As a professional wanting to decide on a polarisation strategy, you will need to master the Polarisation Framework and practice it on a case we present, as well as on your own cases. In the process we teach you how to use the tools that will help you find the right timing in dealing with conflicts and polarisation. After about 3 weeks we hold another, in-depth session, featuring new content that gives you the chance to review your experiences.
Following this training you will be able to draw an initial sketch map of polarisation. Considering the right role for the professional or determining a good role division in a given situation is an important step in the mapping process. Practising on cases and seeing how others plot their polarisation or depolarisation strategies in their own situations means you learn at a fast pace.
Self-knowledge is of utmost importance to the credibility of your role. Do you have the character traits of the ‘bridge builder’ in the toolbox? Can you take on the role required in what is called the ‘6th position’? Questions like these help us to choose the most effective position. And while learning how to map polarisation well, we also learn how to situate the various players in the course of time. What phase are we in? The prevention, maintenance, mediation or reconciliation phase? How can we describe the us-them dynamics? For whom is the gut-feeling dynamic now at stake? And when it comes to holding a dialogue in response to the situation, who do we recruit for it and what kind of dialogue should it be? These are the questions we learn to ask at the right time.
In the in-depth session we follow up on all your intervening experiences and answer the learning questions that we have explored together. If we get the chance – experience shows that we need a lot of time to digest everything properly – we will offer you several new insights.
The book Polarisation: Understanding the dynamics of us versus them is the starting point for the participant.