Our Mission and Vision
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Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict: away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions.
Our ability to deal with conflict affects how we handle every issue that faces humanity. Whether global in nature, such as poverty, hunger or the environment, or closer to home, such as family or community relations, we face daily challenges to our abilities to deal with conflict constructively. We remain essentially optimistic that, on the whole, history is moving in a positive direction.
"There is no conflict that cannot be resolved. Violent conflict is created and sustained by human beings, and it can be ended by human beings." Senator George Mitchell
"The opportunity for cooperation is there, even in our most vexing disputes, if we only bother to look for it." William Raspberry, Washington Post Columnist
By transforming how people deal with conflict, we can make significant strides in addressing the major issues facing the world.
Our vision is of a world in which:
Individuals, organisations, governments and societies respond to their differences in non-adversarial ways - where those differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence.
The predominant approach to conflict is to reach out to cooperate with those we disagree with - where reconciliation is considered the norm.
Our underlying respect for one another and our shared interests and concerns are not overwhelmed by our differing points of view.
Our goal is to make finding common ground the common thing.