Art Transforms Conflict addresses communication and conflict transformation needs through training in areas such as creative communication, mediation, youth engagement, intercultural dialogue and compassionate communication methods. We offer customized programs to communities and groups seeking to develop effective and sustainable communication, change, and conflict management skills. Our objectives include:
Mediation Training: Conflict is inevitable and if not managed quickly and effectively can escalate into more severe conflicts. This training equips participants with the skills and tools to better manage conflicts they may be directly involved in or to act as a neutral, third-party mediator in order to help manage other people’s conflicts. Customized role-plays and exercises that reflect local culture are developed as part of this training segment.
Empathic Non-violent Communication Training: Empathic non-violent communication provides an effective method to get to the root of violence, pain and conflict peacefully. By examining the unmet needs behind what we do or say, empathic non-violent communication helps to reduce hostility, heal pain and strengthen relationships. It teaches us to request what we want instead of what we don't want, and motivates people to respond out of respect rather than fear or obligation. Most of us have been educated from birth to think and communicate in terms of what is “right“ and “wrong“ with people. At best, this hinders communication and creates misunderstanding. At worst, this can cause anger and pain, and may lead to violence. Without wanting to, people with the best of intentions can generate needless conflict. Participants learn to develop a vocabulary of feelings and needs that helps us to more clearly express what is going on for us, and understand what is going on for others.
Creative Communication Skills: Understanding conflict, and the choices we have in managing it within our lives, is how we transform destructive conflict into positive growth and healthy change. Strategic arts-based processes and methods in conflict transformation can provide people with the opportunity to discover and use different lenses to view conflict issues. Finding similarities where they only saw differences, empowerment where they only found failure, dialogue instead of violence. Through the TAC Method - Thoughtful Active Creative communication - participants creatively explore conflicts through social, cultural and community-based concepts, encouraging transformation through strategic arts-based methods including role play, improvisation, writing and other culturally-appropriate artistic expressions. They find commonalities and “walk in the shoes of the other”, providing a stronger foundation for dialogue and mediation.
Art Transforms Conflict also provides rigorous quantitative and qualitative metrics as part of their programs, ensuring clients are able to effectively measure and report on results to their stakeholders. With a multilingual and multinational team, and partners spread across all major regions, programs can be rapidly implemented to meet both short and long-term objectives.