||OJPCR: The Online Journal of
Peace and Conflict Resolution
PeaceWorker Database and Directory Project
Issue advocacy has changed. It is no longer
feasible for individuals or groups in a particular country to pursue their
peace-related goals as if in a vacuum. The creation of what have been called
"transnational advocacy networks" is the activistic equivalent of the move from
a local to a global economy. The creation of new information and
telecommunication technology has allowed communication between far-flung
individuals to be more inexpensive, less time-consuming, and simpler. It is up
to us to use these resources to their full extent.
In addition, research has shown the value of
cross-cutting ties in diffusing conflict. Cross-cutting ties occur when
individuals become members in formal or informal groups that reach beyond their
ethnic group or country. These organizations can be as varied as a soccer club,
a professional membership group, or children's scouting. The point is that when
a conflict begins to flare up, these individuals tend to try to reduce the
destructiveness and length of it.
With this in mind, it is clear the impact a
cross-cutting, transnational group could have if its focus was peace itself. A
group with members on both sides of a conflict (and third parties performing a
variety of roles) should be more effective than singular groups on either side.
The 19th Century international anti-slavery movement serves as a good
The PeaceWorker Database is needed to
facilitate the communication and collaboration between individuals and groups
who would not otherwise work together. The Directory is necessary to do the
same with information about peace and our attempts to achieve it.
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