Who we are template

Practitioners, Neuroscientists, Peacebuilders, Cognitive Psychologists, International Leaders, Activists, Researchers, Communities Affected by Conflict, and more working together to understand and address the causes and consequences of conflict.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

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. Our powerful methodology of shared experience is grounded in two core principles: that people can learn from each other and that people can change.

Building on this body of experience, we have partnered with cognitive and behavioral scientists to create the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict. The Innovation Lab brings a new framework at the intersection of behavioral sciences and real world experience. Our goal is to apply brain science to design and promote new tools that reduce conflict, increase tolerance, and facilitate positive social change in the United States and abroad.

OUR COLLABORATORS

Get to know the global network helping realize our vision of a world of durable peace built respect, equity, and inclusion.

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GET INVOLVED

We are always looking for innovative collaborators to help us in our mission to understand and address the causes and consequences of conflict. Are you a practitioner, researcher, academic, activist, or funder interested in getting involved? Reach out and tell us about your vision!

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OUR THEMATIC AREAS

Preventing Identity-based Violence

How people think — not just what they think — can shape pro- or anti-social intergroup behaviors during conflict. Through collaboration between peacebuilders and social and behavioral scientists, we weave this learning into designing evidenced-based innovations that improve attitudes and behaviors between conflicting groups.

Strengthening Democracy

Democracy is under threat, but how far we allow democratic norms to erode depends on psychological drivers that science is just beginning to explore. We use novel approaches to secure the legitimacy of democratic norms, strengthen movements for social change, and address identity-based polarization. 

Promoting Psychological and Social Repair

Trauma and chronic stress are underrecognized influences on community and political violence through their effects on individual neurobiology, intergroup perceptions, and cultural and political norms. We design, test, and scale trauma-informed approaches to conflict resolution, social cohesion, and mitigating violent extremism.

MAKE AN IMPACT

For more than 30 years, Beyond Conflict has received support from foundations, corporations, individuals, and governments committed to addressing the root causes and consequences of conflict. These generous supporters share our belief that the application of conflict resolution experience coupled with brain and behavioral science can be a powerful and transformative combination for peace.

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