It is an era of change. The "system" can not seem to keep pace with the
growing cultural diversity and changing values of our societies. New
"protocols" are being defined and redefined by the change we experience.
With all of this diversity, what is it that we can all agree on? How do
we work together? How can we resolve differences? How can we work out
disputes? How do we move forward together? How do we maintain our
independence and individuality?
Can we find a common denominator? A set of core values? That is the
challenge and opportunity.
The Ridgewood Foundation, through a ten year dialogue process, has put
forward a CBCR Convention Statement. It gives direction, as well
as shape and form, to the CBCR “Protocol Processes”. It is as follows:
Through this Convention we declare that: as part of their Natural
Equity, peoples should be entrusted with the responsibility and the
means to resolve their conflicts through peaceful and cooperative
We further affirm, that these Protocols, Processes and Rules, embody
cardinal principles and values such as; Dignity, Respect, Honor and
Furthermore, we submit that the means and resources to effect
resolution be viewed as an equal priority by all Governments and
Societies as are the formal Systems of; Justice, Law Enforcement,
Education, Health and Defense.