Monthly Archives: December 2013

11 Dec – Tree of Social Health

In an attempt to contextualize some of the conflict analysis models I re-imagined the tree of conflict to fit Somaliland better. Gone is the deciduous tree with apples hanging on it. An acacia tree with its roots, soil, trunk and foliage made a well received framework to understand the visible and invisible of conflict.   … Continue reading →

Posted in: Somaliland

10 Dec. 2013 – Definition of Conflict

As I look out over this strange and wonderful land, I am humbled. How can I have anything to say in this place being such an outsider? How can I facilitate any learning here? As I mature as an international facilitator I am moving much more toward learning processes rather than content. In this context … Continue reading →

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9 Dec – Circles of Identity

The short course on Conflict Analysis and Transformation I came to facilitate has begun with about 20 persons. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds from students to the Chief of Staff for the Somaliland President.   We started with a hearty round of in-depth introductions. I am a firm believer that our classroom … Continue reading →

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House of Elders

8 Dec 2013 – Hargeisa I went to the House of Guurti to pay a visit to Abdulihi Ibrahim Habane the Secretary General of this body, analogous to the Senate in the US. Analogous is a bit of a misnomer because this body, also known as the Upper House in Somalilands parliamentary system, is the … Continue reading →

Posted in: Somaliland

6 Dec 2013 – Enamored by Violence

(Written somewhere over Turkey on flight from FRA to DXB) What is this penchant for violence? My air travel choices of entertainment are dominated by ones that have shoot outs, car chases and exploding helicopters. Even the family oriented Disney movies are steeped in redemptive violence soaked in the mimetic theory. Why am I so … Continue reading →

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5 December 2013 – In the sky again

After what seems like a long travel hiatus, since early June, I am once again sitting in a departure lounge waiting for a trans-oceanic flight. This time it is to Somaliland once again. If you missed my March blogging from Somaliland you can visit them by clicking HERE.   As I travel back to Somaliland, … Continue reading →

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