Ceasefire founder Dr. Slutkin and Interrupter (counselors intervening with potential sources of violence) Lamont Evans defined several pathways for moving forward after discussing potential solutions to the challenge of enlisting members from outside of affected communities. The pathways surround two distinct categories: communicating the Ceasefire message and creating programs to improve the efficiency of interrupters.
Communicating the Ceasefire Message
As mentioned in my previous post, communicating the idea that “violence is treatable” on a massive scale is a complex change management problem. Potential pathways developed by the team to spread the message include the following:
- Develop starter kits for online distribution designed to dispel myths
- Create Corporate Sponsorships and a management structure for events
- Social Media outreach with sharable content such as videos, blogs, etc
- Political support for ongoing Ceasefire initiatives
Improving the Efficiency of Interrupters
Interrupters are the individuals responsible for intevening with situations likely to result in a shooting, homicide or other violence. Becoming an interrupeter requires training and also an understanding of the behavioral and social norms perpetuating violence. Lamont Evans – the representative Interrupter – stressed the importance of providing more spaces for safety, quiet and support throughout Ceasefire communities. The following pathways are being discussed:
- Create more safe havens as alternatives to violence
- Beautification projects to create walkable open spaces
- Establish a “light” version of Interrupters allowing more involvement
- Scheduled events to meet with interrupters
- Technology support for Interrupters to respond more efficiently
Feel free to comment on the potential pathways via Twitter using the hashtags #ceasefire and #ux4good.
by Andy Angelos @andyangelos