WHAT I’VE BEEN READING: Star Wars and Conflict Resolution by Jen Reynolds and Noam Ebner

When I saw the title of this book, I had to buy it! I always love links with popular culture as a way of teaching and exploring concepts. Whether or not you’re a Star Wars fan, this book will intrigue and delight you. It includes chapters with such provocative titles such as “Lightsabers and fighting styles”, “Who’s your daddy? Identity, conflict, and the transformation of Darth Vader”, and my personal favourite given my current focus on working with emotions in conflict “Are emotions the path to the dark side?”.

Find the answers to important questions like Was Han Solo right to shoot first? What is more powerful: A Death Star or a small one-man fighter? What are the pros and cons of having a price on your head in twelve systems? Is it better to approach conflicts like a Jedi or a Sith?

The editors explain that what the book reveals is that more often than not in our world and in Star Wars, conflict is resolved through communication and negotiation. And that despite all the fighting, everyone in Star Wars wants to bring peace at some point.

The blurb on the back cover reads “The book introduces negotiation and conflict resolution skills that are far more effective than Jedi mind tricks or uncivilized blasters, providing practical tools you can employ the next time you try to restore peace and justice to a relationship, a workplace, a community, or a galaxy.”

This book is terrific reading, whether you are a practitioner, a trainer or a Jedi knight!

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