Embodying Reconciliation- Cuerpos para la Reconciliación
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The project gives a significant contribution in the fields of conflict resolution and peace-making processes, intangible cultural heritage and local practices that contribute to transformation and reconciliation in local communities, as well as in national and international settings. Achievements Foster processes of personal transformation by giving tools to turn traumatic experiences into healing and creative resources Make visible and support local cultural practices through workshops that involve local communities, and through collaborative processes of visual and written documentation. Foster processes of individual and collective construction of memory in relation to territory, history, local cultural practices and intangible heritage through workshops that give tools to children, adults and young people to reflect and preserve their cultural heritage; Allow the sharing of cultural practices from different countries by creating spaces for intercultural exchanges with international artists, educators, facilitators. We contribute to sustainable development by initiating and supporting community building process: through personal and collective healing and reconciliation we develop respect, empathy and care for the self, otherness and the environment. In (post-) conflict situations our qualitative approach to reconciliation allows to grant the not repetition of violent situations and it fosters sustainable possibilities for peacefully living together through the development of agency, the engagement in shared responsibilities, and the construction of processes of forgivingness. The impact of our project emerges in: o the on-going development of specific peace making projects in several rural territories, especially in Colombia, and the increasing involvement of local communities part of the network Semillas del Patrimonio (http://semillas.fundacionbiodiversa.org/) o Educational aims: facilitating the learning of performative and visual skills to foster vocational paths in children and young people. o Contributing to the investigation concerning the effect of arts in conflict situation by the production of written and visual documentation, such as academic publications, anthropological documentaries (http://www.fundacionbiodiversa.org/wordpress/?cpt_people=diana-teresa-gutierrez)
Sustainability and future plans
The project looks for strategies to solve conflict situations and post conflict issues, such as: decreasing the rate of violence in vulnerable contexts; promoting trust and respect for a peaceful living together; giving resources to disadvantaged children to allow them to follow vocational paths; empowering displaced communities by reconnecting them with their roots and traditions. The unicity of our proposal emerges in: - Intertwining the three areas of personal healing, collective reparation and cultural heritage, with the goal of making possible personal and collective reconciliation. - Facilitating peace making processes through artistic practices, performative or visual tools and cultural resources. - The collaboration among a group of international facilitators that establish a practice-based research group in order to propose a sustainable and replicable model of peace making processes through arts and culture. Financing source Embodying Reconciliation offers a wide panoramic of services directed to different targets, like governmental and/or educational institutions, NGOs, cultural associations, public or private enterprises, local centers. Our services include: specialized workshops and training programs, academic and action-based research, project creation and consultancy activities. Plans for growths In five years we will have established an international network of local groups in different countries benefiting from our peace making model. Embodying Reconciliation will be an internationally recognized organization with branches in different countries collaborating to facilitate reconciliation processes through bodily, artistic and cultural practices.
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Diana T. Gutiérrez (Colombia) - Born on the 26/12/1985 https://dianategutierrez.wordpress.com/ Diana holds an MA in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage from the prestigious EU Choreomundus Program in Norway, France, Hungary and UK as well as a BA in Anthropology. She is trained in ballet and traditional Colombian folk dance, and has taught professionally. She is teaching Cultural Management and Production, Ballet Theory and Corporal Expression in the University of Francisco José Caldas, Dance Department, Bogotá Colombia. Diana is the co-founder of the Embodying Reconciliation consultancy and the founder and coordinator of Semillas del Patrimonio, an educational resources network of cultural, artistic, and visual practitioners in Colombia working to empower and enfranchise children and young people from vulnerable communities through bodily practices, local knowledge, and intercultural encounters. Diana has a great sensitivity to the power of corporal expressions and arts as both a tool of social change and as a goal unto itself. In her work as a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist she gives voice to marginalized stories and voices of people living in violent and precarious situations. Signa Schiavo-Campo (Italia) Born on the 11/07/1989 https://tracingcrossroads.wordpress.com/ Signa is an artist and dance healer, anthropologist and philosopher, holding degrees from Choreomundus. She is the co-founder of the Embodying Reconciliation consultancy and a collaborator in the Semillas de Patrimonio project in Colombia. Her personal and professional search explores bodily practices, dance-therapy, somatic techniques and approaches to healing, adding a philosophical and anthropological perspective. Her artistic research combines different tools: movement, singing, drawing, creative writing and poetry. She believes that art has a therapeutic potential at a personal and a collective level by channeling and transforming positive emotions and traumatic experiences, by fostering trust in others, and by healing the social bonds among people and situations affected by violence.