"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.
- 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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