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Episode 003 Using Systems Thinking to Resolve Conflict, an interview with Jason Dykstra

In this episode we talk with conflict resolution expert Jason Dykstra about the complexity of conflict: why we're afraid of change, how to shift from a mindset of scarcity to abundance, and how understanding complexity in relationships can help us evolve ourselves and our world. Jason Dykstra is a conflict resolution specialist, international speaker, husband, and father of two. He works with organizations and churches in Canada and the USA assisting them through sticky situations and improving company culture. Jason uses his knowledge of complex systems to help people and organizations find creative solutions to conflict and become “comfortably uncomfortable with approaching the unknown.” Jason believes that personal growth affects the growth and evolution of an organization, and that no matter where you are in a system, if you make even small changes it will automatically cause others to change as well. You can find out more about Jason at, or on twitter @jasondyk. Subscribe in iTunes

Show Notes

Quotes from this episode:

"I think understanding complexity, or at least understanding how we can approach complexity, is so useful in our everyday lives, because every time we have a conversation, every time we witness an action for example, we have different perspectives that come out of that. And, that’s part of complexity, right? That we witness the same action, that we have the same experience and we walk away with two very different experiences." - Jason Dykstra

"I think people aren’t afraid of change, they’re afraid of the loss that exists within it, and the grieving of those aspects that we lose." - Jason Dykstra

"A lot of the work that I do is helping people shift from that reaction of judgement, into a spirit of curiosity." - Jason Dykstra


Resources from this episode:

TedTalk with Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

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