In life we all encounter some level of conflict. These instances of conflict can range from minor issues to life altering situations. Although many advances have been made in the practice of conflict mediation, these skills are not often and regularly taught in formal education. This is a significant opportunity, because many individuals would benefit greatly from learning more about conflict as well as the practical and realistic ways to navigate through conflicts. My project aims to bridge the gap between what is taught to conflict mediators and what is taught to students. I am trying to make this knowledge and practice of conflict mediation more accessible to those who have not had formal training. By making conflict mediation skills more readily available, individuals and communities can transform the way conflict mediation is practiced.
Repetition and play can often be the best ways to adopt a particular skill set or practice into one’s behavior. With this thought in mind I will address the lack of education regarding conflict mediation skills through gaming. I intend to design a group interaction game that will address various aspects of conflict mediation. Through group interaction, players can gain valuable and realistic practice of conflict mediation techniques. This game will also allow players to identify their own conflict style when approaching situations as well as possible styles that they can work towards. By taking something that is usually associated with negativity and anxiety and, transforming it into a play environment, this game can re-frame how conflict and conflict resolution is perceived and practiced.