Initiatives

The Bridge Initiative @ Moritz

Launched in January 2019, the Bridge Initiative @ Moritz provides mediators and other experts with extensive experience in helping local leaders respond effectively to civil unrest and tension in communities across the country that can help mediate conflicts between community and law enforcement, train local community members on effective strategies to keep protests safe, and offer technical assistance to executives and community members seeking to build sustainable infrastructure for inclusive engagement.

Look here for more information.  If your community needs assistance, reach out to DCP Director Becky Monroe at monroe.1187@osu.edu.  

Community Resiliency Initiative

The Divided Community Project’s Community Resiliency Initiative is a coalition of community leaders who have convened broad-based community planning efforts to address division in their communities.

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Academy Initiative

Developed in partnership with the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, the Academy Initiative trains core leadership groups from diverse communities across the country to plan in advance of civil unrest while developing conflict planning and conflict resolution skills.  Our first Academy cohort meets in Chicago in March.  Stay tuned for future Academy opportunities.

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American & Community Spirit Initiative

If we discuss our shared aspirations, we tend to keep in mind that we have joined a venture larger than ourselves, one that we care deeply about, one that we want to preserve for next generations.  We especially benefit by discussing our core aspirations when, as now, the differences that have always characterized our nation turn vitriolic, when our inability to work together becomes a drag on our progress.  A widely embraced American Spirit can motivate us as well as stir within us a generous spirit toward each other.  It might become the catalyst to the continued building of our nation.

To achieve these goals, we need to articulate the right combination of aspirations.  We decided to develop a tentative process for local communities to use to identify their own community spirit and to try that process out to fill another need – to identify an American Spirit.

Look here for more information about the American Spirit Initiative.

Look here for DCP’s Fourth Report “Identifying a Community Spirit.”

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