Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Tools for reconciliation and understanding

Empowering citizens in conflict resolution in Columbia
Research & design Daniela Maria Yepes
Supervisor Clyde Doyle & Shirley Casey
Goal To empower citizens in conflict resolution in Columbia
Audience & Stakeholders Columbian citizens, specifically school teachers
Duration Major Research Project (1 Year)
Colombia’s government has established several programs to facilitate social reinsertion and reconciliation.

Description

Since the signature of the peace agreement with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), Colombia’s government established several programs to facilitate social reinsertion and reconciliation. One such was Peace Talk course, which incentivizes students all over the country to learn about peaceful conflict resolution. This research project developed tools for reconciliation and understanding that could be incorporated into the Peace Talk course, and which were presented to the Ministry of Education of Colombia.

Using design thinking methodologies, Daniela developed a workshop which encouraged students and teachers to question how they can contribute to the reconciliation process, and get the information to shape autonomous opinions about Colombia’s socio-political climate. She also conducted a series of interviews with different stakeholders, including an ex-FARC combatant.

Impact

As a group they explore the various options, introducing participants to a suite of alternative economic models and possibilities. The result was dialogue and deliberation about potential strategies to support Longford and similar communities in achieving a future that is socially, economically, and environmentally secure.

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