Creating pairs of leaders from opposite sides of conflict to take joint ownership in transforming conflict.
SAMIA BAHSOUN & BRENDA ROSENBERG
TECTONIC LEADERSHIP CENTER
CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION & CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Harnessing the Power of TENSION
A paradoxical approach to building alliances at home, in the board room, on campus, and in communities.
By Brenda Naomi Rosenberg and Samia Moustapha Bahsoun
The world is in emotional High Red Alert. From the Red Sea to the Mississippi, headlines read: “Fear mixes
with anger as Ferguson braces for more unrest,” “Holocaust fears haunt Israelis as they prepare for
possible war,” “Colorado girls' effort to join ISIS stokes fear in Muslim community,” “Rising anger over
accepting Muslim refugee’s, and humiliation of not being wanted as fleeing Syrian refugee’s are being shut
out of Europe”.
“WE ARE AT A CRITICAL MOMENT IN HISTORY. WE CAN CHOOSE TO SELF DESTRUCT OR CREATE
NEW DISCOURSE, AND BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE BEST OF OUR HUMANITY” Brenda & Samia.
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Hate 2 Hope
Harnessing the power of tension between law enforcement and community in 10 weeks.
Brenda Rosenberg created Hate 2 Hope, choosing dialogue over
destruction. She saw a need to lift our communities from the quicksand of miscommunication and judgment.
She wanted to create a new discourse and demonstrate how it is possible to create positive change.
In just ten weeks Hate 2 Hope:
Creates change by building a new level of understanding and taking joint ownership in transforming
Develops and implements cooperative actions that benefit both law enforcement and communities.
Deconstructs the negative images of both law enforcement and disenfranchised members of the
Diminishes the fear of compromise, by replacing the idea of loss with the possibility of creating
something new together that has not been done before. Finding new solutions together.
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