ICFC unites members of communities torn by conflict and stressed by the anticipation of natural hazards over which they have little control. Where appropriate, the training assists community members to gaze beyond current sources of distrust, competitiveness and violence. We address pained memories by guiding community members through a unique process called Historical Conciliation. Our approach to healing pained memory through cooperation involves four main components:
Train the trainers
Turn pained memory and anticipation of the future into cooperation
Turn cooperation into action & preparedness for natural disasters
Develop sustainable leadership
Local citizens and community leaders are trained in the ICFC methodology to become fully capable facilitators of dialogue workshops and community-based preparedness training.
Participants engage in a series of dialogue workshops and preparedness trainings. They become able to candidly talk with one another about their reciprocal resentments fueled by what are so often self-serving and selective
pained memories. Exploring these reciprocal perceptions so often leads to surprising measures of empathy with the "other." This empathy, when properly channeled, can transform conflict into cooperation and interdependencies that are more effective solutions to what challenges the safety of the community.
Participants work with one another on joint community projects, such as building schools and multi-ethnic centers, conducting research, and, most of all, establishing positive relations between individuals formerly at odds with one another. It also includes trainings to prepare for natural hazards, to dispense supplies in the first days after tragedy hits, to triage the wounded in terms of limited medical help, to operate specialized communication equipment under duress circumstances, and to prevent women, children, and minorities from becoming targets of violence.
Leaders within communities are identified and equipped with the tools they need to continue their lifesaving responses to disaster and cooperation and joint actions in social development once they are independent of ICFC’s supervision.