The Dialogue, Empathic Engagement & Peacebuilding (DEEP) Network is a global community of peace workers, researchers and policy makers committed to a peaceful and ecologically regenerative world. Working with communities whose voices and life-ways have been marginalized, devalued, and neglected, DEEP initiates and supports intercultural dialogue and education projects grounded in “elicitive conflict transformation”, a systematic approach to conflict and peace practice that opens new, powerful pathways to peace and good living/buen vivir. The DEEP Network projects:
- promote diversity and intercultural understanding
- bridge divides
- foster empathy
- empower marginalized voices and communities
- transform conflict before it escalates into protracted violence
- facilitate policy innovation
In early 2014 several peace workers with connections to the peace master programs at Universitat Jaume I, Spain, The University of Innsbruck, Austria, and the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, Australia, began a collaboration that has now expanded to include peace activists and scholars from all parts of the world. The DEEP Network members, Advisory Circle, and partners are from every continent and, as a result, projects reflect intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives and a rich diversity of expertise. The DEEP Network brings together scholars and practitioners, both experienced and early career. It includes mentoring and inter-generational exchange that strengthen the capacity of the early career participants and develop fresh and creative approaches.
DEEP Vision and Values
DEEP works towards a peaceful and ecologically sustainable world where people are able to reach their full potential, free from direct and structural violence. Our members share the following values:
Cooperative & Collaborative:
Cooperation is a means and end to our work, which diverges from the competitiveness widely promoted as part of a neoliberal agenda. Values of cooperation and collaboration infuse relations among DEEP Network members, with partner communities and local stakeholders, and with other civil society organizations and NGOs, Indigenous peoples, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, intergovernmental organizations such as the UN, and state entities as we engage in joint projects of dialogue, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding.
Anyone with a project that fulfils the objectives and values of the Network is welcome to join, participate, and seek support. This inclusive approach generates a wide network of individuals, communities, and organizations, all working towards a peaceful and ecologically regenerative world.
While the Network has a leadership team consisting of coordinators of the various nodes and organizational tasks, each member of the Network is among equals. Decisions pertaining to the Network’s policies and activities are made collectively and consensually.
Culturally & Ecologically Sensitive:
Cultural sensitivity is fundamental, especially since Network projects are undertaken in diverse settings by intercultural teams. All projects include a culturally sensitive stakeholder engagement strategy to ensure the meaningful, effective and informed participation of stakeholders in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects. This helps avoid adverse impacts on the environment and human rights of people on the ground.
The DEEP Network operates through nodes, which are local action groups based in specific cities, countries, or regions affiliated to the global DEEP Network. It currently has nodes in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Canada, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Kabul (Afghanistan), Kenya, Korea, Melbourne (Australia), Mexico City (Mexico), Nagoya (Japan), Nepal, Pakistan, San Francisco (USA), Spain, Switzerland, Tangier (Morocco), and Yogyakarta (Indonesia).
Its organizational structure consists of several circles or categories of members, namely the Global Coordinating Circle, the Node Directors, Stem Circle, Regular Members, International Advisory Circle, and Associate and Honorary Members.
Global Coordinating Circle (GCC) is responsible for operational matters in relation to the coordination and maintenance of the network and links at the global level. Members of the GCC include the director, deputy director, and between five to eight Stem Circle members (see below). Periodically, members of the Stem Circle are invited to tender expressions of interest to join the GCC. As far as possible, the membership of the GCC will reflect the diversity within the DEEP Network.
The current members of the GCC are as follows:
- Dr Alberto Gomes, Global Director (Australia)
- Dr Gloria Maria Abarca, Global Deputy Director (Mexico)
- Dr Angeles Duran (Spain)
- Bikram Timilsina (Nepal)
- Carla Chianese (Kenya)
- Carlos Pedrosa (Spain)
- Dilawar Khan (Pakistan)
- Ikfina Maufuriyah (Indonesia)
- Marisol Bock (Germany)
- Priscyll Avoine (Canada & Colombia)
- Sanne de Swart (Australia)
Node Directors (ND) are nominated and elected by the regular members of the node and endorsed by the GCC and the Stem Circle. The directors are responsible for the coordination, administration and management of the node and the nurturing and maintenance of links and relations between their respective nodes with the global network. The current node directors are as follows:
- Aimeerim Tursalieva, Switzerland
- Dr Alberto Gomes, Melbourne (Australia)
- Dr Angeles Duran, Spain
- Antoni Martinez, Spain
- Carla Chianese, Kenya
- Celia Demoor, France
- Dilawar Khan, Pakistan
- Eunha Koh, Korea
- Dr Gloria Maria Abarca, Mexico City and Latin America
- Jelena Mair, Switzerland
- Dr Jennifer Murphy, San Francisco (US)
- Jawad Zawulistani, Kabul (Afghanistan)
- Jima Denbel, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
- Kennedy Kimani, Kenya
- Dr Kinhide Mushakoji, Nagoya (Japan)
- Kobra Moradi, Kabul (Afghanistan)
- Lina Westermann, Germany
- Malik Masroor, Pakistan
- Marisol Bock, Germany
- Meaghan Harvey, Canada
- Mirko Sbeih, Germany
- Dr Prize McApreko, Ghana
- Dr Purwo Santoso, Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
- Dr Said Bahajin, Tangier and Arab Nations
- Wibke Gehringer, Germany
Stem Circle (SC) is comprised of the active and committed members of the DEEP Network, nominated by the Node Directors and endorsed by the Global Coordinating Circle. Members of the Stem Circle assist in the making of decisions related to administration, management and policies of the DEEP Network.
Regular Members are those who belong to respective DEEP Nodes and who adhere to the vision, values, and aims of the DEEP Network. They are required to state in writing that they wish to be members and they would be deemed to be members upon endorsement by the Global Coordinating Circle and the Stem Circle.
International Advisory Circle is comprised of several distinguished and notable persons appointed by the Global Coordinating Circle, in consultation with the Node directors and Stem Circle. Its roles include: advising on policy and strategy to meet the aims of DEEP; advising and assisting in projects, activities, promotion of the network, management of DEEP resources and publications; identifying sources of funding and grants for DEEP; and endorsing the annual report of DEEP.
Associate and Honorary Members are peace workers, researchers, scholars, students, activists, policy makers, and practitioners, who have expressed interest in collaborating with the DEEP Network. The Global Coordinating Circle and Node Directors may, from time to time, invite such persons as they consider would assist the DEEP Network to further its objectives.
DEEP Network Charter
DEEP Forest (by Alberto Gomes)
We welcome you to join us on our journey in search for knowledge about dialogue, peace, nonviolence, conflict transformation, empathy and sound ecological practices. What we learn will guide and shape our mission of fostering a peaceful and ecologically regenerative world. Our journey will resemble a trek into the depths of a dense forest. We commence by exploring the well-travelled paths in the forest, radiating from the centre (the global north and capital cities), peppered with potholes and pitfalls and leading to a dead-end (the demise of humanity). Before long, we shall head south taking the off-beaten tracks. Our walk in the forest will be a journey into the past to arrive at a better future. It will by no means be a ‘walk in the park’; at times we might get lost as we try to gain a perspective of the forest in the maze of the trees and we will also have to grapple with the forces that degrade and destroy the forests. But there will be pleasant surprises as we navigate the twists and turns, uphill and downstream. The natural beauty of the forest, its luxuriant flora, the melodic sounds of cicadas, birds, and calls of the other creatures, big and small, will bewilder and mesmerize. Along the way we will meet the forest indigenes who we will come to appreciate have more than their remarkable knowledge of the forest to offer us. Their social ecological philosophies and practices form the basis of their good living (buen vivir), that is living in peace and harmony among fellow humans and with nature. We will delve into their different ways of knowing and their cultures of peace ecology to help us challenge conventional ‘wisdom’, dispel myths, and formulate alternative pathways to good living in which peace and regeneration (social, economic and ecological) are integral and salient features.