Being in a doctoral program means I've been reading way too many books these days! One non-academic read I've been particularly enjoying is Diane Musho Hamilton's "Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution".
Diane's teachings are part of a small-yet-growing field of folks who view conflict as an opportunity and a gift. I count Deep Democracy (and Process Work in general) as part of this growing circle, which also includes Dominic Barter's Restorative Circles work and our own work with Dynamic Facilitation.
Each of these approaches has their own distinctive flavor and unique contributions. At the same time, they each share an underlying orientation of deep respect and appreciation for the creative potential present whenever there are divergent perspectives.