OICD MISSION STATEMENT
The OICD does not accept that humanity is best defined by destructive tribalism and that there is nothing we can do to prevent identity-based violence and cultural division. Instead, we see humanity as a product of great collective imagination and cooperation; the problematic divisions of 'us' and 'them' that lead to persecution, discrimination and violence as preventable and reversible.
Identity and cultural divisions are a root cause of inequality, prejudice and violence. Such divisions bring great suffering and hinder the social, economic and political development of humanity as a whole. Left unchallenged, divisions of identity and culture can erode and reverse fundamental rights, norms, and development standards, potentially threatening the very institutions which act to support well-being, peace and prosperity.
Ensuring expressions of identity remain open and inclusive is part of the critical fight to secure peace, cohesion and well-being in our world.
The Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD) exists to systematically apply knowledge from the Arts, Humanities and Human Sciences to ethically and intelligently repair identity-based divisions through real world educational activities and interventions.
Through education, training and consultancy, we assist those working in conflict transformation, peacebuilding and health and human services to design and build interventions which can effectively counter identity divisions. By understanding how identities function and how divisions have been constructed in specific cultural contexts, our work sets out to help expand, celebrate, and regenerate the ability for individuals and groups to switch between different identity expressions. Rather than directly countering constructed divisions (i.e. through counter narratives), our approaches attempt to identify and meet the needs of the individuals expressing restricted identities.
The OICD sees that through sustained, systematic, creative and cooperative efforts and actions, we can effectively counter key root causes of inequality and violence. By accessing richer expressions of place and belonging in human cultures, we can drive a more peaceful, cohesive and egalitarian society into being, and protect and promote peace, cohesion, prosperity and well-being.