ARIA Continues Work on New Conflict Engagement Method

During the first week of August 2010, Dr. Jay Rothman and Brandon Sipes participated in an annual Strategic Planning Meeting for the not for profit organization TRANSFORM, with which they have been developing a new method for conflict engagement called The Kumi Method.

TRANSFORM is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation established in 2007. The organisation is committed to promoting political, economic and social development, inter-cultural tolerance and understanding, and the values of scientific rigour and ideological neutrality in general and in dealing with conflict, in particular.

The organization focuses its work on areas which suffer from protracted violent conflict, most notably the Middle East as well as on conflict prevention and transformation in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Rothman and  Sipes will continue work on Transform’s project entitled “Beyond Managing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” the purpose of which is to utilize three methods for social change and conflict engagement (The Institute for Cultural Affairs: UK; The Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding; and The ARIA Group) to develop a new approach to conflict engagement.

Additionally, Sipes has been leading the effort at authoring and editing the manual for this new method: compiling years of documents, learning from workshops, and input from project partners and facilitators.  At the end of August, Sipes will also travel to Berlin, Germany to train European facilitators on The Kumi Method, with a focus on Islamaphobia and Islamic integration into Europe.

Full Description of the project here.