Notes / about is an independent platform which aims to contribute to discussion on positive approaches to addressing conflicts / disputed issues.

The website carries ideas, theory & information about good practice in conflict resolution; articles, insights, news; & book reviews / short book notes.

Our latest review is of a new book by Max A Greenberg, looking at violence prevention programmes for young people in Los Angeles. This is critical social policy at its best, drawing out insights on ‘a new kind of work’ in ‘a new kind of state’.

Our booknotes section has a new piece considering stimulating and well-written accounts of the rise of Trump and Le Pen, and the dynamics which have led to ‘Brexit’.

Our first discussion notes explore issues to do with liberalism, populism, political identities and antagonism. They are a piece of work in progress about the theories of Chantal Mouffe, who promotes the need for conflicts and disputes to take ‘agonistic’ forms within democratic political systems. 

We hope to be of use & interest to mediators / other practitioners working to improve relationships between individuals & within society; those involved in conversations, dialogue, debates / discussions on ‘difficult’ & ‘controversial’ subjects; researchers looking at contested issues & social distances; leaders & activists in communities, politics, business, local government & the voluntary sector.

Click the links for notes on / reviews of recent books, & to find out more / to contact Process North.