Type Two

This is a persistent or intractable confrontation. You feel that outside mediation would be helpful or necessary to address this conflict.

A conflict moves to a Type Two if you have already tried or are unwilling/unable to try Type One resolutions. For a quick refresher, Type One strategies involve:

  • Doing your self-work
  • Attempting a restorative conversation
  • Reaching out to trained housemates and/or the committee on cooperation

Our next step involves submitting a request for a professional mediator. BHC hires mediators from Longmont Restorative Justice, and chooses one trained volunteer BHC resident from a house other than yours, to co-mediate. Please submit your request for mediation by clicking here. 

Once your request is received, we will reach out to the “responding member” to see if they’d be willing to be in mediation with you. Both you and the other person who have a chance to meet with the mediator privately before and after the mediation. 

Prerequisites for requesting mediation:

  • Making your best effort at a Type One resolution
  • Both parties are willing to accept some of responsibility to the conflict
  • Both parties are willing to go through a mediation process
  • Both parties have a desire to repair the connection
  • Both parties have a desire to remain living in a BHC co-op

If any of these conditions are not met, a mediation request is not your next step. 

Email Cooperation@BHCcoops.org to officially report the uncooperative behavior. Clearly date/document any attempted resolutions, the disruptive behavior, and the impact this is having. 

Bring the issue to your house. Discussing the conflict at a house meeting can help clear the air, invite multiple perspectives, stop you from being alone in the challenge, and publicly let the other person know that this behavior is impacting you.