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Traditional Conflict Resolution Techniques
Mediation and Facilitation:
Everywhere we work we serve as a mediating
and facilitating force between contending parties. We also train
people in mediation skills, leading, for example, to the establishment
of independent mediation centres in Gaza and Ukraine.
We work to increase the skills and abilities
of individuals, organisations, and institutions to respond
Sometimes, rather than physically convoking
opponents, we shuttle among them. We have done this on a sustained
basis between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as between
Iranians and Americans.
On a confidential basis, we facilitate
high-level communication between opposing parties.
In Ukraine we have established alternative
dispute resolution systems to lighten court dockets and improve
the judicial process.
Radio and Television
We operate radio studios
that produce news, features, drama, and music. A particular
specialty is soap opera for social change and programming produced by and for children.
original TV programming for adults and
children that treats contentious issues
within a common ground framework.
Common Ground Journalism
Journalist Training: Press reporting can both ignite and defuse violence. In Africa, the Middle East, and the Aegean region we hold workshops for journalists to try to diminish inflammatory reporting and promote mutual understanding.
News Service: We operate the Common Ground News Service, which presents articles giving common ground perspectives on issues related to Muslims in the West, the Arab-Israeli conflict and current events in Muslim-majority countries.
Arts and Culture
Music, Dance, and Drama: We have held peace festivals in Burundi that celebrated local culture, recorded a national peace song and music video in Angola, and regularly use participatory theater across Africa to reframe conflict.
Film: We hold Common Ground Film Festivals around the world that demonstrate how cinema can illuminate commonalities and promote empathy.