The Emergence of Integrative Peacebuilding: A Complexity-Based Approach to Professional Leadership Development

  • Vern Neufeld Redekop
  • Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, July 2019, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1542316619862252

Getting people out of their silos to work creatively on shared peacebuilding goals

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

What is it about?

To work together effectively in the complex world of peacebuilding we need to be inclusive in the people we reach out to--both within a Fragile or Conflict Affected State and among government and non-government organizations. Our orientation is to contribute to the capacity of local people to take action that leads to the well-being of the most vulnerable. We have to be careful that rivalries between and within organizations do not distract us from our most important goals.

Why is it important?

The concept of Integrative Peacebuilding (IPB) is new and could be a game changer. It brings together theoretical understanding of complexity, integral theory--looking at the interior and exterior aspects of individual and collective action--and mimetic theory--how our capacity to learn by imitation, imitate the feelings and desires of others, and the potential of mimesis to escalate violence or enhance relationships. The applications of IPB are endless.


Vern Redekop
Rogers Communications Inc

I have been working on the development of Integrative Peacebuilding since 2010 when a group of 38 people from government, NGOs, the Canadian Armed Forces, and universities had a generative dialogue to start exploring what IPB might mean. Through consultations with many people we refined the concepts. A pilot project offering five inter-related graduate courses produced additional insights. There has been interest in the concept coming from various parts of the world.

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