Our Projects

Utilizing the Power of Identity and Culture to Build a Better World

Preventing Crime and Building Self-Sufficiency

The John Howard Society (JHS) of Ottawa works to prevent crime, reduce poverty and build self-sufficiency within its network of clients. Through an adaptation of OICD's EMIC method, the OICD is helping JHS caseworkers analyze the identities of their clients and build intervention strategies.

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Identifying and Utilizing Hidden Opportunities for Peace Building

Conflict transformation and peace building are sectors which heavily rely on whether identities and identity dynamics are understood well to be effective. The work with Embrace Dialogue (ReD), is a partnership working to create spaces for mutual understanding among conflict groups. We have been training ReD members in the OICD’s EMIC method, so they can use those tools to better promote peace to the region.

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Unlocking Equality through Highlighting Critical Human Dynamics

Decreasing discrimination, prejudice and marginalization through policy making is challenging when our models of how society works are incomplete. Through our workshops, attended by policy makers from various sectors, and consultancy services - offered to international organizations and governments - the OICD is helping policy makers to incorporate identity and culture dynamics as a means to increase social, political and economic inclusion.

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Demystifying Critical Dimensions of Disruption

Impact Analysis is a sector which compiles the future impact a building project may cause on the surrounding communities and environment. The OICD has helped Narratives Inc. to access and represent IA data in new ways, highlighting the way in which environmental impact can have knock on effects on the cultural and identity profiles of entire human communities.

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Overcoming Invisible Barriers

Identity and culture are critical components to consider in both economic and social development. Through our knowledge and training workshops, we draw attention to how identity and cultural information has the potential to solve many conflicts in a plethora of sectors, contributing to the release of human potential.

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Delivering Powerful Tools for Local Change

Understanding how the forces of Identity and Culture play a key role in creating conflict or cohesion can dramatically increase the ability for change agents to reach their goals. Our instructor-led training program in partnership with St. John’s Malta delivers an introductory course on identity and conflict, providing some key frameworks and tools for community leaders, professionals and practitioners from a range of backgrounds.

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Our Past Workshops