A community conference brings together a group of people in conflict. It provides those people with a structured sequence through which they can acknowledge the causes and consequences of their conflict. The focus of a conference shifts from the past, to the present, to the future. As the focus shifts, so the motivation of participants shifts from conflict to cooperation. Then they can begin to negotiate an optimal agreement.
"Community conferencing for young people in conflict,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 3
, Article 3.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol3/iss5/3