Our Work

Steeped in practice with over 20 years of experience in peacebuilding – it is our work with individuals, groups, and communities that keeps us learning and continues to make that all important difference.

Our programme, ‘For Peace’, consists of a portfolio of projects, resources, and services. Our work has three core components: prevention, resolution, and response. In prevention we seek to stop violence before it starts, however when conflict does arise, we seek resolution through dialogue and actions to deal with issues without recourse to violence, and when violent conflict has already occurred, we are there to respond, to help those affected to cope and recover and, in many cases, to become active peacebuilders and agents for change themselves. Our aim is to break the cycle of violence so our projects overlap and intersect, allowing our participants to learn from one another and play their role in achieving this.

Click below to explore our work to prevent and resolve conflict through peacebuilding, dialogue, and conflict resolution.

Education Categories

Extreme Dialogue

Extreme Dialogue

Extreme Dialogue is a unique project for young people that supports the development of critical thinking skills about, and resilience against, extremism in all its...

Extreme Dialogue is a unique project for young people that supports the development of critical thinking skills about, and resilience against, extremism in all its different forms. High quality films are accompanied by supplementary activities and discussion sessions, which provide a cross section of reference points helping to develop confidence in talking about difference, community tensions and extremism. It provides a suite of unique and engaging resources, including compelling first-person video testimonies from people who have been profoundly impacted by prejudice, marginalisation, hate, and violence. These videos are supported by tools that enable facilitators, and those working with young people to open-up discussion and debate on this challenging subject-matter and help interrogate this issue critically. Uniquely, the project looks at extremism ‘in the round’; ensuring young people understand the challenges extremism poses today. Extreme Dialogue cultivates essential critical thinking skills amongst young people that are universally transferable to other subject-matters and areas of their lives; ensuring it has a longevity outside the classroom and beyond project delivery. Extreme Dialogue can be delivered by teachers to students or, via a student-led delivery model and offers a modular approach that can be tailored to fit the different needs of groups or to a curriculum. Training for Educators is available. Find out more here. To find out more information about Extreme Dialogue or to enquire about commissioning opportunities please contact us at commissions@foundation4peace.org and a member of the team will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Extreme Dialogue is a partnership between the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, global counter-extremism organisation the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), and filmmakers Duckrabbit. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJj1NTPHsh4&list=PLq9TthXQpjyU22qzGYHcPLzGRHWndvW66&index=2[/embed]

Education, Partnerships, Resources,

THINK About It

THINK About It

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSbTRGyVf9M THINK About It was a short campaign run in 2016 designed around an interactive assembly for young people. Following the release of the single...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSbTRGyVf9M THINK About It was a short campaign run in 2016 designed around an interactive assembly for young people. Following the release of the single “Think About It” by R&B Band Mr Meanor after the Paris attacks in November 2015, the band performed at 10 schools over a week-long period. The campaign saw the band interact with young people at a series of live appearances, and over social media, inspiring them to play a part in peacefully confronting challenges we face in the world today, such as conflict and violent extremism. The song ‘Think About It’ was written as the band’s response to the horrific terror attacks that took place in Paris in November 2015. After hearing the news, they experienced an overwhelming sense of emotion and as musicians felt compelled to act in the best way they know how – by recording their thoughts in the form of a song. The lyrics aim to reflect the pain and suffering being caused by violent extremism today, but also offers a positive message about how everyone, particularly young people, can make a real difference if we bring about a change of thinking. The campaign promoted the message that whilst conflict exists in many walks of life, there is never an excuse to resort to violence. People should always seek to resolve conflict peacefully. The band approached the Foundation because of its shared desire to wage peace on all fronts and at every opportunity. It was a great opportunity to engage with young people in a new and exciting way! We're always looking for innovative ways to engage young people in Peace!

Education, Partnerships,

Extreme Dialogue

Extreme Dialogue: Training

Designed to be used by teachers, external facilitators or young people themselves, Extreme Dialogue is a unique and engaging way of starting conversations about identity,...

Designed to be used by teachers, external facilitators or young people themselves, Extreme Dialogue is a unique and engaging way of starting conversations about identity, difference, and prejudice. It’s cutting-edge approach and design provides young people with the tools they need to build resilience against extremism in all its forms. The free educational resources are supported by training designed for teachers. The training guides teachers through the films and accompanying educational resources, fostering a confident approach to using the materials and the ability to train other teachers and students to use them. Our aim is to equip teachers with absolute confidence and a means of answering difficult questions through a series of structured teaching resources. The training enables those who have completed it, to cascade the learning to colleagues, other educators, youth workers, and even students who are interested in running peer workshops. We’ve found that the student-led model produces excellent results, with the potential to free up teachers’ time, while equipping and enthusing students to develop a safe, collaborative approach to discussing the issues of extremism, discrimination, and marginalisation with their peers. Schools can contact us via commissions@foundation4peace.org or via the Extreme Dialogue website: www.extremedialogue.org, to request training workshops and session delivery.

Partnerships, Training,

Project K

Project K

What is Project K? Project K is about the realisation of the Foundations’ long-term objective and activity of providing platforms for its alumni to take...

What is Project K? Project K is about the realisation of the Foundations’ long-term objective and activity of providing platforms for its alumni to take their messages and extend their dialogue beyond the parameters of the session room. Following their Peace Foundation programmes, participants often leave feeling inspired yet feel they lack the platform, momentum and perhaps network with which to continue that discourse. The spaces that are created and curated by the Foundation invite participants to be themselves, share, learn, be inspired and be empowered. They do this by living, socialising and learning alongside one another through their programmes. These experiences are unique and special and are often treasured in the aftermath. The ability to continue those discussions however beyond the programmes and give meaning to them in the 'everyday' world can often be a challenge once they leave the session room. In a world filled with challenges, from fear, prejudice and conflict, the overarching aim of our programme work is to inspire our participants to not only educate themselves in understandning their own role in tackling these challenges- but to help provide the means by which they can 'wage peace' in their own settings drawing on the inspiration from their experiences with the Foundation. The essence of what the Foundation does is focussed around human interaction. Our learning is experiential balancing the 'taught' with the 'caught'. This matters, because we recognise the fact people have different styles and approaches to learning and this approach allows them to be told about it as well as to do and experience it. Theory and practice. What also matters is that they are testing the theories in the room with their fellow peers. This allows them not only to share and explore theories and practice with those they never normally come into contact with - but they hear and learn about the perspectives of others. This very humanising approach to processing means perhaps surprises at what people may hold in common or not, allowing them to move beyond stereotypes to concrete experiences, stories, examples and reference points beyond what they knew before. It is training and developing the most socially intelligent of our organs: the brain; and its recognition of positive and negative, what it likes and doesn't. Because this governs who we interact with and the choices we make - this is relationship development in practice. How do we extend that once their programme finishes? As we always say on our programmes... this is not the end, it is only the beginning as it is now up to you to take what you know and make it matter. The ripple effect. Project K is a platform with a difference. Based on the fundamental principles of the Foundation and its work (inclusivity, participation and so on), this platform aims to extends our processes into the online, allowing our participants to continue their learning, interaction with peers and the dialogues they have started in session-online. It also gives them a chance to share what they have learnt and to raise their voices. The platform also provides a space for new interactions and new learning. The ripple effect means that people may pick up a thread or...

Partnerships,

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN)

The Foundation’s work, reach, and experience in the field of conflict resolution and peace building has grown significantly in recent years. We are well placed...

The Foundation’s work, reach, and experience in the field of conflict resolution and peace building has grown significantly in recent years. We are well placed to respond to some of the contemporary challenges facing our communities. Predominantly our engagement has been at a grass roots level, yet our strategy and approach has influenced wider practice and policy makers charged with addressing and tackling issues around cohesion and extremism. The Foundation continues to contribute to the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Prevent working groups, chiefly the Youth, Families and Communities working group, and is a partner in the RAN Centre for Excellence EU wide partnership. Working with a network of almost 2000 practitioners, the Foundation has been able to help shape policy and practice at International as well as at domestic levels. In an era of unprecedented attacks taking place all over the world as well as in our own country, the Foundations’ experience of working with victims and survivors has also been key in helping provide tailored and vital services for communities and individuals affected by terrorism. Violent extremism and the ongoing conflict in countries such as Syria and Iraq have presented major challenges for institutions, communities and governments all over the world. We recognise that our learning has relevance and resonance in these contexts so, as and when useful, we reach out across the UK and the EU to help inform practice that can safeguard our communities and build resilience in our young people. Watch the video below to find out more about the RAN Centre of Excellence and visit their website to find out more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8Vy7wxQ-ik

Partnerships,

UNESCO

UNESCO: Preventing violent extremism through Education

UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture, and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies and mobilizes the wider...

UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture, and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen: Has access to quality education; a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development; May grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples; Can fully benefit from scientific advances; And can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity. Over the past two years, UNESCO has invited the Foundation to contribute to discussions about Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Preventing Violent Extremism through Education (PVEe). The work of the Foundation has been cited as Best Practice in UNESCO's Guide for Policy Makers on Preventing violent extremism through education. Watch the video below to find out more about the UNESCO initiative PVEe, and how we at the Peace Foundation are contributing to the agenda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79MTkVumCcQ  

Partnerships,

Manchester Arena Attack #WeStandTogether

We Stand Together

#WeStandTogether is campaign launched following the 2017 attacks in London and Manchester as a national initiative promoting community cohesion and unity. The ultimate aim is...

#WeStandTogether is campaign launched following the 2017 attacks in London and Manchester as a national initiative promoting community cohesion and unity. The ultimate aim is to encourage people to come together as one and celebrate their differences in order to build a safer and stronger United Kingdom. As part of this campaign, we partnered with the Manchester Evening News to promote the initiative across Manchester. “All of our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and their loved ones following the recent attacks, clear acts of terrorism. The attacks targeted innocent people who lived their lives together, in Manchester children, young people and families enjoying a fun night out were targeted – it is hard to think of anything more depraved”. “As we have seen following past atrocities, in the hours after the communities around London and Manchester have come together showing bravery and resilience to help those caught up in the incident. We can do no better than to follow the example of the emergency services, community groups, local businesses and ordinary people who went out of their way to care for fellow citizens and strangers in their time of need.” “There are those that want to intimidate and divide us through violence and hatred, but we know that they will always fail. London and Manchester won’t allow it, this country won’t allow it, none of us will allow it. We stand together, in grief, but united and resolute”. – Nick Taylor, Chief Executive We are leading a campaign called #WeStandTogether – please join us on Social Media on: Follow along on Facebook Follow along on Twitter @peacecentre and @WST4P Follow along on Instagram Use the hashtag #WeStandTogether