Circle Up is a non-profit corporation, working to help members of our community improve interpersonal relationships and communication, thereby resolving personal and societal conflict in an innovative, practical and effective manner.
We teach practical skills for creating connection, building community and transforming conflict.
We envision communities where people are equipped to peacefully transform conflict.
WE TEACH PEACE LITERACY.
“Just as language is a faculty that can be developed and strengthened—similar to a muscle—hope, empathy, appreciation, conscience, reason, discipline, curiosity, and imagination are also faculties that can be developed and strengthened.” Paul K Chappell, Peace Literacy.org
Circle Up Center for Practical Peacebuilding defines peace as a set of practical skills used to enhance relationships, build respect and transform conflict. These practical skills, called peace literacy, teach people innovative ways to communicate on a deeper and more effective level. They help individuals, families and organizations go beyond the surface of conflict, identifying the root causes and developing strategies for healing.
Our programs and services work together synergistically. We can build a program specific to the needs of an organization.
We offer the following types of peace literacy programs:
Social-Emotional Learning & Communication Seminars
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
-CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning)
& RESILIENCE TRAINING
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
– Helen Keller
CIRCLES & DIALOGUES
Circle processes offer a way of bringing people together to understand one another, strengthen bonds, and solve community problems—a necessity in an era of division, polarized politics, and angry debate.
~Kay Pranis, The Little Book of Circle Processes
RESTORATIVE PRACTICES FACILITATION & TRAINING
Restorative practices is a social science that studies how to improve and repair relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm and restore relationships.
– International Institute of Restorative Practices