Building Community & Embracing Diversity

The Art of Compassionate Communication

Facilitation Skills: Decision Making & Conflict Resolution

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2b. Facilitation Skills: Decision Making and Conflict Resolution
The Art of Facilitation How to Make Good Decisions Understanding and Learning from Conflict

Types of Rank


It has to do with the social status one receives based on what the mainstream culture values and supports. Some factors that determine social rank are gender, race, religion, health, class, age, sexual orientation, etc.
People with social rank are rarely aware of it. It is mostly unconscious. It is like the air one breathes.
An example of social rank is being born with white skin. In most parts of the world, a person with white skin inherits the social rank and privileges.


It is the rank given by a community to certain positions of power. Teachers, parents, bosses and leaders of organizations all have structural rank. People tend to listen to what they have to say. Students, children, workers and newcomers to a group or community have less structural rank.
Contextual rank is fluid. We notice our contextual rank when we move to another context, and are seen and valued differently.


It is related to how we feel about ourselves. It includes how we weather our childhood traumas and families. If one has good self-esteem, she has higher psychological rank than if she is depressed, lonely and feels much personal suffering.
People with psychological rank are able to use their awareness and have confidence or esteem that comes from their inner work. They are able to express themselves even in the face of great social powers. They are fluid in their ability to relate and tolerate tension.


It is a feeling attitude and is related to how close we feel to some energy source greater than ourselves. The bottom line is that there is an affirming experience somewhere in the background that sustains us in difficult moments. People with spiritual rank are community builders; they have an uncanny ability to bring groups together. They radiate a sense of well-being.