A colleague and friend, the late Nan Merrill, author and columnist, wrote, “September 11, 2001, will long be remembered as a terrible and shocking tragedy. Forever vivid will be the memory of how our nation and the world joined in solidarity with nations and peoples devastated by war and violence.”
People, institutions and nations need maturation to work for common interest in a post-9/11 world. The Institute recognizes all human beings, institutions, nations and multilateral organizations for their uniqueness, need and capacity for transformation. We use a leadership agility approach.
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations and founder of GMCoP, provided support at the United Nations for the Reconciliation Leadership certificate program, dedicating it to the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). Ambassador Chowdhury wrote the foreword for the new book, My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11 (Xlibris 2017).
Central to our work is healing the cycle of violence. We address the historic cycle of violence with a strategy through the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service as seen through this visual reprinted with permission by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The healing of the cycle of violence is shown in the diagram below right.
Reconciliation Leaders address the cycle of violence helping people through the outer circle towards reconciliation—including re-humanizing the enemy, grief, acceptance and forgiveness.
Learn about the Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program and case studies of how the Institute reconciles protracted challenges in a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service with the Peacebuilding Process. We will build on our rich history for a post-September 11th world in years to come.
For a rationale of why Reconciliation Leadership and the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service are needed for a post 9/11 world, read the following papers presented at the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference at Columbia University. Although dated, the papers present the fundamentals of the new leadership and development models in practice and policy. .
- “Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a Post–September 11th World” presented with Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2006
- “Reconciliation as Policy: A Capacity–Building Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development” presented with Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2005
Dr. Elise Boulding trained us in a researched methodology to image the solution to a challenge. Dr. Boulding argues that we can’t reconcile a challenge unless we can see it in our mind’s eye. Imaging plays a key role in our work. Below, participants use imaging as a way to envision a solution to climate change in one of the Reconciliation Leadership courses taught by Virginia Swain at the United Nations, called Designing and Implementing Interventions for Resistant Systems for Local, Institutional, National and Global Change. We create a timeline and action plan after the image is conceptualized (see below for group image from one of the courses)
Below is Dr. Joseph Baratta’s dissertation on United Nations Reform as it is revisioned in the imaging workshop in 2010.