To successfully build better relationships in our communities is to make them safer. Listening, understanding, making efforts to connect, and having a sense of trust are crucial aspects of community relationships and engagement.
Businesses can lead by example with contracts designed to reduce conflicts and make a positive impact in the community. Everything done in the community is for the people, of the people, and by the people. This is a social responsibility we all share to make our communities better.
Society 2045 has an ongoing series of interviews with change-makers seeking to improve the way society works.
Society 2045 is a community of people from around the world seeking to co-discover a vision for the year 2045. The goal is to connect with leaders of emerging communities and movements across society and come together to co-create a better future.
Recently, in an interview with J Kim Wright, we talked about the goals of community relationships. How can we address issues that come up legally, solve them, and help accomplish the mission of enabling better relationships in our respective communities? J Kim Wright is a co-founder of Society 2045 and the co-founder of Conscious Contracts ® .
Conscious Contracts® are a proprietary process for creating sustainable, relational, and values-based agreements. This process provides a framework for authentic communication, connection, clarity, and relationship design. It builds on best practices of modern contracts like plain language, design thinking, and using visuals. It is also influenced by restorative justice, collaboration, and conscious business practices.
Conscious Contracts® aim to calculate who the individual is, the reason behind the work and how it is essential for the individual, how the person will engage in the community, and the project’s aim.
With what objective the person has started the mission and the vision. The contract aims to build a sustainable relationship to create a better community engagement and connection. The tone and content reflect the relational model. The parties engage themselves with a conversation about the relationship’s values, aims, and hopes. The contract does not just remember the questions of “what, who, when, and how”; it also considers the value of relationships.
How Conscious Contracts® Work
We try to build a relationship with specific ACED metrics in mind. ACED stands for Addressing Change & Engaging Disagreement (ACED Clause), and it allows the parties to design a sustainable culture including how they will communicate. manage change, engage disagreements, and maintain a more conscious culture.
A relationship is defined by how we treat each other, what we share (our vision, mission, values, efforts, benefits), our reasons for joining forces, and by what our conversations look like as we journey forward together.
Conscious Contracts® encourages us to begin with the relationship and then discover our shared action plan. The action plan defines the mutual promises of the contract but through a different reflective angle. The agreement or the action plan brings out how the relationship is rebuilt after conflict arises.
This approach to justice, collaborative relationships, and healing are referred to as the Integrative Law Movement. Irrespective of the legal issues, we take hold of the problems and find a way to resolve them. Moreover, we solve them with a structural model to make them more relational.
“The power of Conscious Contracts® is in its ability to catalyze a transformational paradigm shift.”
Any issues that arise among the community do not suddenly disappear if we don’t address them and let them go without being solved. Similarly, anything in society must take equal efforts and trust to subside it and resolve. Conscious Contracts ® can transform how we perceive things and how we work towards them.
Engagement will rise in the community, and fewer issues will arise. Effort and trust are critical aspects of this goal. Only proposing an idea to the community cannot stand alone. We must build trust.
Kim states that with Conscious Contracts® lawyers can take on the responsibilities of peacemaking, problem-solving, and healing the wounds among the community, which can become their mission and purpose. She says practitioners and the parties can create agreements valuable for all sides while accomplishing peace as their mutual mission.
The focus is on building up a healing environment and equality among all stakeholders with compassion, love, and empathy, and this will contribute to better relationships in communities.
Kim’s vision of a future where conflicts can be resolved peacefully is groundbreaking. It will be amazing if we can achieve her vision in the coming years. Check out the interview here: