Disturbing reports of communities in disarray seem to dominate our screens recently. Unrest and discord are becoming a new normal in the United States—a new normal that perpetuates conflict and division in our homes, families, communities and beyond.
U.S. cities like Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, Staten Island, Cleveland and many others have experienced concentrated tumult in the wake of community tragedies. Shared feelings of fear, pain, confusion and anger often build, and ultimately lead to widespread distrust and societal regression. However, if we are to move forward as a society, there are voices that must be heard and stories that must be understood in order to change course and develop thriving neighborhoods, towns, and cities.
People must be seen as people.
Arbinger is currently in the process of creating a documentary showcasing the humanity of community members and law enforcement personnel in U.S. cities in hopes that it can help viewers recognize the shared humanity of seemingly diametrically opposed parties, specifically in currently conflicted regions of the United States. Our film crew has traveled coast to coast capturing interviews from a myriad of community voices seeking to leverage the collective wisdom of those who are seeking to prevent this discord from becoming increasingly widespread.
Over the past few years, Arbinger has worked to help law enforcement agencies throughout the United States change the way they interact with the public, focusing on building relationships of trust to create more resilient and united communities. Though the influence of Arbinger principles have begun to transform some communities, there is much work to be done in helping communities unite and productively move forward together with outward mindsets.
Arbinger teaches that transformation of conflict often begins with one party choosing to see the “other” differently—it is our hope that the documentary will help to illustrate that we share a common humanity, and that communities are multi-dimensional, living organisms where one sterile mandated behavioral solution is never the answer to true and lasting transformation.