APPROACH

Beyond Conflict has created powerful and innovative frameworks to open pathways for progress in peace talks, transitions to democracy, and national reconciliation in the aftermath of division and violence in over 75 countries. By leveraging our global network of leaders, activists, and other seasoned practitioners, we’ve catalyzed the field of transitional justice, facilitated the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and charted a course towards peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Central America, Cuba and other divided societies grappling with difficult social challenges.

Founded in 1992, our powerful methodology of shared experience is grounded in two core principles: that people can learn from each other, and that people can change, and accumulated evidence from brain science supports these principles. This simple yet powerful belief in the human capacity for change and renewal is matched by rigorous research and the constant question – how can we do our work more effectively and advance human understanding and progress in positive and tangible ways?  Through this journey, we engaged with leading brain and behavioral scientists and discovered the potential of brain science to powerfully and radically shift the way in which we understand human conflict and coexistence, and the very nature by which we think, act and respond to our world.

Starting in 2010, Beyond Conflict began to explore the fields of brain and behavioral science in depth and found that the combined knowledge of emerging research within science matched with our direct real-world experience offered a powerful and new approach that has the potential to revolutionize the very fields of conflict resolution, reconciliation and social change, both in the U.S. and abroad. Beyond Conflict has become widely acknowledged as the champion in catalyzing the field of Neuroscience and Social Conflict, by promoting this research, developing policy recommendations for national leaders, and convening six global conferences for key scientists, policymakers, practitioners, journalists and funders:

  • Neuroscience and Social Conflict: Identifying New Approaches For the 21st Century
  • Dehumanization in Conflict
  • Norms, Narratives, And Neurons
  • Neuroscience & Peacebuilding: Reframing How We Think About Conflict and Prejudice
  • New Perspectives on Social Conflict
  • Building an Inclusive Boston: A New Conversation

We have been working with scientists and community leaders to apply lessons from brain and behavioral sciences to address a range of challenges, such as: racial justice and inclusion, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and other efforts to promote positive social change.

Building on this momentum, and our early success in developing key metrics with targeted groups on dehumanization, polarization, and inclusion, we created the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab to demonstrate the value of applying science-informed design to practical, real-world problems. To learn more about our Innovation Lab, please click here.