About us

Collaborative social change is a transnational network committed to violence prevention

Collaborative Social Change (CSC) is a transnational network of proactive and receptive violence prevention specialists working in highly diverse political and social contexts. Our shared core mandate is to address and prevent diverse forms of direct, structural, and cultural violence using a series of grounded and participatory approaches to research and practice. In addition, CSC provides a range of services including research and problem mapping, documentation, policy development and analysis, facilitating dialogue, mediation, strategic advocacy, multi-level diplomacy, and program design and implementation, among others.

 

CSC is a registered not-for-profit incorporated company with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our representatives and affiliates are based in more than twelve cities around the world including but not limited to Kampala, the Hague, London, New York, and Ottawa. Our dynamic community provides partners with experience applying multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to study and practice in international relations, international law, human rights, political science, sociology, psychology, transitional justice, peacebuilding, international diplomacy, area studies, and cultural studies. We tap into this multi-faceted network to mobilize cross-border collaboration to address conflict-related issues and violence in a particular locale or to address trends and patterns of violence across contexts by promoting peace-inducing change transnationally.

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WHAT WE DO

 

According to our theory of change as a network, if we work to address and prevent everyday direct, structural, and cultural violence then we will more effectively prevent large scale human rights violations and mass atrocities. This is a mandate we work toward with passion, critical thinking, creativity, and resilience. 

 

HOW WE DO IT

We offer a wide array of services that can be useful to those seeking to prevent or address direct, structural, or cultural violence. But we also understand that the complexities surrounding an instance or cycle of violence can make it difficult to pinpoint what service response is required. So our diverse team with varied experiences and worldviews work with relevant parties to understand the conflict system producing violence and then co-generate a strategy to collaboratively dismantle it. 

 

WHO WE ARE

CSC's transnational network of diverse specialists working in a range of sectors and disciplines are committed to using their respective skills and experience to help eradicate violence. To foster a spirit of respect and collaboration, we organize ourselves into a horizontal structure that includes consultants, advisors, volunteers, and partners.