This book describes Rondine Cittadella della Pace and its unique residential peacebuilding program that works with young activists from some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. Set in its own Tuscan village, Rondine invites students to its two-year long residential program that provides them with a master’s degree, trauma healing, and training in peacebuilding. While at Rondine, students work in pairs representing “both sides” of a conflict and prepare projects that they will put into place when they return home. Half of the book is devoted to an in-depth description of the Rondine method by its founder, Franco Vaccari, while the remainder consists of essays providing the religious, psychological, and political context for this innovative psycho-social method of conflict resolution.
Franco Vaccari is the founder and president of Rondine, Cittadella Della Pace, and is a practicing psychotherapist.
Miguel H. Díaz is the John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.
Charles Hauss is veteran activist, author of eighteen books in comparative politics and peacebuilding, and is Senior Fellow for Innovation at the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Foreword. Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Rondine Association (Pope Francis)
Introduction. On the Love of God and Our Enemies: Hospitality and The Rondine Method (Miguel H. Diaz)
Part 1. The Rondine Method (Franco Vaccari)
Chapter 1. The Steps Toward Trust
Chapter 2. The Other Person in the Relationship
Chapter 3. The Heart of the Rondine Method: The Relational Approach to Conflict
Chapter 4. Putting the Relational Model to the Test
Chapter 5. Some Final Thoughts and Next Steps
Part 2. Responses to the Rondine Method
Chapter 6. Rondine Cittadella Della Pace: An Open-Air Laboratory About Intergroup Conflict and Intergroup Contact Theory (Pagani, Ariela, Bertoni, Anna, Garuglieri, A., & Iafrate, Raffaella)
Chapter 7. The Rondine Method and the Three Ds (Michael David Kaiser)
Chapter 8. Rondine Method and Creative Conflict Transformation: Insights From Contact Theory and Interreligious Peacebuilding (Gerard Powers)
Chapter 9. The Rondine Method: Building Peace through Compassion (Daniel Rothbart and Susan Allen)
Conclusion. Today Rondine, Tomorrow the World (Charles Hauss)
About the Contributors
This timely book is a must read for practitioners of peacebuilding who wish to understand how sustained intercommunal living, dialogue, and deep reflection can be creatively organized and successfully sustained. Contributors offer moving and theoretically grounded insights about the way that fear, mistrust, and trauma are implicated in conflict and how carefully facilitated encounters with ‘the other’ can serve as a foundation for conflict transformation.
Rondine Cittadelle della Pace brings students from around the world to its campus to participate in the Rondine 3D creative peacebuilding method empowering them to be active global citizens. The youth’s lived experience of relationship deconstructs the enemy in intergroup and intragroup conflicts as the Rondine creative conflict transformation practice builds trust. Participants heal from trauma through the sharing of their pain and develop compassion for their new friends. This unique book must be read by peace educators, students, and policymakers interested in creative peacebuilding and healing strategies adapted to local milieus through creative superordinate projects.
The Rondine experience—described beautifully in this book—gives hope to those who feel overwhelmed by a global environment marked by polarization, political discord, and intractable conflicts. Based on the belief that relationships are the cornerstone of peace, The Rondine Method welcomes us into a world where young people on opposite sides of a divide build relationships of respect, community, and trust. This is a must-read book for all students and practitioners seeking to learn how enemy images are transformed and reconciliation emerges from the seemingly infertile ground of conflict.
The Rondine Method: A Relational Approach to Conflict brings to the world a practical relational based approach to transforming conflict. The model shared through this text provides inspiration and a viable path to those that struggle to overcome the conflicts that tear apart our communities. This path is solidified by the authors’ ability to connect the experiences and learnings gained through the two decades of the program with theory and practical advice for applying this model elsewhere.