The Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy mission is to promote a systems approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict.  Multi-track diplomacy is more than convential diplomacy. It is a system of twelve basic principles that when combined, form the basis for multi-track diplomacy. These twelve principles are: 1. Relationship - building strong interpersonal and intergroup relations throughout the fabric of society. 2. Long-term commitment - making an ongoing commitment to people and to processes that may take years to come to fruition. 3. Cultural synergy - respecting the cultural wisdom of all the parties and welcoming the creative interaction of different cultural ways. 4. Partnership - modeling collaborative processes by partnering with local parties and with other institutions and coalitions. 5. Multiple technologies - utilizing a variety of technologies, as appropriate, and creating new methods, as needed, to meet the unique needs of each situation. 6. Facilitation - assisting parties in taking responsibility for their own dreams and destiny. 7. Empowerment - helping people become empowered agents of change and transformation within their societies. 8. Action research - learning from all that we do and sharing that learning with others. 9. Invitation - entering the system where there is an invitation and an open door. 10. Trust - building relationships of mutual trust and caring within the system. 11. Engagement - acknowledging that once we enter a system, we become a unique part of it, an engaged, caring, and accountable partner. 12. Transformation - catalyzing changes at the deepest level of beliefs, assumptions, and values, as well as behaviors and structures. 1819 H St. NW, Washington, DC 20006; 202-466-4605; 202-466-4607(fax); ; web site

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