I’m interested in hearing how other forum members think about internal conflict in community. I know some people believe some or most conflicts can be addressed within a community. However, after 10 years of experience living in my cohousing community (Nyland in Colorado), and from my perspective as a professional mediator (who has participated in community mediations and restorative circles), I have come to the belief that most conflict cannot be effectively facilitated within a small community due to conflicts of interest (or potential conflicts of interest), but rather needs outside facilitation. This might depend on the size of the community, although at ~90 adults my community is one of the largest I know of, so I doubt smaller communities can be better equipped in this way.
Grateful for any personal experiences, or links to relevant literature.