1.5 – Key Principles of Transformative Reconciliation

January 5th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

The following are key essential qualities needed for the success of transformative reconciliation:
1. To create an emotional connection between people who would not normally meet and who would instinctively dislike or hate each other.
2. To be able to recognize the suffering of the other party.
3. To find common ground that can lead to finding a common history.
4. To find a common history, if it exists but not to force it if there is no such overlap.
5. To restrict ourselves to the common ground. The administrative implementation of a peace agreement needs to be followed up by a peace agreement of the mind.
6. To find out whose voice is missing as cultural memory is important.
7. To be aware that different people experience the same thing in different ways. Even false stories are part of people’s identity and cannot be changed.
8. To evaluate historical sources critically that can be useful in present day life.
9. To stop looking for a just solution. A step forward is when each side recognizes the most important issue of the other side.
Often meetings between two conflicting groups results in them hating each other more. How can we prepare people for such encounters so that does not happen?

To view the key principles of Transformative Reconciliation CLIK and SCROLL: Part 4-Key Principles of Transformative Reconciliation (2)