A Study on A Peacebuilders Guide to Success  - Pollack Peacebuilding Systems

Summary of:

A Peacebuilders Guide to Success 

Pace, M. (2020, April 19). Everyday Action Research for complex times: A peace builder … Everyday Action Research for Complex Times: A Peacebuilders Guide . Retrieved January 27, 2022, from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1476750320905898 

Background & Theory

This study shows how peacebuilding is becoming a prominent tool to de-escalate conflict due to the complexities we face each and every day. Although the world can be chaotic, and conflict arises, this article shows how peacebuilders can overcome conflict to build a cohesive and empowering environment. This article highlights how our mindset, perceptions, and belief system all intertwine in our abilities to be great peacebuilders. 

Research Question(s)

  1. What are some methods peacebuilders should practice in order to succeed in this field? 
  2. How does our mindset affect our decisions when we undergo conflict? 


The Complexity Challenge 

It is important for peacebuilders to recognize and understand complexity in any given situation. Through the study, it has been proven that conflict mapping the whole system of conflict, is one complexity-informed practice that is effective for peacebuilders. This involves inviting stakeholders into the conversation and producing maps on the walls to visualize different perspectives, analyses, and recurring patterns that are generating the conflict. 

The Practice of an Everyday Action Research 

In revisiting our past experiences and reflecting on them, we can transform our minds and decrease the limiting beliefs we have within ourselves. This method is around being intentional with ourselves and using skillful action to break bad habits and patterns. The more elements of our world that we can see and respond to, the more we are able to rationally view the situation from different capacities. We are able to see different dimensions and angles of reality which gives us more insight and overview in our decision making process.

Reflexive Practice 

This method highlights the importance of self-development and growth for peacebuilders. Since each conflict is different, it is important for peacebuilders to thoroughly assess and understand the conflict and who they are dealing with. While peacebuilders have a whole toolbox of skills to use to navigate conflict, the ability of being fully present throughout the negotiation process is what sets them apart from other peacebuilders. 


Through the studies, the results show that peacebuilders must be able to be open minded and willing to learn about different ways to cope with conflict. By utilizing old mentalities, beliefs, and ideologies, it’s very difficult for us to grow as people and peace builders. We must be able to commit to changing our mindset in order to become experts within this field. Committing to an everyday action plan and paying close attention to our decision making process will guide us in navigating complex situations. 

What This Means

  • Through this research article it is shown that there is a clear connection and correlation between our mindset and the world we live in. 
  • We can navigate complexities with others by being fully present and intentional with our communication skills
  • Conflict mapping is a helpful tool for peacebuilders in being able to visualize the problem head on

Final Takeaway

For consultants: As peacebuilders, we must be willing to continue to grow and step out of our comfort zone in order to use different methods to resolve conflict.

For everyone: By committing to our own self, we are able to learn more about ourselves and contribute positively to those around us. 





Vanessa Chapman

Vanessa has a background in Business, Psychology, and Mediation. She is currently Director of Client Services for Peaceful Leaders Academy. Some of her hobbies include continuous learning, reading, writing, and participating in yoga retreats!


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