Aaron Wolf: Transforming Conflict

Aaron Wolf: Transforming Conflict

S3E7 Aaron Wolf: Transforming Conflict

June 7, 2022

In this episode, Hanuman and our guest, Aaron Wolf discuss conflict management. He’s a water resources geographer at Oregon State University and a trained mediator. Wolf facilitates dialogue between groups to help them find a shared vision around some big issues. Faith that gets to the core of our identity and water rights, which govern our very survival. 

First the hosts discuss Dan Goleman’s own experience with conflict, sharing how he had to manage a conflict with his department at Harvard before they would endorse his plan to submit a thesis on meditation.

Then we talk about Aaron Wolf’s career mediating conflicts around the world. They discuss lessons learned from international conflicts over pollution, cultural faux pas, finding humility in conflict and what it feels like when there is change in the room,

We finish up with another installment of Ask Dan. This time the question is about how to love and know one’s self.

Our Guests

Aaron Wolf

Aaron T. Wolf is a water resources geographer at Oregon State University and a trained mediator/facilitator. He directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediations around the world. He is the author of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict (Island Press, 2017), that he uses to bring facilitation and capacity-building to a variety of conflict settings, notably between entities who share water resources, and also in faith and interfaith communities, and within and between government agencies.

Aaron Wolf



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Episode Credits:

This show is brought to you by our co-hosts Daniel Goleman, Hanuman Goleman, and Elizabeth Solomon and is sponsored by Key Step Media, your source for personal and professional development materials focused on mindfulness leadership and emotional intelligence.
Special thanks to Cora and Dan whose voices you heard at the top of our show, and to our guest, the good doctor, Aaron Wolf. None of this would be possible without our incredible  team: Our hosts are Daniel Goleman, Hanuman Goleman and Elizabeth Solomon, Bryant Johnson creates the beautiful art you see with each episode. Our audio editor is Michele Zipkin, Czarina Carden does marketing. Our executive producer is Kerry Seed. Our music is  by Amber Ojeda and Ghost Beatz.


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