The Structure or Order of our societies and their power relationships define our human experience. Our common struggle in this Order is to seek freedom from exploitation, a sense of place, status and dignity. This is our common human goal. In some contexts these struggles lead us to seek to deny equal power and dignity to others.
The process through which our struggle for power and dignity in human relationships is made real to ourselves and others. Identity facilitates our defining and expressions of a variety of different versions of ourselves that are often contradictory. It is natural for people to have many configurations of themselves that they employ in different contexts to suit particular ends.
The idea that we can engage with the world of human Organization, Identity and Culture to positively affect human society. By understanding how certain configurations of organization, identity and culture give way to divisive, destructive and violent behavior, and, conversely, cohesive and positively reinforcing and fostering behavior, we can act intelligently to counter identity-based divisions and promote peace, cohesion, inclusion and growth.
Unlocking Human Potential
The OICD approach to expand identities and promote social cohesion follows evidence-based research on maximising social and economic inclusion and growth.
Advancing the Human Sciences
OICD experts advance understanding of how identities function and develop tools for engaging and positively transforming identities based on peer-reviewed findings from the Human Sciences.
Countering Conflict, Promoting Peace
OICD tools work to increase the number of ways people can express identities, an approach proven to reduce conflict and power cohesion.
Identity is a core issue for peacebuilding work, but also a veryPhil Vernon, Director of Programmes, International Alert, London, UK
complex one. What I found interesting and relevant about the
OICD approach is the way it combines a high level conceptual
model with practical application.