Time for the Next Step

Congratulations! You’ve realized your potential as a peacebuilder, designed a peaceproject, discovered some important issues for you and your community, and now it’s time to go deeper. Now you want to get to the ROOT of the issues. But how? Listening is the most important skill for a deeper exploration of the issues. Consider these listening skill tips as you engage with others.

Step 1

Listen: Focus on what the other person is saying.  Let thoughts about “To Do” lists and your own stories or responses pass through.  If you tell yourself not to think about them, those thoughts will just get in the way.  Acknowledge them, let them go, and focus on the speaker.

Step 2

Listen: Indicate you are listening with appropriate nods of your head, or short verbal acknowledgements such as , “oh”, “uh uh”.

Step 3

Listen: Don’t interrupt them.  Stay quiet until the speaker is finished. Interruptions sidetrack the other person’s train of thought.

Step 4

Listen: Show you understand by restating in your own words what the other person has shared with you.  This is a very important step in showing the speaker that you are listening and genuinely trying to understand.  This is one of the most important skills to use when you are in a difficult conversation with someone.

Step 5

Listen: Look at the person speaking.  If it is culturally appropriate, look at the face of the person speaking.

Peace Project: Team

Peace Project: Team

June 3, 2016

Peace Project: Rocks

Peace Project: Rocks

June 3, 2016

Peace Project: Africa

Peace Project: Africa

June 3, 2016

Peace Project: Germany

Peace Project: Germany

June 3, 2016

Look for opportunities to have deeper conversations about the issues you’ve identified with:
Friends
People you met during your peaceproject
Experts
Community leaders
Here are some other ways to go deeper:
Take a class
Read a book
Join a discussion group
Create a meet-up
Blog about your issue and invite others into the discussion
Network with others interested in your issue
Attend gatherings of a local organization