Welcome to the DPACE Conflict Literacy Framework
Democracy, Politics, and Conflict Engagement Initiative - MBBI
A roadmap for leaders, organizers, activists, conflict professionals, and volunteers in social and political organizations to build their conflict literacy, resilience, and engage with conflict creatively and constructively.
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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
- Mindfulness and Conflict Engagement
- 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
The DPACE Initiative Project
Social movements, political organizations, and others engaged in strengthening democracy and securing a just society, work in an ever-changing environment. In order to achieve their mission and promote positive social change, they need to master a range of abilities, including recognizing the seeds of conflict, learning to manage & resolve disputes, and engage constructively with conflicts. These skills are applicable in their work, in their organizations and in the communities they serve.
This framework is a roadmap for leaders, organizers, activists, conflict professionals, and volunteers to engage with conflict creatively and constructively. The goal is not simply to increase civility. The goal is to improve our ability to explore differences without losing touch with our common humanity, directing our passions in the direction of social and political problem-solving. The world is in need of a new kind of diplomacy and social sensibility. We must be equipped to engage mindfully and transform our heartfelt intentions into compassionate actions which support the common good.
Conflict between social/political organizations is a fundamental part of social movements and political life. Debate and conflict within social/political organizations is also important at times, but these conflicts are often handled in negative ways that undermine the movements’ aims and values. Conflict doesn't need to be a negative force. When handled with skill and understanding, conflict and disagreement can become a generative and restorative force - bringing forth new ideas and building resilience.
This framework offers tools to initiate, plan, and execute a process for building conflict literacy and capacity. Interest-based conflict resolution and transformation methods provide deeply democratic, citizen-centered approaches that focus on chronic, systemic sources of conflict. Moreover, they are practical tools for not just settling or compromising, but for resolving and transforming conflict.
This framework is designed to build conflict literacy and resilience, and provide a suite of available services and resources. Each module includes basic knowledge of a particular subject area as well as tools and approaches for engaging in internal and external conflict. The aim is to invite users to invest in the realization that conflict literacy can be constructive and generative, and will help them better achieve their mission.
The framework includes both researched-based and best/promising practices in the fields of conflict management, mediation, systems design, and mindful awareness. The framework intends to contribute to setting standards and common terminology within social/political organizations.
The work represented in this framework is the work of many conflict professionals whose collective experience is broad and deep, but we recognize that our experiences cannot and do not encompass the diverse cultures of those who use it. We recommend customization of this framework, its tools, and resources in order to meet the needs and interests of individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.
We would like to thank the Conflict Transformation Fund for their guidance and financial support in the creation of this framework.
We would also like to thank the team of committed conflict professionals who were an invaluable part of the creative design and development of this framework:
Wendy Wood, Kenneth Cloke, Duncan Autrey, Mark Baril, Mary Leichliter, Jessica Bain, Anna Spain, Jarling Ho, Scott Martin, Rachel Wohl, Su Flickinger, Rose-Anne Moore and Prabha Sankaranarayan.
Our team of highly skilled conflict professionals can support you.
For more information and support, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the DPACE team, please contact Wendy Wood, Project Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
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