Our vision is to create a conflict-resolving community in a culture of peace and social justice.
We research, develop and disseminate the theory and practice of Conflict Resolution (CR) throughout a national and international network.
Why? Because CR skills build stronger and more unified organisations and more rewarding relationships
We aim to make CR skills, strategies and attitudes universally accessible. Therefore we offer free training material on our website and most CRN literature can be freely reproduced. We only ask that our copyright notice and contact details appear on any page that you reproduce or adapt, so that others can find their way to this site.
Our network includes teachers and trainers in CR skills as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution practitioners. We are often able to offer referrals when we can match up location and expertise.
This network also includes many thinking and caring individuals who choose to improve and demonstrate the skills in their personal and working lives. We believe this process starts from where we stand - it can be personal, within family, community, government or the international arena. Conflict resolution skills are the tools to move the rocks from our path.
Conflict Resolution skills and advocacy are vital for all the objectives of a well-run society and never more so than when we aim for peace, human rights and ecological care. Every human need and our very survival depend on our skill to communicate non-violently and creatively.
CRN maintains close links with CR programs at universities, and supports trainers and educators at every level in the community. Over the years, CRN has developed a comprehensive range of teaching manuals, trained thousands of trainers and directly taught CR skills to individuals and organisations. We have facilitated the resolution of a broad spectrum of personal, organisational and community conflicts, influenced CR training in school and university curricula and brought a CR focus to many social and political issues.
Our outreach today includes an eLearning Certificate Course in Conflict Resolution skills available by distance education using resources and assignments with teacher input via the internet.
Our special interests - some of which are on the web site - cover a wide range of humanitarian and social issues with a conflict-resolving, non-confrontational approach.
In 1973 the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) established the Peace and Conflict Resolution Program of UNAA, under the direction of Dr Stella Cornelius, AO, OBE, DLitt(Macq.), FAIM. As a result, the Conflict Resolution Network was founded in 1986 under the auspices of UNAA, and co-directors, Stella and Helena Cornelius. Today, Conflict Resolution Network is an independent civil society organisation headed by Helena Cornelius, a professional psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in this field.
Stella Cornelius, co-director of Conflict Resolution Network, 1986-2010
Conflict Resolution Network Vision and History
(YouTube video produced by Annabel McGoldrick, recorded 2008, 3:41 minutes)