Source: (1981) San Francisco, CA: Community Board Program.

This essay argues that the ethics and values that community boards apply in resolving neighborhood conflicts, not only facilitate the resolution of conflicts brought before them, but also provide a model of community values for resolving future disputes. Ethical principles applicable to conflict resolution are discussed, including that conflicts are part of life's experiences and have positive value; that the peaceful expression of conflict within the community is a positive value; and that individuals and communities need to accept responsibility for conflict. Neighborhoods can demonstrate responsibility by making available a forum of competent and trained community residents to deal with community conflict.