the engaged identity
Based on the idea that beneath the multitude of identities, the differences in culture, language, ritual, and beliefs, we all desire contact that comes in forms of love, community, respect, dignity, recognition, and acknowledgment. Communities, organizations and governments are comprised of individuals and conflict transformation at these levels requires a change in individuals. Using an engaged identity as the basis for change, thecontactproject offers an opportunity to collaborate in the development of personal, communal, national and global relationships and solutions.
What is a precept? It is a "pre-coming" together capacity that is capable of acknowledging and recognizing diversity with dignity. The three precepts of conflict transformation used in the development of an engaged identity are listening, patience, and respect. thecontactproject is an organization that assists individuals, organizations and communities build these essential tools for peace.
An Engaged Identity can be best understood as the ability to embrace diversity and change without experiencing threat. Whether between citizens and their institutions, between individuals or within communities, thecontactproject believes the way forward in addressing diversity, change, and conflict requires these capacities for peace.