In an era whereby almost every news organization has a war correspondent and virtually none has a peace correspondent, CMPI fills the void to initiate a movement to promote a conflict-resolving media practice, dialogue, and peace building around the world. CMPI explores the power of information as the lifeblood of democracy. In all constitutional democracies, the media plays the role of watchdog, educator, and convener of the public square. The center recognizes that information is a catalyst and an equivocator, which can cause war and at the same time bring about peace. Information as carried by the mass media is a commodity that requires processing and the quality of processing has consequences for peace or conflict. The modern mass media is a platform or court of public opinion where disputants—individuals, groups, and organizations file complaints who even before going to the courts of law. Consequently, we encourage the use of the news media as instruments to communicate peace.
Our transformative mediation practices are helping individuals experience personal growth, find their personal strengths in a way that empowers them to cope with the vicissitudes of life. The center emphasizes mediation in which disputants have the opportunity to increase their own capacity to work through their own problems and to understand the perspectives of others. In almost every dispute between two parties there is always a third party otherwise called the Peace Constituent usually interested in resolving the conflict. We employ the communicative approach in mediation recognizing the vital role of the often ignored peace constituency.
The Center provides intervention measures and counseling services to families, groups, and corporations in uniquely peaceful and cost effective processes. The aim is to reduce conflict resolution imposed by the courts. We believe that the courts can give justice but do not give peace among individuals or organizations that may be caught up in conflicts. The peace achieved by disputants themselves via a genuine third party is more enduring than the one foisted through litigation in courts. It is also less costly.
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