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Conflict Resolution Network's vision and history
Our vision is to create a conflict-resolving community in a culture of peace and social justice. We do this by researching, developing, teaching and implementing the theory and practice of CR throughout a national and international network. Conflict Resolution (CR) builds 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, only asking that our copyright notice appears on each page.
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 depends on our skill to communicate non-violently and creatively. 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.
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 special projects - many 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. As a result, the Conflict Resolution Network was founded in 1986, then under the auspices of UNAA, and now an independent civil society organisation. The organisation is headed by professional psychologist, Helena Cornelius.
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