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Suppose there's a conflict in your Permaculture community. What Permaculture principles would you want to apply, and how?

The first principles I think about are:
'Use and Value Diversity'. Having very different people together in a community, like a polyculture of different plants in the garden, leads to the best results.
'Use Edges and Value the Marginal'. As said people are very different, they have different backgrounds (they speak, act and think in different ways). Those different backgrounds are like -let's say- dry soil and water. Where these two meet there's a whole new situation. Where dry soil and water meet, a marshland can develop. In the marsh new plants grow, plants that don't grow on dry land or in the water. When two people from different backgrounds meet, new ideas and new products can develop … if there's good communication between them!
Probably when two very different people first meet, there's a clash. When you throw dry soil in water … there's dirt! (the same when you throw a lot of water on dry soil). That's the conflict. It takes time (and effort) before a 'marshland' full of new ideas and products develop.
They have to cross the 'border'. If people only communicate with their own 'tribe' (they talk about each other, but not with each other), it's as if there's a concrete wall between them. If there's a concrete wall between the dry soil and the water, they won't mix and no new growth of interesting plants will develop …

So good communication between the people with their different opinions and points of view is the key. They can still have their own opinions, but they'll have to accept that difference (diversity) so the right 'mix' can develop.

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