117 Anabel Taylor Hall Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
The mission of the CRESP Center for Transformative Action is to encourage individuals to create and participate in projects and communities that are working towards a just, peaceful, and sustainable society.
The Center is practicing, teaching, and advocating a model for social change activism that breaks the traditional us versus them approach. This model, known as Transformative Action, is inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent action.Transformative action suggests that social change agents will be most successful if they:
1) Expose and bear witness to injustice;
2) Respond to injustice by first engaging in learning conversations, and then by developing positive actions intended to transform conflict, animosity, and hatred into cooperation, synergy, and goodwill; and
3) Have as their major goal a proactive, cooperative, inclusive approach to constructing better alternatives, new visions, and parallel institutions.