New Beginnings is an investment in young Canadians to adopt the universal principles of equal rights, human rights, democracy, and nonviolent conflict resolution for humanity’s common future. Our innovative approach to dialogue has proven effective at reducing the intractability of participants by emphasizing their commonalities.
The Mosaic Model of Dialogue
The Mosaic Institute is now expanding this model to bring together diverse Canadian communities that have experienced various levels and types of conflict, to discuss ways in which their communities’ shared experiences have affected their lives in Canada.
Past Mosaic New Beginnings Projects include the Young Canadians’ Peace Dialogue on Sri Lanka (Toronto; 2009-2012) and the Young Canadians’ Peace Dialogue on China and Tibet (Toronto & Calgary; 2012 – 2014).
Through community service projects, New Beginnings supported the construction of hundreds of water wells and sanitation facilities for IDPs being resettled in the Vanni region of northeastern Sri Lanka, and sent rural Tibetan youth to high school, qualifying them for university studies in Sichuan, China.
All past Mosaic New Beginnings Dialogues have also resulted in evidence-based policy documents and/or publications aimed at relevant Canadian decision makers.
New Beginnings fosters greater social cohesion and inter-community understanding among youth through participatory action and dialogue. These conversations are community-driven and informed by diverse lived experiences and perspectives – demonstrating that often, difference can be the solution.
Current New Beginnings Dialogues:
Brings together young people with familial or personal connections to genocide, including First Nations youth, to share their stories about living in Canada while also navigating this aspect of their identity. The perspectives shared will be developed into learning resources and toolkits aimed at strengthening intercultural understanding between these participant communities and Canadian society at large.
The young adult members of Toronto’s Jewish community hold a wide diversity of perspectives regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including those on one end of the spectrum who are wholly supportive of Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians, and those on the other end who publicly criticize and dissociate themselves from such policies. Because of this range of views, there is increased polarization and discord between and among members of the Canadian Jewish community in relation to the ongoing conflict.