We must not be deceived by superficial phenomena and local successes. Picasso's shows still draw crowds, and T. S. Eliot is taught in the universities; the dealers in modernist art are still in business, and the publishers still publish some "difficult" poetry. But the avant-garde itself, already sensing the danger, is becoming more and more timid every day that passes. Academicism and commercialism are appearing in the strangest places. This can mean only one thing: that the avant-garde is becoming unsure of the audience it depends on -- the rich and the cultivated.
The same is true for value conflicts and conflicts over fundamental human needs--neither of which tend to be compromisable. There are constructive ways to work with values and needs conflicts, however. The first key is recognizing the nature of the issues in conflict, and devising a strategy that is appropriate for the type of conflict being addressed. For instance, problem-solving workshops are often used to address needs conflicts , and dialogue is often successfully used to address values conflict . But you have to understand the problem before you choose an approach for addressing it.