Resilient Conversations – A Podcast by PartnersGlobal

We live in an increasingly dynamic world that is experiencing a range of changes to civic space – the ability of people to exercise their right to free speech, expression, and assembly. These changes vary from country to country, but collectively are impacting civil society’s ability to serve their communities and operate freely without fear of repercussions.  As an organization that advances resilient civic space throughout the world, we wanted to create space for learning and reflecting on the civil society experience from the individual, organizational, sectoral and systemic perspective. So we started Resilient Conversations – a podcast that that explores different facets of civil society resiliency by talking to experts and peers who have had to navigate shifting dynamics and adapt how they function. Our podcast also captures insights and lessons from the implementation of our ResiliencyPlus approach – a civil society strengthening process for organizations operating in different levels of closing civic spaces. We invite you to take part in this collective conversation either by listening below (also available on other podcast streaming services Apple Podcasts and Audible) or being a guest on the show and contribute to a global resilient civil society community.

Today, levels of violence and political instability reach all corners of the world. We are collectively alarmed by the vitriol and deepening polarization in our societies. Our original commitment to create safe spaces where true discussion and differences of opinions emerge remains critical now more than ever.

As a part of our broader Narratives for Peace initiative, PartnersGlobal, together with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, has been investing in bridging narrative theory and practice to make “peacebuilding” a more salient policy priority for the broader public. With support from Humanity United and the Open Society Foundations, we are working closely with Frameworks Institute on a social science research project to uncover effective narrative frames for peacebuilding in US foreign policy.

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The research surfaces the common frames and narratives used by the peacebuilding field on the one hand and the ways the public perceives peace on the other. The research also offers recommendations on how peacebuilding experts can more effectively communicate and better frame their messaging to resonate with the American public and increase support for peacebuilding.

Click here for Frameworks’ Research Methods and Sample Composition.

To watch our webinar of the research team presenting the Cultural Models findings on public narratives around peace and peacebuilding, click here or watch the video below.

Understanding the Conversation About Peacebuilding: An Analysis of Organizational Communications reviews how the peacebuilding field is currently “framing” peacebuilding in the US and provides initial recommendations on how we can communicate about peace more effectively

Recommendations include:

  1. Explain what peacebuilding involves in clear and accessible terms
  2. Always make the case for peacebuilding, not just against military action
  3. Tell a consistent story about why peacebuilding matters.

This research, conducted by Frameworks Institute in partnership with the Alliance for Peacebuilding and PartnersGlobal is part of PartnersGlobal’s Narratives For Peace initiative. Funded by Humanity United and Open Society Foundations, the research initiative aims to better understand common narratives around peace and peacebuilding used by the public and the peacebuilding field in order to identify gaps between the two. Ultimately, the initiative seeks to find ways to better communicate to the American public what peacebuilding is and why it matters and to increase support for international peacebuilding efforts.

This supplement provides detailed information on the research that informs FrameWorks’ strategic brief on peace and peacebuilding. Below, we outline the research conducted for the project, describing both methods used and sample composition. This research provides the evidence base for the recommendations in the strategic brief.

As a part of our broader Narratives for Peace initiative, PartnersGlobal, together with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, has been investing in bridging narrative theory and practice to make “peacebuilding” a more salient policy priority for the broader public. With support from Humanity United and the Open Society Foundations, we are working closely with Frameworks Institute on a social science research project to uncover effective narrative frames for peacebuilding in US foreign policy.

If you would like to watch a webinar of the research team presenting these findings, you can watch the 45 minute video presentation here on YouTube.

Visit here for Frameworks’ Research Methods and Sample Composition.

In this presentation, Nat Kendall-Taylor, CEO of FrameWorks Institute, shares some of their most applicable research findings to this moment of COVID19, with lessons and tips for all civil society leaders to be able to incorporate into their communications and outreach.

The PartnersGlobal Resiliency+ Framework requires a shift in mindset for leaders and teams within organizations to think differently and partner in new ways to continue to survive and thrive when facing shocks.  At times of great stress, upheaval, and change, we are called upon to build up our conflict resolution skills. Therefore, communication skills, including asking the right questions, are integral to applying the Resiliency+ Framework in practice, putting empathy and restorative practice at the center of our resiliency journeys as civil society.

As conflict resolution expert Ken Cloke explains in this slideshow presentation, chronic conflict reduces resiliency within organizations and societies. Mediation and conflict resolution, he says, are therefore resiliency processes. By applying mediation or conflict resolution-based communications to reach out to those who think differently and address challenges, we are in fact working to bolster our resiliency.

Staff Readiness and Well-Being are essential to an organization’s sustainability and resiliency. Yet too often, organizational culture, leadership, and resources don’t provide frameworks and policies to ensure these key elements can be meaningfully supported. In conjunction with the webinar series for PartnersGlobal’s Resiliency+ Framework, this resource guide form The Contact Project aims to provide basic insights for developing a culture and policies for well-being and staff readiness.