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Don't let conflict hold you back.
DPACE offers constructive alternatives to the destructive conflicts that undermine your mission.
Are working for social change in your community, a social movement or a political organization that wants to improve how they engage with conflict and create change?
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The Democracy, Politics, and Conflict Engagement Initiative (DPACE) is committed to enhancing the capacity of communities, social movements and political organizations to engage with conflict creatively and constructively in order to strengthen democracy and create a more just society.
Our goal is not simply to increase civility but to explore our differences without losing touch with our common humanity. To turn our political passions in the direction of social and political problem-solving, making change easier, more effective, more inclusive, and less painful.
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 and political life, yet communities, social movements and political organizations are working for social change are plagued with their own conflicts, both internal and external. These conflicts are often handled in negative ways that undermine the movements’ aims and values. MBBI’s team of conflict practitioners, peace builders and thought leaders offer an alternative.
In every democracy, communities, 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 roots.
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 practitioners provides the following services in order to build conflict literacy, resilience and engage with conflict creatively and constructively.
- Trainings and systems design to strengthen organizational conflict resolution capacity
- Conflict coaching, dispute resolution, mediation of internal and external multi-party disputes
- Dialogue and facilitation within and between organizations and systems
- Conflict competent leadership
- Practices to engage mindfully with compassion and respond constructively to conflict
- Trauma-informed peace building
This framework is a roadmap for leaders, organizers, activists, conflict practitioners, peace builders and volunteers in social change spaces to build their conflict literacy, resilience, and engage with conflict creatively and constructively. The framework encompasses the following:
Conflict Literacy - Understand and Engage
- Social Justice: An Interest-based Approach
- Social & Political Conflict: Understanding the Sources
- Foundations for Building Conflict Literacy:
Resolution and Transformation for Social and Political Organizations
Conflict Competence - Build Knowledge and Skills
- Mindful Engagement and Mindfulness in Conflict
- Trauma-Informed Conflict Engagement
- Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Social Media
- Dialogue and Facilitation: Tools For Generative Conflict & Resilient Groups
- Finding Common Ground: Collaborative Negotiation, Multi-Stakeholder Engagement, and Consensus Building
- The Circle Process: Restorative Circles and Community Building
Conflict Systems and Support
- Conflict Competent Leadership
- Designing Conflict Resolution Systems
- Mediation: What It Is and When To Use It
- Conflict Coaching: Individuals and Teams
- Ombuds: Using Trusted Conflict Navigators
- Conflict Assessment Tools And Surveys
CONTACT US: For more information and support, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the DPACE team, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org