Building conflict resolution capacity for positive social change.
The Democracy, Politics, and Conflict Engagement Initiative (DPACE) is committed to enhancing the capacity of social and political movements and organizations to engage with conflict creatively and constructively in order to advance positive change in our society, protect the environment, and strengthen democracy.
Words like ‘freedom,’ ‘justice,’ and ‘democracy’ are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous, and above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply. – James Baldwin
Conflict is a fundamental part of social change, yet social and political movements are plagued with their own conflicts, both internal and external. These conflicts are often handled in negative and socially regressive ways that undermine the movements’ aims and values. MBBI’s team of expert mediators, facilitators, and thought leaders offer an alternative.
Interest-based conflict resolution and transformation methodologies provide deeply democratic, citizen-centered approaches that focus on chronic, systemic sources of conflict and identify practical tools for not just settling or compromising, but fundamentally resolving, transforming, and preventing conflict.
Our team of highly skilled conflict professionals provides the following services:
- Trainings and systems design to strengthen organizational conflict resolution capacity
- Mediation of internal and external multi-party disputes
- Dialogue facilitation within and between organizations
- Practices to engage mindfully and respond constructively to conflict
In every democracy, movements and organizations advocating political and social change arise, and simultaneously become products, producers, and resolvers of conflict. By joining together through thoughtful engagement, their members affirm the positive, creative role that conflicts play in calling attention to injustices, and transforming social, environmental, and political conflicts at their chronic, systemic, economic, racial, and environmental sources.