The resolution of a community-dividing dispute in a San Francisco neighborhood has lessons for JP, one sociologist told the crowd at the most recent JP Forum. Beth Roy, a longtime mediator in the Bay Area, gave a talk titled, “Mediating Gentrification: How One Community Created Unity Out Of Divisiveness.”
It is possible for communities to come together in respect for the needs of all residents, both old and new. It is possible for people to grow and for community life to benefit from honest contention that is respectfully shared.
Beth Roy will talk about an example of such an approach when she mediated an intense dispute in a San Francisco neighborhood. Drawing on her mediation there, she extracts directions for re-thinking facets of the work with a social justice perspective.