One of the most potentially difficult and damaging things to have to deal with in a Jewish student organisation is conflict. Conflict between individuals or organisations can be draining and damaging. Sometimes student organisations can end up spending more time fighting other organisations than doing productive work. Many individuals are the same. For this reason it is vitally important to learn how to resolve conflicts, work co-operatively, and work constructively.
Conflicts between organisations are essentially the same as those between individuals. Usually conflicts between organisations are resolved by a few individuals - so the principles are pretty much the same. This then leaves us with essentially two ways in which you might need to get involved in resolving a conflict - those you are personally involved in, and those between others.
CONFLICTS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN
The main principles that are used to resolve conflicts where you are a party are also used when you are trying to get others to resolve conflicts. Essentially when you aren't party to a conflict you need to persuade others that they should use the techniques described below:
If there is a negative conflict that you want to solve but aren't directly involved in, you need to persuade at least one person involved to try to end the conflict. This means persuading them that the conflict is a bad thing. As always, the best way to persuade is though asking questions: try asking them what they think the negative effects of their conflict is. They should see for themselves with only a minimum of prodding.
Once you have found a desire to end the conflict, simply teach the technique above, provide encouragement and support, and hope for the best. If you need to, you can bring the sides together and instruct them to listen to each other. Don't allow them to speak until they can properly explain the other person's point of view.
Remember that conflict isn't all bad. Through conflict can come constructive and energetic solutions that wouldn't be found if people didn't interact. Conflict shouldn't necessarily be eliminated - merely made constructive and not destructive.