COLLECTIVE MEMORY PROGRAM

There is not a county in the world which has not experienced mass trauma. It happens through war, terror attacks, natural disasters, etc. Many countries have both suffered trauma and caused it for others. The after-affect in either case is fragmenting of society. The more trauma is experienced, even by previous generations, the more fragmenting occurs. Unified visions for the country become more and more difficult to plan and to implement.

The same principles apply on city, state, or regional levels.

IMTD has recently agreed, quite enthusiastically, to join the Shifting Culture constellation by taking on the Collective Memory program. Working with mass trauma expert, Dr. Eric Wolterstorff, we will be taking on the responsibility to work with both recent and historic trauma on a national scale.

Common concepts on taking on national scale trauma use one-on-one or small group therapeutic approaches. When you think how many people would have to participate in even a small country it is easy to see how that is not practical. We have better models, and are eager to test them with rigor.

Although they have many other uses this is a useful set of ideas for a transitional justice program. They help the country factions understand the complexity of their own humanity thus allowing room for the “other” to also become human. Enemies become neighbors. Justice and reconciliation programs can be much more effective from that point