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Changing Our Consciousness
Imagining the emotional experience of the other


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Emotional Imprint


The mission of COC is closely aligned with that of the Hot Stove Project The Hot Stove Project

Why Do We Have War and What Can Our Generation Do About It? Conversations with Dr. Vamık D. Volkan and Lord John Alderdice

View the transcript of the Volkan video in PDF

CHANGING OUR CONSCIOUSNESS is a non-profit organization that develops theoretical, methodological and educational tools to understand and mitigate intergroup conflict. By developing emotional literacy – the capacity to view the world through others' eyes – we facilitate dialogue between people of different thoughts, beliefs and communication styles, counter prejudice and stigma, and transform education.

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Our video, Why Do We Have War & What Can Our Generation Do About It? includes "A Conversation with Dr. Vamık D. Volkan" and "A Conversation with Lord John Alderdice." These were filmed in January 2014, and September 2015, with young people associated with the Emotional Imprint program. Dr. Volkan is a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who has led mediation efforts on the world stage and Lord Alderdice negotiated the Belfast Agreement in Northern Ireland. Both are globally renowned for their work on the dynamics of prejudice, ethnic conflict, and the forces that lead to war."

Catalysis: A Recipe to Slow Down or Abort Humankind’s Leap to War

Announcing a new book by Dr. Alice L. Maher!

Dear Reader,

In this short book, I present what I believe to be a major paradigm shift in human understanding and discourse. My goal is to intrigue you, coax you to think and behave in new ways, and convince you to become part of a movement leading to a new language for communication across human divides.

Ideas as big as this one don’t emerge out of thin air. In Catalysis, I present a theoretical model that integrates and reframes models from disparate fields. I tell you about some simple pilot projects, and I share concrete suggestions for ways that everyone can begin to implement these ideas in the here and now. Finally, I describe the personal trajectory that led to my conclusions and to my absolute conviction that we can shift the direction of human consciousness and evolution. It’s huge, but remarkably simple.


Read more and buy the book here!