Food Forest Collective
Internal Conflict Resolution Policy
Conflict Resolution Norms:
- Assume positive intent.
- Own your impact.
- Express your feelings and needs with “I” statements only.
- Stay vulnerable.
- Focus on the issue and actions. Do not comment on each other’s identity.
- Speak impeccably -- mean what you say and say what you mean.
- Commit wholeheartedly to mutual reconciliation.
First, try to resolve the conflict between yourself and the other person.
- Communication: Can you resolve the issue by talking it out?
- First, take some time to reflect.
- What was your need in the situation? How could it have been addressed?
- Next, in turns, express your needs to each other. Share with each other how your needs could have been met.
- Concession: How can you both meet each other’s needs?
- Concession is not compromise. How can the two of you work together to meet each other’s needs in the future?
- Choose a fair solution for both parties.
- Shake on your solution. (You may also perform some other form of salutation together that is culturally appropriate if handshaking is inappropriate for you.)
- Commit to holding each other accountable.
- Stay open and vulnerable enough with each other to accept each other’s feedback.
If you cannot resolve the issue yourselves, ask for a mediator. There is a designated Food Forest leader who can act as a mediator at every event. The mediator will walk you through the steps of reconciliation together. Your conflict and resolution steps will be documented.
If you cannot resolve your issue with a Food Forest mediator, the issue will be escalated to Seattle P-patch leaders, who will walk you through further steps of reconciliation.
If a Food Forest community member commits egregiously offensive acts, including, but not limited to hate speech, discriminatory behavior, or physical aggression or violence, a probationary period may be considered to protect the sacred and safe space of the Food Forest.