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It's difficult to imagine how community or societal conflicts can be managed, let alone resolved. What can anyone do when ethnic, racial, religious or economic differences clash...

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...and when values, beliefs, and attitudes are thrown into the mix? How can there be hope for reconciliation when blood has been shed, property destroyed, and there's more violence around the corner?

Meta‑Culture is a peace building organization without illusions.

We know there are no easy solutions, and we don't solve a community's problems for it. What we do is help groups effectively address complex issues. We help all stakeholders better understand each other's perspectives and apply their collective thinking to resolving problems. Our role as facilitators and mediators is to turn destructive conflict into constructive dialogue.

Meta‑Culture works with all key stakeholders in a dispute or decision-making process, whether they are community groups, NGOs, government agencies, academic bodies, faith-based institutions, or local businesses. By skillfully designing and facilitating effective processes, we help people build collaborative partnerships with their counterparts. These partnerships have the potential to tackle complex problems ranging from peace building, sharing of scarce resources, and national policy matters.

Meta‑Culture draws from the latest theory and practice in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and conflict resolution. This holistic approach allows us to help communities and groups create sustainable solutions that work in real life.

 
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    Given the deep divisions and caste and class distinctions in Indian society, how are we even going to talk with each other?
    These distinctions have real impacts on the lives of both individuals and groups. We live in an increasingly heterogeneous society where competing interests and worldviews make coexistence and decision-making difficult. Groups wield unequal power, and often think that without litigation or protest they will be denied their rights. Such a climate can easily deteriorate into one of competing "victimologies" and increasing violence. There must be better communication and decision-making processes to help communities address complex questions about how to live together in ways that do not further polarize them.
    So what are we going to talk about? All the problems as people define them, and the things that stand in the way of cooperation and co-existence.
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META SPEAK

We are the sum of our surrounding relationships. Our staff, who take the heat of working in an uncompromising environment; our clients, who take a leap of faith to try out a field many don't understand; our allies, who support us because they see what others cannot; and the cynics who drive us to demonstrate that we are better than they give us credit for. All of them, in their own way, help us achieve our mission.