Problem: Adapting to a Transparent World

Secrets are harder to keep. Open & inclusive negotiation is the path forward. 


Political environments are becoming transparent. Transparent agreements help countries stabilize & develop. Groups must learn how to negotiate in public.


Solution: What Sovereignty First Does

Build platforms that enable local actors to negotiate more effectively.

Example: Agreement Opportunity Spaces

To succeed, investments or ventures must aim neither too low nor too high.

(This data is gathered from our platform in Syria as assessed by Prime Actors during interviews.)

Syria late 2016, based on lowest estimates by prime actors during interviews

Syria late 2016, based on lowest estimates by prime actors during interviews

Example: Motivations of Prime Actors

Prime Actors by Motivation - Because long-term agreements require shared goals and values.

(This data is gathered from our platform in Syria as assessed by Prime Actors during interviews.)

 

Vision

Countries build sovereignty and stability one agreement at a time.

Sovereignty First makes it possible to craft multi-party agreements that increase the power, choice, and freedom of local, regional, and international coalitions, organizations, and governments.

Mission

Sovereignty First generates an open platform to reveal dimensions of development opportunities and the actors who can influence them.

Our methods are trauma-informed, on the ground, and engage participants face-to-face.

With our agreement mechnisim, any actor can see pathways to help themselves and their country.

Advisors

Partners

Cooperative Capacity Partners (CCP)With over two decades of development work as consultants, evaluators, and project managers, CCP understands the vital importance of partnership. CCP provides measures and feedback systems that help host country agencies, NGOs, and donor programs improve the health and strength of their partnerships.

Global WaterFounded in 1982, Global Water is a volunteer-based, international, non-profit humanitarian organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the United States. Global Water is focused on providing safe water supplies, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and related health programs for rural villagers in developing countries.

The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD)The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deeply-rooted social conflict. Furthermore, IMTD focuses on the advancement of clinical education in peacebuilding and the holistic development of university students and professionals new to the field.

Trauma DynamicsTrauma Dynamics is an exposure therapy that focuses on organic body processes to resolve stress and trauma. Trauma Dynamics uses a comprehensive, tested, and reproducible treatment protocol for PTSD that it trains students in nationally. The model is used at mental health agencies including University of Colorado Hospital’s CeDAR addiction treatment center as well as being referenced in the MAPS training for future MDMA psychotherapists.

The United States Army War College Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI)The US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute promotes the collaborative development and integration of Peace and Stability capabilities across the US government and the international community in order to enable the success of future Peace and Stability activities and missions.

World Engagement InstituteWEInstitute's activities and services primarily concentrate on providing career-enhancing professional trainings, developing and managing international capacity-building projects, and fostering worldwide collaborative institutional partnerships. All our international projects, academic partnerships, and educational programs are closely interconnected with one another. Moreover, they are specifically designed to help us fulfill our mission: to connect students, academics and international development professionals with one another and with world-changing international organizations for the development of globally responsible leaders and sustainable communities.

Principals

Eric Wolterstorff, PhD Director For 30 years, Eric has helped leaders manage crises, including in post-Katrina New Orleans, Germany, and Indonesia. He has led or co-led 6 turnarounds, 5 or which were successful. He has served as an advisor to 18 organizations, co-founded 3 businesses, & spun off 2. In 2013, at the request of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, Eric assumed leadership of the Coalition for Stabilization Reform Contact Eric at eric.wolterstorff@sovereigntyfirst.com

Eric Wolterstorff, PhD
Director

For 30 years, Eric has helped leaders manage crises, including in post-Katrina New Orleans, Germany, and Indonesia. He has led or co-led 6 turnarounds, 5 or which were successful. He has served as an advisor to 18 organizations, co-founded 3 businesses, & spun off 2. In 2013, at the request of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, Eric assumed leadership of the Coalition for Stabilization Reform

Contact Eric at
eric.wolterstorff@sovereigntyfirst.com

Anne Kroeger Knowledge Managment Anne is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology. She has worked at the Asian Development Bank evaluating the efficacy of income & livelihood restoration programs in 4 countries & as a program associate at Global Water.  Contact Anne at anne.kroeger@sovereigntyfirst.com

Anne Kroeger
Knowledge Managment

Anne is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology. She has worked at the Asian Development Bank evaluating the efficacy of income & livelihood restoration programs in 4 countries & as a program associate at Global Water. 

Contact Anne at
anne.kroeger@sovereigntyfirst.com

Karen Dickman Interviews Karen is a mediator & peacebuilding professional with extensive restorative justice experience working with victims of violent crimes, as well as in jails & prisons. She is the Executive Director of Global Water & the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). Contact Karen at karen.dickman@sovereigntyfirst.com

Karen Dickman
Interviews

Karen is a mediator & peacebuilding professional with extensive restorative justice experience working with victims of violent crimes, as well as in jails & prisons. She is the Executive Director of Global Water & the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD).

Contact Karen at karen.dickman@sovereigntyfirst.com

Staff

Mark Carson, BS, JD, CPA
Boulder CPA Group

Chris Jones
Principal at Aloha Capital  

Shannon Gibson
Psychosocial support

Phil Yang
Participant recruitment

Cecelia Steinbach
Participant recruitment

Madeline O'Harra
Sales & Marketing

Maxim Deynega
Sales

Janet Therrien
Sales

Heather Payne
Interviews: Beirut & Website

Jasmine Passa
Interviews

Mary Dumas
Training

Cayenna Johnson
Training

Regina Vayaliparampil
Research

Naseim Omeish
Translation

Ines Zekri
Translation

 
Kurdish journalist Friyal Faisal being interviewed by a local news network. May 2016

Kurdish journalist Friyal Faisal being interviewed by a local news network. May 2016

Syrian Promise team members help Karen Dickman of Sovereignty First to obtain participant interviews in Gaziantep.

Syrian Promise team members help Karen Dickman of Sovereignty First to obtain participant interviews in Gaziantep.

Relatives of slain Pershmerga at the opening of the Museum of the Fallen in Chamchamal, Iraqi Kurdistan. The quality of decision making in governance directly influences the lives of individual people, families, and communities as a whole. 

Relatives of slain Pershmerga at the opening of the Museum of the Fallen in Chamchamal, Iraqi Kurdistan. The quality of decision making in governance directly influences the lives of individual people, families, and communities as a whole. 

Maj Gen (Ret) Charles E. Tucker,  Dr. Mahmoud Duwairi, Craig Coletta, Sawsan Alfayez, and Dr. Eric Woltertorff on the University of Jordan campus.

Maj Gen (Ret) Charles E. Tucker,  Dr. Mahmoud Duwairi, Craig Coletta, Sawsan Alfayez, and Dr. Eric Woltertorff on the University of Jordan campus.

Jordanian politics, society and culture is built on thousands of years of development and history.

Jordanian politics, society and culture is built on thousands of years of development and history.

Ahmed Qadir Balkhayi and a new friend at dinner with Sovereignty First in Erbil. 

Ahmed Qadir Balkhayi and a new friend at dinner with Sovereignty First in Erbil. 

Interested in becoming a client?

Contact Eric Wolterstorff

eric.wolterstorff@sovereigntyfirst.com

Interested in volunteering?

Contact Madeline O'Harra

madeline.oharra@sovereigntyfirst.com

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