Memory and Reconciliation in Colombia through a DSToP Lens

Josh Fisher, Nick Redding, Kyong Mazzaro, and Chris Straw, Camilo Azcarate; Columbia University and The World Bank Group

Columbia map photoDuring May 2015, Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) Dynamical Systems Theory (DST) team traveled to Bogotá, Colombia to facilitate a DST informed pilot workshop for organizations working on promoting memory and reconciliation activities as a pathway for reducing violence and promoting peace in Colombia. In partnership with the World Bank Group’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Unit, the workshop convened government and civil society organizations at the national and local levels. The convened group explored questions such as ‘How do memory and reconciliation drive patterns of violence and patterns of peace?’. Participants engaged with these and other questions through dialogue, negotiating shared visualizations of the complex environments within which they are working, and developing key actors network maps. This pilot workshop provided the participants new insights into systems dynamics and reinforced social and professional networks working in this area. It also provided insights into multiplying dividends of development and peacebuilding interventions, streamline programming, and encourage inter-organizational cooperation and collaboration. Through the workshop process, the AC4 DST team also gained insights on applying the Dynamical Systems Theory of Practice model.

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