January 2018 Academic & Specialist Island Press

Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict Aaron T. Wolf


Paperback | Jan 2018 | Island Press | 9781610916172 | 224pp | 229x152mm | Forthcoming | RFB | AUD$42.00, NZD$54.99

We tend to approach conflict from the perspective of competing interests. A farmer's interest lies in preserving water for crops, while an environmentalist's interest is in using that same water for instream habitats. It's hard to see how these interests intersect. But what if there was a different way to understand each party's needs?

Aaron T. Wolf has spent his career mediating such conflicts, both in the U.S. and around the world. He quickly learned that in negotiations, people are driven by a complicated set of dynamics—from how comfortable (or uncomfortable) the meeting room is to their deepest senses of self. Wolf draws lessons from a diversity of faith traditions to transform conflict. As a scientist, Wolf engages religion not for the purpose of dogma but for the practical process of transformation. Whether atheist or fundamentalist, Muslim or Jewish, Quaker or Hindu, any reader involved in difficult dialogue will find concrete steps towards a meeting of souls.