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What is it?
Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) is an international program that has brought together the best methodologies from around the world in community based conflict mediation, providing effective tools and strategies for analyzing and addressing conflicts. This is a program applicable to conflicts and disputes in communities, families and organizations moving beyond traditional mediative methods, focusing on conflict content, culture and spirituality. The experiential processes allow practice of the stages of conflict mediation and to apply the tools of “meditative behavior” in a realistic context. Participants receive international accreditation as DPC Facilitators upon completion.
As a global coalition, DPC is dedicated to creating safe spaces to overcome division through a structured and skilled process of mutual empowerment. There are over 1200 trained DPC Facilitators and Mediators spread throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the America’s:
What we do:
In DPC we look at practical ways to manage all aspects of conflict before they intensify. We work worldwide in the field of conflict management and change. We offer concrete tools, developed by practitioners working in national and international conflict settings. We train and coach people who wish to apply DPC in their own lives.
1. The Nature of Conflict
The participants experience a variety of activities, reflections and lectures which enable them to consider their own understanding of their experience of conflict.
2. The Conceptual Framework and Models
The participants learn the key conceptual framework of DPC which includes models which locate and explore the drivers of conflict, peacebuilding and mediative behaviour.
3. The ToolKit
The participants then learn a variety of tools which will add to their previous knowledge and skill sets in order to enhance their work in conflict situations within the community, the work place and within their own social networks. The tool kit includes; conflict mapping, pillars work on framing issues and dynamics, mediative communication and processes, conflict phasing and strategy planning re preventative, intervention and harm reduction, formal mediation and informal meditative and conflict transformation strategies.
4. The Practice and Application
The participants then have the opportunity to apply these new skills through:
a. Intensive coached role play on mediation scenarios that are based on realistic local conflicts
b. Identifying and recognising the need to build and strengthen existing or new patterns of intra and interagency cooperation and collaboration to impact synergy, problem solving and enhanced learning to generate a wider added value of the social and economic investment of the programme.
Comments from past participants:
“I go home with a deeper understanding of my personal style in conflict with hope that transformation is not only possible it is happening now.”
“a most important, positive, trusting, hope filled approach”
“Participants who had said they would never work together were reconciled to working together for the good of the community. Old perceptions, rivalries, barriers, prejudices and even the sense of hopelessness were set aside. We were all very excited about getting back to the table and talking about how we would move forward.”
“I’m now walking with skills I didn’t think were possible.”
“In addition to a well laid out agenda with strong facilitation and obviously strong models and manual, I felt the goals were actually lived by the facilitators through the program and the relationships of all throughout the week.”
“Awesome facilitators, ensuring that there would be a diverse group of people to represent diverse ideas”
“I would recommend this to anyone - very transformative, inspirational, interesting, and challenging.”
“People from various cultural, racial, groups learned that they can respect each other, value each other, be who they are and still work together towards peaceful change.”