[Podcast] Earbud_U, Season Two, Episode #7 – Elizabeth Clemants, Conflict Entrepreneur, Trainer, Mediator, Shaman, Listener, “Ruckus Maker”
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with leadership and how competency in conflict engagement overlaps with all of the things that we don’t teach our leaders, managers and supervisors to do.
A role that I believe more professionals in the peace building fields should be involved in is that of “ruckus maker.”
This is not a role that many peace builders are necessarily prepared for academically, but it is a role that “fits” certain conflict contexts. Many peace builders pride themselves on getting intractable conflicts resolved, on guiding parties in conflict toward goals that they thought were unattainable, and even in engaging in transformative work with people.
Yep. Transformative work.
What if, though, the entire field of peace building, myself included, were ultimately looking in exactly the wrong direction, while looking to transform people, systems and processes toward the direction of peace?
And what if we’ve been staring in one direction for so long that it now looks like the right direction?
A couple of episodes ago, we talked with Donya Zimmerman, and this interview with Elizabeth Clemants feels a little bit the same (sort of like a pair of transformative bookends) but also very different.
Transformative change is happening in the field of peace building. That change is happening out here in the hinterlands, in the grassroots, and away from the major academic programs and not via the well-worn routes that many peace builders have taken to success in the past. This change is happening in those areas that the field thought were rock solid and sacrosanct, but that are now being upended through the work of people like myself, Dave Hilton, Neil Denny and Elizabeth Clemants.
One of the areas where we’re making the most ruckus is the career trajectory and economic security areas, because, sometimes, it isn’t all about peace building.
Sometimes it’s about providing for your family, building a business that works, day-in-and-day-out, creating a reputation as a thought leader—and yes, even a “ruckus maker.”
Also, it’s about being able to sleep at night, knowing that you have done the best that you can to transform, not only the world, but also the people who want to go out and change the world after they grow a little older.
Check out all the places below, that you can connect to Elizabeth as she’s doing transformative work:
Small Business Arbitration Center of New York Website: http://www.sbacnyc.com/
Elizabeth Clemants’s Website: http://www.elizabethclemants.com/
Planning Change: http://www.planningchange.com/
The Planning Change Blog: http://www.planningchange.com/blog/