Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Engaged Identity

Effective conflict transformation requires the participation of institutions, organizations, and individuals, where multiple frameworks, contexts and personalities come together for a common purpose. Based on the idea that beneath the multitude of identities, the differences in culture, language, ritual, and beliefs, we all desire contact that comes in forms of love, community, respect, dignity, recognition, and acknowledgment. Communities, organizations and governments are all comprised of individuals and conflict transformation at these levels requires a change in individuals. The Engaged Identity cultivates listening, patience and respect, as three precepts or capacities to develop greater potentials for conflict transformation. Using an engaged identity as the basis for change, thecontactproject offers an opportunity to collaborate in the development of personal, communal and global relationships and solutions.