Prejudging the Possibility

A Peacemaking Project by Dorcas O.

What is the injustice we are solving?

To address prejudgment and find a way to turn our inevitable negative first impressions into positive ones that will bring us closer together, as well as finding more ways to bring people together. I envision a world where awkwardness will fade away from our vocabulary, and we will be able to make a connection with anyone we come across.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of prejudgment
we will address societal normalities
by creating more ways to have conversation with unfamiliar people.


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:01

Hi Dorcas,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)


Kelsey T.
3 April 2018 16:32

Hi Dorcas! I’m part of the Peace First team and wanted to provide you with Feedback for your Compassionate Insight. We provide insight feedback to help teams further strengthen their ideas! I know you are in the process of applying for a mini-grant, so hopefully this feedback will also help you as you create your Project Plan to finalize your application.

Your insight:
To solve this injustice of
we will address
societal normalities
creating more ways to have conversation with unfamiliar people.

First of all, I love that your insight focuses on bringing people together to have conversation with folks who are different from them. I agree that we should not prejudge people and it is so important to get to know people for who they are rather than listening to negative stereotypes.

I think you could make your insight stronger by getting a bit more specific about the injustice you are trying to address, and then diving into the root causes in more depth. What exactly do you mean be "prejudgement"? What communities or types of people do you think are most impacted by this injustice? How does prejudgment hurt the people it impacts?

I think this tool, that will help you understand what Peace First means when it talks about an injustice, might help:

Then, you can dive into the root causes of the injustices, using the problem and solutions tree tool. Talking to people who are impacted by the injustice (and those who participate in creating the injustice -- if safe to do so) can help understand the root causes.

Right now, you've listed "societal normalities" as the root cause -- I'd encourage you to get a bit more specific about this. Since, you are encouraging people to have conversations with those different from them, it sounds like you might have already have identified a more specific root cause: the fact that people do not often engage with those who are unfamiliar or different from them.

Finally, although stereotypes and prejudgment can be very common -- I'd invite you not to think about this as "inevitable negative first impressions." The fact that you are creating this project tells me you know it doesn't have to be this way! In fact, it is not inevitable but exists due to specific root causes that hopefully we can help change! :)

Thanks so much for doing this important work!

Check out our Plan tools to help create your plan:

Keep up the good work and let me know if I can help!

Fish S. Peace First Staff
15 December 2017 22:48

Dorcas, thanks for posting this project. I'm inspired by your vision for reducing prejudice -- and instead creating positive images!

Do you have ideas for how to get started? If not, maybe we can help. These resources can help you plan out your project:

Or, if you already have ideas -- how can we help you put them into action.