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Search for Common Ground

Transforming the Way the World Deals with Conflict

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"Search for Common Ground" is kind of a mouthful. This is why some abbreviations or slang terms have been created in order to make it easier to say- er, type. This is just a little "user's guide" to Search for Common Ground, designed to help everyone out and to facilitate discussion!

Abbreviations for Search for Common Ground: SFCG, or just simply, "Search."
The "tagline?": "Understanding differences, acting on commonalities"
Brief Mission Statement: Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. The organization works with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.
Where does SFCG work?: SFCG has offices in 22 countries, 11 of which are in Africa. They are getting ready to launch their Zimbabwe program, re-vamped in Nigeria and working to get a program contract in Yemen.
Programs Include:
- Leadership Wisdom Initiative (LWI) to provides transformational leadership and conflict management development for political and civil society leaders worldwide.
- Partners in Humanity (PIH) to envision a world where the environment of fear, suspicion and misunderstanding that affects Muslim-Western relations is replaced by constructive interactions and vibrant relationships.
- Common Ground Productions (CGP) to use television, radio and Internet programming in order to transform the way individuals and societies deal with conflict: away from adversarial approaches, towards cooperative solutions.
- The Team to serve as a tool to help transform social attitudes and diminish violent behavior in countries grappling with deeply rooted conflict. 

There is your mini guide to understanding SEARCH (or SFCG, or...)! 
 

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Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.

SFCG incorporates a wide variety of approaches, such as mediation and facilitation; radio and TV production; sports and arts based programming; community organizing; polling; shuttle diplomacy; training; and multiple news services. Thousands of people are directly involved in SFCG programs, and millions more are reached through the media. SFCG believes that it is most effective when integrating local indigenous practices of conflict prevention with international best practices. Accordingly, country programs work with local partners to strengthen their capacity to deal with conflict.

SFCG currently has or is developing programs in: Angola, Belgium, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, East Timor, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Jerusalem, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, the USA and Zimbabwe.
 
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