- About Us
Now More Than Ever...
At a time of rising turmoil and polarization - a time that calls for new thinking, new vision, new understanding, and new ways of relating in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.
Common Bond Institute (CBI) is a U.S. based Non-Governmental Organization that grew out of one of the first Soviet-American non-government human service exchanges initiated in 1982. CBI organizes and sponsors conflict transformation conferences, local capacity building training programs, and relief efforts internationally, and provides needs assessment and resource development, networking and coordination support to assist newly emerging human service and civil society organizations in developing societies.
Cultivating compassion and the fundamental elements of a consciousness of peace through conflict transformation, along with local capacity building for social healing, are seen as natural, effective antidotes to hardship and suffering in the human condition, as well as small group radical extremism and large group despair. To this end, enabling each society to effectively resolve and transform conflicts, satisfy core human needs within their communities, and construct effective, holistic mechanisms for self determination, self esteem, and fundamental human dignity and worth, and strengthen current and future generations is the purpose of our work.
CBI is grounded in the application of humanistic psychology’s principles in it’s commitment to capacity building at both the grass roots and social institutional level. It’s focus is on increasing skills and services, exploration of human relationship.
Two Parallel Conferences
on the dynamics of unresolved communal trauma inherited from one generation to the next, including historical understandings, implications for past, present, and future relations between communities, and the development of new models and methods for addressing them.
MORE: Jordan Oct. 15-18
MORE: Turkey Oct. 22-24
An integrated, interdisciplinary, and sustainable training and treatment service for social healing and local capacity building, through equipping hundreds of local service providers in regions of conflict with proven and culturally adapted mental health treatment skills enabling them to quickly provide trauma healing to the massive refugee communities in these countries. MORE
A multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural professional network of associations, universities, and organizations engaged in the study of inherited, unresolved communal trauma, and the implications for violence and war within and between communities. The Annual Conference on Transgenerational Trauma provides an annual meeting place for its members, as well as interested participants in general. MORE