Our 6-C Philosophy
Kids Creative has at its core what we call the 6 C's of peacemaking. Each of these C's is essential to the building of communities in each of our programs. We have divided these into Upper Case and lower case C's and even have our own equation!
The basic “C”. You have to be able to accept yourself, and be happy with who you are in order to feel an essential part of building a peaceful community.
The cooperative “C”. No community exists in a bubble, and it is important that members feel invested in working together and finding sustainable solutions. Without collaboration, solutions are only temporary.
The fun “C”. One of our strongest beliefs is that the more enjoyable it is to be a part of a community, the more people are going to want to be involved in sustaining it. People must feel like they are having fun in order to be invested in solving conflicts and building a peaceful, equitable society.
The innovative “C”. Sometimes, we need to think outside the box and use our imaginations to solve conflicts that arise. We have to be open to the ideas of others to make everyone feel comfortable.
The tough “C”. The most difficult aspect of working with others is resolving problems that arise in a manner that is beneficial for all involved. It is possible to easily find temporary solutions, but this is only the first step to conflict resolution. For true peace building, one must also know how to find solutions that are sustainable, meets the needs of the community, and take into account the often numerous factors that contributed to causing and perpetuating the conflict.
The ultimate “C”. The key to building peace is being able to coexist with those around you, and to build a functional community where issues are raised and resolved in a constructive manner.
Our 6-C Equation
We look at the 6 C's as a mathematical equation, where each has an equally important role.:
- We begin with Confidence.
- We then add the C fraction.
- We combine Creativity and Collaboration.
- We divide those by Conflict Resolution (a key skill for successful collaboration).
- We multiply everything by Cookies (you gotta have fun, right?).
- Our ultimate goal, or the solution to the equation, is Community.
Lower Case C’s : The building blocks that make up and support the Upper Case C’s