Create positive change using the power of identity and culture

Perspectives and Tools for Elite Change Agents

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If you're here, you know how important it is to understand identity when trying to make a positive change in the world. In divided communities, people often see themselves as culturally different and unique, and view others through a lens of us/them.

You may be a member of a community that is divided and you would like to help it transform. Maybe you're a leader or educator or mediator in a community that needs help. Or you may be a practitioner working to help prevent and fight against discrimination, persecution and even violent conflict.

Whomever you are and whatever positive change you are trying to bring, we provide this content to help you be able to utilize the power of identity and culture and make the change you seek.

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Combining the best of science and practice

Key Ideas Series

The essential concepts that unlock an understanding of identity and culture.  Gain perspectives that will reveal ways in which identities can be put to work to either limit or empower communities.

Key Techniques Series

Introducing practical skills that you can use to create positive change. Understand how to gather identity-related information and build effective strategies to counter division and promote cohesion.

Special Content

Taking the most relevant findings from anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, performance, media studies and other subjects, expose yourself to a world of knowledge relevant to your work.

Full Free Educational Content

Here's a break-down of the full contents of the OICD-EMIC Educational program.

  • Accessible online training videos - Easy to follow presentations
  • Supporting articles and materials - Go deeper by reading more
  • Facebook group for guided support - Ask our guides and the community when you're unsure
  • Practical research methods training - Equip yourself with the skills to discover the roots of the problem
  • Practical research analysis tools - Learn how to manage your findings and go to the next step
  • Practical strategy building guide - Design actual real world strategies rooted in an understanding of identity and culture

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

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

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

Adding a wide variety of content over 2019!

Throughout 2019 we will uploading a wide variety of free educational content direct from our EMIC professional training and consultancy services. Signing up for your free OICD+EMIC account will ensure you receive updates as new content becomes available.