style talk, attendees will have an opportunity to reflect together on what has arisen for them in hearing Edward's ideas.

*** This event is aimed primarily for senior people with responsibility for delivering organisational results ***

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be going to a relevant charity close to Edward's heart.

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Having trained in Law and Acting, Edward spent the first part of his career working in the charity sector including Greenpeace, WWF and Newham’s Conflict & Change as well as Tower Hamlets and Hackney Mediation Services. During this time, he served some of the most diverse communities in the world creating processes to bring them together and train them in conflict resolution.

He has gone on to work with the Metropolitan Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He received an MSc in Conflict Resolution from Birkbeck in 2008. The central theme of this work was community empowerment and the engagement of diverse and often conflicting stakeholders.

As a director of a global consulting firm Edward built their D & I Programme and delivered it globally for companies in the financial services, technology & communications and SMEs. He has spoken at forums on diversity and inclusion as well as Unconscious Bias following a paper he produced in 2016.

About the Series

Profitable Wellbeing - Working towards creating the most successful, inclusive work cultures in 2021

Join Serenity in Leadership as we bring together exceptional thought leaders and grassroot colleagues to propel the importance of diversity and a healthy workplace culture.

This monthly series focuses on the nuances of the more challenging - and less talked about - aspects of inclusion and wellbeing. From disability awareness to love’s place at work, we dive into the deep end to grapple with unconventional subjects head-on.

Each event begins with a short keynote by an expert speaker, followed by a 40-minute dialogue in which all attendees have the opportunity to explore the impact that the talk has had on them. This hybrid formula is unique in that it brings together education, exploration, and proactive support in a non-judgemental environment and it enables people to interact and hear each other's feelings and reactions following the talk.

Date: 15th July

Time: 12noon -1:30pm

Place: Zoom

NB: if you are unable to attend but would like a recording of the session, please purchase a ticket for the event and we will send you a link afterwards.

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Serenity in Leadership transforms organisational cultures.
Over the past 25 years, we’ve worked with executives in Fortune and FTSE 500 companies such as Pfizer, Citigroup and Transocean to help them build a more responsible workplace.

We believe that responsible power is the cornerstone of business success. 
For employers, a responsible workplace encourages compassionate leadership and accountability. 
For employees, a responsible workplace fosters psychological safety, risk taking and -self -expression. 
For the organisation’s culture, a responsible workplace builds trust and collaboration and welcomes diversity 
in its people.
 
Our passion for responsible power has led us to support the role of inclusion, diversity and gender-balance in the workplace. As a result, all our solutions take into account these factors to ensure you reap the considerable rewards of a more enlightened organisation.

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