who we are

 
 
 

the people

We’re curious, committed individuals finding ways to organize and collaborate. We are researchers, mothers, students, sunset lovers, philosophers, scholars, family, teachers, dreamers, scientists....and you.

 
 
 

the mission

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. 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. 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.

the history

thecontactproject was created to promote the cultivation of listening, patience and respect as foundations for conflict transformation & peacebuilding....the essential tools for peace. We've been collaborating with people, on the ground, in their communities, with teachers, leaders, clergy and youth, having conversations about contemplative practices, humans needs, identity & dignity. Exploring the ways we can benefit from the cultivation of listening, patience and respect as foundations for conflict transformation and peacebuilding. thecontactproject has participated in these conversations since it's founding in 2007 and has been shared with participants from over twenty countries.

Jennifer K. Lynne is the founder and director of thecontactproject. She studied Buddhist Psychology and Peace at Naropa University and holds a Masters in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, with specializations in Identity, Trauma and Organizational Leadership and is a Doctoral candidate in Peace Studies at the University of New England, Australia. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Mind & Life Institute at Amherst College and an invited presenter for the International Peace Research Association, the National Coalition of Dialogue & Deliberation, and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

 

Our Partners & Friends

  • Reconciliation Trainers Africa
  • Alliance for Peacebuilding
  • Peaceworks, LTD
  • International Network of Engaged Buddhists
  • Mind & Life Institute
  • Peace and Collaborative Development Network