I really like the way SFCG tries to use elements that a culture values to transform conflict. I know that people enjoy participating in activities and I saw these present also in Zambia, where they teach youth and the community about HIV/AIDS through a dance. Just really innovative stuff!
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My name is Laura, I am currently living in D.C. and attend American University. I am originally from Staten Island, NY. I am majoring in International Relations with a focus in Peace and Conflict Resolution. … more
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Participatory Theater: SFCG has developed this methodology by employing Forum Theatre techniques with a conflict transformation lens. Actors trained in conflict analysis listen to community concerns and conflicts and create a scenario and character set which reflects this realtiy.During the performance, members of the audience are invited to ‘replace’ the actors to play out the scenario in ways that more constructively address the conflicts. SFCG’s participatory theatre work was awarded the Ashoka-Changemakers 2006 award for “Innovative on-the-ground strategies for conflict transformation.” SFCG has also produced a manual and training video which elaborates on this methodology.