Modular Period IV 

Elicitive Conflict Mapping (ECM)
(Josefina Echavarría)


The art of elicitive conflict transformation is based on the fundamental principle that elicitive transformation does not develop or offer ready-made content solutions for the episode of the conflict, but creates a safe space for the parties to work on the necessary changes in their relations, find orientation and recognize new and concrete courses of action in order to address the conflict epicenter. In this context, elicitive conflict mapping (ECM) appears as a crucial instrument that helps peace workers – including students, researchers, facilitators and trainers – to orient themselves in the complex reality of the conflict. ECM is not a classical mapping tool, but is closer to mind mapping, which makes both the process of mapping and the results useful for practical application in the analysis of the conflict landscape of themes, levels and layers. Moreover, ECM has as one of its main purposes to support the conflict process of choosing an appropriate tool for facilitation.


Whenever there is a peace intervention, elicitive conflict workers turn into agents of change within the conflict system itself, with the inevitable consequence that they, too, will be transformed. In this line of thinking, with the aim of refining the profile of the peace worker as facilitator and catalyst, during the seminar students will put into practice qualities like nonviolent communication, active listening and mind mapping.

In this manner, this seminar deepens the knowledge about different peace categories and elicitive conflict transformation and, simultaneously, seeks to explain and help students become familiar with ECM as a working tool. Therefore, the seminar requires students’ readiness to work deeper into narratives of conflict and, especially, authenticity and openness to work on themselves.

The course will follow a seminar format with some lectures. New topics and the readings will be introduced by a presentation either by me, or a group of students. I expect students to prepare for the class by reading, preparing presentations of the texts in teams as well as by their own presentation. The choice of a presentation topic as well as format is up to you. You can present a play, write a song, use a powerpoint, paint a picture or just talk. I encourage students to prepare for their presentations in a team because of the possibility of exchange and reflections


The Program reserves the right to changes in schedules.