The biases against conflict go all the way back to Plato. Conflict is understood as a sign that something is wrong rather than as an opportunity to be creative. At a group level conflict is dismissed as the personal problems of an individual. Members wish that the individual might leave so things would go smoothly. But if conflict is understood as normal and part of a collective-creative process in making decisions and solving problems, then solutions workers coops will come up with will be deeper and wider.