TOOLS FOR PEACE

Tools for peace describes four sets of tools to manage conflicts. To build a house you need more than a set of screwdrivers; you need different tools to accomplish different things. Those acquainted with these tools will realize that it is possible to build peace. Here are sets that can be used in negotiation, nonviolent action, strength, and personal transformation. Those involving negotiation are useful when conversation is possible. Those involved in nonviolent action are useful in persuading people to come to negotiation. Tools for strength involve governance and the management of power. Tools for personal transformation are required for the skillful use of all the other tools. Just as the type and size of the best screwdriver to use depends on the particular task at hand, the selection of a particular tool for negotiation or any of the other sets may depend on whether the conflict is between friends, enemies, groups, or nations. Hence, the reader may want to skim through the many types of tools that are available. As an example we consider using the tools to facilitate political conversation.‚Äč

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