There’s an “Elephant in the Room”!

Yes, there is an Elephant in the Room…room A273 that is. Kim White, the new Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Advisor has a rather large (wooden) Elephant’s head on her office wall.  Synchronicity played its hand when this treasure was recently recovered from the recycling room as a reminder of a recent trip to Africa. Kim immediately thought this would be an interesting and striking addition to her new office at UFV and mounted the piece in her new office resulting in an “Elephant in the Room”.

How fitting for the office where in exploring conflicts we often talk about everything but the “elephant in the room”.  In conflict, we tend to talk about everything except the “elephant in the room” either because we are unwilling or unable to address the underlying issue at the heart of our differences. According to the urban dictionary, the elephant is “a very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it’s something that no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole.” Hmmm, more metaphors…

It is when we “name” the elephant that the conflict typically shifts, softens and drops to a deeper level of awareness and engagement for each party. What has been named can be dealt with and potentially resolved.  In homage to this process of  “discussing the undiscussable” Kim has creatively devised an opportunity for you to “truly” name the elephant…on her wall!

This majestic animal needs a name.  We invite you to consider the names of other great elephants such as Jumbo, the great elephant of P.T. Barnum’s or Dumbo, the adorable flying elephant, each name brings to mind a personal image. Take a look at this carved image and tap into your best creative resources. What would you name this elephant?  And why? There will be a prize for the best name and rational.  Come on…name the elephant in the room!

Send your submissions to kim.white@ufv.ca

Vote Now!

 

 

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8 Responses to There’s an “Elephant in the Room”!

  1. ted October 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    How about calling him “Elmo”

  2. Lori Wirth October 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    How about Ganesha!! Ganesha has been represented with the head of an elephant since the early stages of his appearance in Indian art.

  3. Sylvia Foster October 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    2012-10-18 01:41:20”Nellie”

    Nellie the elephant because she packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus.
    In this incident…Goodbye to the unspoken circus in his or her life?

  4. Sylvia Foster October 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    2012-10-18 01:41:46”Nellie”

    Nellie the elephant because she packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus.
    In this incident…Goodbye to the unspoken circus in his or her life?

  5. Eric S. October 20, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Woody. Rationale: The elephant is made of wood.

  6. Vera October 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Connie ~ because she is hanging out in the conflict resolution office. . . .

    • Leona October 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Kind of for the University of the Fraser Valley…

  7. Leona October 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Oops, “Fraser” for the University of the Fraser Valley