Are you trying to help bring people together and solve big human problems?

You can repair division and promote cohesion through the power of identity and culture.

Why Repair Divisions of Identity & Culture?

Individuals and communities seem more vulnerable to succumbing to divisions of "us" and "them" than ever. The results of such division threaten individual well-being, social cohesion and harmony, and the integrity of our communities and institutions.  This course provides participants with the ability to see how identity is used to create division, and the frameworks and tools necessary to counter that division across a range of contexts.

"Repairing Divisions of Identity" could be right for you

...if you work, or are interested in working, in any of the following fields: anti-discrimination, diversity & inclusion education; HR; social support services; human rights advocacy, conflict transformation; law enforcement & counter-organized crime, hate crime, and terrorism; regional and national social cohesion policy making; impact assessment; peacebuilding; activism; leadership & governance; counter-disinformation policy & practice; and related fields.

The course has no formal entry requirements and students and practitioners from all fields are welcome.

The OICD Institute's Flagship Instructor-Led Course

The Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD) works to counter identity-based divisions and promote peace and cohesion through Identity-based research and real-world programs and initiatives. "Conflict Resolution - Repairing the Divisions of Identity" is the OICD's flagship foundation course, designed for anyone who aims to build cohesion, peace and harmony with those they work alongside or serve on a daily basis.

A Guided Hybrid Experience

This is a flexible and hybrid expert-led course conducted entirely online. There are a combination of live sessions and pre-recorded content.

1. Meet your Expert

In your first orientation session, bookable at your convenience, you will meet your expert, facilitator, and coordinator. Your experience on the course is very important to us and so we will ask you about your expectations and desired learning outcomes and strive to meet these moving forward.

This session will also introduce you to the course, its structure and main themes. We will then provide you with the links to your course materials and instructions on how to work through the pre-recorded content for section one (the first four modules). You will also receive a place within a dedicated OICD Institute Slack channel where you can discuss the course content from section one with instructors and other students.

2. Dynamic Learning Section One

The pre-recorded video content is designed for you to feel as though you are studying live with other students of the course. During the lessons, you are asked to pause and note down (and/or share in Slack) what your responses to the content/questions/exercises would be. When you resume, you will hear the other students share their responses and you get the opportunity to compare your responses to theirs. We call this learning style "Dynamic Learning" and we are pleased to offer it across all of the prerecorded course content.

Each of the four mini-modules in this section focuses on a key concept or framework related to identity and culture. You will learn about "1. The Meaning Network" - the vast lexicon of images and concepts we use to build our sense of place within the world; "2. Identity - Our In-Built Advocator" - the psychological and social system that helps us to represent ourselves in the world and meet our needs; "3. The Identity-Advocator's Many Cases" - the nature of our identity system and its ability to switch and change between different versions of who we are; "4. Transforming the World" - the ability to positively and/or negatively manipulate identity in order to create real-world transformation.

3. Debrief with your Expert

When you've worked through the content in section one, it's time to touch base with your instructor and facilitator. You'll be able to book a debrief slot at your convenience. This is a chance to ask questions and get feedback on your responses to the various questions and exercises presented in the Dynamic Learning modules. We will be making sure you've absorbed the content and helping to meet your learning expectations and desired outcomes!

This session will proceed to introduce the second section of Dynamic Learning content. You will be provided with the links to section two materials, instructions and moved to the section two Slack channel where you can continue to share your responses to the material as you proceed.

4. Dynamic Learning Section Two

As with the previous section, section two is in the form of Dynamic Learning pre-recorded video content, designed for you to feel as though you are studying live with other students of the course. During the lessons, you are asked to pause and note down (and/or share in Slack) what your responses to the content/questions/exercises would be. When you resume, you will hear the other students share their responses and you will have the opportunity to compare your responses to theirs.

Each of the four mini-modules in this section focuses on a key technique or method to detect, observe and analyse identity dynamics in the real world. "5. Becoming an Identity Interpreter" - learning to see how and why people "perform" identities; "6. Metaphor, Discourse and Language" - understanding how language creates and manipulates identity positions; "7. Finding and Organizing Identity-Based Material" - understanding where to look for and what to do with the identity information we need in our context; "8. Identity Mapping and Analysis" - how to visualize identities in the world and unpack their meaning and significance.

5. Debrief with your Expert

When you've worked through the content in section two, it's time to touch base with your instructor and facilitator again. You'll be able to book a debrief slot at your convenience. Ask questions and get feedback on your responses to the various questions and exercises presented in the Dynamic Learning modules. We will be making sure you've absorbed the content and helping to meet your learning expectations and desired outcomes!

This session will proceed to introduce the third and final section of Dynamic Learning content. You will be provided with the links to section three materials, instructions and moved to the section three Slack channel where you can continue to share your responses to the material as you proceed.

6. Dynamic Learning Section Three

As with the previous section, section three is in the form of Dynamic Learning pre-recorded video content, designed for you to feel as though you are studying live with other students of the course. During the lessons, you are asked to pause and note down (and/or share in Slack) what your responses to the content/questions/exercises would be. When you resume, you will hear the other students share their responses and you will have the opportunity to compare your responses to theirs.

Each of the four mini-modules in this section focuses on building identity-based strategies and interventions for real-world transformation. "9. Strategy 101" - we learn the basics of building identity-based strategies; "10. Effective and Ethical Strategy Creation" - we understand how to evaluate strategies in terms of their ethical viability and potential effectiveness; "11. Putting the Strategy into the World, Designing & Building Interventions" - we learn some key ways in which strategies can be made into programs to transform; "12. Reflection" - we look back at everything we have learnt and talk about a range of issues arising from learning how to Repair Divisions of Identity.

7. Final Debrief & Assessment

When you've worked through the content in section three, it's time to wrap up the course in your final live session with your instructor and facilitator! You'll be able to book a debrief/assessment slot at your convenience. Again, there will be time to ask questions and get feedback on your responses to the various questions and exercises presented in the Dynamic Learning modules of section three. In this last session, we will be making sure you've absorbed the content of the entire course and have met your learning expectations and desired outcomes!

We will also be providing an assessment of your work if requested and providing a certificate of completion or competence depending on your needs and performance. We will also kindly request that you give us feedback on how we did so we can work to improve the course.

While it is goodbye at this point from the course, as an OICD course alumni, you will be encouraged to remain a member of the OICD institute and engage with the community moving forward.

30min live session

up to 4 hours of pre-recorded "dynamic learning" video lessons

30-60min live session

up to 4 hours of pre-recorded "dynamic learning" video lessons

30-60min live session

up to 4 hours of pre-recorded "dynamic learning" video lessons

30-60min live session

Course Material Summary, Full Features & Benefits

Section One

In the first part of the course we explore the key frameworks and concepts in the field of identity and culture. We will learn about the network of meanings and images that allow us to find a sense of place in the world. We will also see how identities attempt to fulfill human needs such as the need to feel connected to each other, free from fear and valid in the world.

Section Two

In the second section, we will learn some key ways to become better observers and interpreters of identity. We will learn techniques to help unpack the deeper meaning of behaviour and discourse and begin to understand how and where to find and organize identity material across a range of work contexts.

Section Three

Putting what we have learnt into practice, the final section will concentrate on understanding how to build strategies and interventions to make some real world change. Concentrating on maximising effectiveness and ethical standards we will explore the many options available to a variety of professions and sectors.

Full Course Features and Benefits

Here's a break-down of the full features of the course.

  • A hybrid course consisting of live sessions and Dynamic Learning content to maximize content absorption
  • Up to 12 hours of Dynamic Learning content and 4 hours of expert-led live session support
  • Fully flexible bookable live and pre-recorded sessions - complete at your own pace
  • Interactive Slack channels for ongoing feedback
  • A supportive community of like-minded professionals and students
  • Choice of a certificate of completion or competence issued by the Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD)
  • Dedicated course coordinator to support you and answer questions throughout the entire course
  • Alumni status and priority access to OICD professional education and project services upon completion
  • Access to OICD Institute learning content, reading summaries and other resources

Identity is a core issue for peacebuilding work, but also a very complex one. What I found interesting and relevant about the OICD's approach is the way it combines a high level conceptual model with practical application.

Phil Vernon, former Director of Programmes
Phil Vernon, former Director of Programmes International Alert, London, UK (2004-2017)

Absolutely loved it, keep it up! Thank you so much. I'll be recommending it to many people.

Participant from December 2020 cohort

With an interest in conflict prevention and resolution, I was looking for an opportunity to apply my academic knowledge to real-world projects. The interdisciplinary approach and unique methodology of conflict management that OICD applies is unparalleled.

Dr. Aliya Tskhay, Research Associate
Dr. Aliya Tskhay, Research Associate University of St. Andrews

Understanding the theoretical framework is critical but I find the consolidation and real life application the most meaningful and exciting. I also found the group dynamic really enjoyable.

Participant in December 2020 cohort