Mission & Vision
The Conflict Transformation Fund (CTF) strengthens conflict literacy in progressive movement organizations through funding, research and philanthropic organizing.
Why Progressive Movements?
Life on planet earth is in flux. Systems we rely upon are either in crisis or evolving in unanticipated directions. Disruption can cloud our thinking to the point where it is difficult to see clear solutions.
To optimize our chances of shifting to a more just, equitable and nourishing society, we need strong and vibrant progressive movements to help lead the way.
At CTF, we use the term “movements” to encompass organizations and individuals using a wide range of approaches to effect change, including:
- creative disruption of the status quo
- community organizing
- influencing media & culture
- building political power
- personal transformation
- lobbying and advocacy
To us, “progressive” covers work on a range of issue areas (from the environment to human rights to social justice to democratic reforms) and at many scales (from large-scale systems to local community well being).
Progressive movements face a host of pressures from corporate, government, and cultural interests. We also face challenges from the inside due to conflicts related to group dynamics, resources, identity, and strategy.
These conflicts are inevitable whenever people come together to take on difficult and important work. There is a rising awareness among progressive activists and leaders that we need more resilient movements — and that working through internal and external conflicts frees up energy and resources we can direct toward our goals.
We envision a future where conflicts within progressive movements are harnessed for their potential positive impact. Conflicts become more generative and less harmful. They lead to greater strength, clarity of purpose and effectiveness in the individuals and organizations involved.
We do this work because we think healthy groups and organizations are essential in order for us to grow and win. Conflict – over power, identity, politics, ego, strategy, and more – is necessary and inevitable. Without skills, tools, and supports, it becomes a barrier – one that leads to the early demise of a lot of the groups we’re seeing emerge in this important political moment. But when we treat conflict as an opportunity and we invest the time, space, and skills needed to move through it generatively, it becomes an opening toward exactly the kind of growth necessary to become greater than the sum of our parts.
FOUNDER, THE WILDFIRE PROJECT
What is Conflict Literacy?