An Engaged Identity
Effective conflict transformation requires the participation of institutions, organizations, and individuals, where multiple frameworks, contexts and personalities come together for a common purpose. 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, leadership, families and organizations are created by individuals and conflict transformation at these levels requires a change in individuals. The Engaged Identity cultivates listening, patience and respect, as three precepts or capacities to develop greater potentials for conflict transformation. Using an engaged identity as the basis for change, thecontactproject offers an opportunity to collaborate in the development of personal, communal and global relationships and solutions.
ethics in motion
We see listening, patience and respect as ethics in motion and anecdotes to the buddhist philosophical idea that 3 poisons...greed, hatred and ignorance, are the roots of suffering & conflict. Without these three seemingly simple capacities, sustainability is not possible. We think slowing down on the front end of engagement and including the cultivation of these precepts as a part of processes for development, change, leadership, and relationship can result in greater equanimity and sustainability.
Understanding identity not as a collective definition of frameworks but as an evolving maturation of the way we view and value life, The Engaged Identity Process suggests three precepts or pre-coming together capacities are required for transformation to occur and allowing for the very complexities involved in conflict to participate in its transformation. An Engaged Identity can be best understood as the ability to embrace diversity, difference and change without experiencing threat to our identities. If we learn to expand our identity and cultivate equanimity through the cultivation of listening, patience and respect, we can discover that diversity and difference are required for sustainable relationship and solutions. 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.