Mission: To build peace through culture and communication
Goal: To connect individuals and organizations across cultures, ethnic, religious, and national cultures as well as public, private, and civil society cultures with each other, and with the needed resources to create and facilitate ongoing and innovative efforts in the peacebuilding field.
Vision: Cross-cultural interactions are being fostered by technology, travel, and commerce at a rate unprecedented in all of human history. Not only ethnic, religious, and national cultures, but also public, private, and civil society cultures must reconcile with how they will converge. The choice is clear, cross-cultural interaction can start from a point of fear and hatred of the other or may begin with peaceful steps. Peacebuilding Connections will strive to create and help foster as many peaceful cross-cultural connections as possible.
A statement on Peacebuilding by John Paul Lederach: Peacebuilding is fundamentally rooted in the building of relationships and trust... it involves developing a process structure, which in turn involves redefining relationships, envisioning how people will work together in interdependent ways and changing the way people structure and conduct their relationships. These changes take place in settings where events are fluid, emotions are charged, violence has been immediately experienced by many people, and, more often than not, perceptions and misperceptions have accumulated over generations. These processes take place polychromic simultaneity: multiple people creating multiple events at the same time.