How can you begin to address the level of conflict and suffering in the world today?
Our tools and books tell us we can analyze the conflict, understanding the complexity, and somehow design strategic interventions that can contribute to some sort of change. But even IF we as peacebuilders can have some small impact, what really is the chance that it does anything in this global system of self interested competition.
People always ask, “where do you start?”
We do know where to start. We just don’t know when it could ever end. It seems like there is just more and more work to be done.
The core questions around “truth” after civil conflict addressed throughout the Literature on Reconciliation needs a new frame in 2012.
Over the past decade, not only does the world has access to even more lessons from various attempts at truth commissions, trials, and tribunals as well as the evolution of the International Criminal Court.
Scholarly literature continues to explore ad nauseam the interplay of truth, justice and reconciliation through such institutions and transitional justice mechanisms as well as increasingly valuing indigenous approaches to dealing with the past.
But what is less explored is the new frontier of access to “truth,” where individuals in every country can be heard around the world with no need for institutions.
Social media and crowd source technology connects and gives voice to the unheard of previous times. Records of their truth are made in real time about the conflicts and injustices they experience. How will this change the face of reconciliation when so many truths are being heard, documented in word, sound and image?