Civil Society and Community Building

ACT provides advising, training, facilitation and other services to strengthen the capacity of civil society to participate in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and social change.

We work with educators, youth, police, community leaders, non-governmental organizations, local government, and media to cooperatively solve problems and envision a better future.

Sample projects: (additional projects, information, photos, etc coming soon)

* Facilitation Training in Albania: Designed and delivered a two-day training workshop for 5 leaders of Albanian non-governmental organizations in Facilitation Skills for The Carter Center.

* Stakeholder Analysis & Negotiation Training in Croatia: Designed and conducted a two-day stakeholder and negotiation training for the International Rescue Committee in Dubrovnik Croatia for the International Rescue Committee. The training was part of a longer five-day training that IRC organized for 25 of their senior field staff working in 15 different conflict zones around the world.

* Conflict Analysis & Resolution Training in Macedonia: Designed and delivered two workshops for Macedonian educators and civil society leaders in cooperation with the Institute for Sustainable Communities Macedonia.

* Crisis Intervention and Gang Mediation in the US: Since 2007, Dr. Nike Carstarphen from ACT has provided technical assistance to the Alliance of Concerned Men (ACM), a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to saving the lives of “at risk” youth and families residing in high crime areas of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan community. In partnership with Carole Frampton (formerly Search for Common Ground) and Maria Jessop (formerly American University), ACT developed a manual that documents and guides the work of ACM, called a “Training Guide for Preserving Life and Intervening in Crises in our Communities.” ACT also co-facilitated a 5-session training program with ACM using the Training Guide. In 2008, ACT provided support for ACM’s effort to develop it “Prisoner-Adopt-A-Block” project and will continue to support ACM’s work in 2009.

* To Bridge and To Build in the US: This two-year community based project focused on increasing grassroots participation in community urban planning and decision-making, as well as increasing the number and skills of neighborhood leaders to effect positive social change in their community in the Arlington Mills neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, USA. ACT provided two inter-related services for the project, including facilitation of community dialogues and a leadership-training program.