Everyone cannot agree all the time. But disagreements must not lead to conflict. One must be prepared for the situations when the divergence does lead to conflict, and prevent or solve them when they arise. The most important thing is to tackle the factual matter, not the person, when you disagree, letting people talk without interruption, and breaking discussions that are going out of hand. Listening is an important basis for solving differences of opinion. Power abuse is a frequent cause of conflicts. It is important that the experts/officials and the politicians reflect on how much influence and power they have. In certain issues a consensus cannot be reached, and in some cases a decision has to be made on the political level.
Introduction - building confidence
To have participative planning process needs time and planning to start. Here we will present some ideas for a smooth beginning of the process.