I really liked much of what I read in this article which describes so clearly what is going on in any situation where groups and individuals are trying to work together. It offers some great solutions which have already inspired me. Conflict is not bad–it is how we handle it that makes it productive or energy-draining.
One group that really learned how to help diverse people and groups work together effectively is Coalition for A Livable Future in Portland, Oregon. I hope to help start such a group in Northwest Arkansas.