Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding ICP

compassionate, comprehensive, creative – also in french and german – Linked on our blogs with Transition from Conflict to Peace & Nonviolence (Baku, 1-14 June 2011).

  • Summer Academy 2011 – ANNUAL THEME: MANAGING PEACE?
  • Our approach is based on interdisciplinary research  in the areas of international peace- and conflict research, critical systems theory, culture- and communication studies, political psychology, group psychotherapy and others. In cooperation with internationally renowned institutions, universities, researchers, experts, networks and practitioners we continuously develop our services and contribute to the area of conflict transformation and peacebuilding … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2 … Our objectives are:  

  • Peacebuilding on individual, societal and international level;
  • Promotion of non-violent conflict transformation;
  • Promotion of conflict sensitive approaches in international development cooperation;
  • Prevention of violence and war;
  • Support to people afflicted by catastrophes and conflicts both home and abroad;
  • Assistance of reconciliation processes, especially after violence and war;
  • Development of cultures and structures that promote peaceful fulfillment of the human basic needs;
  • Integration of diverse theories, approaches and methods of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

The 3 C’s: compassionate, comprehensive, creative

Find the 3 Cs interview series on our youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICPSwitzerland

Successfull conflict transformation and peacebuilding require knowledge, skills and experience. We have defined three  key factors that work as our guidelines in our  work:

Compassionate:

  • Impartiality and trust of the conflict parties are crucial for the mediator. Both are based on the ability to emphatize with the feelings and thoughts of the parties involved.

This can be described as the emotional dimension of successfull conflict transformation.

Comprehensive:

Conflicts are never only about “the issue”.  Especially protracted, complex societal conflicts require a deep understanding of the conflict constellations. The following aspects need to be especially considered when working on transforming conflicts:

  • Actors: are all the actors, whether the ones directly or indirectly involved as well as those who could act as a spoiler or resource, recognized and involved in the process?
  • Process and Structure: are the process and the structure of the conflict transformation connected in a meaningful way and are they meeting the needs of all the parties?
  • Levels of conflict: are all the levels (intra, micro, meso, mega, meta) taken into account?
  • Dimensions of conflict: are all the dimensions (structural, cultural, individual-psychological and group dynamics) taken into account?
  • Approach: are the appropriate methods, approaches and schools of thought taken into account and applied?

This can be described as the cognitive dimension of succesfull conflict transformation.

Creative:

  • The complexity of sustainable conflict transformation (see Comprehensive)  requires extremely good skills and experience from the mediator. Sustainable and transformative work on the conflict is not  possible without creative ideas that enable innovative interventions and changes.

This can be described as the skill and experience dimension of conflict transformation.

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