CICRCL's Mission


The Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution & Creative Leadership (CICRCL) is a Colorado nonprofit tax-exempt corporation founded in October 1986, and received Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as an educational foundation in 1991. CICRCL’s tax-exempt status as a foundation permits it to receive private and public donations to support its mission.

Kindness Central was created in 1994 as a part of the Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution.
Kindness Central was created in 2024 to bring Kindness Champions and Organizations together into a collaborative, learning environment.


CICRCL’s motto, Evolutionary Resources for Shifting Consciousness, describes its social mission, and the underlying principles that are expressed through its various projects, programs, and products.

CICRCL’s Mission, as defined in its official bylaws, includes the following:

  • To promote, foster, educate and encourage individuals to use peaceful means for resolving conflicts,

  • To educate the general public, government leaders, business leaders, mediators, arbitrators, peace makers, clergy, counselors, therapist and educators through public lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops and trainings,

  • To disseminate information through books, videotapes, curriculum materials, and computer technology,

  • To conduct research and develop effective methods and materials for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and creative living,

  • To cooperate with other persons, organizations, and corporations to educate the public on the peaceful resolution of conflicts and creative living.

CICRCL's History

CICRCL was created as the result of my experiences related to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. During the first half of 1986, Barry was on sabbatical from his position at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS). I arrived in Zurich, Switzerland in January, on the day the Challenger exploded at Cape Canaveral, Florida–an event that set the tone for my six month stay.

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