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How do we foster human connection? Tips and tricks for facilitating peacebuilding online

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: July 2020

“Peacebuilding always begins in the midst of crisis; challenging situations push us to get creative, strategic, and think beyond the way we’ve been doing things. How do we continue to build and nurture relationships with our partners, when most of us are now in zoom rooms instead of meeting face to face?”
Emma Leslie, Executive Director

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) has adapted our approach to peacebuilding to adjust to the “online” world we currently all live in. In consultation with our colleagues and partners, and reflecting in our teams on what this experience has been like, CPCS has identified key lessons learned, principles, and tips for peacebuilding online, captured in a series of learning papers to answer the question: What happens when peacebuilders go “online”?


 

Staying focused, staying connected and staying human: principles for peacebuilding online

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: July 2020

“While COVID19 is a terrible tragedy that's going on in our world, we feel strongly about holding onto peacebuilding right now; staying motivated and focusing on the terrible violent conflicts that are still in our region but equally the many possibilities for peace.”
Emma Leslie, Executive Director

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) has adapted our approach to peacebuilding to adjust to the “online” world we currently all live in. In consultation with our colleagues and partners, and reflecting in our teams on what this experience has been like, CPCS has identified key lessons learned, principles, and tips for peacebuilding online, captured in a series of learning papers to answer the question: What happens when peacebuilders go “online”?


Adapting Peacebuilding Approaches when the World goes Online

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: July 2020

“This has been a really creative and interesting time for us to think through what kind of peacebuilding we can do in the midst of the global pandemic. We’ve been in touch with all of our partners and stakeholders, and had incredible conversations and reflections, challenging ourselves to think about what does the future bring, and equally what parts of the way we worked in the past we like to leave behind us.”
Emma Leslie, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) has adapted our approach to peacebuilding to adjust to the “online” world we currently all live in. In consultation with our colleagues and partners, and reflecting in our teams on what this experience has been like, CPCS has identified key lessons learned, principles, and tips for peacebuilding online, captured in a series of learning papers to answer the question: What happens when peacebuilders go “online”?


Islamic Leadership for Political Change - The Bangsamoro Experience

A Message by Minister Mohagher Iqbal, Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; and Chairman, Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Implementing Panel entitled “Islamic Leadership for Political Change: The Bangsamoro Experience” shared on May 26th, 2020 on the occasion of Eid 2020, and at the request of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.


CPCS Dialogue Facilitation Handbook

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: May 2020
ISBN: N/A

This handbook does not aim to suggest how a dialogue is to be done, but to share about techniques, tips and tricks gathered from field experiences and research. Therefore, it is particularly for assisting trained facilitators with their task to facilitate dialogues, and it can be used as a resource material to train up dialogue facillators. We would not advise that someone can become a dialogue facilitator just by reading this handbook and receives no proper training and coaching. As our experiences reflect, to become an effective dialogue facilitator, one requires more than just natural talents, but also training, experiences and recognition by a wider group of people. Having training is better than just reading books because without proper training the person may make things worse, instead of improving the situation.

The handbook consists of three parts - 1. Concept and Theory, 2. Design, Planning and Preparation, and 3. Characteristics and Techniques. It provides a foundation that every dialogue facilitation skill should contain. We are aware of the importance of pre- and post-dialogue stages, which we did not cover so much in this handbook. However, we encourage facilitators to see dialogue as a process but not an event or a short-term project, to lay the ground work for furture dialogues to happen, to continue to explore answers about what’s next after dialogues, and to find how to build on the take-aways of participants and the common ground which they together have discovered. There are valuable things that can be picked from the dialogue and the direct encounter, which will help change the dialogue process.

We strongly hope that this handbook will be useful for practitioners as tools and resource materials in dialogue processes, as we believe that dialogue is one of the best ways to resolve conflicts and attain peace for human society.


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