At its core, Beyond Conflict’s powerful methodology believes that people can learn from the experience of others and that people can change. While Beyond Conflict recognizes that each country will have its own unique historical and cultural experiences, we fundamentally believe that humans share a basic psychological response to conflict, violence and repression. Acknowledgement of that profound human experience transcends borders and cultural differences and allows people from disparate countries to connect and see the possibility of peaceful change.
Applying this shared experience methodology, Beyond Conflict has worked closely with individuals who understand the complicated political and psychological dynamics at play and from their own experiences can provide invaluable guidance and intellectual support to those facing similar problems today. With demand driven and dynamic programming, Beyond Conflict has since 1992 organized over 75 initiatives using this approach.
More About Our Approach
“The Project on Justice in Times of Transition” by Tim Phillips, The New Humanitarians, Edited by Chris E. Stout (Editor), Praeger Press, 2008.
“University-wide initiative gives peace a chance”, Ken Gewertz, Harvard Gazette Archives, June 1, 2000.
Watch the PBS “Visionaries” series featuring Beyond Conflict, see this methodology in action.