Building the muscle for difficult conversations

Taught by Dr Daniel Wehrenfennig

Time: 10 March 2021: 11:00-15:30

Location: Pears Foundation offices

‘Disagreeing well’ is one of the most challenging – and essential – skills we need in the current climate.

Conflict and creating spaces for difficult conversations are a necessary part of many of our jobs, but it can feel frightening to engage in them at a time of heightened sensitivities and polarised public discourse.

Daniel Wehrenfennig is the Executive Director of the Center for International Experiential Learning (CIEL), an experiential learning organisation that takes people into conflict regions to “build the muscle” for engaging constructively with conflict.

He will facilitate this half-day workshop focusing on practical “how to” exercises and tools to build your capacity for the vital task of having difficult conversations.

This session will be in-person for a maximum of 20 people and will cover:

  • Why dealing with conflicts is a core skill for leaders (and citizens!)
  • Tools and day-to-day to practices on how-to deal with conflicts productively
  • Small group sharing and learning about best practices and “how-to” to build up our capacity

We have planned this as an in-person session and can help with travel costs for anyone wanting to attend from outside London. Participants will be asked to take a lateral flow test on the morning of the session and not to attend if they have Covid-19 symptoms. If restrictions change we will, of course, move it online.

If you are interested in booking a space for this course and/or enquiring about booking a space at the Pears Hub before or after the event, please email Rachel:

You can watch Daniel’s Ted Talk, Are you fit for conflict?, here:

Daniel Wehrenfennig: Are you fit for conflict?